Greene Concepts to launch distributor programme on Earth Day

April 17, 2014

The US company intends to start its Synergy distributor programme on 22 April.InkWay

The company announced that a beta launch of its InkWay USA distributor programme websites will coincide with Earth Day, Tuesday 22 April, with the programme entailing the use of “consumer direct relationship marketing”.

The programme allows distributors for InkWay USA products to receive a retail webpage and distributor webpage for the products, with the campaign developed to “minimise environmental waste while offering quality ink solutions”. InkWay USA’s main product is an inkjet refill system, which is said to be able to refill cartridges to a value of $1,200 (€867).

The websites in the programme feature over 5,500 products for consumers to purchase, with further products to come, and each site uses technology to “engage” visitors through direct contact by a video representative.

CEO Lenny Greene stated: “We are extremely pleased to launch the InkWay USA Synergy Distributor Program. Our products are not only competitively priced but also help everyone save money on ink products and soon save money on additional solutions beyond just ink as we add more products to our inventory. I am very proud that our company has arrived at this moment and also proud that we can honour the Earth Day Greene City organisers by offering environmentally safe solutions to the world.”

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Company prints 10 houses in one day using 3D printer

April 17, 2014

One of the 3D printed houses. Credit 3ders

One of the 3D printed houses. Credit 3ders

Chinese company WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. uses recycled materials to produce 10 houses in 24 hours using 3D printer.

Business Insider reported that Chinese company WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. printed the houses “in pieces” that could then be “put together” using ”recycled construction materials and industrial waste to form a concrete aggregate”.

The task was carried out by the company in Shanghai’s Qingpu district using a 3D printer that was “500 feet long, 33 feet wide and 20 feet high”, with each of the houses costing “around $4,800 (€3,468) to produce.

Ma Yihe, CEO of WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co., explained: “We purchased parts for the printer overseas, and assembled the machine in a factory in Suzhou […] such a new type of 3D-printed structure is environment-friendly and cost-effective.”

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Epson launches CISS printers in Taiwan

April 17, 2014

Epson L1800OEM introduces two continuous ink supply system (CISS) A3 and A4 printers for the Taiwan market.

Digitimes reported that Epson launched two CISS printers – the six-colour L1800 and four-colour L1300 – on 16 April for immediate launch in the Taiwan market; along with the L555 inkjet MFP and L120 inkjet printer.

The article states that despite demand for inkjet printers and MFPs expecting to fall “from 440,000 units in 2013 to 420,000 units in 2014”, sales of CISS printers increased between 2011 and 2013 from 35,000 units to almost 71,000 units, and are set to increase further in 2014 to 89,000 units.

During 2013, Epson reportedly occupied 56 percent of inkjet and MFP sales value in the Taiwan market, with the company now aiming to increase its market share to 60 percent this year.

The L1800and L1300 CISS printers are priced at NT$16,990 (US$564/€407) and NT$13,990 (US$464/€335) respectively, while the L55 inkjet MFP is priced at NT$7,490 (US$248/€179) and the L120 inkjet printer is priced at NT$3,490 (US$116/€84).

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Russian printer market to see minimal growth through to 2018

April 16, 2014

The Research and Markets report forecasts a small growth over the next four years.Russia 

The report discusses the printer market in Russia from this year until 2018, with a main forecast of a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for the market of 0.53 percent over the next four years.

Research and Markets stated that the Russian printer market is set to grow slowly due to a number of different factors, including “increasing internet use”, the “introduction of emerging technologies” including cloud computing and virtualisation (and their convenience for SOHO workers), and the personalisation of emails and production of email newsletters.

A key challenge for the market is said to be the “increase in online transactions”, with a growth in document and file transactions trough the web proving “much faster than traditional mail transactions”, with important documents sent online as opposed to printing hard copies for mailing.

The analysts commented: “The shift from the adoption of [monochrome] print impressions to colour print impressions has resulted in an increase in the demand for high-speed continuous-feed inkjet printers. This in turn has boosted the growth of the overall printer market in Russia.

“With the adoption of advanced technology printers such as ultra-high volume inkjet printers, the average cost per colour impression is likely to drop significantly. Thus, an increase in the demand for colour prints is a positive trend that is expected to significantly contribute to the growth of the printer market in Russia.”

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Memjet launches new page-wide colour inkjet print engine

April 16, 2014

A Memjet printhead

A Memjet printhead

The Aspen engine will enable commercial presses to print 225 feet per minute.

The company reported that the new print engine will “empower OEMs and commercial printers to control and customise colour printing”, whilst delivering a “cost-effective, on-demand” service for manufacturers and production lines.

The new engine is designed for both colour printing label and commercial presses, with speeds of up to 225 feet per minute in addition to “full dot control” and the ability to be retrofitted to old machines. The dot control allows for print shops to “ensure the accuracy of the data pipeline”, with users able to control more of what ends up printed on the page and in higher quality.

The Aspen printheads feature 70,400 nozzles delivering “millions of ink drops per second”, as well as a 1,600dpi “native” print resolution in full colour. The retrofitting meanwhile allows presses to be “enhanced with digital capability without the high cost or time required to rip and replace infrastructure”.

Aspen engines are available in three different configurations, including a single print engine “as a standalone printer”, two print engines “mounted side-by-side” for 17-inch media printing, and four print engines side-by-side for even larger prints. The new print speed of 225 feet per minute meanwhile is an upgrade on Memjet’s previous speed of 165 feet per minute.

Memjet’s Gus Piccin stated: “Customers value full control and real-time, precise printed material, and a guarantee that what’s on the screen is exactly what’s printed – down to shading and line values. OEMs and print shops with Memjet-powered technology can deliver value in the form of that control. Accurate, real-time printed material is a reality, and an avenue for opportunity and growth.”

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LD Products’ CEO up for Entrepreneur of the Year award

April 16, 2014

Aaron Leon has been nominated by Ernst & Young for its Greater Los Angeles award. about_us_bnr

The company announced in a press release that Leon had reached the semi-final stage of the competition for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for Greater Los Angeles, which recognises entrepreneurs “who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities”.

Leon was chosen by a panel of independent judges to proceed to the semi-final, and the awards ceremony will be held on 17 June at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. LD Products notes that under his leadership, it has “become one of the leading e-commerce providers of printer supplies […] specialising in professionally remanufactured and compatible print cartridges”.

The company also stated: “Aaron has provided individuals and businesses with a reliable alternative to expensive name-brand printer supplies. His dedication to high-quality products, affordable prices, customer service and environmental responsibility has earned LD an award-winning reputation and a loyal customer base.”

Leon himself commented: “I am honoured to have been selected as a semi-finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. It’s an incredible feeling to do something you’re passionate about and to collaborate with people you love working with. I live for my company and my customers – that’s the real reward for me. Being selected as a semi-finalist for this prestigious award is a humbling bonus to all of that.”

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PrintFleet named in top 10 for enterprise print management

April 15, 2014

The MPS software provider was named by CIOReview magazine.PrintFleet

The magazine focuses on enterprise solutions for businesses, and its top 10 covered the “most promising enterprise print management solution providers”, with PrintFleet chosen from more than 100 companies by the magazine’s readers.

PrintFleet noted that the readers had chosen it as one of the companies “working to address real world challenges” in the MPS industry, with President and CEO Chris McFarlane stating that the company was “honoured to have been selected as one of the MPS industry’s ‘most promising enterprise solutions’”.

McFarlane added: “The PrintFleet ‘promise’ to provide reliable printer data and actionable information derived from that data in order to reduce costs, increase revenues and improve service levels has been consistent, dating back to our founding 10 years ago. We expect demand for data-driven, automated supply chain solutions to continue to grow across the imaging industry, and we’re delighted to play a key role in providing those solutions.”

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Mobile printer designed to travel across paper

April 15, 2014

A technical view of Mini Mobile

A technical view of Mini Mobile

Portable robotic printer, Mini Mobile, works by travelling across the surface of paper as it prints.

Gizmag reported on the Mini Mobile portable robotic printer, which has been designed by Zuta Labs of Israel, which is currently trying to raise $400,000 (€290,000) on Kickstarter to fund the project, with over $330,000 (€239,000) now raised and less than a month left to reach the target.

The idea for the printer came from Tuvia Elbaum, founder of Zuta Labs, who wanted to “provide users with a means of printing on the go” after he found he wanted to print on the go from a smartphone or tablet rather than waiting until he got home or to the office.

Elbaum explained: “When I went online to look for a portable printer, I only found printers that are either too big to really carry around or too small to print on a standard A4 page […] I noticed that all the printers had to have the paper feed through the device, so I thought why not put the cartridge on a robot and let it run around by itself, and that will allow the printer to be really small and yet print on any size paper?”

After looking at several different possibilities “from using rails that come out of the robot and help with stabilising the printer, to having the robot hover over the paper”, Elbaum and his team came up with today’s design, which uses “an inkjet for the printing” – although it can only currently print in black and white – as well as Bluetooth for connecting to mobile devices. It also uses a “high-resolution optical sensor” commonly used in mice; and a “rechargeable battery with an on/off switch” allowing it to run for one hour on a full charge.

The device, which is 10 centimetres x 11.5 centimetres and weighs around 300 grams, can print on “any size of paper” using an “omni-wheel system” to allow it to move around the page; reaching print speeds of 1.2 ppm at a resolution of 96 x 192 dpi, although the article states that the final product is expected to deliver a higher resolution.

Zuta Labs is trying to raise money for the project to fund the “custom-made parts […] to build the final prototype and for then going into production”; although Elbaum said that even if the target isn’t reached the company will be “well-placed to still continue having received offers from investors, accelerators” and “big tech companies”. He added that in future he hopes the device will be able to print in colour and on a range of different surface types.

The first of the printers are expected to be shipped in January next year.

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Jet Tec reports success at London Stationery Show

April 14, 2014

The company noted that the event provided the “perfect platform” to meet customers.

Jet Tec's newest member of staff, Waffle

Jet Tec’s newest member of staff, Waffle

Jet Tec had previously discussed its intention to exhibit at the event, which took place from 1 to 2 April at London’s Business Design Centre, and noted that the show was the “only UK-based trade show dedicated to stationery products”, adding that it was “delighted to have exhibited”.

At the event, the company showcased newly-launched inkjet and toner cartridges for HP, Brother and Dell printers, and also introduced a “new addition to the team”, a character called Waffle, which served as a “roving reporter” as part of the company’s plans to “have fun and engage more followers via social media”, with the character “attract[ing] attention during the exhibition”. Jet Tec mentioned that the show had been “very successful”, offering the company “great opportunity” to exhibit products, whilst visitors had the chance to win a refurbished Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone.

It added that “exhibiting amongst a wealth of British suppliers and manufacturers has only emphasised the significance of ‘buying British’, proving that the UK still has so much to offer in terms of innovation and quality. Jet Tec looks forward to attending an even bigger and better show in 2015”.

Martyn Green, Business Development Executive at Jet Tec, also commented: “The show offered us a perfect platform to see a sizeable amount of existing customers in a short period of time, whilst engaging with an array of prospects from shopping channels to new possibilities of distribution within newspaper wholesale! Time well spent making and building relationships to mutual benefit.”

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UK stationer creates font to save third of ink and toner

April 14, 2014

The Ryman Eco font

The Ryman Eco font

Ryman has designed a “sustainable” font to cut the costs and impacts of printing.

Business Green reported on the stationery company’s new eco font, which is said to use 27 percent less ink and toner in printing than standard fonts and in turn 6.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, with the company calling its “sustainable font” the Ryman Eco font.

The font is said to look “like a normal font at point sizes between 10 and 14 because of the way our eyes and brains fill in ‘missing areas”, with larger sizes still remaining “elegant and readable”. The font was developed with creative agency Grey London, who teamed with the stationer after Ryman’s Chairman Theo Paphitis received a tweet from the agency, and is made up of “dozens of tiny thin lines and curves separated by white space”.

The font has already been implemented across the company’s 96 country network of shops, and will be available for free “in the hope [that] more companies and households will adopt it”. The company estimates that if everyone used Ryman Eco, it would save over 490 million cartridges and 15 million barrels of oil, which gave it the 6.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions saving.

Paphitis commented: “At Ryman we love print – but we don’t like what it does to the planet. Recycling alone isn’t doing enough. So I am asking individuals and businesses, especially those who use print a lot in their day-to-day operations, to download Ryman Eco for free and make it their default print font. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do but could make a world of difference.”

The Recycler recently reported on 14 year-old American student Suvir Mirchandani’s research, which calculated that the US government could save hundreds of millions of dollars per year if it switched font from Times New Roman to Garamond.

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