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Optitex Empowers Canada’s Next Generation of Professionals with Software Donation to Wilson School of Design

FREMONT, Calif., Feb. 04, 2019 – Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII) has donated a number of Optitex® 2D/3D design software licenses for students and faculty members at the Kwantlen Polytechnic Institute’s Wilson School of Design in Richmond, British Columbia, as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to empower knowledge and help provide critical skills for the next generation work force in the fashion and apparel industry.

EFI Optitex is one of the world’s leading integrated 2D and 3D CAD/CAM apparel platform technologies. It allows users to visualize and perfect garments before cutting or sewing the first piece of fabric, offering rapid prototyping for faster time to market. The donation of this modern, intuitive software gives students the necessary skills to enter the textiles and apparel industry, and to become change ambassadors for the industry as it continues towards the digital transformation journey. Students and faculty will also have access to the Optitex eLearning site, which features user-friendly training materials, videos and webinar recordings that provide job-specific training for patternmakers, marker makers, technical designers, 3D designers and more across 10 different Optitex technologies.

“EFI Optitex is proud to work with educational institutions such as the Wilson School of Design to promote knowledge and empower industry professionals,” said EFI Optitex General Manager Amir Lehr. “Moreover, as fashion design goes increasingly digital, access to EFI Optitex software solutions, will provide students with the requisite skills to hit the ground running as they start their new careers in fashion. We are pleased to be able to provide this advanced capability to this prestigious institute, and to help ensure the right skill set for the next-generation workforce.”

The Wilson School of Design offers a wide range of programs in fashion design and marketing as well as continuing education programs for fashion professionals. Its faculty is an eclectic group of individuals who are passionate about inspiring and guiding future designers and come from a wide range of industry segments.

“We are grateful to EFI Optitex for partnering with us and providing this generous donation,” said Wilson School of Design Associate Dean Andhra Goundrey. “We are dedicated to providing our students with access to the latest tools and technology they will encounter once they graduate. This donation is an important addition to our curriculum and our ability to deliver against our educational goals.”

A brief video overview of the EFI Optitex eLearning offering is available at https://learn.optitex.com/index/.