Schinlever returns to EFI as Inkjet COO

After two years away from the business, Scott Schinlever has returned to Electronics for Imaging to fulfill the newly created role of chief operating officer of the company’s global inkjet business.

EFI says Schinlever, who most recently was president and COO of Automation Solutions for Gerber Technology, is charged with expanding EFI’s industrial inkjet position and facilitating the analogue-to-digital transformation.

Schinlever will be responsible for all equipment, ink and service solutions for EFI’s portfolio in display graphics, textiles, packaging and building materials.

In 2001 Schinlever took on a marketing position with superwide-format printer manufacturer VUTEk, which was acquired by EFI in 2005.

After the acquisition Schinlever remained with EFI and rose up through the ranks becoming senior vice president and general manager for EFI Inkjet Solutions – the company’s largest business unit – before joining Gerber Technology in 2018.

He first joined the digital print industry in the late 1990s, working with the Xerox Office Systems Group.

“We are thrilled to have Scott back in the EFI family,” EFI Chairman and CEO Jeff Jacobson said.

“Our industry is at a critical inflection point. I joined EFI one year ago because I clearly understood that EFI is the best positioned company in the industry to drive the analog-to-digital transformation in the industrial inkjet space.

“Under Scott’s leadership of the Inkjet Business, I am convinced that EFI will attain that leadership position across the diverse segments of display graphics, packaging, textiles and building materials.”

Jacobson added, “Scott has an innate understanding of and expertise in the portfolio and solution set that will enable our customers to excel as the industry quickly migrates to industrial inkjet.

“We are confident he will lead our global industrial inkjet operations to the next level in his new Inkjet COO role.”

Driving growth in digital print

EFI says that during Schinlever’s previous time with the company, its inkjet business grew significantly both organically and through strategic acquisitions of innovative digital printer and ink companies.

Schinlever expanded EFI’s move into ink manufacturing by leveraging EFI’s 2006 acquisition of digital ink and printer technologies from Flint Ink. The company says that purchase set the stage for EFI’s breakthrough into high-quality, production-class UV LED inkjet superwide-format printers and ink.

The business was further strengthened with the acquisition of Matan, bringing strong systems technology to EFI.

EFI says that 0verall revenues for its superwide-format inkjet products more than doubled under Schinlever.

Schinlever also helped manage EFI’s strategic industrial project to develop the packaging market’s single-pass inkjet corrugated board printer – the EFI Nozomi C18000.

He also helped spearhead acquisitions of EFI Reggiani, a leading developer of industrial textile printers, and EFI Cretaprint – a digital ceramic tile printer market share leader with a strong position in the ceramics industry’s most competitive geographies, including India and China.

“It feels great to be back at EFI,” Schinlever said.

“In the two years that I have been away, much has changed, but the spirit of innovation and the strong desire to make our customers successful has remained strong and is increasing every day. I look forward to digging in, getting caught up, and working to take our inkjet businesses to a new and even more successful future.”

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