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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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Slow Quarter for HP, but Printer Earnings Strong

February 25, 2015 – Hewlett-Packard reported results for its first-quarter ending January 31, 2015, with net revenue of $26.8 billion, down 5 percent versus first-quarter 2014, and net earnings per share of $0.73, down 1 percent from the prior-year period, but within HP’s previously provided outlook of $0.72 to $0.76 per share. Net earnings were $1.4 billion, […]

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Global Mobile-Printing Market to Grow 32.5 Percent between 2014-2019

February 11, 2015 – Driven by the adoption of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), market-research firm Research and Markets is forecasting a CAGR of 32.5 percent for the 2014-2019 period for the global mobile-printing market in its report Global Mobile Printing Market 2015-2019. The firm notes that mobile printing typical refers to printing that’s usually […]

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New HP Inkjet Nozzle Architecture Said to Double Production-Printers’ Print Resolution

February 6, 2015 – Hewlett-Packard has announced its new High Definition Nozzle Architecture technology  for HP Inkjet Web Presses for production and commercial printing, stating that the technology doubles the native print resolution of current HP inkjet print heads from 10,560 to 21,120 nozzles. This enables HP printers to deliver 2,400 nozzles per inch (per color […]

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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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Context: HP is Business-Inkjet Market Leader in Western Europe

February 3, 2015 – European IT market-research firm Context reports that, according to its research data, printer-hardware revenue increased by 1 percent across Western European in 2014 compared to 2013. Context says the increase was driven by laser MFPs and inkjet printers. Of note is that Context reports that revenue from inkjet MFPs was up by […]

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HP CEO Meg Whitman Receives 11 Percent Raise

February 3, 2015 – Bloomberg News reports that Hewlett-Packard raised total compensation for Chairman and CEO Meg Whitman by 11 percent, with Whitman, receiving a total pay package of $19.6 million for fiscal 2014, compared with $17.6 million a year earlier, according to an HP regulatory filing. Bloomberg News notes that although HP sales have fallen […]

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HP Announces New Chain of Command for HP Enterprise and HP Inc.

January 26, 2015 – Hewlett-Packard today announced new management roles for its two newly created companies, HP Enterprise and HP Inc. (In October 2014, the HP announced that it was splitting into two publicly traded companies: HP Enterprise, which will be dedicated to enterprise-business solutions, and HP Inc., which will be dedicated to personal computing and […]

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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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U.K. Fraud Office Ends HP Autonomy Investigation, but Investigation Continues in U.S.

January 19, 2014 – Bloomberg News reports that the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has ended its investigation of Hewlett-Packard’s $10 billion takeover over Autonomy Corporation.. The SFO ended its investigation after finding “insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.” However, the U.S. Department of Justice is still investigating the deal, and the SFO […]

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This Week in Imaging: HP Battles Patent Infringers; Upcoming Conferences & Expos; Smallest AiO; More

In a slow news week, there’s at least one odd piece that makes you go “hmm” – Sharp sells its U.S. headquarters. but will lease it and stay put. We’re used to posting virtually every week news of Canon Inc. waging war against alleged toner-cartridge patent infringers across the globe, but this week HP made […]

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HP Filing Bevy of Ink-Cartridge Patent-Infringement Lawsuits Against Companies in Europe & U.S.

January 9, 2015 – Hewlett-Packard is stepping up its game in protecting its ink-cartridge patents, with the company announcing a series of worldwide legal actions in its ongoing fight to combat the sale of third-party inkjet cartridges that it says infringe upon its patents. In the Netherlands, HP has initiated three separate litigation cases against […]

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HP: Intel’s I7 Chip to Power HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer

  January 7, 2014 – At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) currently being held in Las Vegas, Hewlett-Packard showcased its Multi Jet Fusion, its first 3D printer, and first previewed in October 2014. HP also provided more details on the Multi Jet Fusion, revealing that Intel Corporation’s Core i7 chip will be used to power […]

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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: Canon’s Maxify Strategy; New Sharp MFPs; HP Instant Ink via Staples; More

We like what Canon’s doing with its new Maxify line of inkjet printers for business. While we initially wondered why customers would choose Maxify over the more glitzy Canon Pixma inkjet products, Canon did a yeoman’s job of answering our questions during their recent Webinair. Although similarly priced, the main differentiators are high-yield ink cartridges […]

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Staples Now Offering HP’s Instant Ink Ink-Cartridge Subscription Program

December 9, 2014 – Hewlett-Packard reports that it’s formed an agreement with office-supplies store Staples, with Staples becoming the newest U.S. retailer to provide HP’s Instant Ink replacement service, the HP program that HP says can save customers up to 50 percent on the cost of ink. HP’s Instant Ink services will now be available at more […]

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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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HP: Triple-Digit Growth for Officejet X Printers, New Toner Supplies to Deter Third-Party Cloning on the Way

December 1, 2014 – Last Wednesday, November 25th, Hewlett-Packard released results for its fiscal fourth-quarter and full-year 2014 (see story here). HP also held an earnings conference call with investors, during which HP Chairman, CEO and President Meg Whitman and HP CFO Cathie Lesjak provided further details on HP’s printing business, including new toner products […]

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