This Week in Imaging: Inkjet and Ink-Tanks Make Key Gains; More

Photo credit: Kathy Wirth

As you may well know, we at Wirth Consulting “think ink” and have to make constant efforts to curb our enthusiasm about this ground-breaking technology.

That said, several exciting (for us) inkjet-related news items passed across our desks this week:

1) For the first time, inkjet printer and MFP shipments surpassed shipments of toner-based printers and MFPs, and ink-tank inkjet shipments surpassed shipments of cartridge-based inkjets in the APeJ market (Asia-Pacific, excluding Japan). Think about how far inkjet has come. Most of the world is over the “unreliable inkjet printer” meme and now embracing the phenomenally low cost per page of ink-tank printers. We’re now on our third generation of ink-tank inkjet printers, and recent trends revolve around added features and functionality, moving external ink tanks internally and providing four and more ink color inks to enhance photo quality.

Epson in particular has been making big strides in this marketplace with its line of business-inkjet All-in-Ones/MFPs with ink bags, and its new L-Series ink-tanks printers – but they still employ Epson’s PrecisionCore inkjet-printing technology that includes a moving print head – as do all of the other CISS (continuous ink supply system)-based ink-tank/bag inkjet printers.

Meanwhile, the ultimate solution awaits: an ink-tank printer with a page-wide print head for ultra-fast print speeds. What do you say HP?

2) Ricoh proves its marketing mettle with the introduction of the Pro T7210 large-format UV-ink printer (below) that can print on finished goods such as garments, textiles, metals, and architectural components on surfaces as thick as 4.3″ and as large as 6.9′ by 10.5′.

This is a prime example of Ricoh smartly hedging its bets as office printing gradually declines, with Ricoh recognizing that commercial and production printing is where the action is.

Office-Imaging News

Samsung Printing Solutions to Spend $100 Million on New Printer/Copier Factory in China to Meet Increased Demand – Read more here.

New Ransomware Designed to Evade Machine-Learning Hits Konica Minolta Copier/MFP – Read more here.

Panasonic: Smart Document Scanning in the Digital Age: Taming the Paper Tiger – Read more here.

OKI Data Americas Moves Headquarters to Irving, Texas – Read more here.

Financial News

Sales up for Ninestar’s Lexmark; Ninestar to Shift Lexmark Manufacturing to Zhuhai, China – Read more here.


Taiwan’s General Plastic Industrial to Acquire Katun – Read more here.

EFI Acquires Escada Systems in Bid to Expand Offerings for Package-Printing Market – Read more here.

Market-Research News

For First Time, Inkjet Shipments Surpass Laser in Asia-Pacific; Ink-Tank Outperforms Ink-Cartridge Models – Read more here.

Commercial- and Production-Printing News

Ricoh Enters Industrial Decor-Printing Market with New Pro T7210 – Read more here.

Techanvio Names Top-Five Players in Production-Printer Market – Read more here.

Legal Briefs

European Commission: Third-Party Cartridge Manufacturers Must Also Comply with WEEE Directive – Read more here.

3D-Printing News

HP Opens New 3D Multi Jet Fusion Customer Lab in Palo Alto – Read more here.

Other News

Sharp Dealer Wins California State Copier/MFP Contract – Read more here.

New Epson Factory, R&D Designed to Expand Epson’s Commercial- and Industrial-Printer Offerings – Read more here.

Clover Imaging Group Expands U.S. Network with Two New Distribution Centers – Read more here.

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