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IDC: Worldwide Printer, MFP Shipment Values Increase, Color Laser Makes Gains

February 26, 2015 – Worldwide-hardcopy peripherals (HCP) shipment value increased 1.7 percent year-over-year to $15.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14), while unit shipments declined -2.6 percent year-over-year to 30.8 million units during the same period, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Note that IDC tracks A2-A4 devices in […]

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Brother Launches New A3 ‘InkBenefit’ Color Inkjet All-in-One in India

February 19, 2015 – Brother International is launching its latest InkBenefit model in India, the MFC-J3720 InkBenefit color inkjet All-in-One with A3 (11″ x 17″) printing. Designed for small- and home-office (SOHO) users, the new MFC-J3720 is rated at 22 (monochrome)/20 (color) ppm (based on the ISO/IEC 24734 test standard). Users can print images directly […]

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This Week in Imaging: Latest Financials from Konica Minolta, Epson, Ricoh, Sharp, Xerox; HP is Business-Inkjet Leader; More

Of note in this busy week of news is the generally good financial results from Japanese vendors for printers and MFPs, as these companies continue to report encouraging earnings and sales increases. It’s important to note, however, that while printer and MFP sales have been higher for many of these companies in Asia and other […]

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Brother Printer Sales up, Raises Full-Year Forecast for Income and Sales

February 4, 2015 – Brother Industries of Japan has just reported financial results for its latest nine months (April to December 2014), with net sales of 521 billion yen, a 15.4 percent increase over the 452 billion yen it reported for the same period year ago, while net income was 48 billion yen versus the 12 […]

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This Week in Imaging: Year in Review; Tod Pike Leaving Samsung; Brother Expands MPS Compatibility; More

This week, we hope you’ll check out our year in review for the printer and MFP industry. From production to desktop, we went back to uncover the trends and new developments that are shaping the industry today. Also in this week’s news, Canon expands its toner-cartridge patent-infringement campaign to Germany, while MSE expands it remanufacturered-cartridge distribution […]

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2014 Year in Review: Improving Sales & Market; Inkjet in the Office & Print Shop; 2D Vendors Go 3D; More

We’ve been hard at work in 2014 keeping on top of  the many important events and trends in the printer and copier/MFP industry. Overall, the major trends and developments in 2014 include: a modest overall worldwide recovery for sales and shipments of printers and copier/MFPs; much improved financial results from many Japanese vendors; and the […]

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Print Tracker Now Provides Expanded Reporting for Brother Printers and MFPs

December 16, 2014 – Boise, Idaho-based Print Tracker reports that its Print Tracker solution now provides expanded reporting capability for Brother International printers and All-in-Ones. According to the firm, Print Tracker Pro now gathers the widest array of meters on Brother printers and All-in-Ones in the industry. “Brother International Corporation provides quality printing equipment and […]

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IDC: Worldwide Printer,MFP Shipment Values Increase in Third Quarter, Slight Decline in Shipments

December 4, 2014 – Worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) shipment value increased 3.5 percent year-over-year to $14.9 billion in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14), while unit shipments declined -2.3 percent year-over-year to 27.5 million units during the same period, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Note that IDC tracks A2-A4 devices […]

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Top News for the Week of 10/27/2014 – HP Finally Goes 3D; 9-Color Epson Printer; Vendor Financials; More

The big story this week was Hewlett-Packard’s unveiling of its first HP-developed 3D printer, which uses what HP calls Micro Fusion Technology – which, you guessed it, borrows from HP’s inkjet-printing technology. We hope you read our story, which takes a look at how it works, why it’s different from other additive 3D printers, and […]

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Laser and Inkjet Printer and All-in-One Sales up Three Percent in Western Europe

According to London-based IT market-research firm CONTEXT, unit sales of printer hardware returned to positive year-over-year growth of 3 percent in Western Europe in the third-quarter 2014. These findings mark several consecutive quarters of positive growth of laser-printer sales in Western Europe. CONTEXT says continuous positive performance of laser MFPs and increasing distribution sales of inkjet […]

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Top News for the Week of 10/20/2014 – HP 3D Printer on the Way? Wasting Time at the ‘Copier’? More

We know it’s been coming, but it seems October 29th may be the day that HP introduces its first HP-developed 3D printer (HP had at one time been selling 3D printers, but they were sourced from another vendor). We’re just speculating at this point, but HP CEO Meg Whitman has cited slow 3D print speed […]

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Brother: Big MFP/Copiers are Now the Water Cooler for Employees to Gather ‘Round and Waste Time

As part of its new “Don’t Superize. Optimize” Campaign, Brother International U.S. is releasing a new survey that essentially says the floor-standing, centralized copier/MFP down the hall has become the modern-day water cooler – a place where employees can congregate and waste time – in turn wasting companies thousands of work hours a year. According to […]

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Top News for the Week of 10/6/2014 – What does the HP split mean for HP printing? Samsung and 3D Printing; More

  The big news this week of course was the split of Hewlett-Packard into two companies – HP Enterprise Services, which will be devoted to infrastructure and software for large organizations, and HP Inc., which will consist of HP’s PC and printing groups. While it’s of course impossible to predict what effect this will have […]

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Brother’s New ‘Don’t Supersize. Optimize.’ Campaign: the Centralized MFP/Copier Isn’t Always the Best Choice

Brother International U.S. is rolling out its “Don’t Supersize. Optimize.” campaign to help small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) “right-size” their print fleets. Over the years in the office-imaging industry, we’ve heard many arguments for using high-volume, floor-standing MFPs/copiers that print and scan on up to 11″x17″ and are shared by many users. Brother takes an opposite […]

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IDC: Worldwide Printer/MFP Market Declines for First Time in Three Quarters; Samsung Makes Gains

The worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market declined for the first time in the past three quarters to 25.5 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), resulting in a -2.3 percent year-over-year decrease, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Note that IDC tracks A2-A4 devices in its […]

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Top News for the Week of 8/18/2014 – New Memjet Print Engine, Printer Revenue Down at HP, More

This week, the big news was Hewlett-Packard’s reporting of its results for third-quarter 2014. The good news is that HP achieved a slight revenue increase after several quarters of revenue decline, the bad news was lower printer revenue, including lower supplies revenue. However, HP CEO Meg Whitman was overall pleased with HP’s performance. According to […]

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Review: Business-Class A3 Inkjet Printers and AiO’s – Brother’s MFC-J6920DW is Best in Class

Since we at Wirth Consulting estimate that the processing of A3 documents in the office is in the single-digit percentile, we have always thought that the ultimate mix of digital-imaging devices for small business was one or more fast B/W A4 printers coupled with an economical A3 MFP or All-in-One (AiO). The problem is that […]

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New Brother Small-Office Laser Printers and All-in-Ones Feature Faster Print Speeds, Cloud and Mobile Connectivity

Brother International U.S. is rolling out its newest monochrome laser printers and All-in-Ones for small-office and home-office (SOHO) users. The new models feature faster print speeds than their predecessors, as well as easy wireless setup, and mobile print and scan, and cloud connectivity. The new HL-L2360DW standalone printer has an estimated street price of $149.99 and replaces […]

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