23 January 2013
Growth is key EFI message at Connect
LAS VEGAS—EFI has set its course on a relatively aggressive acquisition strategy and is aiming for 10% annual organic growth rate, said chief executive officer Guy Gecht.

Gecht spoke in front of more than 1,000 EFI customers and industry personnel who gathered in Las Vegas last week for Connect, the company’s annual user group conference.

Over the last year and a half EFI has acquired seven companies, among them Cretaprint in Spain for digital printing of ceramic tiles, OPS, Technique and Prism in a bid to consolidate the MIS market. Expect more acquisitions in 2013, said Gecht, in several industries and applications, including packaging.

On the production inkjet side, Ken Hanulec, vice president of marketing for inkjet technologies, reported that the company’s strategy is to penetrate the high-end spectrum of the market with the new HSPro100, which the company introduced at Drupa and is shortly headed for Beta sites. On the Jetrion side, a new high-resolution label press, the Jetrion 5000 is slated for release at Label Expo in Belgium this year, but the company shared few details about it. Sean Skelly, vice president of Jetrion, said EFI aims to transform the labels and packaging segment from analog to digital, adding that inkjet will change the game in a field currently dominated by toner devices.

Landa update

A key highlight of the event were the presentations by Benny Landa, of Landa Digital, to the press and the wider audience. Landa, you may recall, stole the show at Drupa last year with the debut of his nanography technology.

Landa reported that he took about 430 letters of intent at Drupa, and his current focus is to gear up to place selected models in Beta sites by the end of the year. The most likely model, and the most popular at Drupa is the Lanada S10, a B1 cutsheet press. By the time the press is installed at the the Beta sites, the resolution will have leaped to 1,200 dpi from 600 dpi.

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