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EFI Connect registrations surge; conference kicks off April 18th

Monday, April 12, 2010

Press release from the issuing company

Foster City, Calif. - EFI, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, is set to welcome customers and partners to the 11th annual Connect users' conference from April 18 to April 21 at the Wynn Las Vegas. As evidenced by close to a 50 percent increase in registrations this year, Connect is the ideal setting for business leaders from around the globe to participate in educational sessions, receive hands-on experience with new EFI products, discuss industry trends, network with peers, voice their opinions and learn from others at expanded user group meetings.

"Connect has always been known as a hub for open dialogue and idea-exchange, and this year will be no exception, with the full portfolio of EFI products and solutions showcased to give customers an up close look at ways to build upon their existing investments to gain more competitive advantage," said Frank Mallozzi, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, EFI. "To add to the excitement we will be holding the first-ever live auction with over 20 items up for bid, ranging from software add-ons and packages, including a full Pace print MIS, to consulting and training opportunities."

This year's conference boasts longer and more in-depth educational sessions and additional user group meetings based on the needs and experience of individual attendees. More than 120 break-out sessions will cover "best practices," discussions and valuable training on EFI Monarch (Hagen), Pace, PrintSmith, Logic, PSI, PrintFlow, Auto-Count and Digital StoreFront. Aside from EFI's print MIS offerings, proofing (Colorproof XF, Fiery XF and Web Control Center), Fiery server, Fiery Central, MicroPress, VUTEk, Rastek and Jetrion solutions will also be featured in product demonstrations and educational sessions throughout the conference.

Connect 2010 will have two keynote speakers, Robert C. Tapella, the nation's 25th Public Printer and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Government Printing Office, and Joan B. Davidson, Group President of Sheridan Publications Services at The Sheridan Group. Tapella will speak on Sunday evening, April 18, about transforming the U.S. Government Printing Office into a digital 21st century publishing and information dissemination authority. On Tuesday morning, April 20, Davidson will provide insightful commentary about opportunities to change one's business to meet today's challenges. To wrap up the conference, EFI CEO Guy Gecht will lead a panel discussion on Wed., April 21 regarding the industry's future with Cary Sherburne, senior editor of WhatTheyThink, Tim Fischer, executive vice president and COO of NAPL, and Andy Tribute, industry consultant, analyst and journalist.

Aside from the full range of EFI's products and solutions, the conference also features exhibits of the latest printing technologies from industry leaders. Connect 2010's Gold sponsors are Canon USA, Heidelberg, Kodak Graphic Communications Group, and xpedx. Bronze sponsors are Agfa, Carlson Advisors, LLC, Lithotechnics Inc., M-Photo, NAPL, Printing Industries of America, SmartLinc, TCF Equipment Finance and Ultraflex. Also sponsoring/exhibiting are AzTECH, FlexCon, Honle UV America, Spartanics and Xaar.




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