New York, NY - March 12, 2002 - Electronics For Imaging today announced that 14 more companies intend to deploy PrintMe Networks technology in existing and future products, services and locations. Canon, IBM, OfficeMax, Palm Inc., IKON Office Systems, Minolta, Minolta-QMS, Sharp, Toshiba, DataViz, GENICOM, Mimeo, Pitman, Singlecast, and XANTE are partnering with EFI in expanding the availability of this breakthrough Internet printing technology.
These new strategic partners join Adobe Systems Incorporated, Xerox, Sir Speedy, Yahoo!, STSN and others in a broad coalition of companies that support the Internet printing standard being officially launched today at select locations in major cities nationwide.
PrintMe Networks is the first comprehensive Internet printing standard that enables fast, easy printing to any printer on the PrintMe network from a variety of wireless devices without requiring any print drivers, cables or complex set up. Mobile professionals can print and fax documents from their personal computers, PDAs, two-way pagers, and even cell phones by simply "dialing" into any printer on the expanding PrintMe network or to most fax machines in major countries worldwide.
"PrintMe will change the way the world prints," said Guy Gecht, Chief Executive Officer at EFI. "Our growing coalition of partners is establishing PrintMe as the global standard for Internet printing. They are providing the powerful printers, the wireless devices and the convenient places to print that will quickly bring PrintMe's vision of anywhere, anytime printing to reality. We are proud to welcome these newest strategic partners."
"Canon and EFI have shared a common vision for many years of bringing high performance, high quality products to the B&W and color printing markets," said Ikuo Soma, Director and Chief Executive of Office Imaging Products Operations of Canon Inc. "We believe PrintMe offers a convenient and powerful new way for people to easily print whenever and wherever they are and we are delighted to partner with EFI again to incorporate this technology into our printing systems for the worldwide markets."
"The utilization of wireless technology within the printing environment is essential for the future of enterprise output management," said Rich Troksa, Director, Enterprise Output Solutions, IBM Printing Systems. "IBM looks forward to working closely with EFI and intends to explore ways of integrating their breakthrough PrintMe technology into our total output management approach. IBM's customers will clearly benefit from the ability to print wirelessly and remotely using PrintMe's versatile, secure and flexible technology integrated with IBM's Infoprint hardware and software solutions."
"EFI and IKON offer effective document workflow tools for the digital age and PrintMe Networks marks the next step in our relationship," said Cathy L. Lewis, Senior Vice President of Marketing, IKON Office Solutions. "Applications for PrintMe technology exist in almost every industry. IKON and EFI hope to leverage this powerful Internet printing service by incorporating the solution into our exclusive line of EDOX document servers - enabling customers to overcome traditional output challenges and gain new efficiencies within their businesses."
The new PrintMe strategic partners are:
Canon: Canon is a worldwide industry leader in professional, office and consumer printing, as well as a complete solutions provider to the imaging and information systems market.
IBM: IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with more than 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage of the new era of e-business.
DataViz: DataViz, Inc. develops Documents To Go, a top selling office solution for the Palm OS that allows people to create, view and edit Word and Excel files, as well as open and review PowerPoint files on their handhelds.
GENICOM: GENICOM is a leading provider of transaction document printing solutions - laser, serial and line matrix printers and supplies - for financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, warehouse and distribution companies.
IKON: IKON Office Solutions is one of the world's leading providers of products and services that help businesses communicate, including copiers and printers.
Mimeo: Mimeo operates the largest digital print facility in the world dedicated exclusively to producing documents received electronically, and is located next to FedEx's main North American hub.
Minolta: Minolta is a leading manufacturer of image information and optical products having operation bases in 33 countries worldwide.
Minolta-QMS: Minolta-QMS, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Minolta Co. Ltd., is an innovative developer, manufacturer, and supplier of color and monochrome laser printers, which are distributed through a global network of partners.
OfficeMax: OfficeMax has nearly 1,000 locations, each with a CopyMax store-within-a-store located inside. The Company will begin initial implementation at 50 locations in various markets throughout the country.
Palm: Palm is the leading provider of handheld computers. All Palm handhelds are automatically PrintMe-enabled through their infrared interface - all the user needs is a free PrintMe account - making wireless printing to any printer on the PrintMe Network a snap.
Pitman: Pitman is North America's leading graphic arts supplier and provides a full range of digital imaging solutions, service and support as well as traditional prepress and pressroom products.
Sharp Electronics Corporation: Sharp is a worldwide developer of the core technologies that are integral to shaping the next generation of home entertainment products, appliances, networked, multi-functional office solutions and mobile communication and information tools.
Singlecast: Singlecast provides next-generation document distribution solutions to the financial services industry that enable enterprises to more effectively manage the delivery of information.
Toshiba: Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. (TABS) manages product planning, marketing, sales, service support and distribution of copiers, facsimiles, multifunction printing products, network controllers and toner products throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.
XANTe: XANTE, founded in 1989, is a privately held corporation that develops and markets high performance printing solutions.
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