Headline Rollup for October 3, 2017

General Plastic Industrial Co., Ltd. Enters into Agreement to Acquire Katun Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS – (October 2, 2017) – Katun Corporation (“Katun”), one of the world’s leading alternative suppliers of imaging supplies, photoreceptors and parts to the imaging industry, announced today that General Plastic Industrial Co., Ltd. (“GPI”), of Taiwan has signed an agreement to acquire Katun from Monomoy Capital Partners. The transaction requires the approval of GPI’s shareholders and regulatory approval by the Taiwanese government.


Ricoh selling chip unit to Nisshinbo in structural overhaul

TOKYO — Printer and copier manufacturer Ricoh is planning to sell a semiconductor subsidiary to Nisshinbo Holdings for a price estimated slightly above 10 billion yen ($88.7 million) in an effort to shed a noncore operation and shift resources to growth fields.


French Lawsuit Takes on Printer Manufacturers and Planned Obsolescence

Whether it has become the norm in the manufacturing of home appliances or smartphones, planned obsolescence is both bad for consumers and bad for the environment. The concept that products should be designed so they will become quickly unwanted or unusable has become the reality in many industries. Of course, far more bells and whistles are found in today’s electronics, compared to those within that Ma Bell telephone at your grandparents’ home or those old washing machines in your apartment building’s laundry room. Of course, more features mean more things can go wrong at a much faster pace – and manufacturing these goods in countries where labor is cheap exacerbates this problem.


IBM now has more employees in India than in the US

IBM dominated the early decades of computing with inventions like the mainframe and the floppy disk. Its offices and factories, stretching from upstate New York to Silicon Valley, were hubs of American innovation long before Microsoft or Google came along.


What will your job look like in five years?

Blockchain technology is revolutionising the financial services industry, additive manufacturing is reengineering product development, and the first autonomous cars are due on the road by 2020. Technology is driving disruption at great pace — and it is also changing the way we work.


Xerox launches a record 29 new “workplace assistants” at GITEX 2017

As a Digital Business Consultant Partner for GITEX Technology Week 2017, Xerox will be celebrating its biggest product launch in its 110 years history.


OKI Europe offers businesses free mono printing for a year

OKI Europe Ltd is offering businesses free mono printing for a year when they purchase an eligible device from OKI’s comprehensive portfolio of advanced colour and mono office printers and multifunction printers (MFPs) between 1st October and 31st December 2017.


Five Hacks That Will Help You Sell More Copiers (due)

Years ago, the most coveted piece of data that you could acquire about the a company was the name of the decision maker.  Almost forty years later the name of the decision maker is almost worthless unless you also have their email address.


 

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