This Week in Imaging: Is the Ink/Toner and Gasoline Analogy Correct?
Sharp’s Albregts Promoted to President and CEO of Sharp Electronics
Sharp Corporation today announced that it’s appointed Doug Albregts president and chief executive officer of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), Sharp’s subsidiary that manages Sharp’s Americas business. As part of Sharp Corporation’s recent strategic alliance with Hon Hai Precision Industry, Albregts will succeed Toshiyuki Osawa, who previously held the position. This new role is in addition to Albregts’ existing position as president of Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), which manages Sharp’s business-to-business operations. Read more here.
Kyocera’s New A4 Printers and MFPs Feature WiFi Direct, Mobile Printing, Tiered Color Print Billing, More
On October 7th, KYOCERA Document Solutions America introduced the ECOSYS M5526cdw and ECOSYS P5026cdw color MFPs and printers. The firm says the four new models expand its product line in the low-volume segment, and that the new models provide many of the same advanced features found in its higher-speed products. Read more here.
Square 9 Connector for Enterprise Content Management Now Available for Kyocera HyPAS-enabled Copier/MFPs
KYOCERA Document Solutions America today reported that partner Square 9‘s Connector business-process management solution is now available for use with HyPAS-enabled or capable Kyocera MFPs to serve as a portal to the Square 9 GlobalSearch Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system. Read more here.
European Ink/Toner Remanufacturers Association May File ‘Anti-Competitive’ Complaints Against HP, Canon
The European Toner and Ink Remanufacturing Association (ETIRA) is said to be considering filing two complaints concerning alleged “anti-competitive behaviour” on the part of HP Inc. and Canon Inc., according to The Recycler. Read more here.
HP Releases Firmware Update that Unblocks Use of Third-Party Ink Cartridge
As promised HP Inc. has released a firmware update that unblocks use of non-HP, third-party ink cartridges. Read more here.
New OKI Europe ‘Smart Printer’ Color Printers for Desktop to Enterprise
OKI Europe, a a division of OKI Data Corporation, reports that it’s launching new “smart printer” color printers and copier/MFPs for “businesses of every size – from home and small offices to large enterprises,” all of which are based on OKI’s toner-based LED-printing technology. The new models consists of the C332dn printer, MC363dn MFP, C542dn printer, MC573dn MFP, C612dn printer, and C712dn printer, and three A3 printers, the the C823/833/843, for printing on up to 11″ x 17″ media. Read more here.
New Canon Oce PlotWave 550 Printer for Large-Format Technical-Document Workflows
Canon U.S.A. reports that it’s launching its new Océ PlotWave 550 large-format monochrome printing system for the AEC (architecture, engineering, construction), manufacturing, CAD (computer assisted design), and print-service provider markets. It says this latest addition to its wide-format lineup was developed to meet the needs of larger workgroups and copy shops looking “to efficiently handle bigger sets of technical documents during routine and peak periods.” Read more here.
Marco Acquires Business IT-Services Company Infinity Technology
Marco Technologies, which is based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and markets copier/MFPs, printers, managed print services (MPS), and business IT services, reports that it’s purchased Infinity Technology, a business IT-services company located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for an undisclosed sum. Infinity Technology’s 19 employees have joined the Marco employee team. Read more here.
Gartner: Worldwide Shipments of 3D Printers to Grow 108 Percent in 2016
Market-research firm Gartner reports that worldwide shipments of 3D printers will reach 455,772 units in 2016, which is more than double the 219,168 units shipped in 2015, according to Gartner’s latest market forecast. Despite slowing growth rates after the market’s initial growth spurt, the increase in 3D-printer shipments over the next four years will see the number of units shipped in 2020 total more than 6.7 million. Read more here.
New Zealand’s Serious Fraud Office Looking at Fuji Xerox New Zealand Operations
In the wake of reporting a pre-tax loss of some $50 million for its fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2016, New Zealand’s Serious Fraud Office is reportedly investigating Fuji Xerox New Zealand, a subsidiary of Fuji Xerox of Japan. Read more here.
Xerox Wins 10-Year, $110 Million Contract with U.S. Department of Agriculture
As Xerox prepares to split into two companies by the end of this year, today it encouragingly reported that it had won a 10-year managed print services (MPS) contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) worth $110 million. Read more here.
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