This Week in Imaging: Printer Makers See Big Opportunities for Print Beyond Paper

Photo credit: Kathy Wirth

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.

This Week in Imaging:

U.S. Tariff on China-Made Printer and Copier Parts Start Today

U.S. Levies Another Tariff on China-Made Goods

Fuji Xerox President Predicts Xerox-Fujifilm Partnership Won’t Be Ended

HP Inc. Takes Printing into Textile and Decor Printing, Voice-Command Printing, More

Epson Expands Wide-Format Technical Printer Lineup

New HP R1000 Features Printing on Rigid and Flexible Substrates, White Ink

Color-Logic Metallic-Effect Printing Now Available for Canon Océ Arizona Printers

New Xerox Workplace Solutions for Easier Mobile Connectivity, Enhanced Security

Lexmark Collected 7,634 Metric Tons of Returned Toner Cartridges Last Year

FollowMe Embedded Now Available for Lexmark’s Next-Gen A4 Lineup

Kyocera Adds Amazon Dash for U.K. and Germany Customers

New Epson Factory to Triple Inkjet-Print-Head Production

Kyocera Expands Production in Vietnam

Latest Epson Software Update Said to Block Use of Remanufactured Ink Cartridges

European 3D-Printer Market Forecast to Hit $3.6 Billion this Year

DEX Imaging Acquires Multi-Line Dealer

Visual Edge Technology Makes 30th Acquisition

Oval Partners Invests in Marimon Business Systems

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