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This Week in Imaging: Robots Next for Konica Minolta? New Hardware from OKI, Canon, Epson, Xerox; More

Konica Minolta seems to be one of those companies always willing to experiment and take chances – for instance, it’s the first office-imaging firm to market 3D printers in the United States – and this week we got a look at that at Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.’s annual dealer meeting. While Konica Minolta announced […]

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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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Healthy Growth for Konica Minolta, as Business Technologies Business Drives Sales

February 2, 2015 – Konica Minolta Group of Japan reported results for its first three quarters of its fiscal year (the nine months from April 1 – December 2014). Net sales for the nine months were ¥733.8 billion, a 7.5 percent increases, and net income was ¥21.9 billion, an increase of 103.4 percent,  both versus the […]

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Konica Minolta’s All Covered Acquires Preferred Networks

February 2, 2015 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.’s IT services company, All Covered, reports that it’s acquired the assets of Preferred Networks Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia. The company’s clients will now be serviced by the All Covered IT Services division of Konica Minolta, giving All Covered a stronger foothold in the greater Atlanta area. […]

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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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Konica Minolta Acquires Milsul in Order to Enhance Production-Printing Business in Brazil

January 13, 2014 – Konica Minolta of Japan reports that it’s launching initiatives to enhance its direct-sales and customer-support network in Brazil, including its business-technologies sales subsidiary, Konica Minolta Business Solutions do Brasil (Konica Minolta BR) for the fast-growing production-printing market in Brazil. For its first step, Konica Minolta BR has acquired Rio Grande do […]

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This Week in Imaging: Next-Generation A4 MFPs from OKI, Canon; Epson Sets Sights on Ink-Cartridge Clones; More

This week, jumping right into 2015, Canon U.S.A. and OKI Data Americas both stepped up their game in the A4 desktop MFP category. Canon added two new Color imageCLASS MFPs that are the first in the imageCLASS family with touch screens. The two new Color imageCLASS units also feature a number of other upgrades, including user […]

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Konica Minolta Adds Lantronix xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition to its Mobile-Printing Suite

January 5, 2015 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. has revealed that it’s entered into a partnership with Lantronix under which it’ll add the Lantronix xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition to its EnvisionIT portfolio. The xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition solution enables mobile workers to wirelessly print from Android and Google Cloud Print-ready devices to any Konica Minolta bizhub MFP. Lantronix explains […]

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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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Konica Minolta’s New Dispatcher Phoenix Government Provides More Secure and Efficient Document Workflows

December 10, 2014 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. is announcing a new document-workflow solution to help state and federal agencies manage information more securely and efficiently. Part of Konica Minolta’s EnvisionIT Government solutions portfolio, Dispatcher Phoenix Government provides for automatic capture, processing, and distribution of scanned documents. Konica Minolta says Dispatcher Phoenix Government provides advanced security […]

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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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New Konica Minolta PageScope Mobile Android App v. 4.0 Provides NFC Swipe-to-Print

December 4, 2014 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. is launching the next generation of its PageScope mobile-printing app, PageScope Mobile iOS App version 4.3, and PageScope Mobile Android App version 4.0. PageScope Mobile is a downloadable application that connects a Konica Minolta bizhub MFP with mobile devices, allowing end users to browse, read, scan, […]

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This Week in Digital Imaging: MPHJ Scan-Patent Enforcer Gets off Easy? Good News from Sharp, Kodak; More

Perhaps the most interesting news this week was that U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled with notorious “scan-patent troll” MPHJ Technology Investments. There were many howls of indignation that the settlement really doesn’t do much, except require MPHJ not to be deceptive in its practices. For instance, MPHJ cannot state in a demand letter that […]

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Kno2 Healthcare Information-Exchange Platform Now Available for Konica Minolta bizhub MFPs

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. reports that it’s formed a strategic alliance with Inofile to distribute Inofile’s Kno2, a clinical document-exchange platform for healthcare that enables patient-care facilities to securely exchange patient information via the cloud using scanners, MFPs, and health-information networks. The partnership includes an exclusive Kno2 user interface that’s integrated into the Konica Minolta […]

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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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Net Sales and Income up for Konica Minolta’s First Half; Business Technologies Sales Drive Growth

For the second half of its current fiscal year (April to September 2014), Konica Minolta of Tokyo reported net sales up 6.2 percent to 478 billion yen, and net income up 164.2 percent to 14 billion yen, both versus the same half-year a year ago. In its Business Technologies Business, office A3 color MFPs posted […]

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Top News for the Week of 10/20/2014 – HP 3D Printer on the Way? Wasting Time at the ‘Copier’? More

We know it’s been coming, but it seems October 29th may be the day that HP introduces its first HP-developed 3D printer (HP had at one time been selling 3D printers, but they were sourced from another vendor). We’re just speculating at this point, but HP CEO Meg Whitman has cited slow 3D print speed […]

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