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3M and EFI Launch Second Set of Co-Branded Ink with 3M™ MCS™ Warranty

EFI VUTEk GS 3M™ Premium UV Ink Now Available

St. Paul‚ MN – September 19‚ 2011 – 3M and EFI™ launched another co-branded UV ink set covered by the industry-leading 3M™ MCS™ Warranty. The new UV inks are for use in the two-meter EFI VUTEk® GS2000 and three-meter VUTEk GS3200 and GS3250 rigid and roll-to-roll printers. Using the new co-branded UV ink‚ EFI customers can print an extended range of applications offered by 3M materials with the assurance of the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty.

These low odor‚ flexible‚ eight-color inks (CMYK‚ lc‚ lm‚ ly‚ lk) are designed for use with opaque‚ translucent and reflective 3M media to meet a wide range of large-format printing needs including fleet and vehicle graphics‚ indoor and outdoor signs‚ and promotional graphics on rigid or flexible substrates. The new co-branded UV inks are now commercially available.

“Our goal is to continue to collaborate with our long-standing partner‚ EFI‚ and develop a full portfolio of UV inks that will increase the range of applications VUTEk GS Series printers are able to produce‚” said Jennifer Greenquist‚ inks and warranties business manager for 3M Commercial Graphics. “Today‚ we are very proud to offer the most flexible UV inks in the industry.”

The 3M™ MCS™ Warranty covers defects in the appearance of finished graphics for up to five years outdoors‚ including discoloration‚ fading‚ cracking‚ peeling‚ and other defects that make the graphics unsuitable for their intended purpose and up to five years for vehicle graphics. These inks also come with an extended shelf life of 15 months. The new inks match the high standards of the current EFI ink set in terms of adhesion and color gamut‚ and are highly flexible with noticeably lower odor than other UV inks.

Visit 3M’s booth #1437 at the SGIA Expo‚ October 19-21‚ to learn about the complete range of 3M graphics solutions. More details can be found at www.3Mgraphics.com/warranties.

About 3M Commercial Graphics
3M Commercial Graphics help customers worldwide build brands by providing total large-format graphics and light management solutions. 3M manufactures or certifies lighting solutions‚ graphic films and graphic protection‚ flexible substrates‚ as well as inks and toners used to create large-format finished graphics that are consistent‚ reliable and durable. Learn more about 3M graphics products and programs by calling 1-800-326-3908‚ visiting www.3Mgraphics.com‚ following us @3MGraphics on Twitter or at facebook.com/3Mgraphics.

About 3M
A recognized leader in research and development‚ 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M’s core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms – often in combination – to a wide array of customer needs. With $23 billion in sales‚ 3M employs 75‚000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information‚ visit www.3M.com and follow @3MNews on Twitter.

About EFI
EFI (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.

VUTEk is a registered trademark of Electronics For Imaging‚ Inc. in the U.S. and/or certain other countries. EFI is a trademark of Electronics For Imaging‚ Inc. in the U.S. and/or certain other countries.

3M and MCS are trademarks of 3M Company.

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Ignite Communications
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Connie Thompson
3M Public Relations
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