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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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Top News for the Week of 6/2/2014 – Epson, Brother Ramp up Business Printers; Inside Pharos Beacon; Konica Minolta to Sell 3D Printers; More

Lots of interesting news and analysis this week. First, it’s official: Konica Minolta will be the first to sell 3D printers – sourced from partner 3D Systems – through the U.S. office-equipment channel. We actually learned about this last September at Konica Minolta’s annual dealer meeting, and the idea was enthusiastically received by dealers. Konica […]

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With New 3D Systems Agreement, Konica Minolta is First to Sell 3D Printers through U.S. Office-Equipment Channel

One of the leaders in the 3D printing market, 3D Systems reports that it’s signed an agreement with Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. under which Konica Minolta will distribute 3D Systems’ complete 3D printing product portfolio through Konica Minolta’s U.S. network of dealers and authorized resellers, as well as through its direct-sales channel, making Konica Minolta the first original equipment […]

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Konica Minolta Entering Inkjet Textile Printing Market in China with Nassenger PRO1000

Konica Minolta of Tokyo reports that it intends to make a “full-scale entrance” into the Chinese textile printing market where digital printing has been growing rapidly. The company will showcase its flagship inkjet textile printer, the Nassenger PRO1000, at an international trade show to be held in June in Shanghai, China. This is the first […]

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Konica Minolta Acquires Florida Dealership

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. reports that it’s acquired Copytronics Information Systems, a business-solutions dealership headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, in an effort to further increase Konica Minolta’s reach in Florida. Copytronics will continue to retain its current Florida locations in Jacksonville, Rockledge, Ocala, Daytona Beach, and Winter Park, as well as its more than 85 […]

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Former Toshiba Exec Mark Mathews is New President of 3D Printing Company

Venture Beat reports that Mark Mathews, the former president and CEO of Toshiba America Business Solutions, has been named president of Airwolf 3D, a two-year-old, privately held designer, manufacturer, and distributor of 3D printers. Mathews reports directly to Airwolf 3D’s company’s founder and chairman, Erick Wolf, and will be responsible for the business side of the […]

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Nuance Equitrac 5.2 and eCopy ShareScan 5.2 Now Available for Konica Minolta bizhubs

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. reports that new releases of Nuance’s Equitrac print-management software and eCopy ShareScan document-scanning and distribution software are now available for Konica Minolta bizhub MFPs. Equitrac Office and Equitrac Express 5.2 Equitrac Office and Equitrac Express 5.2 help organizations control and manage their print environments. New enhancements include the iQueue feature, which […]

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