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OKI Printing Solutions and EFI Collaboration Garners BERTL's Highest Award

Press release from the issuing company

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. & FOSTER CITY, Calif.--Oct. 12, 2005-- The alliance between Oki Data Americas, a leading provider of innovative products, services and solutions marketed under the OKI Printing Solutions brand, and EFI, the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, has produced two highly acclaimed awards from well-respected print industry analyst BERTL. The C9800 Series color printer won the coveted 5-Star "Exceptional" Award and the ES3640e MFP received the 4-Star "Highly Recommended" Award. Both product lines expand the customer base of the industry-leading EFI Fiery controller technology, currently at approximately 13 million users, and provide an excellent value to the end-user. "Through our relationship with EFI, we have developed the ideal digital color printer to serve the graphic arts community," said Candice Dobra, Director, Printer Marketing for Oki Data Americas. "It is our goal to provide our customers with the best balance of cost, value and performance in the industry. This printer series offers unparalleled color printing capability at an unmatched price point, thus bringing professional color printer technology to the desktop." Among numerous glowing remarks made by BERTL in its review of the C9800 Series, the analysts cited benefits resulting from the relationship with EFI. With high-value Fiery server capabilities and performance, "OKI Printing Solutions has set a new benchmark that the competition will do well to match." The ES3640e MFP from OKI Printing Solutions was also given high honors from BERTL. Like the C9800 Series, the ES3640e MFP has embedded EFI Fiery technology, which BERTL said, "offers productive print output and extensive job and color management capabilities... and makes this device a winner." "Businesses of all sizes are increasingly using MFPs as replacements for multiple machines," said Steve Feldstein, Senior Marketing Manager, MFP/Fax for Oki Data Americas. "Partnering with EFI has enabled us to bring a superior level of color printing to the workplace. This relationship is going to help many businesses bring their color printing needs in-house, thus saving the added cost of using a print shop." The key features of the Fiery controller include enhanced productivity, authentic PostScript, improved security and color management. The new Fiery intelligent processing software accelerates the processing of documents and improves productivity. The Fiery ColorWise offers built-in intelligence for producing consistently precise colors. In addition to PCL, the Fiery controller includes an EFI/Adobe co-developed PostScript interpreter that processes the print job. The Fiery system software also provides formidable digital solutions to secure information. "We continually advance Fiery capabilities and performance to address the needs of a dynamic market, and we're honored to have our work with OKI Printing Solutions, which brings high-performance color output to the enterprise, recognized by BERTL. As a leading printing market analyst firm, they are in a position to determine which solutions are best in the world," said James Lopez, Director of Print Server Marketing, EFI. "And our strong relationship with OKI Printing Solutions ensures that their customers benefit from progressive EFI Fiery innovation." In addition to the recent acclaim from BERTL, OKI Printing Solutions has won extensive awards and positive reviews for its range of printers and MFPs in PC World, InfoWorld, IT Week, PC News Weekly, Mac Design Magazine and The MFP Report. Every product comes with an industry-leading, five-year warranty on the digital LED print heads. Like all OKI Printing Solutions products, the C9800 Series and ES3640e MFP are backed by comprehensive support from authorized OKI Printing Solutions solution providers and BTA dealers. In addition, the company provides live, toll-free technical support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with agents based in North America.