Guy Gecht, EFI’s CEO, in addition to providing a keynote address, held his “fireside chats” – Q&A sessions with a diverse selection of printing industry leaders.
The theme of Gecht’s keynote was “GPS.” He said, “EFI would like to help you navigate where you want to take your company. We also want you to be our GPS,” Gecht said, referring to the notion of EFI and its customers having a symbiotic relationship toward business growth. He talked about the evolving digital business landscape, and pointed to an example most can relate to. “Look at Blockbuster,” he said. “In 2004, the company made $6 billion with 60,000 employees. Today, Netflix has roughly $6 billion in revenue, with just 2,000 employees.” Speaking of billions, Gecht also discussed his goal for EFI, which is to see it become a $1 billion company.
During his “fireside chat” with Gecht, RR Donnelley CEO Tom Quinlan opened up about his thoughts on the state of the printing industry and also strategies for success in a changing market.
“Our industry is doing better than most people think – printing’s death has been greatly exaggerated,” Quinlan told Gecht. “Print is going to be a core component to any communication plan – it’s tangible and shareable.”
EFI launched at Connect its new EFI Productivity Suite (EPS). Now available, the suite addresses customers’ most pressing automation and efficiency needs by moving the workflow emphasis away from individual EFI software packages and modules to a complete offering that uses best-of-suite, end-to-end workflows, certified integrations and synchronized development. As a result, printing and packaging companies can further simplify the management and operations tasks they need to grow into new markets and strategically run their businesses.
During a special press briefing at EFI Connect, Ken Hanulec, vice president, marketing, EFI Inkjet Solutions, said 2014 was the strongest year to date for EFI’s Jetrion line of inkjet label presses. “We had a highly successful 2014 Labelexpo, which added to a great year overall for Jetrion,” he said.
Hanulec added that the Jetrion install base has grown from 250 in 2013 to almost 500 worldwide press installations today. He said one of the drivers behind the development of the Jetrion 4950 is the demand for a fully integrated digital label press with inline finishing and laser diecutting. –Steve Katz