Google purchases

October 9, 2015

internet-27672_1280The technology conglomerate bought the site, which was launched in 1999, on the back of its restructuring as Alphabet.

Alphabet’s home page domain is, meaning that it now owns one of the longest domain names as well as one of the shortest, The Telegraph reported. The news site said Google will “probably” leave the site inactive, while it was unable to purchase, which car make BMW currently owns, or global news site

Sanmay Ved, a former Google employee, supposedly paid just $12 (€10.57) to purchase last month, but the company revoked his access a minute later. Despite this, Ved said that during the sixty seconds he received emails from Google webmaster tools and notifications from other Google-owned sites.

On 21 June 2015, the domain name ‘.sucks’ became available. The Recycler was quick to purchase ‘’, and Editor David Connett wrote a blog piece about it at the time.


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Katun partners with MPS sales expert

October 8, 2015

mps webThe OEM is to collaborate with Compass Sales Solutions’ new MPS division “to help its dealers assess, propose, and close profitable MPS agreements”.

Katun will benefit from an additional value-add to its dealer base as it sets “an industry standard on how critical MPS business should be sold and managed”, MPS Connect reported.

Ben Bounds, Director of Business Development for Compass Sales Solutions, explained that his company powering Katun’s recently launched MPS Profit Calculator will “give Katun a tool that our industry has been missing for a decade.

“No longer will it take days or weeks to conduct a printer assessment. Now, with the help of Katun and Compass, dealers will be able to do this within minutes and bring even greater value to their clients”.

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China and US fuel ink raw material growth

October 7, 2015

PTFEAsia Pacific and North America are “key contributors” to the growth of the micronised polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) market, with China and the US dominating the respective markets.

A strong production base in the ink, coating, thermoplastic and elastomer industries in the two countries is driving the growth, according to Persistence Market Research, Plastemart reported.

Consumption of printing ink, the main consumer of micronized PTFE, stood in China at 1,046.9 thousand metric tonnes at the end of 2014, rising from 592.6 thousand metric tonnes in 2010 and 305.7 thousand in 2005. The US dominates the printing ink market for both value and volume, while strong growth in packaging, e-commerce and books drives demand for printing inks.

The main markets for micronised PTFE after China are Japan, South Korea and India, in that order.

Micronised PTFE, also known as polytetrafluoroethylene micro powder, is used to add surface lubricity and anti-blocking properties, and is created using virgin PTFE resin or recycled PTFE scrap, which have to be irradiated via technologies such as thermal degradation and electron beam irradiation. Following the irradiation, the PTFE resin is ground into micro powders.


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Cartridge World France opens Paris headquarters

October 7, 2015

FranceThe new base in the Ivry-sur-Seine district was launched with an event attended by franchisees and partners, as well as banks and the new HQ’s staff.

Ludovic Detammaecker, a robotics engineer who has been a franchisee for more than 12 years in Lille and Dunkirk, gave a 3D printing demonstration at the opening, while Steve Weedon, Global President of Cartridge World, attended virtually from Hong Kong, Observatoire de la franchise reported.

The publication said that the 3D printing offering that Cartridge World is rolling out “suggests very good growth prospects”, while Weedon encouraged Emmanuel Juffroy, Managing Director for France and the United Kingdom.

Entrepreneurs who want to start a franchise in France have to provide a personal contribution of €30,000 ($33,000) to starting the business.

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Fujifilm India sets revenue target

October 6, 2015

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The OEM is aiming for Rs 1,100 crore ($168.5 million/€150.2 million) by the end of the fiscal year as its wide-format printing, photo-imaging and medical equipment businesses grow.

Yasunobu Nishiyama, Managing Director of Fujifilm India, said expanding key products such as its wide-format inkjet printer enterprise, as well as its Intax cameras and “advanced medical imaging and diagnostics equipment” would drive the revenue increase, The Hindu BusinessLine reported.

He added that India is Fujifilm’s fastest growing market and that they are hoping to grow more than 20 percent this fiscal year from last year’s figure, Rs 900 crore ($137.8 million/€122.9 million).

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Xerox launches operation in Cambodia

October 6, 2015

CambodiaThe OEM claims it is “the first in the office equipment industry” to enter the emerging market – where there is a growing need for MFPs and document solutions – with the establishment of its branch in Phnom Penh.

The new branch began operations on 1 October, and will provide support to dealers in Vietnam who used to provide sales and consultancy services to the Cambodian market. Xerox says its main focus will be to “manage the sales of production printers as they require greater support in print applications” for foreign customers, while also offering “direct sales and services related to office business solutions”.

Economic performance for the region is expected to be 4.7 percent in 2015, topping the global projection by 3.3 percent, following the creation of the Association of South-East Asian (ASEAN) Economic Community earlier in 2015. Cambodia is a member state and its market growth “is envisaged to accelerate”.

Masashi Honda, President of Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific, said: “Over the past decade, we have actively increased the servicing of our dealer base in Cambodia through our Vietnam operations and it is now opportune for Fuji Xerox to establish a ground presence in this dynamic country to better serve our customers.

“The opening of our direct sales operations in Cambodia will enable us to provide a more comprehensive product and solutions line-up to better provide value to our customers.”

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OKI completes wide-format acquisition

October 6, 2015

OKI-LogoThe OEM has completed its buyout of the global wide-format printer business of Seiko I Infotech (SIIT), a subsidiary of Seiko Instruments (SII).

The new entity, OKI Data Infotech, began operating as part of the OKI group in 1 October, 2015, while on the same day subsidiaries in Europe and the US completed the acquisition of the printer business and assets from SII’s European and US group companies.

Formal confirmation of the deal came in July 2015, and OKI positions the high-value-added printer business as its “major growth area”, while the professional printer market remains an important sector.

Takao Hitamoto, President of OKI, said: “Through this acquisition, we have not only acquired a portfolio of wide-format inkjet printers for signs and LED graphic plotters, but also the corresponding technologies, development resources, and sales channels.

“By offering one-stop printing solutions targeting the printing, distribution, and retail industry sectors, we will strengthen our printer business in the professional printer market.”


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HP board approves split

October 2, 2015

The OEM’s board of directors has officially approved the split into HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.HP Enterprise logo

In a press release, the OEM reported on the board’s approval of the OEM’s split – announced last October – into two separate companies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc., from 1 November 2015, with the PC and printing side, HP Inc., to be run by Dion Weisler as President and CEO, whilst Meg Whitman will be President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, the software and services side.

The announcement included details of a “distribution to HP stockholders of 100 percent of the outstanding shares of Hewlett Packard Enterprise”, and from 19 October until 1 November, preview trading of Hewlett Packard Enterprise shares will take place on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Whitman stated: “This separation will enable us to accelerate the turnaround we began four years ago. As two independent, industry-leading companies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. can drive more focused business strategies, innovation roadmaps, and go-to-market models. The separation will also present better choices for investors by creating two distinct and attractive investment profiles.”

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HP Inc. described as “gamble”

October 1, 2015

The new company, to be formed from the split of HP, faces “tough challenges in what is a shrinking business”.hplogonew

An article on Fortune analysed the decision made last October by HP to split into two separate companies – HP Enterprise and HP Inc. – from 1 November 2015, with the PC and printing side, HP Inc., to be run by Dion Weisler as President and CEO, whilst Meg Whitman will be President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, the software and services side.

The site calls HP Inc. a “gamble”, and points out that it will “face tough challenges in what is a shrinking business” in both computing and printing. Fortune adds that among HP Inc.’s plans for growth are “copy machines, 3D printers and Windows 10” as its PC and printer divisions “have become like lead weights” – the idea is to push “into new direction while doubling down” on the printers and PCs to grow sales.

However, the site points out that “turning things around will be a tough challenge because of a nearly unstoppable shift by consumers” away from computers and printers to tablets and digital files. Additionally, it notes that the split is “not of two equals”, as what will become Hewlett Packard Enterprise has “been driving the company’s overall momentum”, while printer and PC sales have fallen six percent in the nine months ending in July 2015.

Weisler commented that he is “not confused, nor is any leader about what we must do going forward. We indeed have more work to do”; while Enrique Lores, who will head up the printing division, acknowledged that “consumers are buying fewer printers”, but pointed out that “businesses are still printing lots of documents, creating a business opportunity”. The focus on 3D printing meanwhile, led by Steve Nigro, is forecast to give HP Inc. a “competitive advantage”.

However, Fortune stated that other companies “have a big head start”, and HP “has yet to finish building the model it plans to sell”. Another growth area surprisingly is “office copier machines”, where HP only has five percent market share, despite the “general falling demand”. Despite this, Weisler added that “creating a future HP is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a new beginning for one of the largest tech companies in the world”.

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LMI reports “strategic investment” in Parts Now

October 1, 2015

The remanufacturer says its investment in the parts supplier will “bolster” both now

The “strategic investment from LMI in Parts Now will “bolster the capacity” of both companies, according to the remanufacturer, and help both to “strengthen their value propositions and help customers grow both their imaging businesses and their profits”. Parts Now is said by LMI to be “North America’s premier value-added supplier of printer parts and related accessories”, and also provides printer service training and technical support with MPS.

LMI added that the investment strategy it has planned for Parts Now “will also extend benefits enjoyed by end users through identified opportunities to enhance efficiencies and responsiveness at the dealer level”. The announcement follows other “significant industry investment” from LMI in the last year, including acquisitions of Printersdirect LLC and Global Printer Services LLC.

Gary Willert, President and CEO of LMI, commented: “We are continuing to make the investments in people, technology and businesses like Parts Now to give LMI reseller partners an unfair advantage over their competition. Parts Now has been a powerhouse in the industry for many years, and we are very excited about the opportunity to leverage our synergies and expand our capabilities for existing and new customers of both organisations.”

Michael Cox, CEO of Parts Now CEO, added: “This partnership better aligns Parts Now with a knowledgeable and successful industry partner, who truly understands the nuances of this marketplace. Our partnership will allow us to deliver products, solutions and strategies that will benefit our loyal customer base.”

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