This Week in Imaging: Fuji + Xerox Equals Perfect Together Since 1962

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If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Just a few short few weeks ago, Hewlett-Packard was sued by Memjet, with Memjet claiming that HP’s PageWide inkjet-printing technology infringed on its patents (see story here). This week, the former founder of software-maker Autonomy, Mike Lynch, sued HP for $160 million in damages. (Check out our story to get the details.) While the war-of-words between Lynch and HP has gone on virtually since HP’s ill-fated acquisition of Autonomy back in 2011, and British authorities have looked at the matter and been unable to make any definite conclusions, it doesn’t come at a good time with HP’s split into two companies set to take place in just about four weeks.

This week, Fuji Xerox of Tokyo announced that it’s opening a new research and development center that will focus on business-improvement technologies. It got us thinking that it’s hard to believe that the joint Fuji-Xerox venture was founded over 50 years ago in 1962! At the time, hardly anybody besides Xerox knew that global partnerships were the wave of the distant future.

From Wikipedia: “Fuji Xerox was established in 1962 as a 50:50 partnership with Rank Xerox. Rank Xerox was absorbed into Xerox Corporation in 1997.”

Wikipedia goes on to explain that while originally only a distributor of Rank Xerox products, Fuji Xerox later began to develop its own xerographic machines, beginning with the 2200 photocopier in 1973.

Today, Fuji Xerox is responsible for the tech incorporated in many of the color printers and copier/MFPs sold by Xerox Corporation. Its innovations include the world’s first multifunction printer/copier, the “Xero Printer 100”, launched in 1987.

Fuji Xerox later expanded into Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Malaysia in 1982. This week, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific also announced it was setting up direct business operations in Cambodia, making it the first in the office-equipment industry to enter this market.

In sum, it’s pretty impressive that Fuji and Xerox set up a sales, service, distribution and R&D network in the huge south-east Asian market well before virtually anybody else even cared to think about it.

Legal Briefs

  • Judge: Vermont Can Proceed with Case Against MPHJ for Allegedly Violating Consumer-Protection Laws – Read more here.
  • Former Autonomy Founder Mike Lynch Sues HP for $160 Million in Damages – Read more here.

Office-Imaging News

  • Nuance Document-Capture, Server-Less Printing, Print-for-Pay Solutions Available for Samsung Dealers – Read more here.
  • Four New A3 11″x17″ Copier/MFPs from Toshiba Start at $2,595 – Read more here.
  • New Fuji Xerox ‘Innovation Office’ R&D Group to Explore New Solutions for Solving Business Challenges – Read more here.
  • OKI Data Americas Opening New Regional Office in Dallas, Texas – Read more here.

3D-Printing News

  • Gartner Forecasts that Almost Half-a-Million 3D Printers Will Ship in 2016 – Read more here.

Acquisitions

  • Sharp Business Systems Acquires Sandhill Office Systems’ Customer Base for Service and Support – Read more here.

Commercial- and Production-Printing News

  • Konica Minolta Enters Industrial Printing Market with Launch of bizhub Press C71cf – Read more here.
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