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Top News for the Week of 9/22/2014 – New Ricoh, Xerox Inkjet Production-Print; Canon ‘Maxify'; MPHJ, HP Lawsuits Dismissed; More

Inkjet technology dominates the week with announcements of new inkjet systems from Canon, Epson, Xerox, Memjet, and Ricoh. The new inkjet systems range in size from portable printers to big-iron production-printing systems. Sprinkle in a couple of 3D-printing announcements and new workflow solutions, and we’ve had a busy week of toner-free news. One of the […]

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Konica Minolta Introduces its First Cloud Solution, FileAssist, for Private Cloud Document Storage and Sharing

Previewed at its July 2013 press event (see our story here), Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. is launching FileAssist, a server-based file storage and collaborative solution developed exclusively for Konica Minolta and hosted by Konica Minolta’s Managed IT services provider All Covered. Konica Minolta says FileAssist is ideal for businesses of all sizes looking to collaborate […]

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Konica Minolta Acquires Results Engineering, Provider of Enterprise Content Management Solutions

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. reports that it’s acquired Results Engineering, an enterprise content management (ECM) solution provider, for an undisclosed sum. Konica Minolta says the acquisition will support and further expand its growth strategy for providing enterprise content management (ECM). As a wholly owned subsidiary, Results Engineering will become a part of Konica Minolta’s […]

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Top News for the Week of 7/28/2014 – Printer, MFP Revenue Slips at Xerox; OKI, Konica Minolta MFP and Printer Revenue Up; More

In this week’s financial news, Konica Minolta, OKI, Epson, and Kyocera continue to roll along, steadily rebounding from the effects of the recession and appearing poised for future growth now that their customers’ budget restraints appear to be slowly loosening. Of note with most of these vendors is that they offer workflow solutions that can […]

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Sales Growth in Konica Minolta’s Copier/MFP Group ‘Drives Growth’ for Entire Company

For its latest quarter, the Konica Minolta Group of Tokyo reported net sales of 228.2 billion yen, an increase of 4.5 percent versus the same quarter a year ago, with the firm noting that “sales growth in the Business Technologies Business drove momentum for the entire Group.” Operating income was 11.6 billion yen, an increase […]

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Dispatcher Phoenix Finance Now Available for Konica Minolta MFPs

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. is introducing a new automated workflow solution to help firms in the financial sector securely capture, process, and distribute financial documents while it says, still meeting regulatory demands. Part of Konica Minolta’s EnvisionIT Finance solution portfolio, the firm says Dispatcher Phoenix Finance helps banks, financial institutions, and accounting departments streamline paper-based document […]

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Top News for the Week of 7/7/2014 – Konica Minolta Strategy Conference, Canon Announces New Industry Group for Deterring Patent Trolls, More

This week, we visited with Konica Minolta, which gave us an intriguing snapshot of not only where the company is now, but where it’s headed – and that’s everything from production printing, to A4, managed IT services, cloud and mobile solutions, and 3D printing. Meanwhile, Canon and Xerox each addressed some of the bad guys […]

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Konica Minolta Lays out Compelling Roadmap for Printing: from Production, to Office, A4, and 3D Printing

This week, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. held its “Print Production Technology Showcase and Our Blueprint for the Future” conference for press and analysts, where Konica Minolta executives introduced the new bizhub PRESS C1100, a flagship digital color production-printing system, and also laid out where the company stands today and its roadmap for the future, […]

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New FileAssist Cloud-Based Document Storage and Sharing for Production Printing from Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. is introducing FileAssist for Graphic Communications, a cloud-based document-management solution designed specifically to help production print providers improve customer collaboration. Available in the third quarter, FileAssist for Graphic Communications combines file sharing, data storage, back-up and sync capabilities to enable more efficient collaboration with print shop customers on the proofing, […]

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Konica Minolta Launches Flagship Digital Color bizhub PRESS C1100 Rated at up to 100 PPM

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. is rolling out its flagship bizhub PRESS C1100 and bizhub PRESS C1085 digital color production-printing systems. The firm says the new systems represent the next generation of market-leading speeds with a wide range of substrate handling and finishing options, including the ability to print at full-rated engine speeds on up to 300 […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/30/2014 – Good News for Production Printing; Average Copier Sales-Manager Compensation; More

Is this a trend? It sure seems like it. Last week, we reported on IDC research showing that the worldwide large-format printer market enjoyed its third consecutive quarter of growth in terms of both unit shipments and shipment value (7.4 percent and 3.7 percent respectively) for first-quarter 2014. This week, IDC delivered more good news, […]

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Five Vendors Named Global Leaders in Managed Print Services

U.K.-based market research and analyst firm Quocirca has released its report, Managed Print Services Landscape, 2014, which names five digital-imaging vendors the market leaders in managed print services: Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, Ricoh, Lexmark International, and Canon. According to Quocirca, Xerox is currently the leader in the managed print services (MPS) market, with the report stating, “Xerox […]

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IDC: Global Production-Printing Market Achieves Double-Digit Growth in First-Quarter 2014

The worldwide production-print market enjoyed double-digit, year-over-year growth in terms of both unit shipment and shipment value during first-quarter 2014 (1Q14). Unit shipments grew 32.1 percent to approximately 9,300 units (printers and MFPs), and shipment value increased 14.4 percent to more than $1.1 billion during the quarter, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Production […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/23/2014 – Toshiba’s New A3 Mono MFP Family; How Users are Printing; HP Lawsuit; More

This week’s news that Hewlett-Packard announced two new Officejet Pro inkjet models will probably be met with a “sigh, so what” by most of our readers. However, everybody should take note that HP is still very good at innovating on the marketing end of things. Consider its economical and convenient Instant Ink Program, which one […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/16/2014 – What Sets New OKI A3 Apart; 100-ppm inkjet from Epson; More

This week, there was lots of new hardware, from OKI Data, Ricoh, Lexmark, and Konica Minolta. In a sign of the times, this week it was OKI Data and Lexmark adding new A3 hardware, while Ricoh and Konica Minolta added A4 desktop units. (Speaking of Konica Minolta Business Systems [KMBS], this week, we noted that, […]

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Konica Minolta Expands A4 Desktop Lineup with bizhub C3110 All-in-One, bizhub C3110P Printer

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. is launching two new A4 color desktop models: the bizhub C3110 All-in-One ($2,100 MSRP) and bizhub C3100P standalone printer ($999 MSRP). The firm says the two new models, available through dealers, feature support for user authentication, as well as enhanced energy efficiency, and are designed for small- to mid-size print […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/9/2014 – HP PageWide Inkjet for Large Format, Xerox Targeting High-Speed Inkjet, More

This week, inkjet was again in the news, with inkjet news from Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, and Xerox. In particular, this week’s inkjet news involved the commercial and production high-speed inkjet segment – a segment IDC recently pinpointed as enjoying exceptional growth. According to IDC research, the worldwide continuous-feed, digital production-printing market is experiencing a major technology […]

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Konica Minolta Setting up New Plant in Malaysia to Produce MFP Consumables

Konica Minolta of Tokyo reports that it’s setting up a new manufacturing subsidiary in Malaysia that will be dedicated to manufacturing consumables for its MFPs. The new subsidiary will be called Konica Minolta Business Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd (KMMY), and is scheduled to begin operations in October 2014. The firm says that its Business Technologies Business […]

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