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EFI Gains Two Angel Awards

VUTEk GS5000r and Printsmith Sign Most Innovative 2009 Introductions

(PresseBox) (Zaventem, Belgium, ) In the Angel Awards 2009, which recognise the top ten of the most innovative introductions made during the year, EFI(TM) was successful with two of its wideformat related products, thus confirming the company's leading position in both hardware and software solutions. Selected by the editorial team at the UK's Image Reports magazine, the awards were made to the EFI's VUTEk® GS5000r and PrintSmith(TM) Sign.

The VUTEk GS5000r UVcurable superwideformat printer beat off stiff competition from the 5 m rollfed sector to secure its Angel Award. This machine's versatility makes it suitable for high quality applications suitable for close viewing, as well as for its ability to output up to three rolls simultaneously for optimum productivity.

Historically, the company's success in this market segment was secured with its original solventbased machine able to handle materials at generous widths. This 5 m wide technology has now metamorphosed into a UVcurable option which brings with it the benefits of being able to print to a vast range of materials, including digital textiles, at speeds of up to 288 square m/hour. The VUTEk GS5000r incorporates a dual resolution capability of 600 dpi and 1000 dpi making it suitable for high definition applications as well as billboards, plus the choice of eightcolour inks or EFI's proprietary Fast-4(TM) for the best speed and quality options.

Just making the Angel Awards deadline, EFI's innovative PrintSmith Sign was selected for its ability to help display producers and sign manufacturers manage their operations more easily and efficiently, simplifying MIS for the wideformat sector. Although PrintSmith is an established product, this new version is a complete sign shop management system designed to help users generate more profits, save time and reduce waste.

PrintSmith Sign is featurerich, bringing users powerful estimating, account and production management, sales and estimating tools. It is the only offering of its kind to address wide format, digital page production, and screen printing operations in a single system and integrates with Fiery® XF and Digital StoreFront, EFI's awardwinning webtoprint platform.

Both these innovative products were introduced in 2009, along with additional printers in both the VUTEk and Rastek(TM) families. Each shows EFI's leadership skills and forwardthinking attitude in bringing wideformat digital solutions to market.

"The Angel Awards offer tremendous insight to the market in that they are given to products launched through the year which are most likely to impact positively on the wideformat sector," said Sophie Matthews-Paul, technical editor of Image Reports. "Innovation surrounds us but companies with pedigree and longevity tend to score because they have been involved with this arena for many years, sometimes since its inception. In the case of EFI, VUTEk printers pioneered the future of digital display production from the earliest days of airbrush machines through to the new technologies we see today."

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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. EFI maintains 23 offices worldwide.

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