Ricoh Partnering with EFI to Expand Wide-Format Printer Portfolio

Ricoh USA today announced the addition of the Electronic for Imaging (EFI) H1625 LED and VUTEk H2000 Pro hybrid roll/flatbed wide-format printers to its wide-format printer portfolio through a reseller agreement with EFI.

According to the firm, this new partnership is part of its continuing efforts “to better serve customers looking to add or enhance capabilities in the fast-growing wide-format segment.” Ricoh says these wide-format printers’ versatility, productivity, and broad capabilities help entry-level and advanced wide-format printers alike produce roll and rigid output “on a virtually endless variety of substrates.”

At a time when the wide-format printer market is expected to experience 6.5 percent CAGR (compound annual growth rate) between 2015 and 2020, according to Keypoint Intelligence’s 2015-2020 Wide Format Forecast, Ricoh says that many print providers “are eager to add or improve wide-format capabilities to take advantage. Meanwhile, the barrier to entry for wide format has never been lower.”

The firm also says that its technicians and consultants “leverage decades of experience to help customers produce eye-popping visuals with consistent branding and efficient workflows.” This approach is said to make adopting wide-format printing “even easier for printers new to the space, putting the industry’s most powerful tools in customers’ hands and helping businesses get the most out of their use.”

“Shops new to wide format and those established players are both constantly looking for a competitive advantage: the best approach, the latest technology, the strongest marketing,” said John Fulena, vice president of Ricoh USA’s Commercial and Industrial Printing Group. “This partnership brings EFI’s top-notch devices into our award-winning portfolio. These additions, combined with our services-led approach is a powerful combination that provides even more ways for our customers to succeed in a rapidly changing field.”

“We’ve partnered with Ricoh in a variety of ways throughout the years as we have both looked to blend our unique strengths to better serve a wide variety of print operations,” said Ken Hanulec, vice president of marketing for EFI’s Inkjet business group. “By offering these market-leading hybrid printers to Ricoh customers, with Ricoh’s robust service and support organization facilitating tailored, reliable implementations, customers can expand their offerings into new areas, which can increase profitability and customer retention while opening new market opportunities. We are proud to play a role in that kind of transformation.”

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services, and solutions for the production-print market, visit http://rpp.ricoh-usa.com.

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