This Week in Imaging: A Resurgent HP; Ricoh, HP Team Up with 3D Printers in Japan; More

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“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” So said the imitable American author Mark Twain, and nearly the same – throughout the years of its many ups-and-downs – could have been thought about HP printing and PCs. But it was the San Francisco Chronicle that pointed out something very interesting this week concerning Hewlett-Packard printing and PCs. When HP broke up into two companies in November 2015 – HP Enterprise, devoted to business software and hardware, and HP Inc., devoted to seemingly “fading” printers and PCs – investors assumed that the enterprise company would out-perform the “lagging” PC and printer group.

Fortunately for HP Inc. the reverse has actually been true. HP Enterprise – even with its buzzword cloud products – has under-performed HP Inc. Over the past year, HP stock has indeed jumped more than 50 percent to $17.27 per share, while in the last four months, HP Enterprise stock declined by 11 percent. And, of course, more recently, HP Inc. reported a breakthrough quarter, with both its PC and printers’ revenue. The last time that happened was in 2010. HP Inc.’s PC group is also looking good: it recently tied industry-leader Lenovo in PC shipments, with each company controlling nearly 20 percent of the market, according to Gartner.

Let’s face it, the printer market hasn’t been for the faint of heart for many years. But under the able leadership of HP Inc. CEO Dion Weisler, HP Inc. has been energetic on many fronts, including compelling arguments for the A3 copier/MFP market that focuses on two critical competitive areas: solid security and the importance of it, and remote monitoring to ease dealers’ service costs (while its PageWide business inkjets are positioned for competitive cost per page and easy maintenance). And, while some may say that HP Inc. was tardy getting into the 3D-printer market, the decision to wait until it had a 3D printer that could be distinguished from competitors with faster print speeds and stronger part-strength seems to be working, and now it’s expanding and making important reseller and partner inroads into Asia-Pacific, more recently China and Japan. What also helps is that no clear leader has yet emerged at this point in the 3D-printer market (with both 3D Systems and Stratasys vying for leadership), and several OEMs in the A3 market have been going through difficult times.

We’ve still got a long way to go, of course, and that includes the effects of HP’s pending acquisition of Samsung Printing Solutions later this year. But as Winston Churchill said, “When going through hell (or a difficult PC and printer market) keep on going.” And we all know how that turned out for Churchill; the same, it appears, is the case for HP Inc.

Office-Imaging News

HP Expanding Dealer Security-Adviser Program; Expects 600 Dealers Worldwide – Read more here.

HP Makes Ink Cartridges from Recycled Bottles in Haiti – Read more here.

New Samsung ProXpress A4 C40 Color Printers, MFPs, with Smart UX Center – Read more here.

Lexmark: How to Secure Printing and Imaging in the Enterprise – Read more here.

Panasonic Debuts High-Volume Network Scanners Equipped with Intel Core i5 Tablet – Read more here.

Xerox Adds Two New Marketing Programs for Channel Partners – Read more here.

New 60-PPM Kyocera Ecosys P8060cdn with Tablet-Like Touchscreen, Mobile Printing, HyPAS – Read more here.

3D-Printing News

Ricoh to Begin Selling EnvisionTEC 3D Printers in Japan – Read more here.

HP Inc. Signs Ricoh Japan, Mutoh, as ‘Master Partners’ to Sell HP 3D Printers in Japan – Read more here.

Market-Research News

Worldwide 3D-Printer Shipments Up 29 Percent in 2016, According to IDC – Read more here.

Continued Growth for A4 Color MFPs, Business Inkjets in North America and Europe – Read more here.

Other News

Toshiba Set to Sell Memory-Chip Business to Consortium of Investors – Read more here.

Foxconn Chairman Slams Toshiba’s Proposed Sale of Memory Business – Read more here.

Commercial- and Production-Printing News

Digikett Previewing New Memjet-Powered ‘Hybrid’ Mobile Inkjet Printer for Commercial Printing – Read more here.

Legal Briefs

Jury Awards Canon Nearly $4.5 Million for Toner-Bottle Patent Infringement – Read more here.

Acquisitions

Konica Minolta Announces Service Partnership with Knightscope, Maker of Security Robots – Read more here.

Enterprise-Content-Management News

M-Files Enterprise Content Management Integrating ABBYY Technologies – Read more here.

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