March 6, 2014
The second day of the trade show allowed companies to get into the swing of product promotions, with exhibitors telling of growing interest in their products at the event.
As business networking continued on day two of this year’s Remanexpo@Paperworld Middle East, many companies expressed the benefits of promoting their newest products to the Middle Eastern market, with the show providing a valuable platform for product introductions and for helping to establish a brand in the region.
Singapore-based toner manufacturer EOP21 was among the exhibitors displaying its latest product developments, with David Wong, General Manager of the company, explaining that the company is “the first in the world to develop dual brand toner”, with the product able to be used in both Canon and Kyocera models. Wong said: “Because the technology from the beginning for Kyocera and Canon is very similar – Kyocera makes the drum for Canon products. Our company is special – we do the R&D, we can tune the toner, so we change the formulation slightly to match both models, both brands, so this is our strength. It’s very special; nobody else in the world has done this.”
Another product introduced by EOP21 at the show is its Power Grip Transport Solution, which can be applied to feed rollers in the event of a paper jam: “Usually when there is a paper jam, you have to change [the feed roller], which takes a long time, about two hours, it’s a tedious process,” said Wong. “If production is stopped for two hours, the business is gone, but with our transport solution they can clean the feed roller […] and the business can continue. As soon as they complete the job, the technician can come in and change the roller.”
Commenting on the show, Wong said that the first day had seen “around 50 visitors” to the company’s stand, adding that “maybe 20 percent of these have potential for us, but the other 80 percent we make friends with. This business has to be long-term, sometimes it takes two years to close a customer – they come to an exhibition and see you, and two years later they say ‘ok I’ll give you a try’. People observe and then eventually they agree to make a trial”.
Meanwhile, Korean-based chip solutions provider TN Core was at the show for the first time promoting its new chip reset device, i-Prog, which Jason Kim, Overseas Sales Team Manager explained is able to reset chips for all major OEM brands and is updated on a monthly basis; with customers “from Dubai and India” expressing “great interest” at the show. While Kim noted that the aftermarket industry in the Middle East is small, with the market being “more for finished products”, the market is growing and the company is “looking for good partners here”.
Kim also highlighted the issue of price competition in the market, but said that “in the case of our company, we have our own technology to develop chips for new models, so we will keep investing and developing new chips. Every cartridge that comes in needs new chips, new technology, so the chip business is still good”.
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March 5, 2014
The Italian remanufacturing association worked alongside the Italian government to help change public procurement in Italy for printer cartridges.
The association’s President, Giovanni Ravelli, stated that Italy “will spend more than €200 billion ($274 billion) a year on the management of its public administration”, and notes that it is “important to build on this type of expenditure to change attitudes towards remanufactured products that are environmentally and socially sustainable”.
To that end, Ravelli and ARTI-Italia worked with Riccardo Rifici from the Italian Ministry of Environment to “overcome the resistance” against green public procurement, with a National Action Plan on green public procurement (GPP) approved by the Italian government. A ministerial decree was adopted regarding cartridges featuring minimum environmental criteria, and can be found here (in Italian).
Ravelli noted that since its inception as an association in late 2012 the association has “actively participated in the definition” of cartridges with the Ministry of Environment, and added that ARTI-Italia was “committed to ensuring” that the decree “contained the specifications” that it, and its members, take in their remanufacturing businesses.
Ravelli stated: “We are pleased with the results that we hope will be taken into serious consideration by the Public Administration, and also by remanufacturers. ARTI-Italia will share these criteria so as to be reliable in providing environmentally friendly products and quality.
“Thanks also to ETIRA’s Vincent van Dijk and Christian Wernhart, who have supported and encouraged us in this work, indicating which technological and environmental aspects to consider. Now it is up to us to spread, and grow the share of remanufactured inkjet and toner cartridges in Italian public administration.”
You can read a full account of ARTI-Italia’s work from Ravelli in a future issue of The Recycler.
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March 5, 2014
The first day of the show saw halls 3, 4 and 5 of the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center fill with exhibitors and visitors to Paperworld following the official grand opening of the event at 10am.
Companies new to the show and returning exhibitors all agreed that Dubai is a “perfect” location for the event, providing opportunities to meet up with customers who would otherwise be contacted via email or telephone.
MicroJet’s Aggie Chen discussed how the show had been so far, and the reasons why the company decided to exhibit: “So far the show has been good – we’ve met many customers who we have already emailed before coming here, so it’s good to meet face-to-face.
“This market is hard to do business in without face-to-face communication, so we have come to the show to help the business.”
At GPI’s booth, Jonathan Chen said that, as well as providing a way of meeting new and existing customers, the show helps to keep companies up-to-date with news and developments in the Middle East region: “You come here and talk to people and more or less you will learn something here every time.
“Because we’re located in Taiwan and don’t have a branch here, we usually communicate with customers via email or phone calls, but it’s not the real-time information, so we come here and contact people and they will know what they are doing and can tell us up-to-date developments.”
Meanwhile, Robin Kenyon, Managing Director of Calidad, remarked on the ideal location of the show and the benefits it brings the company: “Dubai is an iconic place in the whole Middle East and Africa region, and people from the region like coming here.
“We started coming to this show in its first year, and it’s a perfect environment for us to meet our customers, they like coming here and it saves us going on multiple visits around the region seeing customers everywhere, which is hard work – some of the customers we can’t even get to for various reasons, so it’s primarily a way for us to meet with our customers in the region.”
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March 4, 2014
The OEM has been granted a patent for a method of replacing a photosensitive drum in a toner cartridge, which may affect the remanufacturing of the cartridge.
The European patent, EP 1 536 297 B1, was granted to the OEM on 8 January this year, and refers to a process cartridge as well as the “mounting method” and “replacing method of a photosensitive drum”, with the document giving detail of the process of replacing the drum – an operation that remanufacturers of toner cartridges undertake and which could affect them with this particular cartridge.
The patent document first discusses the “connecting member” and the holes that are provided in the drum shaft for it to sit in, with the document even covering the actual turning of the connecting member as “perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the drum shaft”, with the openings and “flanges” also documented.
It then discusses the method of “pulling out the drum shaft”, including the openings in the drum frame and the direction in which it can be turned to be removed or installed. The patent even goes on to cover the input of a replacement drum and its mounting on the drum frame, with each step until completion covered in the document.
Canon previously patented a remanufacturing method for a cartridge, whilst Epson recently filed a patent that would seek to patent the refilling process for one of its cartridges, and Brother has also, on two occasions, patented remanufacturing methods for some of its cartridges as well (here and here).
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March 4, 2014
This year’s Remanexpo@Paperworld Middle East show begins today, offering three days of networking, company exhibitions and the opportunity to discuss the latest market trends, and providing a gateway for companies looking to grow in the MENA region.
A number of companies will be exhibiting at this year’s show, including MSE, GPI, Cross Imaging Supplies and Microjet, among others; with over 250 companies expected to exhibit at the wider Paperworld Middle East show, covering sectors including imaging supplies, paper supplies, gift articles and stationery.
Show organisers Messe Frankfurt reported that this year Paperworld Middle East is expected to have a greater European presence as well as attracting more local companies, with a further hall added to cater for the event’s 10 percent increase in size.
For more information on Paperworld Middle East 2014, click here.
The Recycler will be reporting on the latest views and developments surrounding the show all week, so check your emails and our website for up-to-date news from the event.
If you are at the show, you are very welcome to pay us a visit at booth 5A32.
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February 28, 2014
The event, which has taken place in Hall 3.1 for the past two years, will now move to Hall 5.0 as it “perfectly [meets] the needs of the industry”.
Messe Frankfurt has confirmed that Paperworld 2015 will see the office and Remanexpo@Paperworld events move from their current location of Hall 3.1 to Hall 5.0 at its showgrounds in Frankfurt, stating that the new hall is “situated near the main entrance Torhaus” and is “well connected to the visitor walkway”, adding that the capacity “perfectly [meets] the needs of the industry”.
The show organisers also announced that early-bird registration for the event next year, which will take place from 31 January to 3 February 2015, is already open, with a discount available for those booking before 28 March 2014. The regular deadline for online registrations will be 25 April, with Messe Frankfurt stating that “after this date we shall commence with the layout planning” for next year’s show.
The 2015 event’s motto is “always different every time”, and the organisers noted that “no other trade fair in the stationery, office supplies and writing instruments sector is so vibrant and diverse”, with Paperworld offering “the world’s widest and broadest range of products, most inspiring trends and special shows, and plenty of opportunities to network”.
Exhibitors can register for the early-bird discount by logging into their Paperworld account here.
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February 25, 2014
The meeting of countries talked about environmental policy, and how using a circular economy model could address “unnecessary resource losses”.
WhatsNewInBusiness reported on the discussion of the “different industrial model” at the conference in Davos in January, with the site noting that despite the average person not “hav[ing] come across [the concept] yet”, the circular economy has “gained sufficient traction in business, political and environmental circles to be the subject of a report released” at the meeting.
The circular economy has also become the focus of an initiative “supported by leading companies to encourage business to embrace its principles”, with an EU conference on environmental policy to take place later this year focusing on the circular economy’s potential, whilst China’s latest five-year plan includes an entire chapter devoted to “vigorously develop[ing] a circular economy”.
With the “cradle-to-cradle” idea of reusing and remanufacturing resources to save energy and money, the circular economy model “addresses […] unnecessary resource losses” through recycling and “much more”, with the design process for products focused on so that they can be reused, resold and repaired, as well as upgraded or made suitable for remanufacturing.
The report at the conference was launched by the Ellen McArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum (WEF), and considered the issue of “how to scale up the circular economy model” to national and international market size. The report writers and collaborators pointed out that the world economy, currently estimated at a size of $65 trillion (€47 trillion), could save $1 trillion (€727 trillion) immediately if it took up a circular economy model, with “potentially much more” savings in future.
The savings would come from waste reduction as well as “lower capital requirements for businesses”, with benefits including “reduced volatility in the price of inputs” as well as “greater innovation and job creation”. The site points out that remanufacturing, alongside recycling in Europe, “already employs more than one million people”, and whilst remanufacturing is “more labour-intensive”, profits are maintained due to “reduced waste and lower capital expenses”.
An initiative set up by the McArthur Foundation, Project Mainstream, was launched alongside the report at Davos, and is “designed to promote collaboration in pursuit of the circular economy”, with big brands including Unilever, Cisco, Philips and Renault part of the project. The site concluded that “a number of factors will help drive progress towards a circular economy”, with more expensive resources motivating businesses “to do more with less”.
It added that technologies such as 3D printing “offer the potential to reduce materials and energy use and wastage” through such innovations as “allowing products to be produced on demand”, and there is said to be “growing acceptance of economic models based on access rather than ownership”, with the chance of “job creation and innovation [alongside] a pathway to a resilient economic growth” coming as part of a circular economy model.
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February 24, 2014
The show, taking place next week from 4 to 6 March at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, has been reported to be “at least 10 percent larger” than the show in 2013, with organisers Epoc Messe Frankfurt stating that the region is “attracting manufacturers and suppliers from around the world interested in expanding their business reach”.
Epoc Messe Frankfurt’s CEO, Ahmed Pauwels, stated of this year’s event: “Paperworld Middle East’s success in growing into the leading trade fair in the region for paper and office products is aided to a large extent by the sterling reputation of the Paperworld brand worldwide.
“This combined with our ongoing effort to engage closely with regional stakeholders and familiarise ourselves with the intricacies of the local market has resulted in the show becoming truly representative of the regional industry.”
Aftermarket companies exhibiting at the event next week include: Kuroki Industrial Co. Ltd (booth nuber 4H15); Microjet Technology (4H17); General Plastic (4G22); Cross Imaging Supplies (4H32); EOP21 Pte Ltd (5A38); MSE EMEA (4F32); and S-Land Co Ltd (4E34).
The Recycler’s David Connett and Nicola Swann will be attending the event in Dubai next week, and The Recycler will have a booth at the show. A report on Remanexpo@Paperworld Middle East 2014 will be available in a future issue of the magazine, and you can find out more about the event at www.therecycler.com/paperworld-middle-east.
February 20, 2014
IDC has found that the worldwide HCP market showed growth in the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13), with shipments reaching 31.7 million units, while the total shipments for the year declined slightly by 1.6 percent. Positive performance from the laser segment was attributed to the market’s continued growth, with the segment growing 4.5 percent year-over-year in 4Q13 and by 3.6 percent for the full year.
Strong market activity from three of the five top vendors was also noted as a factor for the quarter’s growth, particularly HP and Brother; with HP increasing channel support and becoming more flexible on pricing and incentives and Brother launching several products to expand its presence in the monochrome laser segment.
Strong year-over-year shipment growth was seen in the two largest market regions – Western Europe and Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ), which grew by 5.5 percent and 7.3 percent respectively in 4Q13. In terms of full-year results, APeJ experienced a 1.5 percent year-over-year growth while Western Europe declined slightly by 0.4 percent.
The dominant technology in the HCP market continued to be inkjet, with more than 19.6 million units shipped and a market share of 62 percent; although worldwide inkjet shipments declined 1.1 percent year-over-year in 4Q13 and by 4.9 percent overall in 2013. A solid growth was however seen in the Western European inkjet market, which increased by eight percent during the quarter.
Meanwhile the laser market experienced its third consecutive quarter of growth, with all regions seeing growth except Canada and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) experiencing the most growth during the quarter at 31.5 percent year-over-year; followed by APej at 10.1 percent and the US at 7.5 percent.
Within the laser segment, monochrome devices accounted for 82.3 percent of the market with 8.9 million units shipped, resulting in a year-over-year increase of 5.8 percent in 4Q13 and 3.3 percent for the full year. In terms of the total monochrome device market, monochrome laser printers accounted for 52 percent while MFPs made up the remaining 48 percent during 4Q13.
Colour laser shipments grew 9.4 percent to over 1.9 million units in 4Q13, accounting for a 17.7 percent share in the total laser market. This segment has now experienced three consecutive quarters of growth, contributing to a 5.3 percent year-over-year increase for the whole of 2013. 60 percent of the total colour laser segment was made up by colour laser MFPs in 4Q13.
In terms of vendors, HP remained the market leader with over 12.6 million units shipped – the highest quarterly shipment total since 4Q11 – and a growth of 5.4 percent year-over-year, gaining around two points to a total worldwide market share of nearly 40 percent in 4Q13. The OEM saw growth in five out of eight regional markets and posted a full-year growth of 0.9 percent.
In second place was Canon, which shipped more than 6.5 million units and had a 20.6 percent market share. However, the company saw a decline of 6.2 percent, losing two points of market share and growing in three out of eight regional markets. The OEM finished the year with a growth of 0.4 percent.
This performance was followed by Epson, which took third place, growing 8.6 percent in the quarter with unit shipments reaching 4.9 million. The OEM increased its market share to 15.4 percent, but finished 2013 with a full-year decline of 7.7 percent. It did however experience growth in five out of eight regional markets during the final quarter, with Western Europe and the US Epson’s best-performing regions.
In fourth and fifth rankings were Brother and Samsung, with the former holding a 7.5 percent market share and shipping 2.4 million units, growing 12 percent year-over-year due to its strong growth of 16.7 percent in the laser segment. Brother also grew in all regions but Latin America, and completed the full year with an 8.4 percent year-over-year growth, making it the best-performing vendor in this period.
Samsung meanwhile declined by 8.9 percent in 4Q13 and by 3.5 percent for the full-year, shipping 1.3 million units in 4Q13. The OEM dropped its market share by half a point to 4.1 percent, and while it grew in half of the regions, it was not enough to offset the losses experienced in the other four regional markets.
Commenting on the results, Phuong Hang, Program Director, Worldwide Hardcopy Peripheral Trackers at IDC, said: “2013 was a relatively good year for major hardcopy peripherals vendors as most reported a return to some level of growth. IDC anticipates that the recovery will continue at a slow and steady pace in 2014. Effective sales execution will come from having a comprehensive product portfolio, of course, but more important is being well versed in the language of the customer.”
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February 18, 2014
The association’s Annual General Meeting will take place at the Novotel Coventry Hotel in Exhall, Coventry on Thursday 15 May from 10am, with members interested in attending asked to visit this link to register their attendance.
UKCRA has also announced that Rethink Recycling’s Hayley Shorthouse is its newest member. Rethink is a cartridge collector and broker operating in the UK. The company states on its website that it also collects old mobile phones, DVDs, laptop and other electronics for both reuse and recycling, as well as offering to help “raise money for your chosen charity” or donate to “your favourite good cause”.