EFI - 12/13/2006
Breakthrough VUTEk BioVu Inks from EFI
Foster City, Calif. - December 13, 2006 - EFI (Nasdaq: EFII), the world leader in color digital print servers,
superwide format inkjet printers and inks, and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing,
today announced commercial availability of its VUTEk® BioVu(TM) inks - the first environmentally friendly solvent
inks made with totally renewable resources.
BioVu is another of EFI's "Green" initiatives and part of the company's long-held commitment to improving the
environment and benefiting its global customers. "Unlike many new products, which are step change improvements,
BioVu ink is a revolutionary advancement that will improve not only our customers' environmental footprint, but
also their bottom lines," said Guy Gecht, EFI CEO. "It represents our commitment to protecting an increasingly
fragile Earth, one we hope others in the industry will follow."
"We have been testing the inks in the U.S. and Europe for nearly a year, with the final formulation in the field for
the last 60 days," said Scott Schinlever, vice president and general manager of EFI's ink division. "The results
have exceeded expectations, and we are very excited about making this unique ink commercially available to
the superwide format industry."
VUTEk BioVu from EFI is the first solvent-based ink made from a renewable resource (derived from corn), and
the only ink recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), thereby establishing an entirely
new category of truly environmentally friendly inks. EFI's BioVu ink is made from food-grade ingredients yet
delivers the benefits of traditional solvent inks without the compromises inherent in eco-solvent and aqueous
inks. This includes the same color gamut as traditional solvent inks so that users can seamlessly switch to these
environmentally conscious inks with no workflow or prepress process modifications.
Like other solvent-based inks, VUTEk BioVu provides extreme durability, strong bonding to uncoated surfaces
and great resistance to UV light and mechanical wear. But unlike other solvent inks on the market, BioVu inks
are designed specifically to run in high-production environments and provide high print quality while delivering
the best health and environmental profile in the marketplace. Although water-based inks are also environmentally
friendly, they have significant limitations in terms of the applications for which they can be used. And other
solvent-based inks positioned as environmentally friendly still offer poor health and environmental profiles and
contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), a component deemed by the
U.S. EPA to have a particularly poor toxicological profile when released to the environment through evaporation.
"Each year, commercial formulators use millions of pounds of chemical ingredients that one way or another find
their way into the environment," said Schinlever. "Our customers have made it clear that they want the ability to
print superwide graphics without bothersome fumes or expensive ventilation systems. Our environmentally friendly
BioVu ink, made from renewable resources, is the only ink that effectively addresses these concerns."
One such customer is The Big Print of San Francisco and Seattle. "In developing our BioGraphix environmentally
friendly printing platform, we have sourced a variety of environmentally friendly materials, including fabrics
manufactured in VOC-free factories and pressure sensitive vinyl alternatives," said Jon Zinsmeyer, founder and
president and one of the VUTEk BioVu test sites. "Until now, the missing link has been environmentally friendly
solvent inks for superwide format printers. VUTEk BioVu inks from EFI have filled that gap."
Other business benefits of VUTEk BioVu inks include lower disposal costs since there are no hazardous
materials (hazmat); reduced odor on final printed materials; and a more comfortable working environment for
employees. In new shops or installations, no ventilation and burner systems are required to meet OSHA regulations
since there are no harmful VOC emissions.
The patent-pending, preferable chemistry inks include VUTEk's BioVu in Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black and
BioVu Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Light Yellow and Light Black for superwide format inkjet printing operations.
BioVu inks are manufactured for use on EFI's VUTEk 3360 solvent printer. EFI plans to extend BioVu inks to its
currently offered superwide format solvent printer models in 2007.
In addition to the development of environmentally friendly VUTEk BioVu inks, EFI has been leading by example
with other environmentally conscious initiatives. EFI Fiery® digital print servers were among the first to ship as
RoHS (Restriction of the use of Hazardous Substances)-compliant, representing an unprecedented engineering
development effort and manufacturing implementation. Additionally, EFI's 10 story, 300,000 square foot corporate
headquarters is designed to harness the Earth's natural resources to aid in heating and cooling the space. EFI's
energy conservation measures save the equivalent of 783 kilowatts of energy per day, which is enough to
power approximately 600 homes.