Industry Leaders Say Renaissance of Print Has Already Begun
"Print using digital technology such as for direct mail, is on the rise. No other media gets attention in the same way, and digital lets our industry add value," Gecht told the audience. "We have to realise that in five to ten years from now, there may be less print, but what is left will be higher in value."
"Unlike publishing, most commercial print and packaging apps can simply not be replaced by digital media," Landa said.
Gecht also said EFI is passionate about building relationships with customers, most of which are already involved with digital print and have already moved up this value chain. In the run-up to Ipex his extensive European programme of visits included companies in Germany, France and in the UK.
"The success of these businesses lies mostly with those where a significant part uses digital technology, and there is a definite shift from very long runs to tailored, on-demand jobs with VDP," Gecht continued. "EFI's decision to come to Ipex was based on a long-term plan to double down on customers in Europe, which included significantly increased investments in the region with acquisitions, increased support staff and building a large new demo centre in Brussels. Meeting our customers is more important to us than the size of the trade show."
The two discussed the much anticipated Nanographic press technology driven by the EFI Fiery®. "The incorporation of EFI technology into the Nanographic press is a technological challenge our team is excited about and one that will make Fiery an even better technology for the future," Gecht concluded.
EFI is exhibiting at Ipex at London Excel, 24-29 March 2014 at stand N2-D175. For more information about EFI's products, go to www.efi.com .
EFI™ (www.efi.com) is a worldwide provider of products, technology and services leading the transformation of analog to digital imaging. Based in Silicon Valley, with offices around the globe, the company's powerful integrated product portfolio includes digital front-end servers; superwide, wide-format, label and ceramic inkjet presses and inks; production workflow, web to print, and business automation software; and office, enterprise and mobile cloud solutions. These products allow users to produce, communicate and share information in an easy and effective way, and enable businesses to increase their profits, productivity, and efficiency.