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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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Canon Shares More Details on its New MAXIFY Business-Inkjet Family

December 9, 2014 – Back in September 2014, Canon U.S.A. introduced an interesting new business-inkjet lineup, called MAXIFY. Last week, Canon U.S.A. held a Webinair in which Canon executives provided more details on the new line, and where Canon will likely be heading with business inkjet. According to Canon U.S.A.’s Michael Duffett, vice president and general […]

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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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Kodak Looks to Become Faster, More Competitive with Reorganization

December 4, 2014 – Eastman Kodak reports that it’s setting up a new organizational structure to make the company faster-moving and more competitive. Effective January 1, 2015, Kodak will have five business divisions: Print Systems; Enterprise Inkjet Systems; Micro 3D Printing and Packaging; Software and Solutions; and Consumer and Film. These divisions will be end-to-end operating […]

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IDC: Worldwide Printer,MFP Shipment Values Increase in Third Quarter, Slight Decline in Shipments

December 4, 2014 – Worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) shipment value increased 3.5 percent year-over-year to $14.9 billion in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14), while unit shipments declined -2.3 percent year-over-year to 27.5 million units during the same period, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Note that IDC tracks A2-A4 devices […]

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Epson to Invest 12.3 Billion Yen in Inkjet-Printer, Projector, and Smart-Glasses Manufacturing Facility

  December 3, 2014 – Seiko Epson of Tokyo reports that it’ll invest 12.3 billion yen (approximately $103 million U.S.) in its manufacturing subsidiary Epson Precision (Philippines) Inc. to construct a new plant for increasing its production of inkjet printers and LCD projectors. The state-of-the-art facilities will be constructed inside the existing site by the early […]

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New Epson A3 Business Inkjet MFP, Printer, Bring A3 Printing Closer to Workers in Small and Mid-Size Workgroups

December 2, 2014 – Epson America is expanding its portfolio of business-inkjet systems with two new A3  (print and scan on up to 11″x17″ paper) printing solutions that are powered by Epson’s new PrecisionCore color inkjet printing technology, the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 and WF-8090. Designed for small and mid-size companies and corporate workgroups, the new systems print at up […]

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It’s Official: Half of USB Devices Have Unpatchable Security Flaws

Following up our article on BadUSB malware, the security researchers that discovered the vulnerability have since tested the USB controller chips from eight of the major suppliers. Hacker Karsten Nohl presented at the recent PacSec security conference in Tokyo that he and his fellow researchers Jakob Lell and Sascha Krissler have analyzed every USB controller chip […]

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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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This Week in Imaging: Further Details on OKI’s 5-Year Warranty; HP’s Latest Financial Results; More

This newsletter is coming to you early this week because of the Thanksgiving Holiday in the United States. Plus, it’s snowing fairly hard today in northern New Jersey, and many have the day off. (FYI, northern New Jersey is the North American headquarters for a disproportionate number of major imaging vendors, including Sharp, Konica Minolta, […]

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Flat Fourth Quarter for HP; Reports Full-Year Results

November 26, 2014 – Hewlett-Packard today reported results for its fourth-quarter 2014 and for full-year 2014. 2014 net revenue was $111.5 billion, down 1 percent from the prior-year period, while 2014 net earnings per share (EPS) was $2.62, but within HP’s previously provided outlook of $2.60 to $2.64 per share. Net earnings for 2014 were $5.0 billion, […]

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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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Xerox’s Impika Focusing on Product-Sales Expansion in Asia

Xerox’s Impika reports that it’s strengthening its presence in Asia by building a network of resellers to sell its production inkjet printers for the growing demand for the printing of books, direct mail, catalogs, brochures, invoices, and financial statements. According to research from trade association NPES, China will be the largest print market in the […]

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Memjet: 2014 has been a ‘Banner Year’ with Record Product Development and Growth

San-Diego-based Memjet, maker of page-wide color inkjet print heads for the office-, label-, wide-format-, and package-printing markets, reports that 2014 was a record year for its product development and growth within its partner ecosystem. During 2014, Memjet partners Afinia, Beiren, Colordyne, TechNova, TrojanLabel introduced new Memjet-based printing solutions for the print on-demand business and label-converter […]

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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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