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EFI to display recession-busting products at PRINT '09

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Press release from the issuing company

FOSTER CITY, Calif. -- At PRINT 09, EFI, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, will showcase new additions to its industry-leading solutions that increase automation efficiency, lower costs and improve profit potential for print service providers. EFI's portfolio of products will be on display in booth 2500 (Sept. 11-16th, Chicago's McCormick Place) and in partner booths, including Canon U.S.A., Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Ricoh Americas Corporation, Xerox Corporation and others.

The newest versions of EFI solutions will be highlighted, including the next-generation Fiery digital print server; EFI VUTEk superwide digital inkjet printers; EFI Rastek UV wide format printers; EFI Jetrion industrial inkjet printing systems; and print management, web-to-print, proofing and workflow solutions. A CIP4-sponsored "JDF Print Shop Live" workflow area will also be hosted by EFI. For customers interested in purchasing on-site, special financing offers will be available.

"We are seeing an increased interest from customers that are ready to proactively change their business by expanding into new areas, enabling them to take leadership in their markets and drive their revenue and profits upward," said Guy Gecht, EFI CEO. "EFI is coming to PRINT 09 with a record number of new innovations and the tools for customers to lead and grow."

(Media alert: Members of the press are invited to attend the EFI press conference on Friday, Sept. 11, at 12:15 p.m. in McCormick Place North, room N427a. Lunch will be served. RSVP required: news2@efi.com.)

To highlight its diverse product portfolio and strong integration between solutions, the company will conduct "The Power of Workflow" tours five times a day, focusing on the areas of acquisition, management, preparation and production. One of the key tour stops will be the digital inkjet workflow area, which shows a complete workflow from EFI Digital StoreFront (web-to-print), to EFI Pace (MIS), to Fiery XF (inkjet RIP) to output on the VUTEk GS3200 wide format printer. Attendees interested in joining a tour can visit the EFI booth for more information.

Fiery Solutions
At PRINT 09, EFI will launch the most advanced Fiery software, delivering processing speeds up to 70 percent faster than the prior generation to ensure customers get the most from their digital print production engines and can increase the productivity of their employees. The company will also make an announcement about new Fiery JDF integration developments.

Fiery Command WorkStation 5 (CWS5) software, the recognized industry standard for production printing job management technology that serves as the window into the entire printing workflow, and the Fiery SeeQuence Suite of make-ready tools will be featured in the EFI booth. Also on display are Fiery production workflow and color management tools, Fiery Central and EFI Color Profiler Suite, as well as the EFI MicroPress RIP and production workflow solution. A live JDF demonstration will show the workflow from EFI's web-to-print platform to EFI MIS systems to a Fiery-driven output device.

Digital Inkjet Printers
EFI will be demonstrating their award-winning UV superwide printers and inks. The VUTEk GS5000r and VUTEk GS3200 UV-curing printers will be on display, with connectivity to Fiery XF, the EFI BestColor-driven production workflow and color management solution.

The 5-meter roll-to-roll VUTEk GS5000r combines enhanced point-of-purchase quality with stunning billboard production speeds up to 3100 square feet per hour. The VUTEk GS3200's versatility expands the reach of superwide printing into new industries and applications with breakthrough speed and incredible photorealistic quality in the same printer. With its dual resolution print capability of 600 dpi and 1000 dpi, the GS3200 produces eye-catching graphics in 8-color plus white mode at speeds up to 1200 square feet per hour, and in its Fast-5(TM) mode with speeds up to 2400 square feet per hour. Additionally, Pitman Company will showcase the VUTEk QS2000 in their booth - the QS2000 is a flatbed and roll-to-roll UV printer that delivers superior high-definition print quality and enhanced productivity that extends print providers' capabilities and profitability.

EFI will also demonstrate the Rastek H650 and T660 wide-format printers. The Rastek H650 is an affordably-priced wide-format printer that prints CMYK plus white in grayscale resolutions up to 600 dpi and in a binary resolution mode that prints at 1200x900 dpi. The Rastek H650 can handle roll or rigid media up to 1.8 inches thick and has an image print width of 64 inches. The Rastek T660 is the ideal wide-format system for tapping into new markets and new revenue streams, capable of printing on substrates up to 60 inches wide and 2 inches thick with sellable speeds up to 200 square feet per hour and 1200 x 900 dpi.

In addition to these superwide and wide-format printers, EFI will demonstrate the Jetrion 4000 and display samples from the soon to be announced revolutionary new digital label printer. The Jetrion 4000 UV Inkjet System offers label converters an affordable, full-color narrow web alternative to toner-based digital printers for label runs of up to 50,000 labels. With speeds of up to 100 feet per minute at more than 1000 dpi with grayscale technology, the Jetrion 4000 delivers full-color label printing up to 5.5 inches wide.

Advanced Professional Print Software
EFI's line-up of industry-leading print MIS, web-to-print and proofing and production solutions will be on display in the EFI booth as well as various partner booths. The company will launch Web Control Center, a web-based application that connects, monitors and controls proofing and production printing at all remote sites in a production workflow. EFI will also debut a new browser-based version of the PrintFlow dynamic scheduling solution that will bring visibility and control to customers from any Internet connection.

Besides these launches, EFI will highlight the newest versions of its MIS solutions, including EFI Monarch (a 2009 "Encore Worth-a-Look" winner in the Must See 'em award program), EFI Pace, EFI PrintSmith(TM), and EFI Auto-Count Direct Machine Interface. The web-to-print platform EFI Digital StoreFront (also a 2009 "Encore Worth-a-Look" winner) will be on display in several locations in the EFI booth, including the end-to-end production workflow area highlighting a JDF digital workflow with Fiery, and a digital inkjet workflow showing web-to-print to production with the VUTEk GS3200.

EFI will show the entry-level software RIP for Proofing to Go, EFI eXpress, and the versatile EFI Colorproof(TM) XF solution for proofing, large-format production and photographic printing. The production printing solution EFI Fiery XF will be on display, as well as the XFlow option, a powerful prepress and production workflow tool for Colorproof XF and Fiery XF.

Speaking Engagements
Two EFI industry experts will be speaking at PRINT 09. Udi Arieli, director of product management, will present a session at the Executive Outlook conference (http://www.print09.com/Seminars/EXECUTIVE-OUTLOOK.aspx) on Thurs., Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. on "Lights Out Production - the Role of Integrated MIS in a Digital Workflow."

SVP and GM Marc Olin will participate in a panel discussion regarding important industry trends and technology investment at the NAPL Critical Trends Summit on Mon., Sept. 14 at 7:30 a.m. (http://www.napl.org/events/CTB09.htm).

Additional EFI product highlights at PRINT '09
In addition to demonstrations in the EFI booth, industry-leading EFI technology will be featured in many partner booths:

Canon USA, booth 2612
- Fiery controllers driving Canon output devices with connectivity to MicroPress, Digital StoreFront and Fiery Central

Duplo USA, booth 202
- Fiery servers driving Xerox iGen and Xerox 700

FUJIFILM Graphic Systems, booth 6919

- Fiery servers driving Xerox iGen and Xerox 700

Heidelberg USA, booth 1200
- EFI Monarch, EFI Pace

Komori America, booth 1245
- EFI Monarch

Konica Minolta, booth 6118
- Fiery controller driving Konica Minolta bizhub PRO C6501 color production print systems with CWS5, SeeQuence Suite and Color Profiler Suite

- MicroPress driving the bizhub PRO 1200 and 1051 monochrome production print systems

Oce North America, booth 1863
- Fiery Central driving a CS130 Twin Color Production System with Color Profiler Suite

Pitman Company, booth 4446
- VUTEk QS2000

Ricoh Americas Corporation, booth 2074
- Fiery controllers driving multiple Ricoh output devices

- Digital StoreFront, Fiery Central, PrintSmith, Pace, CWS5 and Color Profiler Suite

Ricoh IBM InfoPrint, booth 2082
- Fiery controllers driving multiple Ricoh output devices, Color Profiler Suite

Xerox, booth 1100
- Fiery servers driving Xerox iGen and Xerox 700

- EFI is a sponsor of Xerox's Real Business Live! event taking place on Monday, Sept. 14 at 8:30 a.m. in the main ballroom at McCormick Place




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