This Week in Imaging: Happy Holidays, Year in Review & More

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This newsletter is coming to you early this week because of the Christmas holiday. We wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a happy and prosperous New Year!

The big news in the last week was Xerox’s announcement that it plans to sell its IT outsourcing business to French IT company Atos. Xerox’s IT outsourcing business includes 9,800 employees in 45 countries.
Robert Zapfel, president of Xerox Services, told The New York Times that Xerox decided to sell the unit in order to better concentrate on businesses where it’s strongest, such as services: “It’s an important strategic move for us. For Xerox, this is a chance to really focus on really growing the businesses where we are strongest. We had a lot of success with the I.T. outsourcing business, but we were subscale versus the larger players.”

Our 2014 Year in Review Special is chock-full of positive news that indicates that several major economies are turning the corner. Sales figures support seem to indicate that many offices are finally upgrading their printers after a long slump, while production printing continues unabated, as the technology employed in “big iron” continues to shift from offset to digital, especially digital inkjet, upgrades, We sense that some production-printing shops that were loath to upgrade from offset to toner-based digital presses have bypassed toner altogether and jumped directly to inkjet-based technology, due to its lower cost of ownership, superior reliability, and the appeal of ink on paper. We like to call this the (Windows) Vista effect.

Feature Stories

​2014 Year in Review: Improving Sales and Market; Inkjet in the Office & Print Shop; 2D Vendors Go 3D; More – Read more here.

Other News

Xerox to Sell IT Outsourcing Business to Atos for $1.05 Billion – Read more here.

ABBYY Europe Partnering with Fujitsu to Expand Document-Capture Solutions Read more here.

Hershey’s Unveils 3D-Chocolate Printer from 3D Systems – Read more here.

The Third Dimension


You Can Trick a 3D Printer into Playing “The Imperial March”


This 3D-Printed Dress is Plastic but Flows Like Fabric

Old & New


Artist William Blake’s Home Office and Personal Printer

 

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