Headline Rollup for April 11, 2017
Last month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a suit between printer manufacturer Lexmark and a small business that makes its money refilling printer cartridges. The issue, on the surface, if fairly boring: Printer giant Lexmark sued small-time printer cartridge refiller Impressions Products on the basis of patent violation.
Seiko Epson of Japan reports that globally and cumulatively its sold some 20 million Epson high-capacity ink-tank inkjet printers.
Kodak has reversed its decision to sell off its Prosper and Ultrastream inkjet operations and will now retain them, after the offers received “did not reflect the value of the business”.
I first wrote about “the big crunch” in 2012 on the Copier Network as a guest blogger. Back then it was Sharp that looked like it was on the verge of insolvency, now Toshiba seems to be the lead candidate for that fate.
Today, Ricoh USA, Inc., is making bold changes in the United States that align with Ricoh’s new global vision and structure. Today’s changes within the U.S. will make it easier for our customers to do business with us.
In 2017 digital printing accounts for 16.2% of the global print market value and 2.9% of the volume. This is up from 2.1% of the volume in 2012, and the transition is accelerating to 3.9% of volume by 2022 according to the latest exclusive research from Smithers Pira.
The OEM is planning to move its production to Europe following other Asian companies.
The Kettering plant is to stay open saving 400 jobs.