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Packaging and display graphics leaders to share personal and professional success stories in EFI Connect Fireside Chat Keynotes

CEO's Eric Bacourt of Spain's Hinojosa and Ireland's McGowans Print Mal McGowan to participate in EFI Connect Fireside Chat Keynotes discussing their use of how the new EFI Nozomi C18000 digital press achieved greater digital opportunities.


January 22, 2018
by Canadian Packaging staff

FREMONT, California—Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has expanded the speaker lineup for its users’ conference, EFI Connect 2018 held January 23-26, 2018 at Wynn Las Vegas.

On January 23, 2018 EFI chief executive officer Guy Gecht will moderate a pair of fireside chat keynotes with two innovative print and packaging industry executives: Hinojosa Packaging Solutions chief executive officer Eric Bacourt, and McGowans Print chief executive officer Mal McGowan.

The two executives are the very first users of EFI’s groundbreaking single-pass LED inkjet corrugated board digital press, the EFI Nozomi C18000.

Hinojosa: The power of packaging with digital corrugated
Located in Xàtiva, Spain, Bacourt’s company Hinojosa is a leading Spanish packaging group and one of the world’s most progressive users of digital inkjet printing in the corrugated market.

The company also is home to the first EFI Nozomi press installation.

During the fireside chart, Bacourt will share how his company—which was a leader in digital corrugated production even prior to adding a Nozomi press–achieved even greater digital opportunities and defied expectations by establishing a 24-hours-a-day, five-days-a-week high-volume manufacturing operation with its newest single-pass production technology.

Bacourt has an extensive career managing and developing some of Europe’s most prominent packaging operations. He has served as chief executive officer of Hinojosa for nearly a decade, directing a high-volume operation responsible for a significant amount of the boxes used in Spanish companies’ agricultural, food, and beverage industries. Prior to his current role, Bacourt was the head of Iberian operations for Europe’s leading cartonboard producer.

McGowans Print: Single-pass print, multiple market opportunities
Dublin, Ireland-based McGowans Print is the site of the world’s second Nozomi press installation.

Founder and chief executive officer Mal McGowan is a mathematician by training who started the business more than 25 years ago with a color copier in a small shop in Dublin. As an aggressive adopter of digital print technologies, he and his 100-employee team have built the company into Ireland’s most recognized print solutions provider. Today, in addition to the new EFI Nozomi product, the company operates more than 25 digital presses and is a market leader in Ireland for both cut-sheet and superwide-format digital production printing.

With much of its business centered on high-quality display graphics applications, McGowans Print is able to use its Nozomi press to meet existing demand for corrugated display work, as well as to develop new business producing high-end, full-color corrugated packaging.

“Corrugated packaging and display markets are primed for re-invention with new digital production technologies, and these two industry leaders will explain the tremendous opportunities this type of transformation creates,” says EFI chief executive officer Guy Gecht. “We are delighted to have our first two Nozomi press users speak as part of a strong lineup of industry thought leaders and world-class experts who will make EFI Connect one of the very best print industry events of 2018.”

The industry conference for smarter, better print and packaging operations
With approximately 200 sessions at the four-day conference, Connect gives EFI Connect 2018 customers the opportunity to gain vital insights in smart business management. Attendees from all over the world learn the best ways to use EFI technologies and have the advantage of being able to meet with and provide feedback to senior EFI executives and technical development staff.

Webb and print industry veteran Wayne Peterson will also deliver UnSquaring, a series of breakout sessions based on the strategy methodology they developed with RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) professor Chris Bondy in the book UnSquaring the Wheel. EFI Connect 2018’s UnSquaring sessions will showcase leadership actions print businesses can use to develop superior growth and sales strategies, the same tools Peterson is using while serving as executive vice-president and chief operating officer for one of the nation’s leading publication printers, Vermont-based Lane Press.

The users’ group conference also will have a solutions center featuring new EFI technologies and exhibits from EFI partners, including: 3M Commercial Solutions; Aberdeen Fabrics; Duplo; Enfocus; Esko; Kodak; Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.; Motioncutter; OneVision; The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation; Print ReLeaf; Progress Software Corp.; Ricoh Americas Corp.; Riso; SpencerMetrics; X-Rite Pantone; Xerox; and Zünd.

Now going into its 19th year, EFI Connect 2018 attracts print professionals worldwide for a collection of in-depth, informative training and education on key management and tech challenges for printing and packaging companies. The conference is an ideal venue for open dialogue and idea exchange, giving customers a valuable opportunity to participate in educational sessions, receive hands-on experience, discuss industry trends, network with peers, voice their opinions and learn from others. For more information about EFI Connect 2018, and to register for the event, visit www.efi.com/connect.

About EFI
EFI is a global technology company, based in Silicon Valley, California, and is leading the worldwide transformation from analog to digital imaging. It is passionate about fueling customer success with products that increase competitiveness and boost productivity. To do that, it develops breakthrough technologies for the manufacturing of signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, and personalized documents, with a wide range of printers, inks, digital front ends, and a comprehensive business and production workflow suite that transforms and streamlines the entire production process. Company information is available at www.efi.com.






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