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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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Epson Rolls Out ‘World’s Smallest and Lightest’ Mobile Printer, the WorkForce WF-100

Calling it “the world’s smallest and lightest mobile printer,” Epson America is rolling out the Epson WorkForce WF-100 ($349 estimated street price). Designed for mobile workers, the WorkForce WF-100 includes built-in wireless connectivity, Wi-Fi Direct connectivity, and an integrated rechargeable battery. “Mobile devices are critical tools for professionals, and the sleek, portable, wireless WorkForce WF-100 augments the mobile […]

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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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Laser and Inkjet Printer and All-in-One Sales up Three Percent in Western Europe

According to London-based IT market-research firm CONTEXT, unit sales of printer hardware returned to positive year-over-year growth of 3 percent in Western Europe in the third-quarter 2014. These findings mark several consecutive quarters of positive growth of laser-printer sales in Western Europe. CONTEXT says continuous positive performance of laser MFPs and increasing distribution sales of inkjet […]

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New Nine-Color Epson SureColor P600 for Advanced Photo Printing

Epson America is today launching what it’s calling the industry’s most advanced 13-inch photo printer – the Epson SureColor P600. Designed for creative professionals, fine artists, and advanced amateur and pro photographers, the SureColor P600 uses Epson MicroPiezo AMC inkjet print head and Epson’s next-generation UltraChrome HD pigment inks, driven by enhanced AccuPhoto HD printing technology to […]

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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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