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This Week in Imaging: Memjet Rising; Holiday Gift Guide; Smart MFP Ecosystem; Impika; More

It’s getting cold around these parts. Cold enough to huddle around your laser printer in order to soak up some of that wasted energy in the form of dissipated heat. However, if the powers that be at your workplace decide to splurge on the latest big iron – in this case inkjet – from Canon’s […]

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Kyocera Reports ‘Significant Profit’ in MFP Sales for Half Year of its Fiscal Year

Kyocera Corporation of Japan reported financial results for its fiscal first half-year (April to September 2014). Net sales for the company’s half-year were ¥714,329 million, an increase of ¥14,666 million, or 2.1 percent, compared with ¥699,663 million for the previous first half, due to increased sales in the Semiconductor Parts Group and the Information Equipment […]

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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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Sharp Reports Profitable Fiscal Half-Year; Forecasts Higher Sales for Full Year

Sharp Corporation of Japan reported results for the first half of its fiscal year (April to September 2014), with net sales of 1,326.6 billion yen, down 1.1 percent versus the same period a year ago, operating income of 29.2 billion yen, down 13.6 percent, but net income improving by 9.0 billion yen from a loss […]

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Top News for the Week of 11/3/2014 – White and Clear Toner; Good Financials; Xerox Paper-Less Solutions; More

This week, several MFP/copier/printer market players, all based in Japan, reported good financial results for their latest quarter. While some of this is due to the favorable effects of a lower-valued Japanese yen versus other currencies, a good part is also due to the strengths of these companies’ digital-imaging technology, as well as favorable markets […]

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Strong Quarter for Epson; Higher-Priced Inkjet Printers Help Drive Growth

Seiko Epson of Tokyo reported financial results for its latest fiscal period, the six months ending September 2014, with revenue up 8.8 percent to 512 billion yen, and net income up 145.4 percent to 87 billion yen, both compared to the same period a year ago. According to the firm, demand for its inkjet printers […]

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Net Sales and Income up for Konica Minolta’s First Half; Business Technologies Sales Drive Growth

For the second half of its current fiscal year (April to September 2014), Konica Minolta of Tokyo reported net sales up 6.2 percent to 478 billion yen, and net income up 164.2 percent to 14 billion yen, both versus the same half-year a year ago. In its Business Technologies Business, office A3 color MFPs posted […]

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OKI Reports Favorable Sales Growth for its Printer Business, Raises Forecast for its Full Year

OKI Electric company of Tokyo reported financial results for its fiscal half-year (April to September 2014), with net sales of 228.8 billion yen, up 12.2 percent, while net income rose 8.5 billion yen to 10.8 billion, both versus its fiscal half-year a year ago. OKI also raised its forecast for its entire fiscal year. It’s […]

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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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Ricoh Reports Robust Income, Steady Sales Gains for First Half of its Fiscal Year

For the first half of its fiscal year (April 1 to September 30, 2014), Ricoh Company of Japan reported net sales of 1,072 billion yen, up 3.2 percent versus the same period last year, and net profit of 33.9 billion, up 21.0 percent versus the same period last year. The firm reported it enjoyed “greatly […]

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Sales Down, Income Flat for Canon’s Third Quarter; Demand for Office Multifunctionals is Steady

Canon Inc. of Tokyo reported results for its fiscal third quarter, with sales down 4.5 percent to ¥872.2 billion (U.S.$8,002 million) and net income down by 1.0 percent to ¥58.2 billion (U.S.$534 million), both compared to the same quarter a year ago. Net sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 were ¥2,667.3 billion […]

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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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Mixed Third-Quarter for Xerox; Printer/MFP Revenue Down Six Percent

Xerox reported today results for its third-quarter 2014, with earnings per share of 22 cents, and total revenue of $5.1 billion, down 2 percent. Revenue from the company’s Services business, which represented 57 percent of total revenue, was $2.9 billion, up 1 percent and flat year-over-year. Revenue from the company’s Document Technology business, which represented […]

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Strong Quarter for Lexmark; MPS and Perceptive Software Revenue Forecast to Reach $1 Billion

Lexmark International today reported revenue growth of 3 percent versus the same quarter a year ago, and earnings of $66 million, an increase versus the $65 million for the third quarter a year ago. Both revenue growth and earnings per share exceeded the firm’s forecast. While both Lexmark’s managed print services (MPS) and Perceptive Software […]

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Top News for the Week of 9/15/2014 – Mobile Print: Too Complicated? Hacked Printer; Memjet at Graph Expo; More

The Million Dollar Question(s) This week, Epson America continues introducing its next-generation color inkjets, ranging from home and photo units, to small-business units. One thing that has struck us about these latest inkjets is the myriad forms of mobile-printing options they support – the latest models, by the way, are Mopria-certified for Android printing. Not […]

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OKI Raises Forecast for Fiscal Half Year Due to Improving Printer Business

OKI Electric Industry of Tokyo has revised its earning projections for the first half of its fiscal year (April 1 to September 30, 2014) to better reflect improvements in its printer business, as well as to reflect steady progress of its ATM business, particularly in China, and in its info-telecom systems business. As seen in […]

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