PDI becomes first in Canada to install three new Vutek printers from Electronics For Imaging

The EFI Vutek 3R.

PDI Large Format Solutions, a subsidiary of Montreal-based PDI Group (Phipps, Dickson, Integria), has become the first business in Canada to install a new, next-generation, high-end flatbed/roll-fed EFI Vutek h3 superwide-format LED printer, a new EFI Vutek 3r+ roll-to-roll LED printer, and a new EFI Vutek FabriVU 340i soft-signage printer. These major technology upgrades from Electronics For Imaging (EFI) will give PDI the platforms to drive growth over the next several years, the company said.

The EFI Vutek H3.

PDI purchased all three printers at the 2018 SGIA Expo. According to Jamie Barbieri, PDI Group President, the purchase ensures that the company can consistently deliver high-quality work, even as volume needs expand. Plus, with its new LED and soft-signage printing capabilities, it can recapture jobs it had previously outsourced. With production facilities in Laval, Quebec, PDI Large Format’s clients include many of the largest names in Canadian retail. The company is also a recognized leader in POP signage and specialty products, including three-dimensional custom displays.

EFI Vutek FabriVU 340i.

“The new EFI devices take us to a new level of capacity, quality and efficiency,” said Francis Tellier, President of PDI Large Format Solutions. “We’ve increased our production capacity by 40%, and we have aggressive plans to double our annual growth over the next few years. In addition, the new devices feature significantly lower costs for ink, electricity and maintenance – which helps us maintain our competitiveness in a large market. When it came time to invest in new technology, we decided to build on our partnership because EFI was able to satisfy all of our needs through one vendor,” he added. “They were able to give us roll-to-roll, rigid and dye-sublimation technology with one service agreement. No one else could do that.”


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.