Top News for the Week of 1/20/2014 – Ricoh Expands Managed Services with Acquisition, Memjet Expands C6000 Distribution, More

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Acquisitions

  • Three interesting acquisitions were announced this week. Konica Minolta acquires a stake in French digital-press maker MGI, while Ricoh make a big move to bolster its services-division with the acquisition of mindSHIFT from Best Buy. MGI, among other things, manages thousands of desktop PCs across the United States. While Ricoh didn’t say how much it spent on the acquisition, in 2011 Best Buy purchased mindSHIFT for $167 million.
  • Seiko Epson of Japan also announced an agreement with Intellectual Ventures, under which Epson receives a license to 40,000 of Intellectual Property assets. While Intellectual Ventures maintains that it’s not a “patent troll,” it has sought to enforce the patents it holds – as we reported in March 2013, Intellectual Ventures filed two complaints in the U.S. District Court of Delaware on March 25, 2013, alleging that Canon infringed on nine of its patents, while Ricoh infringed on seven of its patents relating to printer technology.

Product News

  • It’s all about diversifying for most digital-imaging companies, whether it’s into services or into using printing technology for more than just office printing, as Epson announces another SureColor F7170 that prints on fabric.
  • Memjet picks up another U.S. distributor, Image Star, for distributing its Memjet-powered C6000 series with authorized ink-cartridge refilling.

Solutions

We take a look at the Lexmark “My Pages” solution, a sort of mini-MPS program for small and mid-size businesses that takes the pain out of ordering toner cartridges by letting administrators order toner cartridges from the printer’s touch screen.

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Hardware

  • Canon launches new toner-based 70-ppm imagePRESS C7011VPS/C7011VP digital presses with enhanced media support and new in-line feeding and finishing.
  • Panasonic introduces new advanced departmental document scanners with an advanced feature set designed to save time on maintenance and error correction.
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