Epson increases PrecisionCore production capacity

July 22, 2014

precisioncoreOEM will invest ¥10 billion from fiscal 2014 through the 2015 fiscal year in PrecisionCore print head production lines in Japan.

Epson announced that it will increase the production capacity of its PrecisionCore inkjet print heads by investing approximately ¥10 billion ($98.4 million/€73 million) in production lines at its Suwa Minami and Tohoku sites; with the company stating that investment will total roughly ¥40 billion ($394 million/€292 million) by fiscal 2015, including R&D spending and capital investment over the past decade.

The OEM’s PrecisionCore inkjet print heads are described as offering “blazing fast print speeds and stunning image quality”, and are predominantly used in office, commercial and industrial inkjet printers. The PrecisionCore technology was developed by Epson following breakthroughs in piezo material by combining its core inkjet technology with “advanced micreoelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology”; with the print heads first produced in June 2013 at the two plants.

The print heads feature “individually controlled nozzles, each of which is capable of firing up to 50,000 precise ink droplets per second”, and are produced on “fully-automated production lines”.

Epson stated that the increased production capacity “will enable Epson to achieve its business goal of strengthening its position and expanding its footprint in the inkjet printer domain”, helping to “further enhance competitiveness and drive business growth”.

The Recycler reported in April of Epson UK’s plans to become the “number one player” in production print, with more than 10 new inkjet printers featuring PrecisionCore print heads set to be launched by 2016.

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Clover and MSE complete strategic merger

July 22, 2014

clovermseThe two remanufacturing companies have completed their merger.

Clover, the global leader in the recovery, refurbishment, remanufacturing and redeployment of business and electronic assets and Micro Solutions Enterprises (MSE), the global leader in patented technologies for high-quality remanufactured toner cartridges, today announced the completion of their merger.

The completion of this merger creates a global business that will provide unparalleled products, services and support for dealers. Both companies will continue to provide their customers with the outstanding support to which they are accustomed. In the coming months, by leveraging the strengths of each company, Clover and MSE will begin launching exciting new opportunities for dealers.

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Name:  Mark Perry

Title:      Managing Director

Phone: +351 252 640 244



Name:   Mark Dawson

Title:      Director of Marketing and Sales, MSE, EMEA

Tel:        +31.36.522.2601


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Proton announces summer closing dates

July 21, 2014

proton - CopyThe company will close for the summer on 1 August.

Proton has stated that it will close down for the summer on 1 August, and will reopen on 17August, adding that “requests and orders will be treated on/after 18 August”.

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Océ advises on purchasing wide-format printers

July 18, 2014

The OEM has discussed the factors to consider when buying a wide-format device.Océ Arizona 6100 Series

ITWeb shared Océ South Africa’s perspective on purchasing wide-format printers, with the OEM’s Product Manager of its Wide Format Printing Systems Division, Chris Paulet, talking about the different factors to consider when thinking about buying a machine.

The factors include: colour and or black and white; cost; performance and speed; and image quality. Paulet added that buyers should also look at “ease of use, security, product options, floor space [and] environmental concerns” if possible as well. In terms of colour and or black and white, Paulet notes that this depends on the sort of print jobs that would be done on the machines, and adds that “when scrutinising the print costs”, consumers should pay attention to this and the amount of printing to be done.

Black and white machines “generally perform faster” whilst colour machines can print a wider range of technical and photographic works, and costs depend on volume as well as “calculations” done in advance, which should also take into consideration the different printing modes on machines. Consumables and service costs should be considered, as well as automation, which Paulet notes “will help lower hidden costs”.

In terms of performance and speed, Paulet notes that “throughput speed is most important […] if you have a continuous flow of documents” whilst first print time is more important to consider “if the machine is used intermittently”. File-processing times should also be taken into account, and the best way to do this is “run test prints” to get an idea of the time files take to be printed.

Moving onto image quality, high resolution “does not necessarily offer the best quality”, and black and white machines offer “more or less the same” quality on any media, whilst different media used on colour machines will provide different quality levels. Again, Paulet implores users to print tests on a machine before buying it to see the quality levels for themselves.

He also notes that ease-of-use considerations should include looking at how you currently use machines, and that this also includes consumable replacements and installations as well as just the touchscreen and printing operations. If there are multiple users, consumers should “look for ways to automate print jobs”, and consumable replacements should be inquired about ahead of large print jobs.

Finding a secure machine that fits in the space provided for it, and which does not impact on the environment are other areas Paulet suggests users consider, in perhaps less importance than those previously mentioned. In terms of environmental concerns, he says that “the first thing that springs to mind” is cartridge disposal, adding that whilst recycling “plays an obvious role” in collection and disposal, the printer itself “can also be […] refurbished, reused or remanufactured”.

He concludes that “there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution”, as machine choices depend on “the number of people using the printer and the type of print, copy and scan jobs”, and by looking at the areas mentioned, consumers can “make an informed choice based on what you need”.

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Pelikan Holding accepts consolidation plans

July 17, 2014

PelikanBoard of Pelikan Holding accepts Malaysian parent company’s proposal to integrate subsidiaries into Herlitz.

OPI reported that Switzerland-based stationery firm Pelikan Holding has accepted its parent company, Pelikan International Corporation Bhd’s proposal to integrate “a number of” its subsidiaries into Herlitz, whose assets were acquired by Pelikan Holding in December last year.

In addition to the consolidation of its stationery manufacturing business, Pelikan International proposed to change the name of Herlitz to Pelikan; with the proposals “now in the hands of external consultants before final approval of the board”. Final proposals will be given to shareholders for approval during an “extraordinary general meeting” to take place at an unspecified date.

The Recycler has reported recently on Pelikan International’s plans to list some of its units and assets in Germany; including an asset injection into the company and its 96.45 percent-owned Switzerland unit, Pelikan Holding AG, into Herlitz AG for 1.19 billion ringgit ($375.28 million/€275.63 million). However, the plans failed to impress shareholders, with the company’s shares falling 11.6 percent following the announcement.

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Xerox patent auction delayed

July 17, 2014

auctionOEM responds to requests for additional time before bidding, which had been scheduled for 24 to 29 July.

Democrat & Chronicle reported that Xerox has decided to postpone its planned auction of 239 US patents announced last week,with the auction now scheduled to take place between 11 and 16 September following “numerous requests” for additional time.

The patents, which “came out of research work at its various global R&D centres”, are to be sold in lots each estimated to be worth between $1 million (€734,500) and $10 million (€7.3 million), which will be organised into 26 different technology fields; including  audio communication, touchscreen, web content, networking and print systems.

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Static Control hires new Unit Business Manager

July 16, 2014

Nick Bush

Nick Bush

The largest manufacturer of aftermarket imaging systems and components hired Nick Bush to lead its UK and Scandanvia sales team.

Bush’s appointment to the sales department, effective as of 7 July, will see him head the UK and Scandanavia sales team, and Static Control stated that he brings “vast experience in business development and account management”, with prior jobs in the wide-format inkjet cartridge industry.

In the wide-format market, he dealt with OEMs such as Xerox and Fuji as well as “resellers, dealers and network partners”, and before moving to wide-format cartridges, Bush previously worked in both print graphics and graphic supplies, where he held account management and business development responsibilities.

Bush stated: “I am delighted to take up this opportunity with the industry’s market leader. I’m confident I will provide the right experience and capability to strengthen the UK and Scandinavia team, and bring significant value to the company in the process.”

Jason Doran, Static Control’s Sales Manager for Western Europe, added: “Nick is a welcome addition to the UK sales team and we look forward to his support in moving the business forward. As demand grows for high quality imaging solutions throughout Europe, Static Control will continue taking measures to ensure we have the very best people in place to deliver unrivalled customer service and support.”

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Kansas office dealer acquires remanufacturer

July 16, 2014

Office-Products-AllianceOffice Products Alliance acquired Basic Business Products on 1 July.

Kansas City Business Journal reported on the acquisition of cartridge remanufacturer Basic Business Products by office products dealer Office Products Alliance (OPA), which makes OPA the “largest independent office products supplier in the Kansas City area”.

The acquisition, which went through on 1 July, follows earlier acquisitions of independent office product dealers over the past four years, including another company called Express Business Supply, and OPA did not “disclose a purchase price” for the Basic Business Products deal.

The company, based in Independence, was formally founded as OPA in 2013, and added that the deal expands both its “geographic reach” and product range, with remanufactured toner cartridges the main addition. Owner and President Mark Whitlow stated in turn that the company “offer[s] our partners everything they need to outfit their office, from pencils and pens to toner and files, as well as a full floor of furniture”.

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EU study finds ‘green’ economy can boost jobs

July 15, 2014

The study from the European Environment Agency (EEA) found that both jobs and innovation could grow from a resource-efficient, ‘green’ flag

The agency reported on its study, which it notes found that European nations can both “create jobs and encourage innovation” through “using resources much more efficiently”, with the study describing a range of policies that have “proven environmental and economic benefits”.

The study, Resource-efficient green economy and EU policies, is said by the EEA to consider “how European economies can drive more efficient material resource use” as part of a “transition” towards what it calls a ‘green economy’, and the agency added that while “many environmental trends are gradually improving”, the EU will need a “fundamental, systemic reorientation of its economy if it is to meet some of its long- term environmental objectives”.

One such objective – cutting greenhouse gases by 80 to 95 percent of 1990 levels by 2050 – will “not be possible by solely relying” on small gains, and plans mooted by the report include reducing labour taxes and increasing tax of “inefficient resource use and environmental pollution”, with such taxes underused in the EU but offering potential “multiple benefits” such as “eco-innovations and competitiveness”.

Being strong in terms of environmental regulation could also give the EU a “competitive advantage” by influencing other markets to take it up as well, and the aim to increase manufacturing to 20 percent of GDP by 2020 “could be an opportunity to boost environmentally-beneficial innovation”, though this growth “must be consistent with EU environmental priorities” to avoid “negative consequences”.

On a slightly more negative note, the report added that the economic crisis, whilst “partially reducing emissions of greenhouse gases”, did not have much of an impact on long-term environmental trends, and in some cases “seems to have slowed progress”.

Hans Bruyninckx, EEA Executive Director, commented: “Innovation may be the single most important driver to change the inefficient way we currently use resources. Environmental innovation is key to address the challenges of the 21st century.

“If we want to ‘live well within the ecological limits of the planet’ as stated in the 7th Environmental Action Programme, we will need to rely heavily on Europe’s inventiveness. This is not just about new inventions – encouraging the uptake and diffusion of new green technologies may be even more important.”

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OCP celebrates 20 years in business

July 14, 2014

OCP's Horst Edelmeier

OCP’s Horst Edelmeier

12 August will mark the German ink manufacturer’s 20th anniversary.

Founded on 12 August 1994 by Horst Edelmeier and Dr Siegfried Koch, OCP has now been successfully operating as a high-quality ink manufacturer for two decades. Edelmeier, who was CEO of the company until December 2013 and who is now the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, explained that “due to luck, which you need in life, we were able to start the development of our inks the next day after founding the company, and that is why we were able to start the sale of our inks just two months later, in October 1994”.

The company began with water-based inks – first developing dye inks before moving on to pigment inks as well. “We were lucky to have found the right partners,” said Edelmeier. “Partners in terms of the right vendors as well as worldwide distribution partners. Over the whole 20 years we only had to cancel one contract – all other partners remain with us for years and years. The oldest one – Graphicone, France- has been with us for nearly 18 years.”

He added that this longevity in OCP’s business relationships due to its high-quality inks “was and is still the basis for our business success”, and noted that “all our partners around the globe know that we are never their competitor. We have only ever been an ink maker, and will remain being only an ink maker in the future”.

Looking ahead, while Edelmeier noted that the company “cannot survive manufacturing desktop inks for the refilling of inkjet cartridges alone” and needs “new applications and to develop inks for other markets too”; he emphasised that OCP “will not leave the refilling industry”, adding that the company’s objective is to “be as long as possible a reliable, trustful partner of the refilling industry.

“We thank today, after 20 years of success, everybody who has helped us to achieve our existing, excellent market position”.

You can read more about OCP’s anniversary in our upcoming magazine – issue 261.

If you would like to congratulate Horst and Siegfried for their 20-year milestone, you can email for Horst and for Siegfried.

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