May 7, 2013
Epson has announced that its Expression Photo XP-850 and XO-750 photo printers have been voted “Best Multifunction Photo Printer” 2013 by TIPA members, which include editors and journalists from photography magazines worldwide.
Members of TIPA judge products launched over a 12-month period in terms of their innovation, technology, design, ease-of-use and price-to-performance ratio; shortlisting those that stand out and deciding upon a winner for each category. The association has members in nine European countries as well as Australia, Canada, China, the US and South Africa; with the award being Epson’s 32nd from the association since 1997.
Features of the winning printers include the ability to scan, print, copy and fax; wireless mobile printing capabilities using Epson iPrint; and the ability for users to email documents directly to the printer from anywhere in the world.
The printers also use Epson’s six-colour Claria Photo HD Ink, allowing users to produce high-quality borderless 4×6 inch prints in 10 seconds; and are able to print on heavyweight photo paper and card using a rear speciality media feed. Furthermore, both models are able to print directly onto suitable CDs and DVDs so that family films and digital photo albums can be personalised.
Commenting on the award, Mary McNulty, Head of PR and Communications at Epson Europe, said: “TIPA members select the products to shortlist and vote on the winner. The panel has a huge variety of choice so we are very proud that the Epson Expression Photo XP-850 and XP-750 won the award.”
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April 24, 2013
AME info reports that Epson is launching its new professional photo printer, along with its pro-graphics printers such as R3000 and SP4900 at Photo World Dubai, which takes place between 24 and 26 April at the Dubai World Trade Center, with the OEM making its first ever appearance at the event.
The SureLab D3000 is Epson’s first inkjet-based dry photo lab and is claimed to have “superior quality, low cost per print, improved flexibility and simpler maintenance for photo print service providers”, featuring Epson’s MicroPiezo print head technology along with the company’s new six-colour UltraChrome D6 ink cartridges.
Boasting print speeds of up to 260 8” x 10” and 650 4” x 6” photo prints per hour, the printer is also compatible with any Microsoft Windows-based application by utilising standard Epson Professional Photographic printer drivers, enabling users to print directly from most photographic applications.
Shihab Zubair, Business Development Manager at Epson Middle East, said, “This is the first time we are participating in PhotoWorld-Dubai and therefore we wanted to make sure we are showcasing a ground-breaking product for the photography market.
“The vivid print quality, speed and job flexibility offered by the SureLab D3000 is truly remarkable. Epson has incorporated years of printing technology experience featured in our professional line of imaging printers, and scaled it to bring the SureLab D3000 to the market. This new solution is capable of delivering high volumes of prints with the photo quality Epson is known for, in a compact unit designed to fit the needs of a range of photo print service providers in the Middle East.”
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April 17, 2013
Manila Standard reports that Epson Philippines Corp. is planning to increase its production to six million units of inkjet printers and 1.2 million units of projectors this year, with rising numbers of orders expected to maintain the company’s growth in sales.
According to the OEM, it achieved a 30 percent growth in the fiscal year 2011-2012, with demand “fuelled by corporate and government demand for printers”. Toshimitsu Tanaka, Country Manager at Epson Philippines added that demand from the government made up around 30 percent of sales in the last fiscal year.
“Printing demand is still growing. Corporate and industrial demand continue to grow every year,” Tanaka said. “We’re expecting lower sales coming from a high base in [the] previous year. But we’re positive we’ll still grow significantly.”
The Recycler reported in October that Epson was seeking to expand its plant in Lipa, Batangas; with the company applying for registration with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) and hoping to increase its workforce from 6,000 to 8,000.
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April 15, 2013
Albawaba reports that Epson has officially opened its first office in Saudi Arabia as the OEM targets the Middle Eastern region’s corporate and consumer market, with the opening of the Riyadh office being overseen by Hiromi Taba, President of Epson Europe B.V.; Jean-Marie Lacroix, Vice President of Sales, Emerging Territories (CISMEA), Epson Europe B.V.; and Khalil El-Dalu, General Manager of Epson Middle East. Representatives from the media and Epson’s channel partners were also in attendance.
The OEM also announced that it would be appointing more channel partners based in Saudi Arabia; and that its new office will be equipped with its latest products in order to facilitate quick demonstrations and training, with the company hoping that it will provide strong sales and marketing support to both its customers and the channel.
Speaking of the new office, Taba said: “The Saudi Arabian market is vital to Epson’s ambitious expansion goals in the Middle East, and being the biggest market in the region it was imperative that we have a strong presence in the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia’s technology sector in particular has been witnessing steady growth in recent years and with the opening of our office in the country we aim to take our commitment to deliver top quality technology solutions that specifically address customer requirements, to a whole new level.
“Our new office in Riyadh enables Epson to get closer to our customers and offer them an excellent standard of pre and post sale services, which are critical aspects of today’s dynamic market environment. Our plan for the Saudi market revolves around a balanced focus on both the corporate and consumer segment, although the educational sector will receive particular attention given the government’s major emphasis on this sector in recent years.
“Moreover, the opening of our Saudi office will also be strategically significant as we constantly strive to introduce latest technologies and as we pursue our target of sustaining our market leading positions in key product categories such as projectors, dot matrix printers and system devices.”
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April 10, 2013
OEM invites CeBIT visitors to generate energy required to print a page on its new low-energy inkjet printers by cycling.
Epson has launched a new series of WorkForce business inkjet printers which it claims use up to 80 percent less energy to print than their laser equivalents, with the OEM demonstrating their low energy usage at IT exhibition CeBIT, which took place in Germany from 5 to 9 March.
Recognising that energy consumption is becoming increasingly important to both businesses and individual consumers, Brother launched its new series of inkjet printers to address customer needs, using the exhibition as an opportunity to demonstrate the new products’ low energy usage.
One way of doing this was by connecting an Epson WorkForce Pro 4595 DNF inkjet printer to a bicycle dynamo. Visitors were then invited to pedal for around two minutes to generate the 30 watts required to start up the printer and print the first page, with the OEM stating that every customer “regardless of age or physical condition” were able to make the print.
Epson then compared this to the 700 watts required for a laser printer to perform the same task, which it says “would be impossible for even professional or Olympic cyclists” to generate.
Another way of demonstrating the differences between Epson’s new low-energy printers and laser printers was by using thermal photography to indicate the amount of heat generated by the two types of printer, with the images showing that the business inkjet printer used significantly less electricity than the laser device.
Henning Ohlsson, General Manager of Epson Germany, said: “Whether its running cost, print quality, speed or energy consumption, Epson’s WorkForce business inkjets have many advantages over laser printers. However, laser printers have long been standard in offices, and it’s our task to use imaginative ways to show customers how the latest inkjet technology addresses our customers’ concerns.”
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April 9, 2013
The SureColor printers are aimed at the fashion printing industry.
The two new machines are roll-fed dye sublimation fabric printers, and are the 44-inch SureColor SC-F6070 and the 64-inch SureColor SC-F7070. Epson states that the machines form part of its “worldwide strategy to aggressively grow its commercial and industrial printer range”.
The machines feature the company’s Micro Piezo printhead technology, and are the first dye sublimation models from Epson, as well as the first in the market “in which every component” from the ink to the printer chassis has been “designed and manufactured by a single company”.
The printers can print at a resolution of 1,440 by 720 dpi on all transfer papers, as well as onto sportswear, accessories and signage, with print speeds of up to 63.4 square metres per hour. The new fabric ink, UltraChrome DS, is specially formulated to produce “outstanding images with vibrant colours, intense blacks, sharp contours and smooth gradations”, and dries quickly, with ink refill packs available from the manufacturer.
The refill packs help to refill the 1500 millilitre ink tank systems in the machines, which are refilled by the one litre packs available from the manufacturer. The machines also feature software integration with RIP (Rasterized Imaging Processor) programmes.
Endo Koichi, Managing Director of Epson Southeast Asia, and one of the engineers behind the Micro Piezo technology, stated: “This year is the 20th anniversary of Epson’s Micro Piezo Technology, and we are very excited with the launch of the Epson SureColor F-series as it brings the power and quality of our Micro Piezo print head to the fabric printing industry.
“With the strong fashion industry in the region that is still growing rapidly, we are confident of strong sales performance for these two models because of the high quality and cost effectiveness they offer customers.”
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April 3, 2013
DCI/Jet Tec notes that it is the “first manufacturer to bring a UK made compatible T16XL cartridge range to market”, and adds that the release follows “demand from consumers”. Stating in turn that the new release “will result in a sales boost for any reseller” stocking the product, DCI/Jet Tec revealed that Jet Tec resellers “will be the first to have these new compatible products”.
The company also guarantees “the highest quality products which produce bright, vivid prints each and every time”, adding that the new cartridges offer “even greater savings” than competitor cartridges due to their being able to provide up to 15 percent more prints than the OEM original.
The cartridge range is now in stock, and for more information contact DCI/Jet Tec on +44800 660077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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March 18, 2013
Danny Bhoy’s show, titled Dear Epson, is framed by a complaint letter he sent the OEM about the price of their ink.
Bhoy, whose real name is Danni Chaudhry, is a Scottish-Indian stand-up comedian, and his latest standup tour, Dear Epson, relates to the complaint letter he wrote to the OEM “about the price of their ink”, with the comedian not realising that his letter would form the basis of his next tour.
Bhoy told Altmedia that “it was quite a long letter, for some reason I decided to read it out on stage. It got a really big response and people said ‘You should carry on doing that, that would be a really funny idea for a show’. It’s an incredibly carthartic and enjoyable experience and above all it has been getting a lot of laughs”.
Bhoy stated he “had no idea it would become the subject of his next show”, which as well as Epson “takes aim at everyone from large corporations to former teachers”. A review of the show on Giggle Beats notes that “only a fraction of Dear Epson is actually directed at the eponymous supplier of dubiously-priced printer consumables”, but adds that “it’s probably best to repeat Bhoy’s point” that “the cost of buying ink cartridges can be more expensive than the printer itself”.
The review noted in turn that “marketing people scour the internet ready to fire legally-threatening emails” and so Bhoy’s point is that charging more for the cartridges than the printer “is not a problem unique to [Epson]”, with the routine targeting British budget airline Easyjet as well, with the review adding that “there’s a heart-warming feeling knowing that a comedy show is ruffling corporate feathers”.
Recently British newspapers the Guardian and the Daily Mail have both looked into the high price of inkjet consumables in relation to the printers, with Australian website Smarthouse also picking up on the issue. The Recycler’s David Connett and Promax and UKCRA’s Chris Brooks were both interviewed by the newspapers for their perspectives on the issue as well.
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February 27, 2013
Middle East business resource website AMEinfo.com reports that Epson has released its first range of inkjet printers in the region, designed to provide “continuous reliable printing” and enable users to refill ink easily.
Launched at the Media Roatana Hotel, Dubai, the Epson Workforce M200, M105 and M100 are the first monochrome ink tank system printers in the market and are designed for small office and home users, with L550, L355 and L300 colour printers also included in the launch.
The M200 device is an all-in-one model featuring Ethernet connectivity and Automatic Document Feeder (ADF); while the M105 and M100 are both single-function printers with wireless connectivity built in to the M105 and Ethernet connectivity available with the M100. All of the models also feature fast print speeds of up to 15 ppm.
In terms of the colour printers, the L550 is a multi-function four-in-one device capable of printing, scanning, copying and faxing; while the L355 is an all-in-one printer, scanner and copier and the L300 offers single-function printing only. 70ml ink bottles are included with the printers in cyan, magenta, yellow and black, with each set of high-volume inks able to print up to 4,000 pages in black and 6,500 pages in colour. The company states that two extra black ink bottles are also included with the printers, increasing the combined print output to 12,000 pages.
Khalil El-Dalu, General Manager at Epson Middle East, said: “With these ultra-high-capacity ink tanks, Epson is providing businesses in the UAE, especially small office users, ultra-low-cost printing without sacrificing print quality. Moreover, Epson customers can be reassured that they are getting maximum value, reliability and peace of mind from their printer with Epson’s included warranty.
“Moreover, as the first manufacturer to develop monochrome integrated ink tank system printers, we are providing businesses in the UAE with an excellent opportunity to cut their printing costs dramatically,” he added.
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February 22, 2013
OEM’s Workforce 60 printers selected for Oscar Credentials at 85th Annual Academy Awards.
Epson has announced that its Workforce 60 printers have been chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with the OEM’s printers consistently being selected by the organisation since 1999.
According to Epson, the printers were chosen due to its reliability “as it effortlessly prints thousands of credentials behind the scenes”, delivering single and double-sided pages at print speeds of 15 ISO ppm in black and 7.1 ISO ppm in colour for single sided prints and 7.4 ISO ppm in black and 4.7 ISO ppm for double-sided prints; with a 250 sheet input capacity.
Commenting on the decision, Deborah Cahn of EC Solutions, said: “Year after year, I rely on Epson printers to seamlessly print event credentials. As the credential vendor for the Oscars, I selected the Epson WorkForce 60 printers because they have proven to be the most reliable for the demanding job of printing thousands of borderless, colour credentials.”
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