This Week in Imaging: Printer Makers See Big Opportunities for Print Beyond Paper
It’s perhaps a sign of the times that a significant portion of our news this week (aside from the near weekly back-and-forth between Xerox and Fujifilm/Fuji Xerox) involves non-office, commercial printing. That includes new large-format/wide-format printer offerings from HP Inc. and Epson (20 years ago, would anyone have imagined that Epson would be in the wide-format technical printing market?). For its part, Canon – seemingly not to be outdone by Xerox’s recent introduction of the Xerox Iridesse production printer with its special-effect and metallic printing – announced compatibility for its Océ Arizona flatbed with Color-Logic software for printing metallic effects.
It’s not that anyone is abandoning office printing by any means. Although office print volumes have been gradually declining in advanced economies, “office- and home-printing” vendors such as HP Inc., Canon, Epson, Ricoh, and others see the opportunity in transitioning commercial printers from analog to digital printing, with digital printing offering unique advantages (shorter run lengths, faster set-up, and more). Moreover the most forward-thinking of these vendors are also helping firms transition from more expensive toner-based digital presses to simpler and lower cost ink-jet technology.
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