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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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GE Capital Expands Financing to Sharp Independent Office-Imaging Dealers

On June 26th, GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) business announced that it would begin providing “floor-plan” financing to some 400 independent office-imaging dealers that stock Sharp Electronics office-imaging. GE Capital’s CDF has been providing financing to Sharp’s consumer-electronics dealers for 25 years. “Our goal is to demonstrate Sharp’s continued commitment to the OI dealer […]

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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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Sharp Develops Free-Form LCD Panel Called ‘Free-Form Display’

Sharp Corporation has developed what it’s calling the Free-Form Display, a revolutionary advance over conventional rectangular LCD displays, and which enables designers to create new, free-form LCD display shapes for various different applications, such as the dashboard of a car. While Sharp has been designing displays that feature slimmer profiles, lighter weights, and thinner bezels, […]

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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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Sharp Wins Contract with North Carolina to Supply MFP/Copiers

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America reports that it recently won a contract from the state of North Carolina to supply MFP copiers. The mandatory statewide term contract (ITS-007228 600B) became effective May 1st for use by executive-branch North Carolina state government agencies. It’s also available as a convenience contract for the use of […]

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Sharp Expands A4 Product Line with MX-C300P A4 Desktop Color Printer

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America today introduced the MX-C300P, an A4 color desktop printer, the latest model in its expanding line of desktop document-imaging systems. The new color printer joins two Sharp desktop color MFPs announced in December 2013, and features both wireless and wired networking as well as direct USB printing. Printing […]

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Top News for the Week of 5/12/2014 – More Good News from Japan, Western Europe, Mopria

Good news this week from Japan and Western Europe. This week in news from Japan, Sharp finally returns to a profitable year, Konica Minolta reports a stellar year, boosted by sales of bizhub MFPs, while OKI also reports a profitable year, with sales of its office MFPs up. Previously in the last several weeks, Epson reported a sharp improvement for its fiscal year, with sales of its […]

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Growth in Western Europe Printer, Multifunctional Market Continues into Fourth Quarter

According to the latest Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker from International Data Corporation (IDC), the Western European printer and MFP markets grew 7.1% year-over-year in first-quarter 2014 — the fourth quarter of continuous growth in the region. Note that in its hard-copy peripheral research, IDC, IDC includes single-function printers, printer-based multifunctional systems (MFPs), and single-function digital […]

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Sharp Returns to Profitability After Two Years of Losses

Sharp Corporation of Japan reported today that it had returned to profitability in its fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. After two years of large losses, the company reported a 11.56 billion yen ($114 million) profit for its fiscal year – a sharp improvement over its loss of 545.35 billion yen in the previous year. […]

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Sharp Cloud Portal Office for ‘Anytime Access to Documents’ is Now Available

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) reports that its Cloud Portal Office, which it announced in November 2013, is now available. Cloud Portal Office provides enterprises with a secure Web-based repository for storing and sharing electronic documents, and can be accessed tablets, smartphones, and traditional PCs, as well as from Sharp’s AQUOS BOARD […]

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Top News for the Week of 1/13/2014 – MPHJ Technology Sues Government, Anonymous Owner Revealed; Sharp Mono A3 MFPs Shipping, More

New Hardware Sharp keeps rolling along. News is that Sharp has launched new mid- to high-volume mono A3 MFPs that follows news that it’s supplying HP with similar products. Here’s some intriguing synergy for you: Contex introduces six new wide-format scanning solutions that were jointly developed with Hewlett-Packard. Speaking of rolling along, Epson continues to […]

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Sharp Shipping Mid- to High-Volume Advanced and Essentials Mono A3 MFPs

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America is now shipping its new family of six mid- to high-volume A3 monochrome MFPs offered in two lines: the Advanced Series and the Essentials Series, all of which will be available through authorized Sharp dealers.   Sharp says the new Advanced Series represents its newest technology and is […]

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Top News for the Week of 12/30/2013 – Ricoh Supplying 3D Print Heads, Top Stories of 2013, More

As we wrote two weeks ago, the list of 2D printer makers involved in 3D printing continues to grow. This week we report that Ricoh is also involved. In an investor report, 3D-printer giant Stratasys reveals: “In particular, we rely on a sole supplier, Ricoh Printing Systems America, Inc. or Ricoh, for the print heads for our PolyJet 3D printers. Under the terms of our agreement […]

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Top News for the Week of 12/9/2013

New Products & Solutions Hewlett-Packard rolled out new high-volume MFPs, the S900 Series, at its HP Discover Conference held in Barcelona, Spain. The new MFPs are sourced from Sharp, confirming recent rumours that Sharp Corporation would be OEMing its high-volume MFPs to HP. But unlike with HP’s past forays into the high-volume segment, HP won’t […]

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Top News for the Week of 11/18/2013

Industry Events We just got in from Konica Minolta’s North American dealer meeting at the Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas. We’ll have lots more details in the next few days, but the most interesting news is that the company is going to get into 3D printers, something that seemed well-received by dealers. The plan is […]

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Sharp May Supply A3 Digital Copiers to Hewlett-Packard

Reuters reports that Hewlett-Packard may have signed on Sharp Corporation of Japan as an original equipment manufacturer to manufacture digital copiers for HP, which would be sold under the HP brand name. Sharp is also considering working with HP in developing toner and supplies. Sharp could begin supplying digital copiers to HP as soon as […]

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Sharp Debuts Next-Generation MFP Line with ‘Advanced’ and ‘Essentials’ Configurations

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America is launching a new family of six mid- to high-volume monochrome MFPs, called the Advanced Series and Essentials Series. The new Advanced Series  (MX-M365N, MX-M465N. and MX-565N) incorporate Sharp’s newest technology and are designed for customers with demanding workflows, and are rated print at 36-, 46-, and 56-ppm. They […]

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