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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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EFI Self-Serve Print-for-Pay Print Products Now Available for Canon MFPs

February 9, 2015 – Electronics for Imaging (EFI) reports that Canon U.S.A. is now offering EFI self-serve print-for-pay capabilities with the EFI Self-Serve M500 Copy and Print Station and EFI Self-Serve AdminCentral for use with many Canon imageRUNNER and imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFPs. EFI’s Self-Serve M500 Copy and Print Station and Self-Serve AdminCentral are typically used […]

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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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EFI Reports Record Revenue for Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2014

January 29, 2015 – Electronics For Imaging (EFI) today reported results for fourth-quarter 2014 and full-year of 2014. For the fourth quarter, EFI reported revenue of $211.1 million, up 7 percent compared to fourth-quarter 2013 revenue of $197.2 million. Net income was $11.9 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared to $75.2 million, or $1.54 per diluted […]

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This Week in Imaging: Epson’s Revolutionary RIPS Inkjets; Ricoh Europe Goes 3D; More

Epson brings it on to the U.S. with a new high-volume PrecisionCore-based color inkjet MFP with complete A3 capabilities, maximum 1,830-sheet media capacity, and ink packs that yield up to 75,000 pages. The flagship WorkForce Pro WF-R8590 starts at $5,999 and has an optional 2×500-sheet paper deck that converts it into a free-standing console unit. This product […]

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EFI Previews New LED Inkjet, More at EFI Connect Users Conference

January 22, 2015 – At this year’s EFI Connect Users Conference held in Las Vegas, Electronics for Imaging (EFI) previewed a number of new offerings for the production-print market, including the firm’s new EFI Productivity Suite, which EFI says is the next step in its productivity software-portfolio evolution. EFI says the suite expands on its existing […]

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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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EFI Acquires Polymeric Imaging’s Thermoforming Ink Technology

Electronics for Imaging (EFI) reports that it’s acquired key intellectual property assets for digital inkjet printing of thermoformed products from Polymeric Imaging, a specialist provider of UV and LED inks for industrial and graphic-arts applications. Based in North Kansas City, Mo., Polymeric Imaging has extensive R&D experience in the development of inkjet inks that address […]

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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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EFI Reports Record Revenue of $198 Million for Third-Quarter 2014

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) today reported results for its third-quarter 2014. The company reported record revenue of $197.7 million, up 11 percent compared to third-quarter 2013 revenue of $178.8 million. Operating income was $12.9 million compared to $13.9 million for the same period in 2013. Net income was $4.8 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, […]

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Top News for the Week of 9/29/2014 – Catching up with OKI; Graph Expo; HP Brings the Cloud to Home Users; More

In today’s economy, and especially in the digital-imaging world, resourcefulness is the name of the game. Or to put it another way, when one door closes, another one opens. For instance, that may mean printing outside the office – for example, this week, Hewlett-Packard continues expanding into new digital-print applications, such as heavy-duty commercial inkjet […]

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New Line of EFI Fiery Servers for Latest Ricoh Color Production Printers

Electronics for Imaging reports that it’s launching of a new line of Fiery digital print servers designed for driving two new families of Ricoh digital presses that were announced earlier this week. Making their debut this week at the Graph Expo 14 trade show in Chicago, the EFI Fiery E-43A and E-83A DFEs drive the […]

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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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EFI Acquires DirectSmile, Maker of Cross-Media Marketing Software

Electronics for Imaging (EFI) reports that it’s acquired DirectSmile GmbH, a provider of software solutions for cross-media marketing automation, for an undisclosed sum. Based in Berlin, DirectSmile invented image personalization in 2001 and today makes media personalization and automation software that streamlines sophisticated marketing and production tasks for corporations, agencies, and printing companies. EFI says DirectSmile’s […]

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EFI Wins Patent-Infringement Suit Filed by Acacia Research

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) reports “another key victory in a patent-troll case” filed against it by Acacia Research. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirmed that a device profile patent asserted by a subsidiary of the non-practicing entity Acacia Research Corporation against EFI and 31 other companies is invalid. Acacia […]

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Konica Minolta Launches Flagship Digital Color bizhub PRESS C1100 Rated at up to 100 PPM

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. is rolling out its flagship bizhub PRESS C1100 and bizhub PRESS C1085 digital color production-printing systems. The firm says the new systems represent the next generation of market-leading speeds with a wide range of substrate handling and finishing options, including the ability to print at full-rated engine speeds on up to 300 […]

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New Workgroup Document Scanners from Kodak, the ScanMate i1150 and i1180

Kodak Alaris’ Document Imaging Division  has added two new document scanners, the Kodak ScanMate i1150 and Kodak ScanMate i1180. The Kodak ScanMate i1150 is designed for use in customer-facing business transactions, when an employee needs to scan documents as part of a business process. Employees using these solutions are typically interacting with customers and need […]

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EFI Launches ‘Most Advanced’ Controller to Date, New Fiery Pro FS150 Pro

Electronics for Imaging (EFI) has launched its newest Fiery platform for cut-sheet digital production-printing systems, the Fiery FS150 Pro digital front end (DFE), which EFI says provides faster print-job processing, unsurpassed image quality, seamless MIS/ERP integration, and even easier to use automated workflows. The Fiery FS150 Pro features Fiery HyperRIP, which enhances performance by simultaneously […]

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