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EFI Enters Agreement with Nazdar for Solvent Ink Manufacturing

June 2009
FOSTER CITY, CA—June 30, 2009—EFI (Nasdaq: EFII), the world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced entry into a manufacturing agreement with Nazdar®, wherein Nazdar will produce EFI’s VUTEk and Inkware solvent inks, which are renowned for their phenomenal color quality, fantastic durability and superior printer performance. Nazdar is a longtime partner of EFI who distributes VUTEk® printers and inks to the North American screenprint market.
 
“Nazdar has been a trusted partner of EFI for many years, and we are thrilled to be expanding our relationship with a company that has such a deep knowledge of solvent-based digital ink manufacturing,” said Scott Schinlever, vice president and general manager of EFI’s ink business. “EFI’s ink customers will continue to receive superior products and service that they have come to expect over the last two decades, including the most consistent and durable inks that have been developed and optimized for their printing systems. EFI selected Nazdar to be their manufacturing partner due to their commitment to quality, consistency and reliability, which are cornerstones of EFI inks.”
 
Though EFI’s VUTEk and Inkware solvent ink will be manufactured by Nazdar, the inks will use current EFI’s VUTEk and Inkware formulations, with the same warranty coverage offered, and will be manufactured to the same stringent quality-control requirements. VUTEk superwide inkjet printers provide the best image quality, most vibrant colors and finest consistency when printing with VUTEk and Inkware inks. VUTEk customers can run a multitude of jobs for indoor and outdoor applications with confidence, knowing that EFI has been an industry-leader for twenty years.
 
Nazdar has been producing inks and coatings since 1922, and for the digital printing industry since 1998, and received word in the year 2000 that their Quality Management System exceeds the International Standard ISO 9001. This is an industry-wide signal that Nazdar has achieved a standard of quality that extends from operations and manufacturing to customer service and product delivery.
 
”Nazdar is pleased to have this opportunity to expand our relationship with EFI”, said Richard Bowles, vice president and general manager of Nazdar’s inks and coatings division. “Nazdar can focus on what we do best – manufacturing excellent digital inks to the exacting standards developed by VUTEk and Inkware.”
 
The announcement of the extended partnership between EFI and Nazdar Inks and Coatings comes along with word that EFI expects to cease ink manufacturing at its Meredith, NH facility as part of its ongoing consolidation of its ink business, and will be manufacturing its UV-based and specialty digital inks at EFI’s facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
 

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