SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 14, 2010) – Golden Gate Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity firm, announced today the acquisitions of Clover Technologies Group and West Point Products. These acquisitions advance Golden Gate’s strategy to develop an aftermarket imaging supplies portfolio. By starting their portfolio with the acquisition of two industry leaders, it paves the way for Golden Gate to develop a comprehensive, multi-channel platform positioned for rapid growth. Clover Technologies Group is the global leader in providing vertically integrated, closed-loop environmental solutions, including the recycling and remanufacturing of imaging supplies.

Founded in 1996 and with annual revenue of more than $450 million, Clover specializes in selling through the wholesale, distribution, national office products and retail channels. Jim Cerkleski, CEO of Clover Holdings, commented on the acquisition, “We are excited about partnering with Golden Gate because it opens up new opportunities for global expansion both organically and through acquisitions. We will continue to expand our collections programs and remanufacturing infrastructure as we diversify into new and emerging markets while driving our ‘recapture, remanufacture, remarket’ strategy. This will also allow us to accelerate the organic growth and acquisition strategy of Image1 to be the number one parts provider globally.”

West Point Products is the leading imaging supplies remanufacturer servicing the mid-market, focused on supporting dealers targeting the SMB market. Founded in 1972 and with annual revenue of more than $65 million, West Point Products provides best-in-class managed print services (Axess MPS) to complement their product and services portfolio. Tom Day, CEO of West Point Products, said: “This acquisition enables us to continue to grow organically and seek out new acquisition opportunities. This partnership will help us enhance our product and services offering to further penetrate the mid-market.”

Both companies will continue to operate independently in their respective markets but will work together to leverage potential synergies in the future. This partnership will provide greater coverage and focus on each market to ensure the best and highest quality product and support while maximizing distribution capabilities for greater product availability. The focus will remain on providing best-in-class support to customers while ensuring the highest levels of service in the industry. Existing management of both organizations will remain in place to support these new growth strategies and senior management of each company will remain large shareholders.

Jake Mizrahi, Golden Gate Managing Director, said, “We enthusiastically welcome Clover and West Point as a part of the broader Golden Gate portfolio and look forward to working with both organizations to continue to help accelerate their growth strategies. These strong platforms position us perfectly to pursue additional opportunities in the imaging supplies and environmental space both in the United States and abroad.”


About Golden Gate Capital Golden Gate Capital is a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm with approximately $8.0 billion of capital under management. Golden Gate is dedicated to partnering with world-class management teams to invest in change-intensive, growth businesses. The firm targets investments where there is a demonstrable opportunity to significantly enhance a company’s value. The principals of Golden Gate have a long and successful history of investing with management partners across a wide range of industries and transaction types, including leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, corporate divestitures and spin-offs, build-ups and venture stage investing. For additional information, visit www.goldengatecap.com

About Clover Technologies Group Clover Technologies Group is the global leader in providing vertically integrated, closed-loop environmental solutions, including the recycling and remanufacturing of imaging supplies. Founded in 1996 and with an annual revenue of over $450 million, Clover is one of the fastest growing, privately held companies in the United States. Clover is also the world’s largest collector and recycler of empty ink and toner cartridges in the aftermarket imaging supplies industry and provides comprehensive recycling services for small electronics including cell phones. The complete line of Clover’s quality imaging supplies is available through industry leading resellers and wholesalers and marketed under a variety of private label brands. To learn more, visit www.clovertech.com

About West Point Products West Point Products has been a leading manufacturer of premium replacement imaging supplies since 1972, having built its business by adhering to its self-prescribed 5 Pillars of Success: Quality, Service, Selection, Integrity, and People. In support of this commitment to its customers, West Point Products has become one of only a handful of companies in the imaging industry to hold both ISO 9001 and STMC certifications. As further testament to West Point Products commitment to its customers, it continues to lead with innovative products and service offerings, including Axess MPS, a suite of MPS products and services, and AgriTone™ Premium Replacement Cartridges, remanufactured cartridges with high levels of Bio-content. To learn more, visit http://www.westpointproducts.com


SOUTH HADLEY, Mass., April 8, 2010– InteliCoat Technologies®, a world leader in the manufacture of coated paper, film, and specialty substrates for digital imaging technologies, today announced that all of its Magic®, Magiclée® and Museo® brand products are now profiled for Canon’s recently announced imagePROGRAF large format printers, including the 44-inch imagePROGRAF iPF8300, 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF6350 and the iPF6300.

These newest additions highlight InteliCoat’s commitment to providing customers with one of the most comprehensive, readily-accessible library of ICC profiles in the industry.

Canon’s imagePROGRAF iPF6300/6350/8300 large format printers feature a new ink set, LUCIA EX, which enables photographers to precisely achieve desired results by producing more expressive, crisp blacks, smooth color gradations and the capability to reproduce the finest details in the shadow areas of photographs.  The new inks are also designed with an innovative polymer structure that results in greater scratch resistance and protection from color fading, while also reducing bronzing and metamerism for durable, stable output.

“At InteliCoat, we do everything possible to ensure our customers obtain optimized results from our products, which is why we place such importance on our extensive library of ICC profiles,” said Jonathan Read, Technical Sales & Applications Manager at InteliCoat Technologies.  “By optimizing Magic, Magiclée and Museo brand products for the latest generation of Canon printers, our customers will be able to produce consistent, accurate, high-quality color images every time.

It is now even easier to obtain excellent results on these machines, due to Canon’s new Media Configuration Tool, which allows our customers to import our custom media files directly into the printer.  This feature is a great way to streamline and simplify the printing process for novice printer operators, to the most knowledgeable experts.”

To access InteliCoat’s ICC profiles, please visit http://www.magicinkjet.com/icc-profile-search.php. For additional information about InteliCoat brand ink jet media, call 800-628-8604 or visit the website at www.magicinkjet.com.

About InteliCoat Technologies
As a world leader in the manufacture of coated paper, film, and specialty substrates for digital imaging applications, InteliCoat Technologies® has earned a reputation for producing innovative products for the wide format printing market, including the award-winning Magic® brand portfolio of digital imaging media, the Magiclée® brand of digital fine art and specialty media, Museo® brand digital fine art media and the JetSet® brand of products for the CAD market. InteliCoat is dedicated to conducting its business with maximum sensitivity to environmental compliance and concern as part of the company’s commitment to continually improving its environmental performance at all levels. InteliCoat operates two manufacturing facilities in the United States, with sales and marketing operations in Australia, The Netherlands, North and South America. Worldwide headquarters is in South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA. InteliCoat is a Sun Capital Partners company.

Prestigious Industry Awards Given to EFI’s Wide Format Printing, Industrial Inkjet and RIP Solutions for Innovation and New Technologies

FOSTER CITY, CA — April 8, 2010 – EFI™ (Nasdaq: EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced that it has won three European Digital Press (EDP) Association Awards for 2010; ‘Best Wide Format Printer up to 3.5 Meters’ for the VUTEk® GS3200, ‘Best Industrial (Specialty) Printing Solution’ for the Jetrion® 4830, and ‘Best RIP Solution for Wide Format’ for Fiery® XF. This intensive evaluation is performed by a committee of independent consultants, editors, engineers and other related professionals, and is based on innovation and the value of the new technologies these products bring to the European market. This includes improving speed, quality, usability and functionality, or reducing environmental impact as well as cost to the user.

“Dedication to our customer’s success is our main priority. EFI has now won seven EDP awards since 2007, which is a testament to both our focus on innovation and continued commitment to our partners,” said EFI CEO, Guy Gecht. “EFI invests heavily in research and development and regularly seeks feedback from our users so that we can offer the products and solutions that will drive their businesses. We are extremely proud of this recognition from the European Digital Press Association; it is great motivation to continue to be leaders in digital printing innovation.”

EFI’s VUTEk GS3200 – ‘Best Wide Format Printer up to 3.5 Meters of the Year 2010’

The VUTEk GS3200 has earned this award for “being a new generation 3.2m UV-curable flat-bed and roll-fed printer with a maximum output resolution of 1,000dpi and the ability to produce 12 picoliter droplets in all colors including white and continuous board printing capabilities,” as referenced in the EDP report. The combination of superior photorealistic quality and high production speeds without compromises allows business to increase revenues by expanding into new, higher-margin applications.
EFI’s Jetrion 4830 – ‘Best Industrial (Specialty) Printing Solution of the Year 2010’

“Designed for the label market,” reads the EDP report, “its UV-curable inks provide excellent durability; its re-registration facility enables four-color double-sided jobs to be output accurately and it has the ability to be used on pre-printed and pre-die cut rolls.” The Jetrion 4830 prints 8.3-inches (21 cm) wide, enabling two-up four-inch labels. With its high speed print mode of greater than 120 feet per minute (36.6 meters per minute), the Jetrion 4830 is capable of more than doubling the throughput of the market-leading Jetrion 4000.

EFI’s Fiery XF 4.1 – ‘Best RIP Solution for Wide Format of the Year 2010’

The easy-to-use Fiery XF RIP has been given the award for “supporting contour cutting machines with drivers for 1,200 cutting and routing tables from 70 different manufacturers and for having an identical interface on both Windows and Macintosh platforms,” per EDP. Its automated workflow maximizes investment by reducing lengthy production times and producing accurate, vibrant colors.

The above winning products as well as other EFI solutions will be on display in EFI??s booth (#2420) at the ISA International Sign Expo, April 8-10, 2010 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

For more information about EFI solutions, visit http://www.efi.com/.

About EFI
EFI (http://www.efi.com/) is a 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 print controllers and solutions; VUTEk® superwide digital inkjet printers, UV and solvent inks; Rastek™ UV wide-format inkjet printers; Jetrion® industrial inkjet printing systems; print production workflow and management information software; and corporate printing solutions. EFI maintains 23 offices worldwide.

InteliCoat Technologies, a world leader in the manufacture of coated paper, film, and specialty substrates for digital imaging applications.

In support of InteliCoat’s April Product of the Month – Magiclée® Torino 17M – the company will be hosting canvas product review web seminars.  The webinars will educate participants about the various canvas media options available from InteliCoat.  It will also provide tips and advice for achieving the utmost quality and archivability to increase market share and profitability.

The 15 minute webinars will be held the following Thursdays in April at 2:30 p.m.:

  • April 15, 2010
  • April 22, 2010
  • April 29, 2010

Interested persons can register for this free event at: http://magicinkjet.com/pages.php?name=webinars

About InteliCoat Technologies
As a world leader in the manufacture of coated paper, film, and specialty substrates for digital imaging applications, InteliCoat Technologies® has earned a reputation for producing innovative products for the wide format printing market, including the award-winning Magic® brand portfolio of digital imaging media, the Magiclée® brand of digital fine art and specialty media, Museo® brand digital fine art media and the JetSet® brand of products for the CAD market. InteliCoat is dedicated to conducting its business with maximum sensitivity to environmental compliance and concern as part of the company’s commitment to continually improving its environmental performance at all levels. InteliCoat operates two manufacturing facilities in the United States, with sales and marketing operations in Australia, The Netherlands, North and South America. Worldwide headquarters is in South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA. InteliCoat is a Sun Capital Partners company.

Keynote presentation featured Extreme Recycling at Subaru

Fairfax, Virginia — Specialty imagers from around the country recently met for the annual 2010 National Environmental Health and Safety (NEHS) Conference (Indianapolis, March 15–17) to discuss sustainability and other issues affecting the graphic communications industry.

“The NEHS conference provides printers of all platforms the opportunity to network with their peers, take home new ideas to implement, and receive up to the minute information on safety, environmental and human resource issues that directly impact all operations,” said Marci Kinter, SGIA Vice President, Government & Business Information.

Denise Coogan, Manager, Safety and Environmental Compliance at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc., opened the conference with the keynote presentation “Extreme Recycling at Subaru.” The plant set a “green” standard in 2004 when it became the first “zero landfill” auto factory in the US. Attendees learned about the operational decisions, culture and benefits that have accrued from Subaru’s persistent focus on environmental stewardship.

The Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership certification program was another key topic of discussion. The SGP Printer Panel discussed activities involved in becoming certified as well as how they have benefited from achieving SGP status. Attendees also participated in pre-conference workshops, learned the latest health and safety practices, and developed action plans to employ sustainability programs and projects in their facilities.

“We are just starting to implement our sustainability program,” said NEHS attendee Mark St. Louis of Holland & Crosby (Mississauga, Ontario). “The conference provided me with a great opportunity to network with other facilities looking to implement similar programs.”

For more information about the 2010 NEHS Conference, go to SGIA.org, Keyword: NEHS.

SGIA — Supporting the Leaders of the Digital & Screen Printing Community

“Specialty imaging” comprises digital imaging, screen printing and the many other imaging technologies SGIA members use, including those they’ll tap in the future. These are the imaging processes and technologies employed to create new products and to enhance existing products including point-of-purchase displays, signs, advertisements, garments, containers and vehicles. Make the most of your specialty imaging business.

SGIA press releases and artwork are available at SGIA.org.

Competitive Speeds Create a Cost-Effective Imaging Device

West Caldwell, NJ, March 8, 2010 – Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment, today announced the introduction of the new Aficio® MP C6501SP/C7501SP digital imaging system.  Both color multifunction products (MFPs) replace the Aficio MP C6000 and MP C7500.  The new MP C6501SP/C7501SP system is engineered to minimize total cost of ownership with enhanced speed, productivity, paper handling and finishing, and energy saving features. The system provides an ideal solution for fast-paced offices and high-volume environments.

The Aficio MP C6501SP/C7501SP system helps users stay productive by reducing turnaround time with fast output.  The MP C6501SP boasts speeds of 60 pages-per-minute (ppm) color and 65 ppm black and white, while the MP C7501SP delivers 70 ppm color and 75 ppm black and white.  Output is further accelerated by a 150-sheet automatic document feeder with one-pass color duplex scanning, allowing users to scan both sides of a document in a single pass, reducing scan time and wear and tear on sensitive originals.  Personal productivity is also enhanced with Ricoh’s new widget-based technology, App2Me®.  Scheduled to launch in the first quarter of this year, App2Me allows users to create customized workflows and utilize them at any Ricoh MFP enabled with the App2Me workflow management solution.

As today’s businesses demand high-quality results, the Aficio MP C6501SP/C7501SP system offers a wide range of professional-grade paper finishing and handling features that allow users to experiment with new formats and improve uptime.  Standard paper capacity is 3,400 sheets with a maximum capacity of 7,400 sheets.  Also available are seven optional finishers specific to a variety of functions, such as six-position multi-fold, staple and hole punch, ring bind and booklet-making.  Paper handling has been improved as the system accepts up to 140 lb. Index and 110 lb. Cover.  To further enhance document processing and printing, the optional Fiery E-7200 will be available after launch allowing for easier Ricoh scanning and Fiery printing.

“For many businesses, in-house printing needs are becoming more complex,” said Hede Nonaka, executive vice president, Marketing & Document Solutions and Services Division, Ricoh Americas Corporation.  “With the Ricoh Aficio MP C6501SP/C7501SP digital imaging system, instead of outsourcing these jobs to a third-party printer, users can consolidate costs into one resourceful and reliable MFP that is capable of meeting their unique print and color-imaging demands.”

While the Aficio MP C6501SP/C7501SP system delivers on quality and productivity, it also helps businesses cut down on energy and meet their overall sustainability goals.  The MP C6501SP and MP C7501SP exhibit warm-up times of 70 and 60 seconds respectively, all while using 12 percent less energy than previous models.  Additionally, the system is designed to use Ricoh’s revolutionary PxP toner.  With its lower melting point, PxP toner requires less energy, but still delivers professional-level results.

With the Aficio MP C6501SP/C7501SP system, confidentiality and security remain of the utmost importance.  The system incorporates many of Ricoh’s standard safeguarding features, including the ability to limit system access to authorized users only and document encryption.

For more information on the Ricoh Aficio MP C6501SP/C7501SP and Ricoh’s full line of products and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

FUJIFILM Dimatix’ SpectraT brand printheads are featured in 34 printers – including 22 powered by new Polaris series printheads. The expanded Polaris printhead family introduced is capable of drop sizes ranging from 15 to 200 picoliters and was shown integrated into an impressive array of printer models, sizes and applications.

Dongguan, China; March 17, 2010 – Citing a surge in market demand for its Spectra brand printheads that began in 2008 and more recent design mandates for its new, high-performance Polaris Q-Class units, FUJIFILM Dimatix is calling the China Sign Expo 2010 a resounding success and a sign of greater things tocome.

More than 40,000 sign industry professionals from all over the world attended the China Sign Expo held in the International Exhibition Center here from March 2nd through 6th, 2010. Nine of the leading Chinese printer manufacturers and dealers showed 34 wide-format printers based on FUJIFILM Dimatix Spectra brand printheads in the 30,000 sq-m show floor. Of those, 22 were powered by new Polaris PQ-512 series Q-Class printheads.

“For FUJIFILM Dimatix, for the OEM manufacturers who design and build the printers and for the dealers who sell them, China Sign Expo 2010 was an outstanding show!” said Howard Baldwin, Vice President of Sales.

“In the 3.2-meter category our high-performance, ultra-slim Polaris PQ-512/15 and new PQ-512/35 printheads dominated by every meaningful measure the wide-format product offerings on the show floor, while the new Polaris PQ-512/85 printhead helped to break the performance barrier on a 5-meter grand-format printer using only two printheads per color to produce 200 sq-m/hour in two-pass mode” Baldwin exclaimed.

The shared physical features and identical interfaces common to all Polaris models allow the printhead to be easily used across many different printer models and applications. Everything from a 15 picoliter close-up viewed point-of-purchase or 85 picoliter long-distance viewed graphics to a 200 picoliter coating on differing media with different ink types are covered by an extensive range of drop sizes and compatible ink types.

Commenting on the versatile Spectra Polaris series, Jiang Hong, CEO of Runtianzhi Floraremarked, “I have been waiting for this type of printhead for many years. The new Spectra Polaris family of heads from Dimatix is taking inkjet to a new level in performance with the highest speed and quality in the market today. The additional water capability, along with traditional solvents and UV-curing inks, can serve a wide variety of applications.”

Other leading manufacturers and dealers also featured FUJIFILM Dimatix printhead designs.


Wit-Color Digital Science & Technology Co. presented seven Polaris-based printers, including two it debuted as part of its new 3.2-m 4-head Smart Polaris series, which is capable of imaging media at resolutions up to 720 x 600 dpi and at rates up to 85 sq-m/hr.


Zhejiang Gongzheng Technology Development Co., Ltd. showed six Spectra-based 3.2-m devices, including five utilizing from two to six Polaris PQ-512 series heads that were capable of imaging up to 600 x 800 dpi at rates from 23- to 46 sq-m/hr.


Teckwin International debut its new TS3000 flatbed featuring 12 Polaris PQ-512/15 printheads, and also showed its UV3200 design with eight Polaris PQ-512/15 heads.


Anhui Liyu Computer Equipment Manufacturing Co., Ltd. displayed its PS3208 wide-format featuring eight Polaris PQ-512/15 heads.


Honghua Digital Technology Stock Co. Ltd featured six Spectra-based printers, including three machines powered by the Polaris PQ-512/15 and the new PQ-512/35 and PQ-512/85 printheads.


Major printer dealers Yong Xiang and Beijin Technology Development Co. showed Agfa GandiJet and DGI Polarjet, and Honghua Nano printers powered by FUJIFILM Dimatix Spectra brand S-Class and Nova, and Skywalker printheads, respectively.

Spectra Polaris PQ-512 printheads utilize the binary operating capability of Dimatix’ VersaDropTMjetting technology and Q-Class hybrid construction to deliver ink drop sizes from 15 to 200 picoliters from 512 individually addressable nozzles at frequencies up to 45 kHz fired at 8 meters/second velocity with exceptional straightness.

Polaris series printheads are compatible with a broad range of inks, including UV-curable inks and aggressive organic solvents, making them suitable for a variety of commercial and industrial printing applications such as wide-format, label and package printing, at resolutions to 1000 dpi. An integral mounting bezel designed with precision registration points enables drop-in alignment – a unique feature that allows each 256-channel jet module to be exchanged and accurately registered in the field without the need for special tools or recalibration.

About FUJIFILM Dimatix

FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc., the world’s leading supplier of drop-on-demand inkjet printheads for industrial applications, is driving a revolution in inkjet technology to support a new generation of products for printing, industrial product decoration and materials deposition. The company’s innovative inkjet technology and world-class fabrication techniques enable OEMs, system integrators and manufacturers to build cutting-edge systems and manufacturing processes for high-performance, precision printing of traditional inks and deposition of functional fluids on all types of surfaces, including flexible substrates.

A wholly owned subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, FUJIFILM Dimatix is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and maintains U.S. product development and manufacturing operations in California and New Hampshire. The company sells and supports its products worldwide through offices in the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and Singapore. For more information, visit www.dimatix.com.


FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, photofinishing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 25 companies granted U.S. patents in 2009, and in the year ended March 31, 2009, had global revenues of $25 billion. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com

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