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EFI to highlight Radius acquisition and developments in inkjet technology at Label Expo 2010

Press release from the issuing company

Foster City, California - At Labelexpo Americas 2010, EFI (Nasdaq: EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, will showcase new advancements to its industry-leading Jetrion solutions that increase short-run printing efficiency, lower costs and improve profit potential for label converters and show the benefits of the new EFI Radius acquisition at its Labelexpo debut. EFI's leading inkjet products and enterprise software solutions will be on display in booth # 6423. (Sept. 14-16th, Chicago's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center)

The event will host EFI's largest ever Labelexpo presence, with four inkjet presses on display unveiling new developments in white ink, LED curing technology, UL durability and an expanded breadth of substrates including printing on uncoated semi-gloss paper. EFI Radius will make its first appearance since the July acquisition of Radius Solutions and EFI will demonstrate the strategic advantage brought by the acquisition. EFI will also display the breadth of its technology offering by showing an updated version of its Fiery XF software, demonstrating its ability to match spot colors easily as well as demonstrations of Digital Store Front, and Web Control software options.

EFI Jetrion
On display for the first time, the EFI Jetrion 4830LED UV inkjet system and a newly developed flexible ink set allow printing on unsupported and heat sensitive materials, including shrink sleeve, opening up new opportunities for label converters in the flexible packaging market. Current and future Jetrion 4830 users can fully upgrade their presses to utilize the flexible ink set by retrofitting their systems with the new LED lamp technology.

A second Jetrion 4830 digital label press will be running a variety of materials showcasing EFI's UL durability and the expanded breadth of substrates, including printing on an uncoated semi-gloss paper. A third Jetrion 4830 showing single-pass digital white will be printing and aimed at applications such as clear film and metallic substrates. These units will run superior inksets highlighting EFI's core strengths in UL durability, white ink opacity and LED curable capabilities while highlighting real-world ROI metrics.

With a wider web width and faster linear speeds, the Jetrion 4830 increases throughput by over two times compared to the Jetrion 4000. It prints 8.3 inches (21 cm) wide, enabling 2-up 4-inch labels. The wider print zone allows label converters to take on more print jobs efficiently. With its higher speed print mode of greater than 120 feet per minute (36.6 meters per minute), the new system significantly increases productivity.

EFI has installed its award-winning Jetrion UV inkjet label press on six continents with support from a worldwide network of distributors.

EFI Radius and Advanced Professional Print Software
The event is the debut of EFI Radius, whose management/ERP software products will add to the expanding EFI presence in the packaging and converting markets.

"Eight of the 11 largest label companies in North America, as well as half of the largest folding carton producers in Europe, operate Radius software," said David Taylor, general manager of EFI Radius and former president of Radius Solutions. "With EFI's global footprint and robust print technology portfolio, we hope to expand this success around the world as well as bring EFI Radius to many more label printers in the US."

"The recent acquisition of Radius Solutions has further enhanced our product offering. With our range of digital UV inkjet presses complemented by advanced ink and workflow solutions, EFI now offers the broadest portfolio of technologies for digital label printing, and we are excited to share our recent developments with visitors to Labelexpo Americas" said EFI's general manager and senior vice president, Dr. Kenneth Stack. "We are redefining digital economics with our range of complementary technologies and lack of click charges. The only number that matters is the cost per label, and Jetrion's ability to print with no under or overcoat, combined with being the largest UV inkjet ink manufacturer in the world, ensures that we offer our customers the lowest costs available."

EFI will demonstrate its Digital StoreFront e-commerce web site for label printers, showing the ability to allow the printer's customers to order stock labels from the Radius finished goods inventory as the first step of integration with Radius. 

EFI will also be demonstrating the use of EFI Radius ERP/MIS, in the digital workflow.  For the first time, the company will show the integration of EFI Radius with EskoArtwork's Automation Engine 10. This streamlines business processes by reducing manual user interaction with EskoArtwork's pre-press systems to a minimum, ultimately increasing customers' throughput and efficiency.

EFI will display the breadth of its technology offering by showing an updated version of its Fiery XF software, demonstrating its ability to match spot colors easily, and also highlighting its ink development capabilities. Web Control Center software options will be shown highlighting EFI workflow in packaging.

Technology Workshop
Due to Jetrion's market leading position, a fourth Jetrion 4830 with white was selected to run in the Technology Workshop Booth # 6623 at the show. It will run daily alongside three other digital / analog print technologies, where the results of the same short run label job will be compared between the different printing technologies.

Media Alert: EFI will host a press conference in the Labelexpo America's press conference room #12 on September 14 from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

Speaking Engagements
EFI industry experts will be speaking at Labelexpo Americas 2010.

Dr. Kenneth Stack, general manager and senior vice president, EFI Jetrion, will present at the following sessions:
- Inkjet Printing: Today and Tomorrow (Tuesday, September 14, 3-4pm);
- Digital Printing: A 'how to' Master class (Thursday, September 16, 9am-12pm);

David Taylor, general manager, EFI Radius, will speak at the following sessions:
- Keynote- CEO Roundtable on Leadership-Moderator (Wednesday, September 15, 10:30-12:30pm);
- Consolidation/Acquisition in the Label Industry-Moderator (Wednesday, September 15, 3-4pm);

Glyn Stack, business development director, EFI Radius:
- Data Collection (Tuesday, September 14, 3-4pm);

Steve Rice, business intelligence director, EFI Radius:
- Business Intelligence (Wednesday, September 15, 1-2pm).