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This Week in Imaging: Thoughts on OKI’s New A3 Color MFP; HP PageWide XL Wide-Format Printers; Canon Enhances MFP Security; More

With its innovative marketing and products, we’re big fans of OKI and its products. Plus, we’ve recently speculated that the company will eventually move away from the use of third-party platforms, control panels, and controllers in lieu of home-brewed solutions. Indeed, both OKI Data Americas and OKI Europe recently introduced the new MC873 A3 color […]

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This Week in Imaging: More on HP’s SureSupply Auto Toner Delivery; New Epson Solvent Ink Printers, Other News

A rose is a rose by any name, but Lexmark’s new logo announced this week is certainly eye-catching. What’s more eye-catching is how far the company has come – from the little printer company spun-off of IBM in 1991 – to a company operating in 170 countries and with more than 13,000 employees worldwide. Lexmark […]

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EFI M500 Self-Serve Print-for-Pay Station Now Available for Konica Minolta bizhubs

April 9, 2015 – Electronics for Imaging (EFI) and Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. report that the EFI Self-Serve M500 Copy and Print Station is now available for Konica Minolta bizhub MFPs and single-function printers sold through KMBS’s direct and dealer channels. The EFI Self-Serve M500 Copy and Print Station provides a secure, self-serve, cash-less […]

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Konica Minolta Says Monotech Acquisition Will Quadruple Its Production-Print Sales Branches in India

April 8, 2015 – Konica Minolta of Japan today announced that Konica Minolta Business Solutions India (BIN), its Indian sales subsidiary for its Business Technologies Business, will acquire Monotech System Limited, a major production-print dealer based in Chennai, India. The acquisition in the fast-growing Indian market is part of Konica Minolta’s initiatives in enhancing its […]

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This Week in Imaging: HP Enterprise LaserJets with Next-Generation Security; Latest OKI BTA Color MFP; Booming 3D-Printer Market; More

We’re big fans of HP’s Instant Ink Program and pleased to hear that HP is increasing its efforts to tell everybody about its similar SureSupply Auto Delivery for toner. What’s even more interesting is that HP now claims that SureSupply will include third-party toner cartridges as well. We don’t have a list of supported third-party […]

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Konica Minolta Expanding its MPM Production-Print Program to U.S. and Japan

March 31, 2015 – Konica Minolta of Japan reports that in order build-up a global structure for its Marketing Print Management (MPM) services, it’s adding the United States and Japan to its existing business areas of Europe and Asia-Pacific. Konica Minolta has been providing its MPM services to marketing divisions of major global corporations. Under […]

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This Week in Imaging: HP Prepares for Split; Fastest 3D Printing Ever?; Epson, Canon Add Personal Document Scanners; More

News this week is that Hewlett-Packard has revamped its channel-partner programs in order to help its resellers and distributors transition through the impending split of the company. The split makes sense, as it will enable a more effective focus on marketing,  administration and support, and it makes sense that HP kept the PC and printing […]

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New Dispatcher Phoenix 5.0 Adds More Economical Licensing Model, New Upgrades

March 18, 2015 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. reports that it’s released a major upgrade of its automated document-workflow solution, Dispatcher Phoenix Release 5.0. Available in different vertical-market editions, the firm says Dispatcher Phoenix streamlines and automates common document-processing tasks, such as Bates stamping, redaction, file conversion, annotation, indexing, file routing, and more. Some […]

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This Week in Imaging: In-Depth with HP JetIntelligence Toner Carts, New LaserJets; More

We attended Hewlett-Packard’s Color LaserJet/JetIntelligence press event held this week in New York City’s Soho district and came away relieved and impressed: relieved that HP has finally updated its popular toner-based LaserJet line with the introduction of new from-the-ground-up designs, and impressed with the new JetIntelligence toner cartridges, as well as with the LaserJets’ upgraded […]

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Konica Minolta Receives Platinum and Diamond Honors from Hyland Software

March 9, 2015 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. reports that it’s received Platinum and Diamond support-award honors from Hyland Software for helping organizations operate more efficiently using Hyland’s OnBase enterprise content management (ECM) solution. Hyland made the announcement during its Team OnBase conference on March 2nd at an annual gathering of OnBase resellers at the […]

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Worldwide Production-Print Market Enjoys Double-Digit Growth in Fourth-Quarter 2014

March 4, 2015 – The worldwide production-print market enjoyed double-digit year-over-year shipment growth in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14). Unit shipments grew 17.1 percent to approximately 11,650 units (printers and MFPs) and shipment value increased 4.5 percent to nearly $1.4 billion in the same time period, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly […]

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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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