This Week in Imaging: Production – and Inkjet Production – for Office-Equipment Dealers

This week, Konica Minolta announced new EFI Fiery digital front ends (DFEs) for its new Accurio toner-based production presses, the first to be introduced under the new Konica Minolta Accurio brand name. It reminded us that, at this point, virtually all of the traditional copier vendors, from Canon, to Xerox, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, and Sharp. have toner-based production-printer lines in places.

In the inkjet-based production-printer market, however, only Xerox has a substantial inkjet-based production-printer line in place. For its part, Canon recently introduced the inkjet-based Océ ProStream in February 2017, and it also markets the inkjet-based Océ VarioPrint i300 production printer among its toner-based offerings (as well as an interesting inkjet-based production photo printer, the DreamLabo).

Konica Minolta has its inkjet-based Nassenger Series Inkjet systems, but these are devoted to textile printing, not production printing, while Ricoh markets its Pro VC60000 inkjet-based continuous-feed production printer and inkjet-based InfoPrint production printers.

For its part, though not a traditional copier vendor, HP Inc. markets PageWide inkjet-based production-printing systems that address everything from production printing (mail, publishing, etc.), to package printing.

Among those who don’t have inkjet production printing are Sharp, Kyocera, and Toshiba, and the latter two really don’t have production printers, toner or inkjet.

Why does it matter? If sales are lagging for office copier/MFPs, a great way for both office-equipment dealers in particular to make up for it is to sell in the production-printer market. And production-printer customers particularly require help and expertise. Moreover, the benefits of inkjet -based printing are likely to be particularly attractive to offset-printing customers who are already familiar with printing with ink and wish to migrate to digital printing.

This week South Korean law-enforcement apparatus took unprecedented legal actions with the arrest and indictment of Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong – its most powerful “chaebol” (family-owned conglomerate) executive. The charges include bribery, embezzlement, and perjury. This is the result of an investigation into connections with Choi Soon-sil whose influential association with President Park Geun-hye has resulting in impeachment by South Korea’s National Assembly

The move was no doubt unprecedented but Samsung has been there before, as Mr. Lee’s father, Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, has twice been convicted of bribery and tax evasion. Although he served no prison time, this recent affair will be a major test for both Samsung and South Korea’s relatively young democracy and justice system.

For the imaging industry and the Samsung Printing Solutions group, of course, the impact should be minimal – as luckily enough perhaps – Samsung’s Printing Solutions is scheduled to be purchased by HP Inc. this year.

Office-Imaging News

  • Samsung Envisions Self-Healing Printers and MFPs that Learn from Errors – Read more here.
  • Samsung Leader Indicted on Bribery Charges – Read more here
  • Scammers Blackmailing Users Seeking Help for ‘Printer Error’ Messages – Read more here.
  • New Brother INKvestment All-in-Ones with 11″ x 17″ Media Handling, Black Ink Cost per Page of 1 Cent – Read more here.
  • Global Portable-Printer Market to Grow at Compound Annual Growth Rate of 17.32 Percent – Read more here.
  • New PrinterLogic Partnership Brings Centralized Print-Driver Deployment, More, to Konica Minolta Copier/MFPs – Read more here.
  • PrintFleet Partnering with Q2 for Supplies-Fulfillment – Read more here.
  • DCI to Manufacture OEM-Alternative HP, Canon Ink Cartridge for Kodak – Read more here.

Commercial- and Production-Printing News

  • New EFI Servers for Konica Minolta’s New AccurioPress and AccurioPrint Production Printers  – Read more here.
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