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Kodak Versamark and EFI Unveil New Fiery Controller at drupa 2004

Press release from the issuing company

DUSSELDORF, Germany--May 5, 2004-- Kodak Versamark, Inc., a world leader in high-speed, 100% variable data printing and a wholly owned subsidiary of Eastman Kodak Company, and EFI, the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, today introduced the KODAK VERSAMARK CS600 System Controller for high-speed, document production environments. Powered by EFI's Fiery QX9000 technology, the CS600 drives the KODAK VERSAMARK V-Series Printing Systems at up to 2000 pages per minute. The CS600 is paired with the newest V-series system, the VX5000e, which incorporates Kodak Versamark's high-resolution inkjet technology and will be will be on exhibit at the drupa trade show in Hall 5, Stand B24. A collaborative development program between EFI and Kodak Versamark, the CS600 system controller utilizes industry-standard workflows and represents an innovation in Digital Front End (DFE) technology that makes the production of high-quality, high-volume, full color documents faster and easier, while providing award-winning Fiery workflow tools. The CS600 delivers integrated color management, support for a wide range of standard and legacy data formats and a fully scalable architecture to meet the needs of demanding customers. "EFI and Kodak Versamark are revolutionizing digital color printing with inkjet technology for the transactional and commercial printing markets," said Kazem Samandari, Vice President, Global Marketing and Product Management, Kodak Versamark. "We are pleased to use this premiere international event to introduce commercial and transactional document printers to these innovative products. Our V-series printing systems, when combined with the powerful CS600, are capable of delivering up to 2000 full-color, high-quality pages per minute with up to 100% variable data." The CS600 features EFI's industry-leading variable data printing (VDP) capabilities for a complete VDP production workflow. EFI's flexible and open architecture allows users to choose any authoring tool to create static and variable elements. EFI offers a best of breed VDP implementation featuring industry standard PPML. Additional productivity-enhancing tools maximize throughput and streamline VDP workflow. "This new, powerful and feature rich controller is a culmination of many years of research and over ten years of expertise in building industry leading color DFE's for the printing market," said Mehran Farimani, EFI Vice President of Server Products. "We are proud to have partnered with Kodak Versamark to bring this revolutionary Fiery technology to their customers, enabling the V-series printing systems to be driven at top rated speed and producing high quality, full color output." The CS600 and V-series printing systems are designed to handle extreme production environments, yielding up to 2,000 pages per minute with a low operation cost per page and capable of producing 100% variable data in black, spot color or process color. Customer shipments are expected to begin in Q4.