Ninestar Moves to New Location in China’s Zhuhai

Ninestar has announced that it moved to a new office location, the New High-Tech Industry Park in Zhuhai, on February 21. The new location will feature an office space of 45,000 square meters when fully completed and is also the home of Seine’s Pantum printer manufacturing facilities. Prior to the latest announcement, other subsidiaries of…

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SCC Acquires M2 Digital to Expand Services Offerings

Earlier last week, SCC, a privately held resale and services provider in the U.K., announced it had acquired M2 Digital Limited, a managed print resources firm with an £31M in annual revenues, for an undisclosed price. Rigby Group owns SCC and ECI Partners own M2 Digital. The deal is expected to be signed early this…

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Have You Met … Ed Crowley?

Uncertainty might be an entrepreneur’s middle name. He sees an opportunity in the marketplace, an unmet need with the possibility to change an industry, and wonders, “Could this be what I was made for?” To leap from the safety of his current position into the prospect of something bigger and more fulfilling is risky – and almost no one ever does it. This was the situation Ed Crowley found himself in during the early months of 2006. A veteran in the imaging industry with a steady career at Lexmark, Crowley began to see the industry-altering possibilities of a new “fad” called managed print services (MPS).

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Color Inkjet Printer Market Share

These charts from Context show the market share in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom for color inkjet printers from January 2013 to December 2013. For more information, contact Context at www.contextworld.com.    

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Prepare Like an Olympian to Lead Like One

I have been an Olympic fanatic since I was a child. With the winter games just finishing up in Sochi, I’m reminded of some of my favorite U.S. Olympic moments. Mary Lou Retton’s women’s gymnastics all-around gold medal during the 1984 summer games in Los Angeles; Brian Boitano’s triple axel for figure skating gold in…

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HP Posts Good Numbers for 2014 Q1

Hewlett-Packard, in effect, blew past Wall Street estimates on its top and bottom line with net revenue of $28.2 billion and net earnings of $1.4 billion for fiscal year 2013. Although the revenue was down one percent year-to-year it was well above the consensus estimate of $27.2 billion. CEO Meg Whitman said in a statement,…

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Is Demand “Soft” For Consumer 3D Printing?

After starting the year with a bang at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, there’s been a lot of negativity, speculation, and rumor spreading about the 3D printing industry over the past two weeks. But most of the negativity is a typical gut-wrench emotional response due to a lack of logical reasoning on behalf of 3D…

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Ricoh Offers Same Product, Different Message in China

On February 18, Ricoh released three monochrome MFPs for small offices and workgroups in China, the Ricoh MP 2553SP/3053SP/3353SP. These devices can print, copy, and scan and offer optional fax functionality. The newly released MFPs are capable of printing documents of up to 11×17 inches at speeds of 25, 30 and 33 ppm, respectively. Two…

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Color Inkjet Printers Cost Per Page

These charts from Context show the cost per page for selected Color Inkjet Printers in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom for January 2013 to December 2013. For more information, contact Context at www.contextworld.com.  

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HP Announces First Mopria Certified Product

HP has today announced the Color LaserJet Pro MFP M476. Aimed at the small-to medium-sized business (SMB) segment, this new multifunction laser printer is the industry’s first product to emerge from the Mopria Alliance’s new certification process. The Mopria Alliance is a global non-profit membership organization formed in September 2013 with the mission of promoting…

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Mopria Alliance Adds Members

Last week, the Mopria Alliance announced that it has expanded to 16 members. Six additional printer OEMs have joined the Alliance: Brother, Konica Minolta, Lexmark, Pantum, Ricoh, and Seiko Epson. Adobe, Allion, Conexant, CSR, Marvell, and Monotype Imaging have also joined. Mopria says that with these 16 members, Mopria represents 86 percent of the printer…

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Color Inkjet Printer Street Price

These charts from Context show street prices in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom for color inkjet printers from February 2013 to January 2014. For more information, contact Context at www.contextworld.com.      

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The Final Frontier: Occipital’s 3D Sensor Bridges Gap Between Physical and Digital Space

A new product is soon to emerge that will turn any iPad into an extremely powerful 3D scanner. The Structure Sensor, from Occipital, is a small device that clips to the back of your tablet. Using a 3D-sensing camera, the $350 gadget is able to construct highly accurate 3D models of objects and environments within…

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Best-Selling Color Inkjet Printers

This chart from Context shows the best-selling color inkjet  printers amongst the top 50 best-selling color inkjet printers, from January 2013 to December 2013, based on unit sales from the channel to end users in France, Germany, Italy,  Spain, and the United Kingdom. For more information on Context research and analysis, please go to http://www.contextworld.com.

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White Paper: Consumer 3D Printing, A Market At War With Itself

Scott Dunham, Research Manager and lead 3D printing analyst and services manager for Photizo Group has released a new micro report related to consumer 3D printing titled Conusmer 3D Printing: A Market At War With Itself. The report, which is available here, uncovers a pivotal point of friction in the current market for personal 3D…

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Mopria Alliance Expands Membership Roster

Yesterday, the Mopria Alliance released an update on the group’s progress since its formation in September 2013. The Mopria Alliance is a global non-profit membership organization formed to promote and simplify wireless printing from mobile devices. It seeks to bring together the entire industry to drive selected standards adoption, support app developers in bringing mobile print functionality to their products, and certify products to carry the Mopria logo. The organization also seeks to educate consumers and business customers about the ability to print from mobile devices.

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Konica Minolta’s Strong Performance in Business Technologies Unit Produces Momentum and Growth

Konica Minolta, Inc. recorded very strong performance in its Business Technologies Business for its fiscal year 2014’s third quarter that ended December 31 (October – December 2013). Because of the business unit’s performance the company had improved sales and profits for the quarter. Net sales for the third quarter were 232.4 billion yen ($2.33 billion),…

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Why Imaging Companies Should Keep an Eye on the Digital Signage Expo

HP is among just three imaging industry manufacturers exhibiting at the Digital Signage Expo, taking place yesterday and today at the Sands Expo and Convention center in Las Vegas. At the event, HP showcased a new 55-inch LED display, a full portfolio of touch and value digital signage displays (DSDs), and new digital signage players. According to HP, its 55-inch HP LD5535 offers businesses stunning images with 178-degree viewing to create video walls or a network of displays throughout the organization. HP’s built-in USB player allows prompt deployment for content changes.

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Mopria Alliance Reports Progress, Expanded Membership Roster

Yesterday, the Mopria Alliance released an update on the group’s progress since its formation in September 2013. The Mopria Alliance is a global non-profit membership organization formed to promote and simplify wireless printing from mobile devices. It seeks to bring together the entire industry to drive selected standards adoption, support app developers in bringing mobile…

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Toshiba Recycles Toner Waste, Spreads Green Message

Toshiba America Business Solutions (TABS) announced yesterday that it had recycled nearly 200 tons of toner waste in 2013, nearly doubling 2012’s recycling efforts. Working with internationally-recognized recycler, Close the Loop, TABS’ “Zero Waste to Landfill” program has collected nearly 450 tons (or 180 full-size pick-up trucks) of e-waste since 2008. Close the Loop breaks…

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Fuji Xerox Expands Offerings in Multiple Directions

Fuji Xerox released a new entry-level laser printer in China on February 10. The new laser printer, DocuPrint P115b, is a monochrome single function device with a print speed of 20 ppm. Like the new low cost toner cartridges that Fuji Xerox announced a half-month earlier for its DocuPrint P105b/158b, the new printer also aims…

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The Shocking Truth about MPS

In the process of preparing for our move to a newly outfitted office, I came across a shocking revelation. Firms are still trying to sell a traditional copier lease under the guise of an “MPS” contract! What was most shocking was not the fact that a local reseller did this but that many “dealers” say…

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Imaging Industry Supplies Forecast Perspectives

These forecast perspectives provide detailed information on worldwide shipments of ink, toner, and media, and worldwide revenue from the sale of these products. The reports are segmented by region, including North America; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; and Latin America and reconcile supply and demand for consumables with developments in the hardware business.

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Samsung Provides Galaxy Note 3 for Olympians

Seven lucky Olympians were given a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to capture and share their experiences in Sochi. As listed on the Samsung website, Shelley Rudman, Eve Muirhead, James Woods, Billy Morgan, Kelly Gallagher, Charlotte Evans, and Elise Christie are in this group of athletes and are using the hashtag #SamsungGalaxyTeam on Twitter, as well…

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HP Exec Don Dixon Joins Xerox Team

HP’s chief strategist for its worldwide MPS business, Don Dixon, recently announced his departure from the IT giant’s team to join Xerox to lead the Global Document Outsourcing Business Group. His new responsibilities include managing Xerox’s managed print services (MPS) and centralized print services (CPS) offerings. Dixon joins an advancing team as Xerox continues to…

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Can New Jersey Fight High Ink Costs?

New Jersey legislators recently reintroduced a bill seeking to require manufacturers of printers and cartridges to include the average ink costs to print 1,000 pages on their product packaging. The bill’s backers are upset about the high cost of ink. According to a New York Daily News article on the topic yesterday, violators would face…

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Konica Minolta to Open Development Centers

Konica Minolta Holdings has announced plans to open five development centers for new businesses around the world by the end of fiscal 2014. According to a February 11 Nikkei article, Konica Minolta will open locations in London, Shanghai, Singapore, and the Silicon Valley, as well as a location in Japan. The first location, opened this…

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Who Will Lead the Imaging Industry Transformation in 2014?

This might be the first year in many that I haven’t had a New Year’s resolution. I wish I could list some great resolutions I’ve had in the past, but like most people, I’ve long-since forgotten them. I’m sure they all had something to do with reading more or eating less – nothing worth remembering,…

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Lexmark International Fourth-Quarter Results Were Impressive

Lexmark’s fourth-quarter results were impressive on top and bottom lines. Revenue (4 percent increase YTY) and net earnings came in above last’s year fourth quarter and better than expected (see Figure 1). As has been normal for Lexmark, guidance seemed to dash the good news and was somewhat disappointing. However, it seems that Lexmark sets…

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Canon Names 18 Companies in Patent Infringement Suit

Canon today announced the filing of 11 patent infringement suits in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against 18 manufacturers, distributors and sellers of toner cartridges that infringe on Canon’s U.S. Patents. The infringing cartridges are sold for use in more than 50 models of Canon and Hewlett-Packard laser beam…

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