Apex launches new Epson chips

September 29, 2016

The company has launched replacement chips for a range of Epson Expression printers.

Epson's Expression XP-430

Epson’s Expression XP-430

Apex reported that the chips are designed for use in Epson’s Expression XP-430, 530 and 231 series of printers, in the North American and South American markets. The company had launched replacement chips for the XP-235, 332 and 432 earlier this year, with the 235 chips also launched in Australia in August.

The chips are used on the T288, 410 and 296 inkjet cartridges, and Apex states that the chips “have a strong durability and high resistan[ce] to firmware upgrades”, and utilise its SmartMatch technology to offer “reliability and security […] comparable to [the] OEM’s”. The chips for the T288 come in CMYK, while the 410 chips come in CMYK and pigment black, while the 296 chips come in CMY and XL black.

The 288 cartridges meanwhile are used in the Epson Expression Home XP-430, 330 and 434 devices, while the 410 chips are used in the Expression Premium XP-530, 630, 540, 640 and 900. Finally, the 296 chips are used in the Expression XP-231 and 431 printers.

For more information, visit www.apexmic.com.

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Epson discusses Philippine market

September 28, 2016

The outlook looks promising according to the OEM.Epson logo

The Manila Bulletin reported that the Philippines is favoured over other ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member countries because most of the workforce are fluent in English, making communication easier; labour is cheaper and it is easier to hire staff; and there is “less frequency in wage increase[s]” which are the reasons Epson has chosen to expand “its business in the Philippines”.

Alastair Bourne, spokesperson for Epson, said that “the workforce in the Philippines is very capable, very talented and very adaptable”, with Epson having two manufacturing sites in the country making printers and projectors, but also having invested in a new site in Batangas due to be started in 2017, which could boost the workforce from 12,500 to 20,000.

Bourne commented that “hopefully, that would [lead] to a significant increase in employment in the Philippines”, although this may be jeopardised by President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration who are overseeing the “stop endo” policy, which means that the termination of an employee after five months employment will cease to be legal by 2017; and Duterte has even “threatened to shut down companies engaged in contractualisation”.

The Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) announced that its target was to reduce contractualisation by 50 percent by the end of the year, and Labour Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III wants the five-year-old Labour order cancelled this year. The DOLE chief has said that “short term employment contracts” are “contrary to the provisions of Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code, as amended, or are in circumvention of Article 249, are not allowed”.

Epson “has contravened” the new end-of contract rule according to the news outlet, and is hoping that the new law will give companies “sufficient time to implement appropriate actions”, Bourne noting that “it would include measures that would allow us to make adjustments that take into account seasonal changes in production levels”.

He also stated that “Epson is a law-abiding company” and that it “believes in acting in a way that earns the trust of its employees and local communities”, pointing out that “our stance on the law is that it would not be appropriate to comment at this stage because we do not know the details of the law. When this becomes apparent we will study the details and act appropriately”.



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Epson seizes counterfeits in US raids

September 26, 2016

The OEM has also filed trademark infringement cases against a series of companies after the raids in Nevada.Epson logo

In a press release, the OEM stated that “thousands of counterfeit ink cartridges [were] seized” in the raids earlier this month, with the OEM’s officials supported by US marshals. The filed complaint was for trademark infringement, and included a request for a temporary restraining order and seizure against InkSystem LLC, alongside related companies. These included AF LLC, ART LLC, Lucky Print LLC, Inkredible LLC LLC, and “three individuals”.

The complaint alleged that these companies “were manufacturing, distributing and selling counterfeit Epson-branded ink cartridges”, with US District Court Judge Robert C. Jones accepting the OEM’s request, ordering a temporary restraining order and “seizure of unauthorised products, labels, and equipment as well as business records from defendants’ business premises in and around Reno”, in Nevada.

The search and seizure took place a few days after the order was granted, with Epson officials and US marshals raiding three locations before filing a “report with the court that described the defendants’ counterfeit operations” as well as the seizure of over 14,000 counterfeit ink cartridges “and components sufficient to make many thousands more counterfeits”.

Judge Jones then granted the OEM’s request for a preliminary injunction against trademarket infringement, before lifting the seal on the court documents. Epson stated that it has “made continuous worldwide investments in R&D and large investments in manufacturing in the US to produce high quality, innovative printers and cartridges”, with the actions “part of Epson’s worldwide efforts to protect the company and its customers from unfair competition”.

Jilana Miller, Epson’s Associate General Counsel, commented: “Epson has a long history of vigorous legal action to protect the company, consumers and legitimate resellers from unfair competition. We are pleased that the court recognised the need for quick and decisive action to stop these defendants from defrauding customers by converting third-party remanufactured and grey market cartridges into counterfeit Epson cartridges. We will continue to take whatever action is necessary to protect Epson and the printer supply industry from this type of unfair competition.”

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Epson America launches new printer

September 13, 2016

The OEM has released the “next-generation” Expression Premium XP-640 “small-in-one”.


The new printer is said to be “filled with creative features” and delivers “superior photo quality”, said a press release. There is automatic two-sided printing and the ability to print 4”x 6” and 8”x10” photos within 20 seconds. Wireless connectivity is via Wi-Fi Direct for direct printing from Apple and other mobile devices without the need for a router, and the printer is compatible with Epson’s Creative Print App, allowing Facebook and Instagram photos to be printed.

Epson’s Claria Premium Ink produces photos that are “smudge-, scratch-, water- and fade-resistant” for easy sharing. The Expression Premium XP-640 is compatible with Epson Connect for all online printing requirements and has a 2.7” LCD screen plus built=in USB and memory card slot “for PC-free printing”, and separate trays for “printing photos and CD/DVDs”, as well as cloud connectivity to save scanned projects to.

Monika Dees, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Consumer Inkjets at Epson America, said: “Printed photos are tangible memories that get passed down generations, displayed on family gallery walls, and shared as gifts with loved ones. The Expression Premium XP-640 is the solution to creating lab-quality prints at home so no matter the occasion, high-quality, borderless, photos can be printed and shared quickly.”

The new model is now available and is priced at $149.99 (€133).



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Epson Australia displays signage wide-formats

September 13, 2016



The OEM was set to show its new signage printers at the Visual Impact 2016 event.

Wide-Format Online reported that Epson will demonstrate their SureColor Signage range, the latest of their eco-solvent printers, comprising of the basic S40600 and the high speed S60600 as well as the high colour S80600 all of which have been recognised for their “outstanding print quality and ultra low running costs”.

The new printers feature PrecisionCore head technology and a new UltraChrome ink set that are said to deliver prints of “unparalleled quality, brightness and colour gamut”. The printed matter dries out quickly allowing “same day job turnaround even when lamination is required”. The SC-S60600 offers “high production speeds”, uses a four-colour ink set and can be used with a “wide range of media” for many uses including “durable signage and POS displays, wall finishes, vehicle wraps, labels and decals”.

The OEM will also show the new Epson SureColor Production range, which was developed especially for the POS and POP producers. These feature a new ultra-wide 2.64-inch PrecisionCore printhead and an “advanced intelligent media feed management system”, which allows “production of colour-accurate graphic photo material at speeds of 20-40m2/hr”. This range uses the “new low-cost” aqueous UltraChrome 10 colour ink set providing density of colour and four levels of black.

There is an optional ATU and 320GB HDD+ high-speed Adobe certified Postscript available, and Epson will demonstrate the new 64-inch P20070 with black matte lines that cut the time and cost of interchange. The SureColor Technical range is designed for the retail and business graphic printing organisations and uses a five-colour aqueous UltraChrome ink set on coated and uncoated stocks. providing instant drying and durability “against abrasion and moisture damage”.

Sizes range from 24 to 44 inches, and the printers can also incorporate the optional ATU as well as the 320GB HDD/Postscript module. Epson will also demonstrate the 44-inch T7200D MFP, which has dual roll loading and “high precision LFP scanning/copying functionality”.

Lastly, the OEM will show the SureColor Fabric range, which will cover all of Epson’s solutions, software and hardware including ink and media, which all come with factory guarantees. The high speed F9200 dye-sublimation (DS) printer and the F2000 Direct to Garment (DTG) printer will also be demonstrated.


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Epson discusses reducing business waste

September 9, 2016

The OEEpson logoM’s South African subsidiary gave some tips and advice to reduce workplaces’ carbon footprints.

Gadget reported that “eliminating your carbon footprint altogether is an impossible task”, but some changes to the way business waste is dealt with can help the environment. A study by McKinsey said that 43 percent of executives are “open to aligning sustainability”, which is an increase of 13 percent from 2012, and that making sustainability a business policy is a “great first step towards a greener workplace”.

Epson advises that paper waste can be cut down by sharing handouts at meetings, that Powerpoint presentations can compliment printouts, and that some interactive projectors have smart capabilities – as such, information and notes can be emailed to attendees after the meeting. Even though there are situations that require a printed page, document scanning rather than printing can be more efficient and cheaper to “capture and share documents wirelessly via email”, while using Adobe Acrobat will allow editing in a “user-friendly way”.

Using recyclable products in the office is becoming more common, and includes stationery as well as “manual shredders” that do not need energy power. Epson recommends its Eco Tank printers, which reduce the cost of printing because they can be refilled, while they also advise checking the settings on printers, scanners and photocopiers to make sure that they are “programmed to return to a default single print function” after use. Duplex printing will help to save paper, and investing in an inkjet printer rather than a laser will also cut costs, the OEM added

Lastly, the OEM advises that recycling and upcycling where possible should be part of business policy, and that when replacing old equipment it should be disposed of in “the correct way”. When replacing old electronics, the advice is to look for products that have recycling labels on the packaging. The OEM has “partnered with Partserve to run a recycling programme” which reclaims parts from old technology, and also ensures that Epson products are “dealt with responsibly”.

These steps will help to reduce carbon footprints in the office, which in turn is “vital for the conservation of our environment”.





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Epson reduces carbon footprint

September 8, 2016

The OEEpson logoM has looked in depth at the sustainable shipping of its printheads.

As the company has global sites and centres, it has commenced a strategy to consciously transport its printheads with the least CO2 emission. Printheads are used in inkjet printers to increase “speed and quality” of printing, and Epson produces PrecisionCore printheads at three sites in Japan, after which they are stored at Tohoku Epson ready for transportation by lorries to Narita airport, where they used to be “flown to the printer production site in Indonesia”.

Initially when the printheads went into production, employees worked on improving the “quality of components”, and because of the speed of production the company chose to use air freight to deliver the product to customers promptly. By 2014, the quality of the printheads was stable,, and this meant that even with “exposure to high temperature[s] and humidity” there was no harm to the product which meant that Epson could ship the printheads from Sakata Port, which is only eight kilometres from Tohoku Epson.

After sorting out the safest way to load the products into shipping containers, and negotiating export and customs, the company started shipping the printheads in May 2015 to Indonesia. This reduced transportation by lorry and cut out air travel, which saved money and CO2 emissions. Since Epson have used Sakata Port for their shipments, other companies have followed, and in 2015 the “port handled 22,028 containers” which was 60 percent more than in 2014.

The OEM says that it “expects to increase exports of its printerheads” to the operative sites in Indonesia and other countries as well as reducing their environmental footprint and helping to “boost local economic development”.

Osami Matsushima, Head of Epson’s Logistics Planning Department, said: “To make sure there is no disruption in the supply of products to customers, we always have to choose the optimal logistics methods. Air freight generally offers the shortest route, but puts more burden on the environment. This is especially true with international shipping, where the routes tend to be long.

“In this case, we were able to take advantage of the proximity of a port to our plant. As a result, we could develop a route with little environmental burden. We also received some words of appreciation from people at Yamagata Prefecture and Sakata Port for helping to revitalise the prefecture. The development of stronger ties to the regional community was another great outcome from this initiative.”




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Epson recommended by analysts

September 5, 2016

Epson logoThe OEM “continues to prosper” according to a stock market analyst.

The company has achieved an eight percent increase in printer shipments in Q12016, reported , adding that this was largely due to its EcoTank system of inkjet printers, as well as its office printers, and was higher than IDC’s estimate that said that “Epson only posted a 6.7 percent growth in Q1”.

Despite not being a leader in MPS, Epson continues to show “growth for its printer business”. The report noted that Epson is “adding new customers at the expense of its rivals” and that it has “increased its market share” from 15.6 percent in Q12015 to 17.3 percent in Q12016. Seeking Alpha also said that the “paperless office concept is still a mirage” and that there had still been sales of more than 23 million printers. The analysts also commented that “Epson’s unwavering focus on inkjet printer technology makes it a good long term bet”.


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Epson launches wide-formats in India

August 30, 2016

epson s seriesThe OEM launched the S-series of signage machines in three 64-inch variants.

The Mobile Indian reported on the launch of the S-series of signage wide-format devices in India, which includes three 64-inch devices – the S40670, S60670 and S80670. All three utilise the OEM’s PrecisionCore printheads, and Epson claims that the roll-to-roll eco-solvent machines deliver “high performance”, noting that the printers are also the “most advanced signage” devices it has launched “to date”.

This is said to help in “producing photographic quality images for the signage, vehicle graphics and fine art reproduction markets”, and all three devices utilise the OEM’s UltraChrome GS3 ink, which enables reduced ink consumption for “10 percent to 15 percent more efficient” printing “compared to previous generation models”. The S80670 also includes red solvent ink as well as optional metallic or white ink, with all inks available in 700ml cartridges.

The PrecisionCore printheads use a ThinFilm piezo for “enhanced performance” and image quality, and the devices all also feature a new “precision media feeding system for significantly faster speeds”. Both Epson’s Precision Dot and Micro Weave technologies are also included, offering output “with minimal banding even when producing at fast print speeds”, and a sensor-based media feeding system that “automatically controls the media tension and motor strength”.

Mr Vasudevan, Deputy General Manager of Sales and Marketing for Epson India’s Prographic Products, commented: “Combined with the latest print head technology, the SureColor S-series also offer versatility and durability in the prints. This will certainly help our customers open up new business opportunities as users are becoming more demanding with the quality of their prints. As the economic landscape looks increasingly positive, we hope that our products will continue to drive excellence and that Epson will continue to remain the brand of choice.”

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Epson New Zealand appoints new General Manager

August 10, 2016

Epson logoSimon Rogers is the first General Manager for two years, and his appointment was said to show that Epson are reinvesting in the New Zealand market.

Channel Life reported that the Japanese company’s subsidiary in New Zealand had not had a General Manager since the departure of Greg Skinner in 2014, and that now the company is expanding its “local EccoTank printer channel” since Roger’s appointment, there will be an “increased focus” on the country’s business.

Rogers said: “We recognised that this is a unique market and you need to be close to it and highly responsive to it, so I’ve come in here to try and make Epson that much more nimble in that regard.” Previously Rogers led the company’s Australian business sector, and he added that “we arguably lost a little bit of touch with the New Zealand market in that requirement to respond instantly, particularly to the requirements of our channel partners here”.

According to Rogers, his position is “only a small indication” of Epson’s future investment for the foreseeable future. Rogers said that the company wants to expand the distribution for its EcoTank printer, as they were previously only available through “Warehouse Stationery and Harvey Norman”.

“We are now looking to broaden that distribution particularly to specialist resellers through Ingram Micro,” he said, and added: “We haven’t had access available through Ingram Micro previously, but we do see a particular opportunity in smaller businesses and we know there are plenty of resellers who tap into that smaller business market where this would be a great fit. We’d like to work with those companies to offer this opportunity.”

The EcoTank, which when launched cost $449 (€402), has recently been dropped in price to $349 (€313), Rogers adding that “we’re repositioning our EcoTank pricing to try and make it more accessible to a wider range of end users. We’re trying to make it a viable option for more of the market”.





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