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Top News for the Week of 2/24/2014 – Good Quarter for HP, New Solutions for Healthcare, More

Solutions At the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference that’s dedicated to healthcare IT and was held this week in Orlando, Florida, several imaging vendors showcased new and existing solutions for making the capture, distribution, storage, and retrieval of healthcare records into Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems more efficient and less error-prone. Konica […]

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New Canon SE Series imagePROGRAF Large-Format Printers Start at $2,495

Canon U.S.A. is introducing large-format inkjet color printers designed for the poster and infographics markets, the SE Series imagePROGRAF family. Consisting of the six-color 44″ iPF8400SE Printer and 24″ iPF6400SE Printer, Canon says the SE Series offers a cost-effective, easy-to-use solution for on-the-spot in-house printing in retail, education, and government. Output Quality Canon says its […]

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Earnings up for HP’s First Quarter, Commercial and Consumer Printer Shipments Up

On February 20th, Hewlett-Packard reported results for its first quarter, with earnings per share (EPS) of $0.74, up 17 percent from the $0.63 it reported for the period a year ago, and above its previously provided outlook of $0.60 to $0.64. Net earnings for the quarter were $1.4 billion, a 16-percent increase versus the same […]

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IDC: Worldwide Hardcopy Market Continues Gradual Recovery; HP and Brother Make Gains

International Data Corporation (IDC) reports that the worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market continued its recovery in the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13). The 31.7 million unit shipments in 4Q13 represented a year-over-year increase of 2.0 percent while shipments for the full year 2013 declined just -1.6 percent, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly […]

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Western Europe Laser MFP Sales Show Eight Percent Increase

U.K. market-research firm CONTEXT reports that Western European sales of laser MFPs registered 8 percent year-over-year growth despite an overall printer market decline of 4 percent. All other imaging categories saw sales declines in Western Europe distribution during 2013 according to CONTEXT. Inkjet MFP unit sales fell 3 percent, Laser single-function printers (SFPs) were down […]

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Top News for the Week of 2/10/2014 – Mopria-Certified Printers On the Way; PaperCut for Controlling Mobile Printing; More

Legal News He’s got a lot of other things on his mind – namely the closing of three traffic lanes feeding into the George Washington Bridge last September – but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made short work of a proposed New Jersey law that would require sellers of ink cartridges to show on how […]

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NJ Governor Christie Vetoes Cartridge Page-Yield Law, but Assembly Hopes to Re-Introduce it reports that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a proposed New Jersey state law that would require sellers of ink cartridges to display on a cartridge how many printed pages the user could expect the cartridges to print. However, the matter may not be at rest, as the New Jersey State Assembly will […]

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Western Europe Printer and Hardcopy Markets Shows Good Gains in Fourth Quarter, Reports IDC

Western European printer and MFP shipments kept up the momentum and recorded positive year-on-year results for fourth-quarter 2013, according to latest figures from International Data Corporation (IDC). The market increased 5.5% year on year to 6.94 million units, which is an increase of around 360,000 units compared with the same period in 2012. However, price […]

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Top News for the Week of 2/3/2014 – Good News from Japan; Samsung Brings BusinessCore to U.S.; More

Financial News The theme this week in the digital-imaging industry was encouraging financial results from Japanese vendors, including Ricoh, Konica Minolta, Sharp, OKI, and Epson, as they reported results for their third quarter. All of the companies cite the weaker yen as aiding them in their net sales results. The weaker yen makes Japanese products […]

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PrintFleet’s Remote Print-Management Solution now Available for Epson Business-Class Printers

Epson America reports that it’s negotiated an agreement with print-management solution provider PrintFleet under which PrintFleet will provide data-collection for Epson business printers. PrintFleet software is now able to accurately and rapidly collect, analyze and deliver data from Epson’s extensive line of business printers in order to streamline Managed Print Services (MPS) deployments. Epson says its […]

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Epson Reports Sales, Income up; Sales of Inkjet Consumables Increasing

Seiko Epson of Tokyo reported its latest financial results for the nine months ended December 31, 2013. For the period, net sales were up 20.2 percent, while net income was 50 billion yen ($481 million U.S.), a sharp improvement over the loss of 12 billion yen it reported a year ago. For its inkjet-printer business, […]

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Company that Purchased Lexmark’s Inkjet Business to Open Facility in Lexington

From The Lane Report: - Funai Electric Co. Ltd. plans to open Funai Lexington Technology Corp. in Fayette County. The technology company will be a subsidiary of the multi-billion dollar global electronics company, which is headquartered in Japan and will employ up to 50 people with an average wage of $100,000 per year. “This is a […]

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Top News for the Week of 1/27/2014

Financial News Both Lexmark and Xerox reported their fourth-quarter and full-year results this week. While it was a tough quarter for Xerox, Lexmark reported a strong quarter and full year, boosted by revenue from its Managed Print Services business and its Perceptive Software business. Canon also reported results for its fourth quarter and full-year 2013. […]

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HP Wins Legal Actions Against Ink-Cartridge Clone Makers in Europe

Hewlett-Packard reports that it’s won several ink-cartridge patent-infringement cases in Europe.  First, HP has concluded litigation in Germany against Frankfurt-Am-Main–based BestUse GmbH in two separate cases. The first case regarded the sale of inkjet cartridges that infringe on HP patents/ The second case pertained to the sale of newly made inkjet cartridges as “remanufactured.” In both […]

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Memjet Adds Image Star as U.S. Distributor for Memjet-Powered C6000 Series with Refillable Ink Cartridges

Today, Memjet and Image Star, a leading wholesaler of imaging products, announced a partnership in which Image Star will become a U.S. distributor for the Memjet-powered C6000 Series printers and related supplies. Image Star will sell the color inkjet  C6010 printer and C6030 MFP, as well as Memjet replacement print heads, ink tanks, and refilled ink tanks. Refilled […]

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Top News for the Week of 1/13/2014 – MPHJ Technology Sues Government, Anonymous Owner Revealed; Sharp Mono A3 MFPs Shipping, More

New Hardware Sharp keeps rolling along. News is that Sharp has launched new mid- to high-volume mono A3 MFPs that follows news that it’s supplying HP with similar products. Here’s some intriguing synergy for you: Contex introduces six new wide-format scanning solutions that were jointly developed with Hewlett-Packard. Speaking of rolling along, Epson continues to […]

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New Jersey Bill Would Require Ink-Cartridge Manufacturers to Indicate Cost of Printing 1,000 Pages reports that the New Jersey Senate has passed a bill (A1230) 33-6 that would require ink-cartridge makers to mark their cartridges with an estimate of how much the average cost would be to print 1,000 pages. The bill is headed toward New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s desk, who can either sign the bill into […]

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Top News for the Week of 1/6/2014 – Samsung Researching Inkjet, Coca-Cola Hit by Scan-Patent Lawsuit, Lantronix xPrintServer for Google Cloud Printing, More

New Hardware Everybody’s doing it! Mitsubishi throws its hat into the ring with the announcement that it will enter the North American 3D printer market with a hybrid 3D printer purposed for manufacturing. Lantronix continues to innovate and announces the xPrintServer – Cloud Print Edition, a product that enables devices to print to networked and […]

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