EFI Connect Conference Highlights Integrated Solutions and New Market Opportunities

Sold Out January 19 -22 Event Claims 10% Registration Uptick

This year’s EFI Connect event opened yesterday at Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, as another sold out conference, with 10% more pre-registered customer attendees than 2015. Networking and information sharing between attendees is a key highlight, with the list of Connect 2016 participants representing many of the world’s leading print businesses.

The Jan. 19-22 conference – one of the printing industry’s largest and longest-running users’ group events – features a solutions center and more than 200 technical, sales and business management sessions, including hands-on customer labs, interactive Customer sessions, user meetings and a development track conducted by InfoTrends.

During his keynote, EFI CEO Guy Gecht stressed the need for customers to “bet on changes in the market forces to accelerate.” Successful printing businesses, he added, need to move with the window of opportunity. “You must be willing to take a risk. Doing nothing is a guarantee that you will be unsuccessful.”

Expansion of the Productivity Suite
Customers at the conference are learning how the EFI Productivity Suites improves users’ efficiency and profitability through “Suite Certified” workflows for specific segments.

EFI’s commitment to customer development and advancement is evident in the sessions. At this year’s conference EFI is doubling its Productivity Suite offerings with three new certified Suites for the quick printing, publication print and corrugated packaging segments.

Connect 2016 also features advanced EFI Fiery® digital front end and software technologies for cut-sheet digital printing, including previews of Fiery Command WorkStation® 5.8 and the newest-version Fiery JobFlow™ digital print workflow automation software.

New inkjet opportunities in ‘The Imaging of Things’
In addition to highlighting advanced workflow technologies, Connect showcases how EFI customers across the globe create profitable opportunities with innovative, high-value and high-quality inkjet imaging applications.

The Connect solutions center features top technologies in the EFI industrial inkjet portfolio, including best-selling, entry-level and new, high-end hybrid LED printers with advanced, variable-drop grayscale imaging and industry-leading white ink. The Connect 2016 exhibit floor also features versatile, roll-to-roll LED printing technology from EFI’s recently acquired Matan product line.

Attendees can see a broader range of print application possibilities within the Imaging of Things with exhibits of jobs produced on EFI’s Cretaprint® ceramic tile printers, Jetrion® narrow-web label printers and the company’s recently acquired line of Reggiani textile printers. Michele Riva, sales and marketing director for EFI Reggiani, will provide added insight into the significant opportunity in printing for fabric graphic display and industrial textile applications during a Jan. 21 keynote speech.

Connect 2016 also features numerous exhibits from partner companies, including Canon, Xerox, Duplo, 3M Commercial Graphics, AccuZIP, BCC Software, BondCote / Heytex Corp., Esko, Honle UV America, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Lintec Corp., The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation, Progress Software and Ricoh.
 

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