printCafe Takes Home 'Legacy Award' at GRAPH EXPO 15 for Its Continuing Influence
CHICAGO—September 15, 2015—The 2015 Legacy Award for a technology having a significant, lasting, and continuing influence on the graphic communications industry went to printCafe's PrinterSite Web-to-print system first honored in 2000 as a Must See 'Ems selection. The honor was announced at the conclusion of the EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK Conference on the opening day of GRAPH EXPO 15, which runs from Sept. 13-16 at Chicago's McCormick Place, co-located with CPP EXPO.
Later acquired by EFI, printCafe's PrinterSite was instrumental in introducing the "dot-com era" to the graphic communications industry and was at the time chosen as a 2000 Must See 'Ems winner. It was picked for the Legacy Award by a selection committee composed of industry experts, journalists and consultants who looked for a past Must See 'Ems product that has inspired real innovation and change, not just one that has been popular.
"It is hard to recall the days before e-commerce and Web-to-print had permeated the graphic communications industry," said GASC President Ralph Nappi. "PrintCafe's web-to-print product pioneered the industry's entry into an area that is now both essential and commonplace."
Among the comments from the selection committee:
"The 'dot-com era' introduced e-commerce to the printing industry, and printCafe's Web-to-print offering brought an unprecedented level of integration with Management Information Systems."
"The collection of offerings put together by Marc Olin and the printCafe team was truly groundbreaking, although I don't think many people saw it that way at the time. The proof is in its longevity and the ultimate powerhouse portfolio it is today under the EFI umbrella."
"There is a heavy use of Web-to-print that is currently being utilized in the labels market and other forward thinking groups are offering "packaging on demand" in growing numbers. This all has its roots in the offerings of printCafe from 15 years ago."
For more information about the annual Must See 'Ems product and technology recognition program click here.
About GRAPH EXPO 15
Recognized as the most innovative and comprehensive exhibition in the Americas of inkjet, digital, offset, flexo, gravure and hybrid technologies, products, and services for the commercial, transactional, converting and package printing, publishing, mailing, in-plant, photo imaging, marketing, and industrial printing industries. This year's "Transform" themed GRAPH EXPO 15 offers an exciting show-going experience for a diverse spectrum of attendees. The industry event presents the latest graphic communications technologies in live equipment demonstrations across the exhibition floor, plus education on the most in-demand products and newest profit-making opportunities. GRAPH EXPO 15 offers more than 70 interactive learning sessions and 50+ co-located events for attendees across 12 key market segments.
About Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC)
GRAPH EXPO and PRINT are produced by the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC). GASC is owned by Epicomm, NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies (NPES), and the Printing Industries of America.