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Top News for the Week of 7/21/2014 – Strong Quarters for Lexmark, Canon; Epson Invests Big in Inkjet; More

Both Lexmark and Canon Inc. continue to report strong financial results. In the case of Lexmark (which has been all quiet on the hardware front lately), revenue from its Perceptive Software division and managed print services (MPS) continues to drive growth. In particular with Lexmark, MPS revenue grew 14 percent compared to the same quarter […]

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New Brother Business Smart Inkjet All-in-One with 11″x17″ Printing and $169.99 Street Price

Brother International is introducing new Business Smart color inkjet All-in-Ones that it says feature lower price points, faster print speeds, and improved color touch screen. Designed for small and home offices, the new Business Smart printers start at $169.99 and are rated up to 20 (black)/18 (color) ppm. Brother also introduced a new inkjet All-in-One with […]

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Top News for the Week of 7/7/2014 – Konica Minolta Strategy Conference, Canon Announces New Industry Group for Deterring Patent Trolls, More

This week, we visited with Konica Minolta, which gave us an intriguing snapshot of not only where the company is now, but where it’s headed – and that’s everything from production printing, to A4, managed IT services, cloud and mobile solutions, and 3D printing. Meanwhile, Canon and Xerox each addressed some of the bad guys […]

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Brother Launches Seven New Printers and All-in-Ones Certified for Mopria Mobile Printing

  Brother International U.S. reports that it’s now an executive member of the Mopria Alliance, a global association of technology companies working towards providing simpler wireless printing from smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Brother also introduced its first Mopria-certified printers and All-in-Ones, the HL-L8250CDN, HL-L8350CDW, HL-L8350CDWT, HL-L9200CDW, MFC-L8600CDW, MFC-L8850CDW, and MFC-L9550CDW, all of which use […]

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Middle East and Turkey Printer/MFP Market Growing at Double-Digit Clip

The Middle East and Turkey hardcopy peripherals (HCP) markets continued their strong recovery from the recession by posting their third successive quarter of growth in first-quarter 2014, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC). The research and advisory firm’s Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker for first-quarter 2014 shows that shipments to the combined region were […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/2/2014 – Epson, Brother Ramp up Business Printers; Inside Pharos Beacon; Konica Minolta to Sell 3D Printers; More

Lots of interesting news and analysis this week. First, it’s official: Konica Minolta will be the first to sell 3D printers – sourced from partner 3D Systems – through the U.S. office-equipment channel. We actually learned about this last September at Konica Minolta’s annual dealer meeting, and the idea was enthusiastically received by dealers. Konica […]

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New Brother Color Laser Printer, All-in-One Designed to Replace the Centralized, Floor-Standing MFP

Brother International is rolling out two new color laser devices, the HL-L9200CDWT printer ($699.99 estimated street price) and MFC-L9550CDW All-in-One ($799.99 estimated street price), both of which it says it designed to replace “underutilized centralized floor-standing MFPs. As such, Brother has amped-up the business-feature set of both units, as well as delivered a competitive cost per […]

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Top News for the Week of 5/12/2014 – More Good News from Japan, Western Europe, Mopria

Good news this week from Japan and Western Europe. This week in news from Japan, Sharp finally returns to a profitable year, Konica Minolta reports a stellar year, boosted by sales of bizhub MFPs, while OKI also reports a profitable year, with sales of its office MFPs up. Previously in the last several weeks, Epson reported a sharp improvement for its fiscal year, with sales of its […]

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Rapid Refill Stores Now Selling Xerox-Brand Toner, Ink for HP and Brother Printers

Xerox reports that Rapid Refill ink- and toner-cartridge stores across the United States are now selling Xerox-brand toner cartridges for Hewlett-Packard and Brother printers. Xerox claims its cartridges for HP and Brother printers equal or exceed the original equipment manufacturer standards in page yield, “but at a fraction of the cost,” and have a 100-percent unconditional […]

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Growth in Western Europe Printer, Multifunctional Market Continues into Fourth Quarter

According to the latest Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker from International Data Corporation (IDC), the Western European printer and MFP markets grew 7.1% year-over-year in first-quarter 2014 — the fourth quarter of continuous growth in the region. Note that in its hard-copy peripheral research, IDC, IDC includes single-function printers, printer-based multifunctional systems (MFPs), and single-function digital […]

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New Brother Color Laser Printers, All-in-Ones with Mobile Print and Scan, Scan to Cloud, User Authentication

Brother U.S.A. today launched its new HL-L8000 series of color laser printers and MFC-L8000 color laser All-In-Ones, all designed for small workgroups in small to mid-size businesses, with printers starting at $349.99 and All-in-Ones starting at $529.99 (estimated street price). Features include high-yield replacement toner cartridges, Secure Function Lock to limit user access, and automatic duplex […]

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Top News for the Week of 4/21/2014 – New Samsung 2014 A4 Lineup, BR-Docs from Brother, More

New Products and Solutions Samsung Rolls Out 2014 ‘Smart’ Desktop Printer and MFP Lineup with NFC, Google Cloud Mobile Printing: Samsung Electronics U.S. launched three new A4 printer and MFP lines, the Xpress C18x0, M28x5, and M20x0, all of which feature multiple provisions for mobile printing and scanning, including Google Cloud mobile printing, Near Field Communications […]

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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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