Posts tagged: digital press

EFI Will Benefit from Radius Acquisition

Bob Leahey
 May 3, 2010

Electronics For Imaging (EFI), the parent company of industrial inkjet systems suppliers Jetrion and VUTEk, announced on April 29 that it has reached an agreement to buy Radius Solutions, a top maker of MIS/ERP software for package printing. The purchase is subject to conditions but EFI managers said in a conference call that they expect the deal to close in the second or third quarter and to be slightly accretive to full year 2010 results. The deal is to be a cash transaction, for an undisclosed amount.

The news indicates a growing commitment by EFI (Foster City, CA) to the packaging industry, which it targets already with its Jetrion inkjet printers. Assuming the Radius deal goes forward, the EFI companies collectively will offer products in two areas of importance to packaging converters–digital presses and software to manage print. Meanwhile, in buying Radius, EFI will be buying access to that company’s base of customers, which include some of the biggest converters of packaging and labels, such as Alcan, Malnove, Multicolor Corporation, and Sonoco.

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What’s a Digital Press?

Jim Hamilton
 Jan 5, 2010

One of the more remarkable on-line discussions I have seen in recent memory is revolving around a very basic question on LinkedIn posed by Rick Ciordia, a Regional Sales Manager at MGI USA. Rick asks “What is the difference between a ‘digital press’ and a ‘copier’?” As of early Tuesday evening January 5th Rick’s question had prompted 68 comments. See for yourself. Most of it is on topic, but it ranges from discussions of duty cycle to reliability to liquid versus dry toner. I’m pleased that the topic generates so much interest.

It reminded me of what I wrote after Graph Expo 2006: 

“What’s a Digital Press? Visitors to the show floor may have noticed that everyone from the big players all the way down to Xitron with its new Prism called their digital color print offerings “presses.” These devices are all printers by any logical definition, but vendors like them to sound big, heavy, and productive, so they call them presses, even though traditional printing presses are handicapped by the inability to do anything other than printing the same image over and over again. Calling a production color printer a “press” ignores the inherent advantages of digital print–electronic collation, cost-effective runs of one, and variable data. When vendors call these devices “presses,” InfoTrends does what we do with any term whose intent is marketing rather than truth-telling: we call it by an accurate name, which in this case is production color digital printer.”

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