EFI Announces Enhanced Service Program for VUTEk Superwide Printers


Customized Service Programs Designed for Best-in-Class Productivity, Uptime

FOSTER CITY, Calif.-- Jan. 2, 2008--EFI (Nasdaq:EFII), the world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced an Enhanced Service Program (ESP) designed to customize support to meet a wide range of customer needs for its VUTEk® product line of superwide dye sublimation, solvent and UV inkjet printers. This three-tiered contractual program is available beginning in January 2008 to both existing and new Vutek customers.

"As we continue to provide industry leading support to a growing VUTEk installed base we are working to enhance the service options available to our customers and to continue to drive high levels of customer satisfaction," said Bart Kulesz, vice president of customer support, EFI VUTEk. "Historically, customers using grand or superwide format printers have primarily relied on self-service to maintain their printing equipment. This makes it difficult to predict costs and can have an impact on productivity. By implementing these innovative service offerings, EFI is once again demonstrating industry leadership. The Enhanced Service Program for the VUTEk product line enables us to customize service programs to meet specific customer needs, maximizing uptime and productivity, while better controlling costs for EFI and its customers. This unique program is another example of innovative EFI customer solutions that deliver real value in the superwide printing industry."

The new Enhanced Service Program will offer three tiers of service response time to better align service levels with customer requirements and geographic locations:

Critical, which offers a service response time within 8 business hours
Proactive provides service within 16 business hours
Essential ensures that a service technician will arrive within 24 business hours.

ESP contracts will include parts, labor and travel, as well as preventative maintenance. At the same time, EFI is implementing new service coverage strategies to increase the number of service actions that are can be resolved within the first call, including expanded trunk stock for service technicians and localized Field Service Engineers who will provide faster response times and customized service for VUTEk customers. In addition, Enhanced Service Programs will include one training seat per year for operator training and expanded opportunities for a number of other EFI VUTEk programs and services.

"Although we will continue to provide time and materials (T&M) service," added Kulesz, "customers taking advantage of our Enhanced Service Program will not be responsible for parts, travel or labor and will benefit from extended telephone support hours and shorter, more predictable response times."

"By launching this program, EFI continues to raise the bar for service standards in the superwide printing industry," said Chet Pribonic, senior vice president and general manager, EFI VUTEk. "We believe this approach will improve overall service levels across the board, improving customer productivity and profitability. It also establishes an organizational framework for the advanced professional services we plan to make available in later 2008, including color management, custom application development, customer business development and extended operator training. This breadth of new offerings strengthens our 'Print to Win' strategy for our superwide printing customers."

For more information about the VUTEk product line and other solutions from VUTEk, visit www.efi.com.

About EFI

EFI (www.efi.com) is the world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation. 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® digital color print servers; VUTEk® superwide digital inkjet printers, UV and solvent inks; Jetrion® industrial inkjet printing systems; print production workflow and management information software; and corporate printing solutions. EFI maintains 23 offices worldwide.

CONTACT:
EFI Public Relations
Jane Cedrone, 603-279-6811
jcedrone@efi-vutek.com

SOURCE: EFI

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