This Week in Imaging: Thoughts on HP; Secure Guest Mobile Printing; Latest Printer/MFP/Copier Shipments; More

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Hewlett-Packard, one of our national tech treasures, has been taking its fair share of criticism lately, especially with all of the negative talk about the reign of former HP CEO (and U.S. presidential hopeful) Carly Fiorina, and the history of HP corporate management being endlessly rehashed by the media. Moreover, like most PC vendors, it’s also taken a big hit in its computing division, as the sales of both mobile and desktop computing devices have slumped both for HP and others. It’s not however as if HP isn’t trying with beautiful and innovative products such as the Sprout PC/Bundle, the x2 line of business tablets, and the Spectre X360 series of laptops. Other positives for the company include IDC’s recent report that HP remains the market leader in the worldwide large-format printer market, is second behind Xerox in the worldwide production-printer market, and continues to remain the worldwide printer/MFP market share leader.

 

We’ve spent the last few weeks discussing mobile-printing and were happy to see this week both Ricoh and Canon announcing mobile-printing solutions for their office printers and MFPs. The new Ricoh solution, HotSpot Express, provides mobile printing for guests and mobile workers outside of the company firewall, so that the users won’t be accessing the company network. IT can also configure authorized users (users must enter passwords) to limit unauthorized use. This should go some way at least placating both IT and bean counters alike concerned about printing costs.

Since we’ve been discussing the growth opportunities present in the production-printing market, we weren’t surprised that IDC reported this week continued increases in shipments of production printers. Something has to print that packaging and labeling for all of those trendy new artisanal products – from beer, cheese, wine, to candles and clothing – it all needs labeling.

While the worldwide market for printers and copiers/MFPs has slowly been making gains in the last several years, in the second quarter of 2015 it hit a bump, according to the latest research from IDC. One silver lining however was a rebound in North America, with the United States and Canada enjoying year-over-year growth of 3.6 percent and 5.8 percent respectively for second-quarter 2015.

MIT, yet another one of our treasured institutions, has been hard at work developing 3D-printing technology and has unveiled an outstanding new prototype 3D printer that can print with 10 different materials simultaneously. MIT has also developed 3D printing technology that can print objects using molten glass, opening up a whole new 3D-printing application.

Feature Stories

Sluggish Quarter for HP as Split into Two Companies Approaches – Read more here.

Mobile-Printing News

New Ricoh HotSpot Express Provides Mobile Printing Outside the Company Firewall – Read more here.

New Canon PRINT Business App for iOS and Android Mobile Print and Scan – Read more here.

Office-Imaging News

IDC: Printer/MFP Market Down in Second Quarter, but Epson Outperforms All Vendors for Second Quarter in a Row – Read more here.

New Xerox DocuMate 152i Office Scanner Said to Be 40 Percent Faster than Predecessor – Read more here.

Production- and Large-Format Printer News

IDC: Worldwide Shipments for Production Printers up 9.4 Percent in Second Quarter – Read more here.

IDC: Second-Quarter Large-Format Printer Market is Slow, but 2015 Still Ahead of 2014 Shipments – Read more here.

Acquisitions

Xerox to Acquire RSA Medical to Bolster its Healthcare-Provider Portfolio – Read more here.

3D Printing

MIT Researchers Develop 3D Printer that Can Print with 10 Different Materials Simultaneously – Read more here.

Imaging-Supply News

Dubai Police Seize Two Million Fake HP Ink Cartridges – Read more here.

German Magazine Alleges Xerox is Region-Coding Toner Cartridges – Read more here.

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