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Brother Launches BR-Docs Platform for Cloud-Based Document Storage and Sharing

Brother International today launched BR-Docs, a subscription- and cloud-based document-management service for sending, storing, and sharing digital files in a secure Web-based account. Designed in particular for small to mid-size businesses, Brother says the solution provides businesses with a simple, secure, and reliable way to organize, store, sync and access digital files from a desktop […]

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Laser MFP Sales Show Healthy Gains in Western Europe

U.K.-based market-research firm Context reports that despite an overall drop of -4 percent in printer-hardware unit sales in Western Europe in 2013 compared to 2012, laser-MFP sales bucked this trend and grew 8 percent over the same period. All other imaging categories saw sales decline in Western Europe during 2013 according to Context. Inkjet MFP […]

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Top News for the Week of 3/31/2014 – Memjet Partner Expands; New Management Appointments; Xerox Lawsuit

  Markets and Marketing Memjet partners continue to expand in North America, with Reprographic Technology International (RTI) Digital of Ontario, Canada, reporting that it’s negotiated a reseller agreement with #1 Network, under which #1 Network, a distributor of graphics-arts printing systems will sell, market, and support the Memjet-powered RTI Vortex 4200 wide-format printer to its reseller network of over 60 North […]

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New Management Appointments at Brother International USA

Brother International Corporation (BIC-USA) announced today that Tadashi Ishiguro has become the director and chairman of BIC-USA, and will be spending more of his time focusing on strategic and long-term initiatives. Kazufumi (“Kaz”) Ikeda was also appointed director and president of BIC-USA. Ikeda served as director and executive vice president of BIC-USA, responsible for all […]

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Top News for Week of 2/17/2014 – Worldwide Printer/MFP Market Continues Recovery; First Mopria-Certified MFP; More

New Products The big news this week was Hewlett-Packard’s introduction of the first imaging device that’s Mopria-certified for mobile printing. What’s key is that the new Color LaserJet Pro MFP M476 will make printing from Android devices as easy as tapping on a button. Making Android mobile printing as easy as possible makes sense, as […]

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IDC: Worldwide Hardcopy Market Continues Gradual Recovery; HP and Brother Make Gains

International Data Corporation (IDC) reports that the worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market continued its recovery in the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13). The 31.7 million unit shipments in 4Q13 represented a year-over-year increase of 2.0 percent while shipments for the full year 2013 declined just -1.6 percent, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly […]

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IDC: Cheaper Ink Cartridges Help OEMS Gain Market Share in Asia Pacific

IDC reports today that the printer consumable market in the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) region declined 2.5% quarter on quarter and grew 0.1% year-on-year to reach US$1,701.24 million in Q3 2013. IDC finds that on one hand, the printer consumable market is stable or declining in mature economies like Australia, Korea and Taiwan. On the […]

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Top News for the Week of 11/25/2013

Happy Thanksgiving! This post is coming to you early this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. Industry Events We enjoyed a productive meeting along with Konica Minolta and its North American dealers at a three-day event held last week at the Palazzo Resort/Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. Gallery of Photos from the Konica Minolta 2013 Business […]

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Printer, All-in-One Sales up for Brother in Last Six Months

Brother International of Japan reported net sales of 288,355 million yen for the six months ending September 30, 2013, an increase of 17.9 percent versus the 244,525 million yen it reported for the same period a year ago. Net income however was 6,435 million yen, a 56.6 percent decrease versus the 14,840 million yen it reported […]

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Brother New Zealand Partnering with Konica Minolta

Brother International of New Zealand announced an interesting new partnership with Konica Minolta, a strategy that it says will embed Brother imaging products across the entire corporate market in New Zealand. Specifically, this will now see Brother NZ selling Konica Minolta’s European Develop digital-copier brand in New Zealand, and expand Brother’s product range to offer printers and […]

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Ricoh Settles with Penovia over Remote Printer-Monitoring Patent-Infringement Allegations

 Law360 reports that Ricoh U.S.A.has reached a settlement with a patent-holding company Penovia LLC to resolve Penovia’s allegations that Ricoh infringed its patent for technology used to remotely monitor printers and MFPs, a Texas federal judge said October 29th. Penovia has also filed suit against nine other printer companies, several of which have also settled […]

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Brother Bringing 100-PPM HL-S7000DN Inkjet Printer to United States for High-Volume Office Printing

Brother International today announced the availability of its 100-ppm HL-S7000DN in the United States. The HL-S7000DN is a workgroup black-and-white inkjet printer that Brother’s targeting at mid-size and large work groups as a faster, more energy-efficient alternative to office laser printers. The HL-S7000DN uses a page-wide print head – called SmartArray – and what Brother calls Cold […]

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Brother Completes Workgroup and Mobile Document Scanner Refresh with New ADS-1500W with Scan to Cloud

Brother International is launching its ImageCenter ADS-1500W ($299), the flagship model in its new series of document scanners for small and home offices With this introduction, Brother says it now offers a complete lineup of scanners including newly redesigned mobile scanner models and workgroup scanners. The ADS-1500W has a compact footprint of 11.2″ wide and […]

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What is NFC Touch-to-Print and Why it’s a Big Deal for Mobile Printing

We posted a story yesterday that leads with an announcement that Hewlett-Packard is now offering optional NFC (Near Field Communication) touch-to-print capabilities from NFC-enabled smartphones, tablets, and notebook PCs for new LaserJets and Officejets, as well as an existing installed base of 40 million HP LaserJet and Officejet devices. While this is not groundbreaking news (see […]

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New Holographic Security Label Will Be Displayed on Brother Toner and Ink Cartridges, Drum Units

Brother Industries of Japan has introduced a holographic security label that gives customers the ability to identify genuine Brother consumables at the point of purchase – before they buy. The label will be affixed to Brother ink cartridges, toner cartridges, and drum units for Brother printers and All-in-Ones beginning in September 2013. Along with Brother’s […]

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Brother Introduces Completely Refreshed Document-Scanner Family, Flagship DS-920W

Brother International is launching the DS-920DW, the flagship model of its completely refreshed DSmobile line of mobile scanners for consumers and small office/home office (SOHO) users. The line includes four models ranging in suggested price from $129 to $199. Brother designed the DS-920DW with wireless transfer and duplex capabilities to help users digitize photos, invoices, […]

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New Brother MFC-J6920dw Color Inkjet All-in-One Provides 11″x17″ Print, Copy, Scan, and Fax, NFC Mobile Print and Scan

Brother International is introducing its latest color inkjet All-in-One, the MFC-J6920dw, which it says is the flagship model in its new Business Smart Pro series of inkjet All-in-Ones for small to mid-size businesses. The MFC-J6920dw provides two 250-sheet paper trays for a larger paper capacity, as well as higher ink capacity and print speeds of up […]

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Brother Opens New Ink-Cartridge Manufacturing Plant in Philippines

On August 12th, Brother Industries (Philippines) opened its new ink-cartridge manufacturing facility located in the First Philippine Industrial Park in Batangans near Manila. Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. was established in March, 2012, and is a subsidiary of Brother Industries of Japan. The new plant, which Brother invested U.S. $114 million in,  will be manufacturing ink cartridges […]

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