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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Epson launches new inkjets in Taiwan

March 31, 2015

epson taiwanThe OEM released four MFPs and one single-function printer in the market.

Digitimes reported on the launch of the printers, with the four new inkjet MFPs including the L220, L360, L365 and L565, while the single-function machine released was the L310. The OEM stated that the machines are targeted at the SOHO (small office, home office) market as well as at SMBs, with its subsidiary Epson Taiwan Technology and Trading responsible for launching and selling the machines in Taiwan.

The L220 has an expected monthly printing volume of 500 pages at NT$4,490 ($143/€133), while the L360 has a volume of 1,000 pages at NT$4,990 ($159/€148). The L365 supports wireless connectivity with a volume of 2,000 pages atNT$5,490 ($175/€163), while the L5656 also supports wireless connectivity alongside automatic duplexing, with a volume of 2,000 pages for NT$7,990 ($255/€238). Finally, the L310 has a volume of 1,000 pages, and will retail for NT$4,490 as well.

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Epson predicts $1 billion printer market

March 30, 2015

Epson logoThe OEM reckons that inkjet printers in the residential and commercial segment market will hit 70 million shipments in 2015.

Global laser printer shipments were also anticipated to reach 40 million, Digitimes reported. A source at Epson said that “total market value for inkjet printers in addition to coloured as well as black and white inkjet printers” is to reach ¥12.8 trillion ($1 billion/€985 million), notwithstanding on “overall decline” in shipments for 2015.

The predictions break down the inkjets into: residential and commercial, with ¥3 trillion ($25 billion/€23 billion); black and white, with ¥4 trillion ($33 billion/€30 billion); and coloured, with ¥4.5 trillion ($37 billion/€34 billion). Epson also found that in the Japanese market revenues from printers dropped 10 percent as vendors fought for market share, offering low-price solutions.

In Taiwan, Epson foresaw inkjet printer shipments reaching 400,000, while laser printer shipments will reach 180,000 in 2015. The Chinese market will undergo slight growth but overall the market will shrink. The Recycler recently reported on the prediction that the global print market would be worth $1 trillion (€935 billion) by 2018, made by patent specialist Scott J. Cooper.

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Sensient launches new sublimation ink range

March 24, 2015

The ink manufacturer has released the ElvaJet Swift inks for Epson DX printheads.Flags_printing-onMitex3200-with-Elvajet-Inks-7af1ff09202a5617520502e35d075398

The ElvaJet Swift range is said by the company to be a “game-changing” range of digital sublimation inks for Epson DX printheads, as well as the “first industrial sublimation inkjet ink series to address all the challenges faced by printers”. The inks will be used for printing on garments, textiles for indoor use, and flags and banners, and have reportedly “raised the bar in performance”.

Sensient noted that the inks have so far exhibited “outstanding performance”, and are “unrivalled in quality and performance”. The range of inks has a high dye concentration, which allows for an average coverage saving of 40 percent, that “significantly reduces the stress on the transfer paper”. This means that “no cockling arises” on thin paper, while drying is very fast and transfer “requires less energy”.

The company also claimed that the inks will offer “substantial cost and time savings” as well as “outstanding printability on virtually any printer equipped with Epson DX printheads”. Other features include quick open time and immediate start after pausing printing, lower consumption and “superior” strength of colour, and eco-sustainability.

Sensient commented: “Our new [range] is the proven promise of achieving intense, bright colours without compromising on productivity or time. These exceptional results can be easily obtained when producing sportswear, fashion, interior design, flags and banners.”

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Epson aims to focus on Indochina market

March 11, 2015

TThailandhe OEM’s Thai subsidiary is looking to target the Indochina region as one single market.

The Nation reported on Epson Thailand’s aim, through “three strategies” to “maintain revenue growth” in 2015 through “borderless distribution of its products and services to every part of Indochina as a single market”. The strategies – high-value products, borderless distribution and promoting the brand – will be aimed at the markets in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Pakistan.

All those markets “have been growing at a satisfactory rate”, with revenue growth of 25 percent, and Vietnam has achieved the “most impressive” growth, and Epson’s 25th year in the Thai market will see the first strategy undertaken through offering MFPs, projectors and inkjet printers to “support customers’ demand for low running costs and durability”.

The Thai market contributes 83 percent of revenue, while of the rest, Vietnam accounts for 54 percent, Myanmar 22 percent, Pakistan 10 percent, Cambodia nine percent and Laos with five percent, while “outside Thailand”, the Vietnamese market “promises the highest potential for growth”.

The second strategy will see the OEM utilise Thailand due to its position as the “hub of Indochina”, while the third will see the OEM “attempt to deepen stakeholders’ confidence in the business”. Revenue for the region will see 17 percent growth for the 2014 financial year, and “key factors” driving the business’ growth include “the return of political stability” and “rebounding investments by both the government and private sectors” alongside medium and large businesses.

Yunyong Muneemongkoltorn, General Manager of Epson Thailand, stated: “New products will be highlighted this year, such as inkjet printers targeting the mid-to-high-end market, printers for businesses, high-speed label printers, high-end projectors and commercial printers. Designed to deliver printing jobs for businesses, such printers come with long-lasting and special inks for solid-quality work.

“Epson Thailand seeks to turn all of the markets under its supervision into a single big market. Thailand has the potential to serve as the distribution hub in the region. From Thailand, Epson products can be conveniently delivered to all overseas markets under the firm’s supervision. These three strategies will play a key role in driving Epson’s business ahead, not just in Thailand but also in the region. For 2015, we set a goal of pursuing 15-per-cent growth. The firm will also expand our business into textiles and upcountry markets.”

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