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IATI News & Events Daily Industry News Efi Arazi, Israeli high-tech pioneer, dies at 76

Efi Arazi, Israeli high-tech pioneer, dies at 76

Apr. 14, 2013

Efi Arazi, the founder of Scitex and one of the fathers of Israel’s high-tech industry, died on Sunday on his 76th birthday. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for years.

Arazi is survived by his fifth wife, Dalya, and two children from his first marriage. He will be laid to rest at 1:30 P.M. on Monday at the cemetery on Kibbutz Horshim.

“My Efi Arazi decided to depart for his eternal rest on the very day of his 76th birthday,” wrote his widow, Dalya, on her Facebook page. “Rest in peace, my dearly beloved husband. You are safe in my heart forever; you and your memory are dearer to me than gold.”

In 1968, Arazi founded Scientific Technology, a company which came to be known as Scitex. The company originally made machinery for the textile industry, but later became a pioneer in the field of digital printing. It was the first company to develop a computer-to-plate machine, which enabled digital files to be converted into plates for printing. By 1990, Scitex – which was one of the first Israeli companies traded on the Nasdaq exchange – had an annual turnover of $900 million.

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