Top News for the Week of 3/31/2014 – Memjet Partner Expands; New Management Appointments; Xerox Lawsuit
Markets and Marketing
- Memjet partners continue to expand in North America, with Reprographic Technology International (RTI) Digital of Ontario, Canada, reporting that it’s negotiated a reseller agreement with #1 Network, under which #1 Network, a distributor of graphics-arts printing systems will sell, market, and support the Memjet-powered RTI Vortex 4200 wide-format printer to its reseller network of over 60 North American locations starting April 21st.
- Ricoh Named Market-Share Leader in U.S. High-Speed Inkjet Placements for Six Years Running – Ricoh reports that it’s been named by International Data Corporation (IDC) as the “unrivaled leader” in the high-speed, inkjet continuous-feed printer market.
- Good for Toshiba – they make good stuff: Toshiba TEC Has Leading A3 MFP Market Share in China for 14 Consecutive Years.
New Products and Solutions
- Good news, as Lexmark has been quiet on the hardware front lately: Lexmark Rolls out New A4 Desktop Printers Rated at up to 40 PPM and Starting at $199.
- Obvious OCR anomaly ABBYY expands its portfolio with a cutting-edge PDF solution: New ABBYY PDF Transformer+ Now Shipping Worldwide.
- Powerhouse solutions provider forges ahead with yet another innovative voice recognition application: New Nuance Power PDF Features Dragon Notes Voice Integration, More.
New management changes this week at Canon U.S.A., Konica Minolta Business Solutions Canada, and Brother International USA:
- “Joe” Yoroku Adachi (below), currently CEO at Canon U.S.A., is stepping up at Canon U.S.A., assuming the duties of chairman, effective April 1st.
- Chris Dwart is the new president and CEO of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Canada.
- Brother International Corporation (BIC-USA) appoints Tadashi Ishiguro director and chairman of BIC-USA.
Research & Development
Panasonic exited the A3 copier market several years ago, although it still markets A4 All-in-Ones, document scanners, and fax machines for the office. However, it appears that it still has printing – albeit 3D printing this time – in its sights with a new announcement this week. The company, along with 26 other Japanese companies, have joined together to develop next-generation industrial 3D printers, backed by a $36.5 million contribution from the Japanese government.