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This Week in Imaging: The Case for Inkjet-Production Print, and New Offerings from Canon, Xerox, Kodak

We’ve long extolled the value of ink-on-paper and proposed that some “old school” production-print shops may be willing to transition to ink-on-paper technology and skip right over toner-based imaging due to all of its inherent weaknesses in terms of hardware cost, energy consumption, image permanence, and the nuances of image quality. On the other hand, […]

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Kodak’s New PROSPER 1000 Inkjet Production Printer Prints at 1,000 Feet per Minute

February 25, 2015 – Eastman Kodak is rolling out what it calls the world’s fastest digital press, the Kodak PROSPER 1000 Plus Press. The press is powered by proprietary Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology and leverages the base Kodak PROSPER 1000 Press platform with new enhancements to the transport and software capabilities. Delivering speeds of up to […]

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This Week in Imaging: Funai Poised to Take on Inkjet Market?; Mobile Printing a Game Changer?; Canon Makes a Big Move; More

  As Canon’s camera business continues to lag (but office MFP and production sales continue to be healthy), the company is seeking other growth avenues. This week it’s looking to acquire Axis Surveillance, maker of network video-surveillance systems, for $2.83 billion. This would be the largest purchase Canon’s ever made, and seems to sadly reflect […]

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After Purchasing Lexmark’s Inkjet Business, Funai Electric to Also Sell Kodak-Brand Small Office and Consumer Printers Worldwide

February 9, 2015 – Funai Electric of Osaka, Japan, a global supplier of consumer electronics, reports that it’s entered into a  licensing agreement with Eastman Kodak Company under which Funai will supply, market, sell, and service Kodak-brand consumer and small office printers and their related consumable supplies worldwide. In September 2012, Kodak announced that it was […]

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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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This Week in Imaging: Epson, OKI Forge Ahead; HP Officejet X Gains Ground; Average Copier-Sales Comp; Badder BadUSB; More

This was a very busy week in the printer and MFP world, and we have lots of news, from everything from the average copier sales person’s annual compensation, to new business inkjet, to Kodak’s reorganization. Also be sure to check out the latest research from the folks at IDC, who’ve previewed a sampling of their […]

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This Week in Digital Imaging: MPHJ Scan-Patent Enforcer Gets off Easy? Good News from Sharp, Kodak; More

Perhaps the most interesting news this week was that U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled with notorious “scan-patent troll” MPHJ Technology Investments. There were many howls of indignation that the settlement really doesn’t do much, except require MPHJ not to be deceptive in its practices. For instance, MPHJ cannot state in a demand letter that […]

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In Landmark Third Quarter, Kodak Returns to Profitability

Driven by strong sales increases for key strategic technology products and intellectual property licensing payments, last week, Eastman Kodak reported net earnings of $19 million for the third quarter of 2014. Net earnings in the third quarter of 2013 were $1.99 billion as a result of a $2.21 billion reorganization item gain in that quarter. […]

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Kodak Alaris Releases Apple Mac Drivers for 13 Document and Photo Scanners

Kodak Alaris reports that it’s releasing Apple Macintosh drivers for 13 of its document and photo scanners. With the free download, a wide range of Kodak Alaris’ imaging scanners are now compatible with the Apple OS X operating system as well as with Microsoft Windows and Linux. “Historically, PC users have had far more choice […]

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Top News for the Week of 8/11/2014 – Printer, MFP Shipments Up; Key Legal Rulings for MPHJ Technology, Kodak; More

This week, some of the most interesting news came from market-research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) with its Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker (which covers printers, MFPs, and copiers that print on and/or scan A2- to A4-size media). According to IDC, the Western Europe market for printers/MFPs/copiers enjoyed its fifth consecutive quarter of growth, with shipments […]

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Judge Gives Favorable Ruling to Collins Inkjet in Dispute with Kodak

U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett has ruled that Kodak must adhere to an injunction that it not differentiate pricing for print-head refurbishing services based on whether the customer uses Collins ink or Kodak ink for use with Kodak Versamark production printers – that is until and if a preliminary injunction issued on March 6th […]

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Improved Earnings for Kodak in Second Quarter, Smaller Loss

Eastman Kodak has reported a net loss of $62 million for its second-quarter 2014; however, this loss is a $162 million improvement from the $224 million net loss that Kodak reported for second-quarter 2013. The firm says that key products in packaging, digital plates, digital printing, and workflow software are helping it increase revenue growth. […]

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Top News for the Week of 8/4/2014 – HP ‘Instant Ink Professional;” Ricoh, Sharp Financials; More

What do you do if the supplies for your product are being made and sold by unauthorized third parties and are cutting into your revenue stream? You either a) enforce your patents through litigation to end the sale of those supplies, and/or b) make your supplies more economical and easier to obtain. Canon Inc. continues […]

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Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan Rescue Kodak

A passel of leading Hollywood directors including JJ Abrams, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino and Judd Apatow have forged an agreement that ensures that films can still be recorded and viewed on traditional silver-halide film. In an age of digital recording. it is common knowledge that Kodak, that one of America’s greatest companies, is struggling to […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/9/2014 – HP PageWide Inkjet for Large Format, Xerox Targeting High-Speed Inkjet, More

This week, inkjet was again in the news, with inkjet news from Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, and Xerox. In particular, this week’s inkjet news involved the commercial and production high-speed inkjet segment – a segment IDC recently pinpointed as enjoying exceptional growth. According to IDC research, the worldwide continuous-feed, digital production-printing market is experiencing a major technology […]

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New Prosper 6000 Inkjet Production Printers from Kodak

Kodak in introducing its latest digital color production printers, the Kodak Prosper 6000 Presses, which it says feature new innovations in paper transport, drying, and writing systems, combined with advanced press-management technology. Based on a new product platform, the systems are designed for production printing in the book-, commercial-, and newspaper-printing businesses, as well as […]

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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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Top News for the Week of 5/19/2014 – New Print-Management Solutions for Konica Minolta, Kyocera; Inkjet Strong in Production; More

There was no new office-imaging hardware this week, but two vendors introduced print-management solutions: Konica Minolta reported that NSi Output Manager is now available for its bizhub MFPs, while Kyocera Document Solutions reported that Argos OnBoard Print Management is now available for its HyPAS-enabled MFPs. These print-management solutions provide not only tracking of MFP activity […]

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