Top News for the Week of 1/27/2014
- Both Lexmark and Xerox reported their fourth-quarter and full-year results this week. While it was a tough quarter for Xerox, Lexmark reported a strong quarter and full year, boosted by revenue from its Managed Print Services business and its Perceptive Software business.
- Canon also reported results for its fourth quarter and full-year 2013. Although the company is struggling with lower demand for cameras, sales for its business unit, which includes MFPs, printers, and commercial and production-printing systems, were up 18.8 percent year-over-year.
- Meanwhile, EFI just keeps rolling along, reporting record fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 financial results.
- Add Dell to the list of vendors either supplying or marketing 3D printers. Dell joins other 2D printer vendors Ricoh (supplier), Canon (development stage and distributor), Konica Minolta (distributor for 3D Systems), Hewlett-Packard (development stage), Xerox (developer for 3D Systems), and Epson (development stage) as either a developer and/or distributor of 3D printing technology.
- Up until now, 3D printers could print using only one form of material. 3D-printer leader Stratasys has now come up with the first 3D printer that can use up to three materials to create an object – such as a boot composed of a soft interior material and a harder, outer material.
- China’s Recycling Times purchases Recharger Magazine. It is indeed a tough time for print media publishers, especially in the United States.
- Konica Minolta’s All Covered IT services division acquires IT-Services Provider KnowledgeCentrix.
- Another industry stalwart protects our lifeblood – Hewlett-Packard wins legal actions against ink-cartridge clone makers in Europe.
- There’s still lots of innovation from Xerox, which reports that it received 1,168 U.S. Patents in 2013, and is 23rd on the top U.S. patents-recipients list for 2013.