Extended partnership: Konica Minolta and EFI cooperate to give customers new opportunities in high-value wide-format production printing

| 7 December 2015

Under the terms of a new agreement between Konica Minolta and EFI, authorised Konica Minolta distributors across Europe will service and sell EFI Wide Format LED and UV inkjet printers. With this distribution partnership, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe offers its customers an even wider range of advanced technologies in the growing wide-format signage and display production market.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe and EFI™ (Nasdaq:EFII) have expanded their existing partnership by bringing advanced, high-quality wide-format inkjet imaging technology to a broader audience in the printing industry. The non-exclusive agreement strengthens the market presence for EFI Wide Format inkjet printers by using Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe’s extensive customer base of digital printing providers. Konica Minolta Business Solutions is a strong market leader and attractive partner in Europe. In FY 2014, the company further strengthened its number one position in Europe in production printing (33.8%, InfoSource).

“With the growth and profit margin available with high-quality inkjet graphics, we are pleased to be able to work with a partner like EFI to give customers an affordable, high-value LED-inkjet production offering,” comments Michael Molbaek, Senior Manager Production Printing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, on the extended agreement.

New agreement starts with EFI LED hybrid printer
EFI’s hybrid roll/flatbed wide-format product, the EFI H1625 LED printer, is the first printer available in Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe’s sales channels through the new agreement. The versatile 1.6m-wide printer gives Konica Minolta customers the benefit of higher-end imaging using four colour greyscale print heads, producing near-photographic image quality with saturated colours and smooth gradations. The printer also offers EFI’s industry-leading white ink, a truly differentiating feature that expands the productivity, value and quality users can offer on backlit signage, aluminium and aluminium composite signage, window clings and other popular offerings printed on clear, metallic or coloured media.

Extended partnership based on joint technology development in the past EFI and Konica Minolta already partnered in the past to develop EFI Fiery® digital front end technologies that provide advanced colour imaging and production capabilities on Konica Minolta digital presses and printers.

“Earlier this year, EFI was privileged to have the opportunity to partner with Konica Minolta to bring our Wide Format printing technology to Business Solutions customers in North America,” said Paul Cripps, EFI’s EMEA Region Vice President of Sales. “Given the outstanding success of that programme, we are very excited to partner with Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe to bring our inkjet production technology’s benefits to an even broader base of companies seeking profitable new avenues for digital print.”Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe and its authorised distributors launched the EFI LED Wide Format hybrid printers in November 2015.

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About EFI

EFI™ is a global technology company, based in Silicon Valley, and is leading the worldwide transformation from analogue to digital imaging. We are passionate about fuelling customer success with products that increase competitiveness and boost productivity. To do that, we develop breakthrough technologies for the manufacturing of signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, and personalised documents, with a wide range of printers, inks, digital front ends, and a comprehensive business and production workflow suite that transforms and streamlines the entire production process. (www.efi.com)