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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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Sharp Says Global Workforce Layoffs Not Necessarily Planned

March 26, 2014 – Sharp Corporation of Japan has issued a press release stating that, despite recent reports from two Japan newspapers, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) and Yomiuri Shimbun, it will not confirm that a global reduction of its workforce is planned. Last week, the Reuters news service, citing unnamed sources, also reported that Sharp would […]

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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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Sharp to Cut Some 6,000 Jobs from Global Workforce as Part of Restructuring

March 19, 2015 – Reuters reports that Sharp Corporation of Japan will reduce its global workforce by over 12 percent, which would be some 6,000 jobs, as part of a global restructuring program that’s expected to cost more than $1.7 billion. Of the 6,000 jobs to be cut, half will be in Japan through early […]

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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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Sharp Says it Won’t Exit Solar-Cell Business

March 9, 2015 – Sharp Corporation of Japan issued a press release stating that, despite media reports, it won’t be exiting its solar-cell business. As we reported last week, according to The Wall Street Journal, Sharp President Kozo Takahashi is reportedly seeking additional financial support from its two main lenders, less than three years after its […]

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Sharp President to Ask for More Funds from Lenders

March 4, 2015 – The Wall Street Journal reports that Sharp President Kozo Takahashi will meet with Sharp’s two main lenders on March 5th to ask for additional financial support, less than three years after its last bailout, according to the Wall Street Journal’s sources. Takahashi will present a turnaround plan to its lenders, Mitsubishi UFJ […]

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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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Sharp Falters with Latest Financial Results, but MFP Business Sees Gains

February 4, 2015 – It’s been up-and-down for Sharp Corporation of Japan for the last several years, and though after suffering a series of losses the firm was finally able to post a small profit in late 2013, on February 3, 2015, the firm reported a 7.2 billion yen loss for its nine months ending […]

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Sharp Expects Financial Results to Fall Short of Forecast

January 20, 2015 – Sharp Corporation of Japan reports that it expects its financial results for it fiscal year ending March 2015 to fall short of its previous forecast announced on October 31, 2014. Sharp says its financial results will be lower due to the decline of profitability in domestic Japanese sales, which it attributes to […]

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Sharp Sells U.S. HQ in Mahwah, but Will Lease Site to Stay There

January 12, 2014 – NorthJersey.com reports that Sharp Corporation of Japan is selling its U.S. headquarters that are based in Mahwah, New Jersey, for a reported $38 million to the real-estate investment firm Sitex Group, but that Sharp will lease back its headquarters in order to stay at the site. Sharp’s property in Mahwah includes the 147,000-square-foot […]

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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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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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Sharp’s Direct Sales Force Opens New Showroom and Sales Center in Chicago

Sharp Business Systems reports that it’s opened a new showroom and sales center, the Oakbrook Terrace Showroom and Sales Center, the first of its kind in the Chicago marketplace. The new center is located at 1815 S. Meyers Road, Oakbrook Terrace, in Chicago, Illinois.  Sharp Business Systems is a direct-sales division of Sharp Electronics Corporation. […]

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Former Sharp Executive Ed McLaughlin Joins IT Firm Continuum

Ed McLaughlin, the former president of Sharp Imaging & Information Company of America, has joined the board of advisors for Continuum, a Boston-based remote monitoring and management (RMM) software company. Continuum’s says McLaughlin will advise the company as it continues to focus on helping office-equipment dealers make the transition to managed IT services. “Ed is universally […]

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Top News for the Week of 8/11/2014 – Printer, MFP Shipments Up; Key Legal Rulings for MPHJ Technology, Kodak; More

This week, some of the most interesting news came from market-research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) with its Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker (which covers printers, MFPs, and copiers that print on and/or scan A2- to A4-size media). According to IDC, the Western Europe market for printers/MFPs/copiers enjoyed its fifth consecutive quarter of growth, with shipments […]

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Sharp Extends A4 Lineup with 30-PPM Desktop Color MFP with Support for Sharp OSA

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America is extending its A4 lineup with its new MX-C301W desktop color MFP that’s designed for deployment on small desktops and provides copy, print, scan, and fax, as well as standard wireless connectivity, Adobe PostScript 3 printing, and a 7″ diagonal touch-screen control panel. Print speed is rated at […]

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