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Xerox sells its FreeFlow Print Server digital front end business to EFI

Written by Colin Gillman on 23 February 2017.

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Xerox and EFI have announced a strategic partnership to bring to market a next generation digital front end to drive Xerox digital production presses. The agreement includes the sale of Xerox’s FreeFlow Print Server digital front end business to EFI. Under the terms of the deal, EFI will continue to produce and support FreeFlow Print Server so current customers do not experience interruptions in sales or service.

“Customers will gain a powerful solution with more efficiencies, performance and quality to meet the most demanding production requirements,” says Andrew Copley, president, Graphic Communications Solutions, Xerox. “EFI is an industry leader and has a proven track record with performance, ease of use and seamless integration with industry workflow solutions.”

EFI says Xerox’s expertise and unique functionality from FreeFlow Print Server (FFPS) will be integrated with EFI’s Fiery product, giving customers benefit from EFI sales and technical field resources working side-by-side with their Xerox sales reps.

“This next step in our strategic alliance will give customers the industry’s highest performing digital front end (DFE) with unparalleled imaging and colour management,” says Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI. “EFI integration among the DFE, workflow software, and management information systems products deliver the higher levels of automation and productivity that are key to print businesses taking full advantage of the opportunities with digital printing.

Xerox and EFI have established a long-standing partnership. Most recently, Xerox collaborated with EFI to develop a new print server, the Xerox IJ Print Server powered by Fiery, to drive the Xerox Trivor 2400 Inkjet Press. The DFE handles a range of data streams, while enabling integration, comprehensive colour management and seamless integration with customer workflows.

The next generation DFE coming from this partnership will be integrated with EFI’s Productivity Suites, which include management information systems such as PACE, PrintSmith Vision, Monarch, and Radius ERP. Additionally, the DFE will integrate with Xerox FreeFlow Core and XMPie workflows as well as industry-leading third-party prepress solutions such as Agfa Apogee, Heidelberg Prinect, and Kodak Prinergy.

The agreement is for FFPS only and does not impact the Xerox workflow solutions that carry a FreeFlow sub-brand name (FreeFlow Core, FreeFlow VI Suite, FreeFlow Makeready and FreeFlow Digital Publisher). The workflow solutions will remain independent key planks for Xerox customers’ workflow strategy.

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