EFI Fiery Technology Powers Newest Konica Minolta Production Press, Exceeds Demanding Customer Requirements

bizhub PRESS C8000 and Fiery Technology Boost Productivity, Ensure Vibrant Colors and Optimized Workflows

(PresseBox) (Birmingham, UK - Ipex 2010, ) Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, and EFI(TM) (Nasdaq: EFII), a world leader in customerfocused digital printing innovation, today announced that Fiery® technology is powering the new bizhub PRESS® C8000 from Konica Minolta.Ideal for meeting the unique needs of commercial print, print for pay and inplant markets, the Fiery IC-306 server delivers the highest performance in its class for demanding operatorled environments, superior color, strong Variable Data Printing (VDP) capabilities, intuitive job management and JDF workflows to increase return on equipment investment for Konica Minolta customers. This unique combination will be on display on the Konica Minolta stand (9-DE340) at Ipex taking place through May 25 in Birmingham.

"Once again our industryleading Fiery server is paired with the latest powerhouse press from Konica Minolta, providing customers in demanding production environments with the latest productivity boosting features to reduce job handling time and waste, new color control capabilities for best in class color for the first and every page, and job management tools to ensure operational efficiency," said John Henze, vice president of Fiery marketing, EFI.

"Customers in high volume environments are poised to realize tremendous performance capabilities with the bizhub PRESS C8000 featuring Fiery server's color quality and workflow enhancing features," said Olaf Lorenz, general manager, Production Printing Division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH. "The Fiery IC-306 server is the ideal solution for this new digital press, and we are again pleased to offer the efficiency, quality and reliable functionality that EFI promises, to ensure that our customers can always count on Konica Minolta to meet their digital imaging needs."

The Fiery server has intuitive and integrated makeready tools so that document management and preparation can be performed quickly and effectively with minimal waste. The Fiery Command WorkStation® 5 job management solution and user interface centralizes the entire print workflow, connecting to all Fiery servers on the network. The advanced queue management capabilities eliminate bottlenecks and minimize downtime, raising the productivity and profit potential on every job.

Embedded JDF technology resident on the Fiery server enables seamless and powerful integration with thirdparty prepress, other workflow applications and EFI webtoprint and MIS solutions. Customers can easily integrate their JDF compliant applications with their Fierydriven workflow without the need for additional software or hardware.

EFI's VDP solutions for the bizhub PRESS C8000 offer scalable tools for producing effective onetoone marketing campaigns, and lead the print industry in speed, easeofuse and flexibility. The optimized solutions work with all industry and legacy languages, including PPML.

With this release, customers have new scalability with the most popular Fiery options, including Color Profiler Suite (CPS), Fiery SeeQuence Suite, and Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition. Fiery Color Profiler Suite provides complete color quality control at every stage of the printing workflow. CPS offers its users simple, yet professional functionality that ensures color accuracy and consistency, while increasing productivity and return on investment. Integration of profile making directly into the Fierydriven printer reduces the time needed to optimize color quality, decreases the possibility for errors, and enables color matching of multiple engines in a production environment.

Fiery SeeQuence Suite is comprised of document composition and imposition functions that simplify and automate labor intensive document preparation tasks via a newly redesigned interface that is more integrated and intuitive. Fiery SeeQuence Impose and Fiery SeeQuence Compose work independently or in a tightly integrated workflow through Fiery Command WorkStation, allowing operators to accurately setup jobs and softproof.

Another popular option available to bizhub Press C8000 users is the Fiery Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition, which provides expert users with professional tools for managing color, proofing and controlling workflow. The integrated solution meets industry standards and ensures accurate and repeatable color every time by letting operators have total control of color output quality. The newly integrated FOGRA control bar is just one example of how users can check and validate print output for conformance to common industry standards.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a subsidiary of Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc., Tokyo, Japan. The company delivers services and distributes products, systems and solutions that fulfil all the requirements of office and production printing over the complete document life cycle. Its product range extends from color and monochrome multifunctional and production printing systems, laser printers and allinones to modern software that integrates devices seamlessly into work processes and IT environments. To support customers such as printing and industrial companies optimally with powerful and sustainable solutions, technology leader Konica Minolta continuously invests in research and development work and regularly sets new standards for the entire printing industry.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 50 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). With 22,500 employees around the world, Konica Minolta Business Technologies earned net sales of over EUR 4.3 billion in fiscal year 2008/09.

For further information about the company, visit www.konicaminolta.eu Product images are available at www.konicaminolta-images.eu.

EFI Germany

EFI(TM) (Nasdaq: EFII), is a world leader in customerfocused digital printing innovation. EFI's awardwinning solutions, integrated from creation to print, deliver increased performance, cost savings and productivity. The company's robust product portfolio includes Fiery® digital print controllers and solutions; VUTEk® superwide digital inkjet printers, UV and solvent inks; Rastek(TM) UV wideformat inkjet printers; Jetrion® industrial inkjet printing systems; print production workflow and management information software; and corporate printing solutions.

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