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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Epson introduces sub-$100 printer

April 13, 2015

The Expression Home XP-420. Credit: Epson

The Expression Home XP-420. Credit: Epson

The Expression Home XP-420, the latest addition to the OEM’s ‘Small-in-One’ line, can print and scan from a tablet, smartphone or computer from anywhere in the world.

The machine features wireless connectivity, Wi-Fi Direct, and the Epson Connect suite, a mobile printing package that includes Email Print, Epson Creative Print and Epson iPrint. The device has a large high-resolution 2.5-inch colour LCD and touch panel, and built-in memory card slots to enable “PC-free document printing, scanning and copying.”

Ink cartridges can be replaced “as each colour is needed; this includes both standard and high-capacity (XL) black and colour ink cartridges”. The printer has one-click options for red eye removal, restoration of faded or discoloured photos and auto correction for high and low-exposed images, and a 100-sheet paper tray capacity

Users can also edit photos and share them directly to Facebook or other cloud services in a single workflow. Epson Community’s Snapshot blog has a how-to guide on uploading scans to the internet.

Carrie Brown, Group Product Manager of Consumer Ink Jets at Epson America, said: “Designed with a new suite of features and mobile functionality, the Expression Home XP-420 printer caters to a range of printing, scanning, copying and creative needs for today’s connected homes, as well as individuals on-the-go.

“With such a compact footprint, the XP-420 makes a great addition for families and individuals who require a high-quality, affordable printing solution to fit within smaller environments such as a home office, wall shelving, living room or a dorm room.”

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Epson celebrates brand’s 40th anniversary

April 13, 2015

The OEM’s Epson brand will celebrate 40 years in June.

Epson's first printer, the EP-101

Epson’s first printer, the EP-101

The OEM reported that the Epson brand used on “many of its products and services” will have been in use for 40 years on 12 June 2015. The OEM will mark the milestone by showing its “appreciation to the stakeholders who have supported our brand over the years”, with a “retrospective look” to be taken on the brand’s “ongoing commitment to creating products that surprise and delight”.

Epson was founded in 1942 under the name Daiwa Kogyo, and manufactured watches before moving into other areas by utilising its “core technologies” and “compact, energy-saving and high-precision” methodology. It entered the IT business in 1968 with the EP-101, which it said was the “world’s first compact, lightweight digital printer”, before adding more peripherals in the 1970s. After entering new markets across a “broad range of categories”, the OEM decided to “develop a unique, original brand”.

In fact, the Epson name comes from the EP-101, as ‘EP’ stands for electronic printer and ‘son’ denotes the company’s “desire to follow the original electronic printer with many worthwhile descendants”. In future, Epson states that it will “refine” its core technologies and perspectives, and will develop its operations in printing, visual communications, quality of life and manufacturing.

A special logo has been created for the anniversary, with four colours representing each of the four market areas, and the OEM added that the logo’s design “represents our commitment to growth in each of these four interrelated areas and to creating products that bring delight to our customers”.

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Epson announces UK MPS deals for RIPS machines

April 10, 2015

The OEM has revealed 26 MPS providers that will distribute its RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) business inkjet machines.

Epson's RIPS bags

Epson’s RIPS bags

Channel Pro reported on the distribution channel announcement from the OEM, which will see 26 MPS providers in the UK offer the company’s business inkjet machines. The devices utilise its RIPS system of replaceable ink packs, which were said to cost less to run than cartridges in June 2014 and which were predicted to “reverse” the OEM business model in October last year.

The WorkForce Pro devices featuring the RIPS technology will be available from MPS providers including ASL, Bytek Ltd., Contrac, Sapphire Print Solutions and Scan DB. Epson has invested €125 million ($132 million) in bringing the technology “to the mass market through the channel”, with the bags said to be able to print 75,000 pages before expiration. Epson claims that this means businesses “can print continuously for an average of three years without needing to change consumables”.

Epson hosted a UK event called ‘Future of Business Printing’ in 2014, where Rob Clark, its Vice President of Marketing in Europe, told Channel Pro that “for us the future is definitely inkjet-based. We fully expect to be switching people to inkjet rather than laser”. Market analyst IDC’s Programme Director Phil Sargeant also spoke at the event, and predicted business inkjet products “will account for 25 percent of the business printer and multifunction market by 2017”.

Mark Allen, Epson UK’s Reseller Product Manager of Business Imaging, said that the OEM has “spent time making sure it has the right mix of partners”, adding that “they are all well-established in the managed print industry and combine a blend of product knowledge, market experience, sales support and training to ensure that our customers receive the very best levels of service possible”.

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Epson releases new SureColor wide-format range

April 9, 2015

The S-Series of devices include the S30675, 50675 and 70675 wide-format inkjets.

Epson's SureColor S30765

Epson’s SureColor S30765

Sys-Con reported on the launch of the new range, which Epson says will “deliver leading performance and unparalleled image quality” for wide-format applications. The machines are 64-inch solvent inkjets, and feature PrecisionCore TFP printheads to offer “reliability, durability and image quality”, having been “designed and manufactured by Epson from the ground up”.

The 30675 and 50675 feature UltraChrome GS2 inks, including a newly-formulated cyan, while the 70675 features the UltraChrome GSX inks with new cyan, light-cyan and orange plus. The 50675 also includes Epson’s new microweave print mode for “higher production speeds”. All three machines also feature media and take-up reel systems, while the 30675 has a speed of 140 square feet per hour; the 50675 a speed of 240 square feet per hour; and the 70675 a speed of 190 square feet per hour.

Matt McCausland, Epson’s Associate Product Manager for Professional Imaging, commented: “Epson prides itself on listening to the needs of the market. Our customers know what they want and we applied their feedback to expand the capabilities of the new SureColor S-Series printers.

“Leveraging an all new print head and reformulated ink chemistry, the SureColor S-Series accommodates a broad range of indoor and outdoor applications, producing quality output, quickly, with the most expansive colour gamut available on the market today.”

The S30675 and S70675 are available now, and the S50675 will be available in June 2015, at respective prices of $14,995 (€14,044), $19,995 (€18,727) and $22,995 (€21,537).

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Epson releases new colour printer in Australia

April 8, 2015

The OEM has launched the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 TC through dealer Kayell Australia.

Epson's Workforce Pro WF-8590 TC

Epson’s Workforce Pro WF-8590 TC

ProPrint reported on the launch of the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 TC inkjet machine, which will be sold through dealer Kayell Australia. The device features the OEM’s new Precision Core technology, and can print 75,000 pages with one inkjet pack utilising the RIPS (Replaceable Inkjet Pack System) technology.

The device will cost around AU$7,699 ($5,928/€5,458), and is said by Kayell Australia to be able to “produce commercial sellable print […] at less than half the per page cost of current digital colour printers”. The device features a resolution of 2,400dpi, can print up to A3-sized documents, and contains a paper capacity of 1,831 sheets with print speeds of around 24ppm.

Andreas Johansson, Sales Director at Kayell Australia, stated: “It is the culmination of Epson’s huge AU$300 million ($231 million/€212 million) investment in Precision Core technology. The quality is first-rate; Epson of course comes from a photographic heritage, so it has exacting standards. Not only does it produce pages at less than half the cost of current click-charged printers, [but] it will print on a wide substrate range, as there is no heat involved in the printing process, unlike the fuser-based systems, so the dimensional stability of the stock is not affected.”

He added: “We don’t see the new Workforce Pro RIPS range as a direct competitor to the established digital colour printers that are used by commercial printers, franchises and copy shops, more as a complementary technology. For example, while the pages of a catalogue may be being printed on a regular digital printer, the new Epson could be being used to print the covers, as the costs are much lower.”

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