Epson releases two new wide-format printers

July 27, 2015

The OEM has launched the SureColor machines, which are dye-sublimation printers.

Epson's SureColor SC-F6200

Epson’s SureColor SC-F6200

PrintWeek reported on the two new devices, the SureColor SC-F7200 and SC-F6200, which are said by Epson to be “ideal for companies producing promotional goods”. The printers replace the SC-F7100 and F6000, and will help users “reliably and cost-effectively produce high-quality textiles and promotional goods”, according to Epson.

The SC-F7200 prints on transfer papers up to 64 inches (1.6m) in width, and at speeds of around 58.9 square metres per hour, while the SC-F6200 can take materials of up to 44 inches (1.1m) in width at speeds of up to 63.4 square metres per hour. Textiles that the devices can print on include clothing, home materials and hard substrates, while both feature a print resolution of up to 720 x 1,400dpi.

The wide-format printers feature Epson’s PrecisionCore printhead technology in their two TFP printheads, which “work in tandem” with a newly-launched high-density black ink, HDK Black Ink, which Epson says is a “new addition” to its UltraChrome DS ink range. Two-litre waste bottles are also provided for ink disposal, and pricing has not yet been confirmed for the two devices, which will be available in October.

Martin Johns, Epson UK’s Product Manager, stated: “The black ink makes it more attractive to textile customers because you get much more neutral and much denser blacks, so when you’re printing on fabrics it produces much better quality print.

“The SC-F6200 opens up a plethora of new possibilities in the photographic market for printing photos on to substrates such as metal and wood. Alongside this, the SC-F7200 has been exclusively created and developed to help the roll-to-roll textile market create outstanding results.”

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Epson launches new ink tank printer

July 17, 2015

The L655 has been released in the Singaporean market, and offers duplex printing.

Epson's L655

Epson’s L655

Techgoondu reported on the launch of the L655 ink tank printer in Singapore, with the device the “first duplex printer” in the L-series to be released, and using ink bottles instead of cartridges. The L655 can also produce text and photo prints of up to 4,800dpi resolution, and has both mobile and wireless connectivity.

Epson’s iPrint app works on the machine and with smartphones or cloud systems, with the website pointing out that users can “also scan items using the printer” and “have the images saved onto a smartphone or stored online on cloud storage services”. In monochrome, the device can print 6,000 pages from one bottle, while in colour a “composite yield” of 6,500 pages can be achieved, with respective costs per page of S$0.0032 ($0.002/€0.002) and S$0.004 ($0.003/€0.003).

The ink bottles are available for S$18.90 ($13.83/€12.70) in black and S$9.90 ($7.24/€6.65) in colour, while the machine utilises Epson’s PrecisionCore printhead technology to provide “rich” colours and text. The tech site notes that the L-series aims to “nip the problem [of print costs] in the bud” by “storing the ink in larger tanks outside the printer, rather than inside a small cartridge”, allowing the devices to “churn out thousands of pages without a refill”.

It adds that “managing the growing use of paper can be a challenge for small business owners with limited IT resources”, as “spiralling print costs can quickly erode their profits, especially in Singapore, where many are facing the heat from the rising cost of labour and rent”. The L655 is “pitched at businesses that print a large volume of documents regularly”, because the “ink in the ink tanks will dry up if the printer is left unused for a fortnight”.

The machine will be made available later in July for S$539 ($394/€362).

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Epson releases SureColor photo printer in Australia

July 9, 2015

Epson flowersThe SC-P800 A2+ device is successor to the Stylus Pro 3880, and is also due for release in New Zealand in August 2015.

Photo Review reported on the release, which is “designed for professional photographers and serious photo enthusiasts” and features flexible media handling, 80ml “cost-effective” ink cartridges and the same nine-colour ink system as the smaller SC-P600 A3+ model, released last year.

Other features that come across from the 3800 include the MicroPiezo print head and advanced LUT technology, combining to support “precise and predictable” printing, at up to 2,880 x 1,140dpi. The ink includes a large colour gamut with the highest Dmax (the blackest colour a photo printer can produce) in the market, and an advanced driver and 2.7-inch colour touch panel with gesture control.

The device incorporates a large multi-sheet rear tray and a new front paper path for fine art media, plus an optional roll paper unit for printing onto rolls with widths from 13 to 17 inches, with a variety of specialty media stocks. It ships with an “extensive” software package including the updated ColorBase2, enabling simple, quick colour calibration via a range of spectophotometers, Epson Print Layout software, which works with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Nikon ViewNX-i.

There are pre-designed layout templates and custom settings, while colour can be adjusted to suit different presentation styles. Advanced Black and White mode is available for professional work, and the SC-P800 has soft proofing functionality, can support custom media registration and incorporates a Gallery Wrap mode with a range of edge settings.

The new body design has been engineered for a design studio or home office, with its small footprint and advanced connectivity. The printer further features USB and Ethernet connection, and is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing connection via Wi-Fi Direct or remotely via Apple Airprint and Google Cloud Print.


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Epson reports on growth in India

July 2, 2015

The OEM spoke to PrintWeek India about business growth, its financial achievements and scope for the future.

Vasudevan L K, Epson India’s Deputy General Manager of Sales and Marketing for Prographic Products

Vasudevan L K, Epson India’s Deputy General Manager of Sales and Marketing for Prographic Products

The news outlet interviewed Vasudevan L K, Epson India’s Deputy General Manager of Sales and Marketing for Prographic Products, who stated that “it has been a fantastic year” for the OEM, as it has grown 23 percent and “gone past” the Rs 1,000 crore ($157 million/€142 million) turnover marker. The company ended the financial year in India with a turnover of Rs 1,078 crore ($169 million/€153 million), and saw “tremendous growth […] in each of the product categories we have operated in”.

He added that “we are market share leaders in almost every category”, and that Epson sees “tremendous scope in areas beyond conventional printing”, or what the OEM “like[s] to call value-added services”. A “key focus area” is said to be the education and showcasing of “the huge scope for value-added services in the area of printing”, as customers are “demanding more and their expectations for printing on various materials has gone up exponentially”.

This has had the consequence of creating a “new business opportunity with tremendous potential” for Epson India, whose products are “well placed to meet this on-demand requirement from customers”. The value-added printing services are also “becoming a crucial tool for brand and marketing people to reach customers in new and innovative ways”.

The representative concluded that “with digital printing, the possibilities are endless”, adding that Epson is “always working with our customers to understand their requirements and advising on ways to grow their business. We also share success stories from other regions in an effort to open up new business opportunities in India”.

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Epson launches EcoTank printers in New Zealand

June 3, 2015

EcoTankThe L365, L455 and L565 are wireless all-in-one devices and come with up to two years’ worth of ink.

Integrated high-capacity ink tanks ensure “ink is supplied continuously to the printer”, avoiding cartridge replacement, Mass Retailer reported.

The ink tank can print up to 4,000 pages in black and 6,500 in colour, and replacement bottles with drip-free nozzles and resealable cap are available, holding the same print capacity. The EcoTank L365 range has Wi-Fi with auto-setup, allowing the device to link up with computers and laptops. Users can also print from Android and iOS phones and tablets via Epson’s free iPrint app.

The L455 is “the next step up”, offering wireless connectivity to facilitate multiple device connection (up to four at once) and printing from any location. It has a plug-and-play function, with users able to choose from an existing network with 802.11n or Wi-Fi Direct, enabling peer-to-peer printing, without a wireless network. It also uses Apple AirPrint, allowing the printing of photos, emails and documents from an iPad or iPhone, with no setup or download required.

Google Cloud Print is also compatible with the L455, enabling “printing on the go” from a smartphone or tablet through Gmail, Google Drive, Chromebook and Google Chrome.

The L565 MFP is at the “top of the range”, with the OEM saying it “allows any home office or small office to do more in one small package”. It has a 100-sheet paper capacity and can scan, copy and fax several documents, via its 30-page automatic document feeder. It also has simple wireless connectivity, but with a larger 2.2 inch monochrome LCD on its control panel. The device prints from smartphones and tablets via Epson Connect and supports Android, Apple iPad and iPhone, Chromebook, Kindle Fire, Mac and Windows devices.

All three devices are covered by Epson’s one year Return-to-Base warranty.

Epson said: “EcoTank printers have revolutionised household and small office printing by making them incredibly convenient as a result of the two years’ worth of included ink, the elimination of regular trips or orders to buy ink and the knowledge that, paper aside, most costs associated with printing are already paid for.”

It continued: “The use of ink bottles means there are no cartridges to change, ever. If required one simply tops up the tanks and continues printing without worry.”

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Epson renews sponsorship with Manchester United

May 22, 2015

The OEM and the English Premier League football club will continue their partnership.

Manchester United footballers Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Tyler Blackett

Manchester United footballers Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Tyler Blackett

The global partnership, which began in November 2010 and was renewed in 2012, saw the OEM become the club’s Official Office Equipment Supplier, with stadium advertising, hospitality, printer provision and other benefits included in the deal. The renewal of the deal means that it will last until the end of the 2017/18 season, and is said to reflect “the success to date of the partnership”.

Epson stated that it has helped the OEM to “engage more with its customers in key markets and enhance its global brand awareness”, with the partnership said to “continue to play a key role in boosting its global profile and supporting business growth” for products including inkjet printers. Epson will continue to “benefit from stadium advertising rights and hospitality”, while Manchester United will continue to receive “core office and front-of-house printing and imaging equipment”.

The OEM added that although it and the club “compete in different environments”, it believes that the two “share a common commitment to continuous improvements in performance and innovation”, as well as being “indispensable part[s] of the community and the lives of customers and fans”.

Ian Cameron, Epson’s General Manager of Brand Communications, stated: “We are very excited to renew our global sponsorship agreement with Manchester United. The partnership to date has provided us with numerous benefits in key markets such as the office and emerging economies, and the renewal reiterates both organizations’ strong and ongoing commitment to excellence and to helping our customers to achieve their dreams.”

Richard Arnold, Manchester United’s Group Managing Director, added: “Manchester United is very proud of its partnership with Epson. Already a household name, the company has shown the innovation and determination to take this name further, breaking into new and emerging markets. We are happy to have played our part in this expansion, introducing its fantastic products to our global fanbase.

“An example of this is Epson’s innovative 3D projector commercial featuring Manchester United players, which has been seen by over 10 million people worldwide. This is the second time Epson has extended its relationship with the Club – demonstrating the value that partnering with Manchester United brings to both the Club and to the partner.”

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Epson Malaysia’s sales up 31 percent in 2014

May 21, 2015

epsonThe OEM’s growth rate more than doubled compared with 2013, with its projector segment seeing sales increase 57 percent year-on-year.

Epson claims to have a 24.3 percent share of Malaysia’s projector market, and that 2014 was its 14th consecutive year as the world’s leading projector brand, according to Futuresource Consulting figures, Digital News Asia reported.

The company’s dot matrix printers have a 96 percent market share in Malaysia, with sales rising 32 percent year-on-year, while POS printer sales grew 54 percent in 2014, achieving a market share of 36 percent. Inkjet sales are reportedly rising 29 percent year-on-year, boosted by the growing popularity of the L-Series printer, which enjoyed a sales increase of 37 percent year-on-year.

Epson’s Malaysia division currently has 84 employees and 61 authorised service outlets across the country.

Shimizu Tomoya, Epson Malaysia’s Country Manager, said: “Our strong FY2014 performance comes on the back of 14 consecutive months of over-achieving sales targets – which underscores the incremental appeal of our brand and products. We will continue to build on our compact, energy saving and high precision core technologies to bring more innovative, versatile and reliable printing and imaging solutions to the Malaysian market.”

Danny Lee, General Manager of Sales and Marketing for Epson Malaysia, commented: “Our award-winning line of L-Series printers is ideally suited for office and business environments of all sizes. Not only does Epson offer the versatility of wirelessly printing from whatever device the user prefers, we are also successfully addressing the issue of cost management that is a priority in any business.”

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Epson releases new textile wide-format machine

May 18, 2015

The OEM’s SureColor SC-F9200 machine and HDK black ink are said to “help manufacturers produce high-quality, mass-production textiles quickly and consistently”.

Epson's SureColor SC-F9200

Epson’s SureColor SC-F9200

The new machine utilises the OEM’s PrecisionCore and TFP printhead technology alongside a high-density HDK black ink, the “latest addition” to Epson’s UltraChrome DS ink range for textile printing. The SC-F9200 is said by Epson to offer the “complete package for high-volume textile printing”, and helps keep costs low and help manufacturers “produce high-quality, mass-production textiles quickly and consistently”.

The dye-sublimation machine is also available with sublimation papers that help “ensure every element works in harmony to deliver a range of textiles”. The printer is also “backed up with warranty and service support”, with the HDK black ink producing “deep, neutral blacks and dense shadows”. Two high-capacity ink supply systems allow for “longer, uninterrupted print runs” and “less time spent replenishing inks”, while “maintenance and cleaning needs are low”.

Other features of the wide-format printer include a print resolution of up to 720 x 1,440dpi, a 64-inch wide media platform, speeds of up to 97 square metres per hour and Epson’s Print & Save MPS package for “tighter budget control”, and the machine will be available from October 2015.

Richard Barrow, Senior Product Manager at Epson Europe, commented: “Epson realises how important it is for our customers to keep their overall printing costs down. With the SC-F9200, it is easy to achieve a very low cost per square metre thanks to the high-capacity ink tanks and Epson UltraChrome DS ink. Users can also cut costs even further by using our new HDK black ink, which needs less ink to create dense, neutral blacks, helping reduce the overall ink consumption.”

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Epson announces profit and revenue increases

May 7, 2015

The OEM’s 1Q2015 results showed growth across its business.Epson logo

The results included a 7.7 percent year-on-year increase in revenue to ¥1.086 trillion ($9 billion/€8 billion), and a 12.4 percent increase in profit to ¥101.2 billion ($842 million/€745 million), up 12.4 percent year over year. In terms of inkjet printers, demand “remained firm in Europe but contracted in Japan”, due to a “delayed recovery in consumer spending”.

The OEM also saw inkjet demand “decrease slightly” in North America, while wide-format demand “decreased somewhat” in Japan but “moved sideways in Europe and “remained firm” in the US. In terms of dot-matrix machines, demand “is slipping” in the Americas and Europe, and trending “downward” in China. Overall however, printing revenue “increased”, and Epson reported that it “succeeded in sharply expanding inkjet printer revenue despite a decline in ink cartridge” shipments.

The revenue grew thanks to the “reinforced line-up of printers with high-capacity ink tanks”, which saw “strong sales, especially in emerging markets”. With the RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) machines “reinforced […] for a serious entry into the business market”, Epson also launched an MPS business in Japan, and revenue from consumables “rose along with an improved composition of the install base”.

Wide-format printers saw “ongoing firm demand” in large-photo and colour calibration sectors, and increasing revenue in professional photo markets thanks to “compact, high-performance new models”. The textile market’s applications “expanded to encompass” more products, while direct-to-garment machine sales were “expanded” to new territories.

The entire segment – information-related equipment – saw profit increase “due to a combination of revenue growth from major products” and currency exchange effects to ¥133.6 billion ($1.1 billion/€984 million), an increase of eight percent year-over-year. Revenue for the unit meanwhile reached ¥907.2 billion ($7.5 billion/€6.7 billion), an increase of 7.9 percent year-over-year.

Epson attributed the positive results to its “updated mid-range business plan”, a three-year initiative to “manage our businesses so that they create steady profit while avoiding the single-minded pursuit of revenue growth”. It added that “our top priority has been steady profit and cash flow”, and to achieve this it has “been readjusting our product mixes and adopting new business models”, while also “aggressively developing markets in new segments”.

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Epson launches new wide-format inkjet printer

April 14, 2015

Epson's SureColor P800

Epson’s SureColor P800

The OEM has released the SureColor P800, which features a 17-inch print width.

The device is marketed as a “professional printer” featuring “unique imaging technology” and representing a “new benchmark in photographic print quality”. It utilises the OEM’s MicroPiezo AMCTM printhead technology and an UltraChrome HD eight-colour pigment ink set, and also features a sheet feeder for photo or matte media.

Other features of the printer include an optional 17-inch wide roll paper adapter for panorama printing, 80 millilitre high-capacity inkjet cartridges, and an advanced monochrome print mode for black-and-white photography printing. The SureColor P800 also has “complete connectivity” according to Epson, with USB, Ethernet and wireless connections alongside Wi-Fi Direct, Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print support.

Larry Kaufman, Epson America’s Product Manager for Professional Imaging, stated: “We understand how important it is for our printers to produce exceptional output that not only accurately conveys a photographer’s vision, but also delivers on the promise of longevity. The SureColor P800 redefines the 17-inch photographic printing market, providing robust photo, fine art and canvas media handling capabilities, all focused on delivering stunning exhibition-quality prints that stand the test of time.”

The SureColor P800 will be available in June 2015 for $1,295 (€1,227), while an optional roll paper adapter is available for $199.95 (€189.55). Each UltraChrome HD 80ml ink cartridge will cost $59.95 (€56.83).

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