This Week in Imaging: Cartridge Supply-Wars Heat Up
This week in the office-imaging industry was noteworthy for another aftermarket cartridge remanufacturer, LMI Solutions, reporting financial difficulties, following on the heels of remanufacturer Clover Imaging Group’s recent financial difficulties. A good part of these difficulties are likely due to the recent expansion of the HP-Xerox relationship under which it appears HP will be made the supplier of HP machines sold by Xerox, displacing aftermarket suppliers.
Meanwhile, on another front in the supplies war, Brother Industries launched an initiative with U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to ban approximately 30 companies from importing into the United States third-party toner cartridges that it alleges infringe on its patents. Historically, Brother hasn’t taken much action against third-party cartridge sellers – in 20-plus years covering the industry, we can’t recall the company taking action – until now.
On yet another front, a 10-percent tariff on China-manufactured cartridges – as well as printers and copier/MFPs – imported into the United States is slated to go into effect shortly on September 1st.
This Week in Imaging