Ricoh Corporation and EFI Reinforce Alliance to Succeed in Print-on-Demand Market; Ricoh Features New Fiery-driven High-End Systems and EFI's Industry-leading Workflow Solutions at AIIM ON DEMAND
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 16, 2006--Ricoh Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, today announced new progress in its alliance with EFI (Nasdaq:EFII), the world leader in digital controllers, superwide format printers and inks, and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, as part of an overall strategy for success in the high-end Print-On-Demand (POD) market. Ricoh's AIIM ON DEMAND Booth #2325 will feature EFI's innovative technology driving high-end Ricoh systems (including the newly launched Ricoh Aficio® MP1350): industry-leading Fiery® controllers integrated with the award-winning EFI Digital StoreFront web-to-print platform and EFI MicroPress ProSeries -- EFI technology designed for Ricoh customers in commercial print, print-for-pay, creative graphic arts and corporate markets.
The EFI solutions designed for Ricoh customers in the POD market that will be featured prominently at Ricoh's booth include Fiery controllers for the newly launched Ricoh Aficio MP1350, the Aficio 5560, EMP 156 and DDP 92 with MicroPress connectivity and integration with Digital StoreFront.
The Fiery controller designed for high-end Ricoh systems features professional tools for "extreme" users, including: the fastest, most open VDP workflow; WYSIWYG imposition; the Production Printing Package, a set of advanced production management tools that optimize the Fiery's power to deliver the fastest output in extreme print production; and the Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition, which immediately integrates into high-end workflow systems and enables Graphic Arts professionals to produce premium quality color from Ricoh systems.
Digital StoreFront -- EFI's web-to-print platform provides a customer onramp into both the printer's digital production workflow (MicroPress and Fiery controllers). In addition to streamlining workflows, Digital StoreFront enables printers to add value to their product and services via online cataloging, VDP, and full e-commerce shopping tools.
EFI MicroPress® software leverages the latest in platform and operating system technology to deliver powerful color and black and white digital prepress and workflow management solutions for Ricoh MFPs. The scalable MicroPress solutions accommodate present and future business needs, maximize work productivity, and achieve the highest print quality for Ricoh customers in critical production print environments.
Because EFI solutions comply with JDF, PDF, PPML and other open standards, EFI Fiery, Digital StoreFront and MicroPress seamlessly integrate into Ricoh customers' overall print shop operations.
New joint efforts build upon the existing relationship between Ricoh and EFI that dates back to EFI's founding in 1989. EFI and Ricoh will continue to work together in the following areas:
-- Development and marketing of POD workflow solutions to expand
both EFI and Ricoh's business in the Production Printing
-- Establishing a seamless process ranging from R&D through
production, marketing and customer support.
EFI (www.efi.com) is the world leader in digital controllers, superwide format printers and inks, and commercial and enterprise print management solutions. EFI's award-winning solutions, integrated from creation to print, deliver increased performance, cost savings and productivity. The company's robust product portfolio includes Fiery® color print servers; superwide digital inkjet printers, UV and solvent inks; print production workflow and management information software; and corporate printing solutions. EFI maintains 23 offices worldwide.
About Ricoh Corporation
Ricoh Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 70-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2005 sales in excess of $17 billion, a 5.6 percent increase over the previous year.
Ricoh Corporation is a leading provider of document solutions. Ricoh's fully integrated hardware and software products help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents. Ricoh's line of document management devices include, color and black & white digital imaging systems, facsimile products, printers, scanners, digital duplicators and wide format engineering systems. Additionally, Ricoh offers a wide variety of document and printing solutions directly and through strategic alliances enhancing office productivity and document workflow. Ricoh's document management software enhances workgroup collaboration and offers secure storage, retrieval and sharing of critical information.
Ricoh Corporation directly or through its subsidiaries markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America. For fiscal year 2005, Ricoh Corporation sales exceeded $3 billion, an increase of 8.1 percent over the previous year.
Information about Ricoh's complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at www.ricoh-usa.com.
NOTE TO EDITORS: EFI and Fiery, are registered trademarks of Electronics For Imaging, Inc. in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and/or certain other foreign jurisdictions. Digital StoreFront is a trademark of Electronics for Imaging, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.
Gayle LeDoux, 650-357-3938
Russell Marchetta, 973-882-2075