This Week in Imaging: Olivetti is Back; Canon the Enforcer; Production and Commerical Printing Rules


Photo Credit: Kathy Wirth

It’s good to see the Olivetti brand name back in the news once again. Back in the day, we tested their typewriters, re-branded photocopiers, and other electro-mechanical office equipment, and their products always performed well and had a bit of an Italian flair to them. Sadly, once the Japanese vendors entered the copier and typewriter marketplace and began their domination, Olivetti (among others) retreated back to the old country and little if anything was heard about them in the States. Now they’re back with an intriguing new product – a large-format 3D printer that prints with wood, plastics, marble and more. You can read more here.

We’ve been discussing the growth potential for commercial and production printing on these pages for quite some time now, and it appears vendors are continuing to expand in these markets, as this week featured multiple announcements related to several niches in the world of commercial printing: 1) Canon is expanding into the textile printing market; 2) Canon announces a new professional photo printer; and 3) OKI demos new wide-format printers at SGIA EXPO. Many facets of production and commercial printing, such as packaging, personalization, invoicing, banners, signage, textiles, short-run creative, envelope and label printing, and photo printing  are there for the taking and former “copier” vendors such as Canon, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, and OKI are stepping up to the plate.

Speaking of our friends at OKI, it’s always pleases us to see them fill the nooks and crannies of the market with innovative new toner-based printing solutions – envelope, banner and roll-label printers, printers with clear and white toner, and now wide-format printers sourced from their recent acquisition of Seiko Instruments’ wide-format printer business.

Canon is the enforcer. It seems that every week, the industry giant is in the news dealing justice to any that dare counterfeit Canon toner, parts, and other consumables. The rest of the industry should thank Canon for their hard work in this regards.

GE Capital has always been a leading partner in the age-old tradition of an office machine dealer-partner that facilitates the leasing of high-end copiers and printers – an industry staple. News is that now they’ve sold off the business to Wells Fargo, one of the “too big to fail” U.S. banks. Reputations aside, we’re not sure how this will bode for the industry and hope that it’s not too disruptive.

Feature Stories

  • New Olivetti 3D-S2 Printer Features Large Platform, Prints with Plastics, Woods, Marble, and More – Read more here.
  • Five New Dell Desktop All-in-Ones Feature Cloud and SharePoint Connectivity, NFC Mobile Printing – Read more here.

Office-Imaging News

  • GE Sells Office-Equipment Financing Group to Wells Fargo – Read more here.
  • Umango Software for Document Conversion, Routing, and Data Extraction Now Available for Sharp Copier/MFPs – Read more here.
  • New A4 Desktop Document Scanner KV-S2087 from Panasonic Scans at up to 170 IPM – Read more here.
  • Epson High-Capacity Ink-Tank Printers Achieving 40% Sales Growth; Plans New Print-Head Factory to Meet Demand – Read more here.

Commercial- and Production-Printing News

  • Canon Expanding into Textile-Printing Market with Media One Partnership – Read more here.
  • New Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 Professional Photo Printer with New Print Head, Inks, More – Read more here.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology to Certify Papers for Use with Canon’s Wide-Format Inkjet Printers – Read more here.
  • OKI to Demo New Wide-Format Printer and Specialty-Printing Offerings at SGIA Expo – Read more here.

Financial News

  • Revenue, Net Income Continue Upward Trend for EFI’s Third Quarter – Read more here.

Legal Briefs

  • Canon Wins Lawsuit Against OOO Softtrade, which Must Destroy Toner Cartridges – Read more here.
  • EFI Wins Patent-Infringement Lawsuit Filed by Componex – Read more here.

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