Epson and EFI strengthen alliance to enhance Epson’s new large format printers

Following is a media release about EFI’s new Colorproof XF that dramatically extends colour gamut as well as accuracy and consistency by taking full advantage of Epson’s newly developed UltraChrome K3(TM) ink with Vivid Magenta technology in the new 880 series of large format printers.
Press Release

Seiko Epson Corporation (“Epson”) and EFI, the world leader in colour digital print servers, superwide format printers, and inks and print management solutions, has launched a new solution for proofing and large-format production.
 
The new Epson Stylus Pro 4880, 7880, 9880, and 11880 printers are supported by the new version of EFI Colorproof(TM) XF.  Demanding users in the proofing community, as well as those in industries such as photography, fine art, and print production, who purchase the solution of Colorproof XF and the Epson Stylus Pro series can print various levels of proofs with accurate, consistent, and wide gamut colour.  This new solution dramatically extends colour gamut as well as accuracy and consistency by taking full advantage of Epson’s newly developed UltraChrome K3(TM) ink with Vivid Magenta technology.
 
Epson’s Business Solutions, Business Unit Manager, Craig Heckenberg, said Epson’s new 880 series printers, including the 64 inch Stylus Pro 11880, provided a new range of cost-effective business opportunities for the print-for-pay, proofing, photography and fine art markets.
 
“Epson will continue to respond to the diversifying needs of all our customers in a very positive and productive way through strong alliances with our partners in each of these segments,” Mr Heckenberg said.

Russell Cavenagh, Sales Director for DES, the Australian distributor for Colorproof XF and other EFI contract proofing, colour management and workflow software, said:  “EFI Colorproof XF and Epson have always enjoyed majority support from the Australian and NZ proofing users.  With the width and speed of the new 11880 and new production functions within Colorproof XF such as the Intelligent Clean Colour we look forward to extending that success in the instant print and fine art markets”.

Epson Stylus Pro printers have long been supported by EFI Colorproof XF, winner of the 2007 BERTL’s Best Wide Format Pre-press/Proofing Solution. The new version of EFI’s Bestcolor(R) technology-driven inkjet proofing solution includes several enhanced and new features, such as:

Intelligent Clean Colour Technology
This feature for vibrant and crisp colours ensures: vivid, saturated colour with pleasant modulation and clean appearance; smooth cleaning of primary and secondary colours without any influence on colour critical areas like greys, skin tones or spot colours. Intelligent Clean Colour Technology is flexible and can be automatic, custom mode or switched off for regular proofing needs.

Full Gamut function
The Full Gamut profile lets users exploit the maximum colour gamut of their printing equipment, and provides good reproduction of primary colours. With the Full Gamut function, there are no colour gamut limitations through profiles.

Support of the most up-to-date proofing standards
Colorproof XF for the new Epson large format printer series features full compliance with industry standards, including ISO 12647-7 and support of IT8.7.4 Chart.

Complete cross platform XF server
Colorproof XF delivers maximum flexibility in Mac- and PC-based operating environments.

Epson Stylus Pro printers are known for their ability to provide outstanding print quality that satisfies professional’s needs.  EFI Colorproof XF supports the Epson Stylus Pro 4880, 7880, 9880, and 11880 printers, which use the new Epson UltraChrome K3 ink technology, an all-new eight-colour pigment based ink system developed over the past two years as a result of collaboration between Epson and the professional printing industry, and Vivid Magenta technology for excellent image quality and colour gamut, along with Epson’s original Micro Piezo print heads.

“Epson’s solutions for excellent image quality and colour gamut, particularly the new UltraChrome K3 ink with Vivid Magenta technologies, combined with our Bestcolor technology-driven inkjet proofing and production solution will impress the most demanding customers,” said Stefan Spiegel, general manager, Graphic Arts Solutions, EFI. “Customers who purchase Colorproof XF for Epson Stylus Pro printers are enabled to take accuracy and consistency to an entirely new level.”

Availability
EFI Colorproof XF for Epson Stylus Pro printers is sold through certified EFI dealers and distributors worldwide, including DES in Australia and New Zealand.  More information is available at www.efi.com/products/prepress/proofing/colorproof-xf.
 
Epson Customer Hotline: 1300 131 928
 
About Epson Australia
 
Epson offers an extensive array of award winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets, and is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market.  Epson is the market leader worldwide in sales of data projectors [DTC Consulting Limited figures].  Epson’s products meet consumer and business customer needs for superior quality colour image reproduction (printers), projection (projectors) and capture (scanners) devices with high-level functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency.  Epson Australia, founded in 1983 is headquartered in North Ryde NSW and is a subsidiary of the Epson Group headquartered in Japan.
 
About the Epson Group
 
Epson is a global leader in imaging products including printers, 3LCD projectors and small- and medium-sized LCDs. With an innovative and creative culture, Epson is dedicated to exceeding the vision and expectations of customers worldwide with products known for their superior quality, functionality, compactness and energy efficiency.
 
Epson is a network of 87,626 employees in 117 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and to the communities in which it is located. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., the Group had consolidated sales of 1416 billion yen in fiscal 2006.
 
About EFI
EFI (www.efi.com) is the world leader in color digital print servers, 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(R) digital color print servers; VUTEk superwide digital inkjet printers, UV and solvent inks; industrial inkjet printing systems, print production workflow and management information software; and corporate printing solutions. EFI maintains 23 offices worldwide.

Contact:
Gayle LeDoux
EFI
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: +650-357-3938
 
About DES
DES is Australia and New Zealand’s leading innovative and experienced provider of integrated digital imaging solutions for the professional printing industry.  Incorporated in 1987 to take over the business of Drafting Equipment & Supplies, which commenced in 1961, DES has progressed and moved into new diverse markets, manufacturing, importing and distributing a range of capital and consumable products to facilitate the reproduction and communication of design.

DES provides superior imaging solutions including large format digital printers, copiers, scanners, papers, inks, flexographic printing plates and colour management software. Serving the photographic, fine art, graphic arts, proofing, publishing, and packaging markets, D
ES has also maintained its original AEC, CAD and GIS activities and skills.
 
Contact:
DES
Aust
ralia:  1300 728 411
NZ:  0800 226 557
[email protected]

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