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This Week in Imaging: A Look at Lexmark’s Kofax Acquisition; Samsung’s Android-Based SDK Available; More

The big news this week was Lexmark International’s announcement that it will acquire Kofax for some $1 billion, its most expensive acquisition to date. Kofax markets a host of document-processing and capture solutions, as well as enterprise content management solutions, for industries such as finance and healthcare, including solutions that can be used to extract […]

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Samsung Releases Android-Based Smart UX SDK to Developers for Creating New MFP Functionality

March 24, 2015 – Samsung Electronics of Korea has introduced its Smart UX Software Developer Kit (SDK) designed to enable in-house developers, independent software vendors, system integrators, and value-added resellers to develop Android applications for Samsung MFPs. The Samsung Smart UX SDK is an Android-based open interface for Samsung’s new Smart UX Device Series MFPs, […]

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This Week in Imaging: More on the Production-Print Market; Sharp Seeks Help from Lenders; New High-Volume Toshiba MFPs

Last week, we discussed the state of the production-printing industry as it relates to inkjet technology (see here). This week, we have some interesting news from International Data Corporation (IDC), which reports that the worldwide production-printing market enjoyed double-digit gains in fourth-quarter 2014. The sweet spot in the production-print market appears to be color, with […]

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IDC: Worldwide Printer, MFP Shipment Values Increase, Color Laser Makes Gains

February 26, 2015 – Worldwide-hardcopy peripherals (HCP) shipment value increased 1.7 percent year-over-year to $15.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14), while unit shipments declined -2.6 percent year-over-year to 30.8 million units during the same period, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Note that IDC tracks A2-A4 devices in […]

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This Week in Imaging: Funai Poised to Take on Inkjet Market?; Mobile Printing a Game Changer?; Canon Makes a Big Move; More

  As Canon’s camera business continues to lag (but office MFP and production sales continue to be healthy), the company is seeking other growth avenues. This week it’s looking to acquire Axis Surveillance, maker of network video-surveillance systems, for $2.83 billion. This would be the largest purchase Canon’s ever made, and seems to sadly reflect […]

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New Samsung Desktop Printers with iOS & Android Mobile Printing, Usage Tracking, Secure Printing, More

February 11, 2015 – Samsung Electronics America is launching its next-generation black-and-white single-function laser printers, the ProXPress M4530NX ($849.99 MSRP) and M4530ND ($649.99 MSRP), both of which print on up to 8.5″x14″, are rated at up to 47 ppm, and incorporate Samsung’s eXtensible Open Architecture) XOA Web platform for integrating optional Samsung server-based business solutions. […]

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Samsung Announces Next-Generation Quadcore CPU-Powered A3 MultiXpress 7 MFP

February 10, 2015 – Samsung Electronics announced its next-generation A3 MFP for the enterprise, the MultiXpress 7 (MX7), which it will first launch in the United States in May, then in Europe, and then in other markets. While details are limited at this time, Samsung says the new MX7 is the only A3 MFP on […]

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FollowMe Embedded with Secure Mobile Printing Now Available for Samsung MFPs

February 10, 2015 – Samsung continues to bolster its mobile-printing capabilities, with partner Ringdale, a provider of document-output management solutions, reporting that it’s released the FollowMe Embedded for Samsung platform. FollowMe Embedded for Samsung is available for all Samsung Electronics eXtensible Open Architecture (XOA) enabled printers and MFPs, and provides secure printing, print-job management, user enrollment, and cost-code […]

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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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Samsung Set to Acquire Brazil’s Largest Printer, MFP Reseller, Simpress

February 2, 2015 – The Korean Times reports that Samsung Electronics is set to acquire Brazil’s largest printing company, Simpress, in order to strengthen its printer business in the Latin American market. Samsung has acquired 43 percent of Simpress, and agreed to take over the remainder of the company at a later date. Established in […]

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This Week in Imaging: Year in Review; Tod Pike Leaving Samsung; Brother Expands MPS Compatibility; More

This week, we hope you’ll check out our year in review for the printer and MFP industry. From production to desktop, we went back to uncover the trends and new developments that are shaping the industry today. Also in this week’s news, Canon expands its toner-cartridge patent-infringement campaign to Germany, while MSE expands it remanufacturered-cartridge distribution […]

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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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Samsung Merging Two U.S. Groups; Tod Pike Leaving in January

December 15, 2014 – Samsung Electronics America reports that, effective January 1, 2015, Samsung Telecommunications America will be merged into Samsung Electronics America to better serve the consumer-electronics, mobile, and enterprise markets. Samsung also says the merger of Samsung Telecommunications America into Samsung Electronics America will give customers and partners the advantage of a single […]

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New Concept Printers from Samsung, the Vase, One&One, and Mate Laser Printers

December 8, 2014 – While we’re a bit late reporting this, we thought it was worth reporting on some interesting new concept printers Samsung Electronics previewed at the IFA 2014 consumer-electronics trade show held in Berlin, Germany, in September 2014. The four concept printers, designed for the home and office, come in a range of bright […]

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IDC: Worldwide Printer,MFP Shipment Values Increase in Third Quarter, Slight Decline in Shipments

December 4, 2014 – Worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) shipment value increased 3.5 percent year-over-year to $14.9 billion in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14), while unit shipments declined -2.3 percent year-over-year to 27.5 million units during the same period, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Note that IDC tracks A2-A4 devices […]

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RJ Young is Samsung’s 2014 Dealer of the Year; More than Doubled its Samsung Sales

Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division has recognized RJ Young as its 2014 Dealer of the Year in recognition of RJ Young’s on-going training and promotion of Samsung business solutions and MFPs RJ Young more than doubled its year-over-year sales for Samsung business solutions and MFPs, making it the top-grossing Samsung dealer and achieving the highest percentage […]

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Printer and MFP Shipments Down in Russia, Reports IDC

Market-research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), reports that in the second quarter of 2014, the Russian market for hardcopy peripherals (HCP) contracted almost 15 percent in volume and more than 13 percent in value compared to the same period last year. For the specified period, more than 735,000 single-function printers and MFPs were shipped. Note that […]

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Top News for the Week of 10/6/2014 – What does the HP split mean for HP printing? Samsung and 3D Printing; More

  The big news this week of course was the split of Hewlett-Packard into two companies – HP Enterprise Services, which will be devoted to infrastructure and software for large organizations, and HP Inc., which will consist of HP’s PC and printing groups. While it’s of course impossible to predict what effect this will have […]

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