This Week in Imaging: The A4s Keep Coming; Next-Generation iGen is Here


Photo credit: Kathy Wirth

The A4s keep coming – that is, printers and MFPs that print and scan on up to 8.5″x14″ media as opposed to A3 (11″x17″) media. While once the virtually exclusive province of Hewlett-Packard, OKI, Lexmark, and Xerox, virtually all of the traditional copier vendors now have an A4 lineup in place. (And this week, for instance, we saw A4s from a number of vendors – Canon, Kyocera, and Samsung to be exact.)

While there’s been a lot of skepticism and doubt concerning copier vendors’ A4 lineups – are they too late, can dealers make a profit considering A4’s traditional lean profit margins? How will copier dealers protect their supplies? How will they cope with less profitable service contracts due to the less arduous A4 service requirements?

Virtually all copier vendors have boarded the A4 train at this point. And, like it or not for most dealers, A4 isn’t something they can ignore anymore even if they view A4 as an adjunct to the more-profitable A3 machines. One way copier vendors are making their A4 machines competitive is by making them compatible with their workflow and management solutions – and thus they can be sold by emphasizing that if you must have that A4 printer, make sure you have a competent management solution like “ours” so that you can do your custom workflows and IT can keep an eye on it and make sure it isn’t used and abused. And by the way, let us include it in our managed print services program so that you don’t pay an arm and a leg for service and toner. That’s at least what I’d do if I was selling Canon, Kyocera, etc. A4 and wanted to beat out the HP’s and Lexmark’s of the world, all the while looking over my shoulder as Epson (remember those Epson Graphics Arts dealers?) plays a serious game of catch-up.

While many vendors are introducing ink-based “digital presses,” it appears that Xerox is getting the most out of its toner-based xerography heritage. That’s right, Xerox has rolled out the latest version of its iGen Press, the iGen 5, which features a fifth color station that expands color gamut and versatility. This gives current iGen owners with the need to expand the ability to upgrade to the iGen 5 without having to abandon all the work they put into iGen workflows, applications, and media catalog.

Last but not least, U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been taking a lot of criticism lately. This is the first time, however, that we’ve heard of a copier company dissociating themselves from Trump. A bit of background: in the past week or so, Trump has made several contentious statements concerning immigrants to the United States. Although various organizations have pulled their support from Trump, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has said it’s too late to move its tournament from Trump’s “Trump Turnberry” golf course. Ricoh Corporation of Japan, which has been a sponsor of the LPGA,  issued a press release supporting the LPGA’s decision, but stating that “Ricoh does not in any way support nor condone the recent comments made by Mr. Trump. As an international corporation, diversity, equality and fairness are cornerstones of our culture across the globe.” Well said.

Office-Imaging News

Canon Rolls Out New A4 Color and Mono Desktop Printers with Fleet Management and Solutions Integration – Read more here.

New Samsung Xpress C430 and C480 Color Desktop Models Feature Native Scan-to-eMail and NFC Touch-to-Print – Read more here.


Kyocera Extends A4 Lineup with New ECOSYS M6530cdn Desktop MFP with HyPAS Integration – Read more here.


Xerox’s Global Imaging Acquires Lanier/HP Office-Equipment Dealer – Read more here.

Xerox Adds New Managed Print Services Tools – Read more here.

Commercial- and Production-Printing News

New Xerox iGen 5 Press Features Fifth Color Station – Read more here.

Ricoh Shipping Pro C7100 Color Production Printer; Prints in White or Clear Toner, and on Textured Media – Read more here.

​People News

Xerox Appoints Hanania Head of its Global Document Outsourcing Business – Read more here.


HP’s Enterprise Group VP Veghte Named CEO of SurveyMonkey – Read more here.

The Third Dimension

Amazon and Sandboxr Team Up to Produce 3D-Printed Figurines

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