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IKON, EFI Announce Exclusive Agreement for EDOX Document Server

Press release from the issuing company

VALLEY FORGE, Pa., Sept. 20 - IKON Office Solutions, Inc. today announced it has entered into an agreement with Electronics For Imaging (EFI) under which IKON received exclusive distribution rights for the EDOX brand of document servers in North America (as of Sept. 30, 2001). Now available in three configurations through IKON, EDOX servers boast EFI's industry-leading digital imaging and networked printing technology tailored to meet the needs of customers in Business, Graphics and Production color environments. "This agreement represents IKON and EFI's joint commitment to provide end users with best-in-class offerings that deliver professional color management, improved productivity and enhanced image quality control,'' said Richard Brock, IKON Vice President of Digital Office Solutions and Product Development. "EDOX exclusivity is another key plank in IKON's strategy to deliver differentiated, value-added solutions to the marketplace. IKON continues to build on our ability to offer scalable, multi-vendor solutions customized to individual customer segments.'' "EFI is pleased to partner with IKON to offer their customers networked printing solutions that take advantage of our technological leadership in color imaging and high speed networked printing,'' said Frank Mallozzi, VP of Worldwide Sales, Electronics For Imaging. "The EDOX brand offers high value for customers seeking excellent color management tools and increased document workflow efficiency.'' EDOX document servers currently drive color-imaging devices from Canon (CLC 900, 1120/1150, 2400, 1000, 3100), Ricoh (Aficio 6010/6110), ENCAD (NovaJet 500, 630, 700, 750) and Hewlett-Packard (Designjet 1050c, 1055cm, 2000, 2500, 3000, 3500), with future connectivity scheduled to include the Canon CLC 5000 color copier and BJ-W9000 large-format printer. EDOX version 3.2.1 compatibility has expanded to include the Windows 2000 platform, in configurations that enable more powerful color and job management through faster processors, greater memory and increased storage capacity. EDOX products are capable of responding to demanding customer workflow, including applications such as variable data printing (Varidata(TM)), custom color creation (Spot-On), transportable color across output devices of different brands and makes, and more. When integrated into other IKON solutions, EDOX products will be designed to deliver advanced document management capabilities, including control of monochrome output devices, Web-based distributed printing functionality through IKON's Digital Express 2000, and rules-based routing through EFI's Velocity(TM) workflow software suite. "EDOX exclusivity cements IKON's position as a leading provider of business communications solutions and strengthens our ability to deliver document solutions that adapt to our customers' increasingly complex needs across the color market space,'' said Cary Sherburne, IKON's Vice President of Marketing Communications.