Log In | Become a Member | Contact Us


Market Intelligence for Printing and Publishing

Connect on Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

Featured:     Production Inkjet Tools & Resources     Industrial Print Analysis     European Coverage     Conversations on Print Podcast

Senior Vice President of EFI Marc Olin talks about upcoming events at Connect 12

Published on April 27, 2011

Marc Olin and Cary Sherburne discuss the post fireside chat and tease events to come at this year's EFI Connect

Cary Sherburne: Hi, I’m Cary Sherburne, Senior Editor at WhatTheyThink.com and I'm here with at Connect 12 with Marc Olin, Senior Vice President and General Manager EFI. Welcome.

Marc Olin: Thanks Cary.

Cary: Well you should be welcoming me.

Marc: Yes, that’s right. Welcome to you. How many Connects have you been to now Cary?

Cary: You know I think you guys started – let the press start coming the year that EFI – right before EFI aquired Print café. So when was that?

Marc: That was 2003.

Cary: So I’ve been to 10.

Marc: Oh my. Well that’s good.

Cary: Out of 12.

Marc: You’re probably up there close to the most attended Connects of a non-EFI employee.

Cary: There we go.

Marc: We have one customer of ours that’s been to every single Connects since 1999, but.

Cary: Wow that’s great.

Marc: Yeah.

Cary: Yeah, so what are some of the exciting high points? I mean we just had a fireside chat between Guy and CEO of Adobe.

Marc: Yeah, Shantanu. That was definitely a special event, really be able to hear first hand a lot of the things going on with Adobe. Talked about the Apple controversy and things of that sort, and that we’re very happy to have that at Connect. And again we see Connect as an educational opportunity for the industry as a whole and that’s one example of where we really can bring some different knowledge to the industry and help them understand what’s going on.

Cary: It was interesting to me to learn that both Shantanu and Guy had worked for Apple in their past.

Marc: Yeah, that’s Apple Israel Guy worked at. That was news to me as well. I think I didn’t actually know that. But, yeah.

Cary: Kind of interesting, so now you’ve got something like 150 different educational sessions for people and you’ve got Fiery here in force this time and this is a big event.

Marc: Yes, it’s actually the largest since we’ve been part of EFI. Our first in 1999 when it was Print Café was our biggest but as part of EFI this is our largest ever and it’s been fantastic to see the customer interest over the last year and how much things have grown and people are just coming out from all the different segments of EFI. We’re having wide format people and Fiery people as well as that as the traditional apps people, Jetrion folks as well. And with the recent acquisitions now we have a big Radius contingent and print stream contingent as well. And that’s, of course, great to see them also.

Cary: That’s pretty exciting. I was talking actually to one of your customers who actually I think had Monarch and then decided that for some reason that wasn’t really working, wasn’t working for them and so they went to the print stream and now they’re back.

Marc: Yes.

Cary: You just never leave them alone.

Marc: Exactly. Well you know we don’t like to lose customers so we have to buy the company to get the customers back, you know, that’s.

Cary: So what else is big? You’ve got an auction; a second annual auction too in Connect 12.

Marc: Yes, yes. The auction was such a hit last year we decided to do it again. This was something that some of our people came up with is a unique opportunity really to give both, give the customers that opportunity to get products that they might not be ready to pay for, for full price and also to support the industry because a portion of the proceeds go to the PGSF, the Graphic Scholarship Foundation and it’s a great way for us to give something back to the industry as well as to build some excitement here because it was definitely had some spirited bidding last year. We’ve expanded it this year and we have – we know you donated some items there or WhatTheyThink.com donated some items. So we’re definitely looking forward to that, the event tomorrow.

Email Icon Email         

 

 

 

Recent Videos

 

Video preview: Engaging and Hiring Younger Workers Into the Printing Industry

Engaging and Hiring Younger Workers Into the Printing Industry

Published: December 13, 2017

Dr. Joe Webb talks to Gina Danner, CEO of NextPage, about a hiring story that demonstrates key issues with younger workers in our industry. They discuss key issues with how NextPage does outreach for hiring.

 

Video preview: The Advantages of Energy Curing Technologies for Package Printing

The Advantages of Energy Curing Technologies for Package Printing

Published: December 12, 2017

David Biro, Director of Paste Screen and Industrial Inks for Sun Chemical discusses the movement toward energy curing and the advantages associated with this type of curing for packaging applications. He also talks about some of the challenges associated with this kind of curing.

 

Video preview: How Digital Technologies are Impacting Package Printing with New Embellishment Tools

How Digital Technologies are Impacting Package Printing with New Embellishment Tools

Published: December 11, 2017

Jeff Peterson, President of FSEA, gives an overview of the association and how it serves members through their Odyssey show, magazine, and webinar events. He also discusses how new digital technologies like MGI and Scodix take specialty effects to the next level as well as a new study done in conjunction with Clemson University that showcases how end users tend to see embellished print first over standard package printing.

 

Video preview: Frank Flashback:  Marketing4Digital Report on Selling Digital Print to Specific Markets

Frank Flashback: Marketing4Digital Report on Selling Digital Print to Specific Markets

Published: December 8, 2017

Frank found a copy of a report from a decade ago on selling digital print to specific markets. It was called Marketing4Digital and distributed via the Digital Printing Council.

 

Video preview: How Investing in Workflow Can Help Your Bottomline

How Investing in Workflow Can Help Your Bottomline

Published: December 7, 2017

Pat McGrew, Director of Production Workflow Service at Keypoint Intelligence - InfoTrends, talks about how workflow is often underfunded in a printing operation and how proper investment and strategy can increase profits.

 

Video preview: SAi Drives Sign Making Demand Online using sign.com

SAi Drives Sign Making Demand Online using sign.com

Published: December 4, 2017

Dean Durhak, Product Manager at SAi talks about their FlexiSign Software and also sign.com, a consumer facing application that drives sign making demand online and routes jobs directly to the nearest production facility.

 

View More Videos

 

Become a Member

Join the thousands of printing executives who are already part of the WhatTheyThink Community.

Copyright © 2017 WhatTheyThink. All Rights Reserved