Brother launches business inkjets in Australia

January 16, 2017

The OEM has launched seven AIOs in the Australian market after recently launching new devices in the UK.

Brother's MFC-J5330DW

Brother’s MFC-J5330DW

Stationery News reported on the releases, with Brother Australia’s new A4 and A3 colour business inkjets “re-engineered for businesses with a mid-to-high print volume” requirement. The machines are said to be “suited to the needs of small offices and workgroups to medium-sized businesses”, and “specially designed for companies with print volumes of between 250 and 2,000 pages per month”.

The printers also utilise optional high-yield cartridges with yields of up to 3,000 pages in monochrome and 1,500 pages in colour, and “offer competitive costs per page”. The range of machines include the MFC-J5330DW, J5730DW and J5930DW A4 printers with A3 capability, as well as the MFC-J6530DW, J6730DW, J6930DW and J6935DW which can print and scan at A4 and A3. Brother launched similar new machines in the UK market recently.

Stefanie Murphy, Marketing Specialist at Brother Australia, commented: “The new Business Inkjet Series is our most robust inkjet range yet. It really is a new generation line-up built to answer the needs of small offices and work groups with high print volume requirements. An A4 and A3 colour inkjet series packed with practicality, speed and durability mark the range out as a best value inkjet proposition for business.”

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Hidden printer problems discussed

January 13, 2017

An article gives advice on prolonging the life of users’ printers.

One of Kodak's Verité Eco printers reported on some “secret tips your printer manufacturer doesn’t want you to know”, noting that aside from the usual paper jams and running out of ink, there are other problems that can be prevented and prolong the life of the printer. The first tip is that where the printer is situated is important, as dry air or excessive heat may cause the “printhead to clog” if the printer is an inkjet, or “degrade toner” if it’s a laser, therefore it’s best to keep printers away from fires and radiators.

It is also advisable to keep the printer away from busy public areas where it can be bumped or knocked off the desk. Following the steps in the OEM operating manual is important, the article adds, especially when the printer is still under guarantee, and users should familiarise themselves with operating procedures so that the guarantee does not become void. Using the printer regularly ensures the smooth running of the model, it notes, but if it is not going to be used, it is advised to test print a page weekly to prevent printheads clogging in the case of inkjets.

It was noted that rather than unplugging the printer when it is not in use, which interferes with the automatic features like self-cleaning, it is preferable to switch it off by the power button. Making sure that the printer is surface-free from dust prevents dirt getting into the printheads, which can lead to streaks on documents, and the article advises that users keep the printer covered when not in use.

Overfilling the paper tray can lead to paper jams, which can cause damage, and the article recommends that users make sure that software updates are downloaded, as manufacturers use these to fix problems or add features to the printer. You can also keep the software updated and current to prevent future problems, and if this is not automatic updates can be done via the control panel on the computer and customising the model.

The OEMs’ websites will have a support and drivers section where the software and drivers can be downloaded, the article concluded, adding that these tips save money and keep the printer working for longer.







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Brother UK launches two business inkjet ranges

January 12, 2017

The Brother J5000 series

The Brother J5000 series

The OEM’s subsidiary has launched six new models for the SMB and SOHO markets.

PCR reported on the launch, which will see two new business inkjet ranges made up of six models aim to “help partners capitalise on market growth within their channel”, and which will “target mainly small-to-medium businesses” as well as “small office/home office” end users. The new ranges include the J5000 and J6000 series, with the former A4 machines capable of A3 colour printing and the latter A3 machines able to also copy in A3.

The OEM hopes that the “small” J5000 models, alongside the A3 J6000 units, will “help SMBs increase their printing efficiency in as little as six seconds”, with other features including “built-in cloud and mobile connectivity options” as well as the iPrint & Scan app. It also stated that it “expects this new line of printers will cement its position in the A3 business inkjet market”, especially with “many SMBs and SOHO customers constantly looking to save across their IT budget”.

Andy Johnson, Head of Product Management at Brother UK, commented: “We see real opportunities for partners in the business inkjet market – its growth in the past year is a sign of things to come. Feedback from SMBs tells us they’re looking for cost-effective machines which they can trust to deliver, and that also work seamlessly in modern office environments.

“Machines need to be quick to support fast-paced working cultures and offer a range of connectivity options to integrate with different devices. We updated the existing J5000 and J6000 series with new features such as higher yield supplies – the result being a refreshed range with better running costs. We’re confident that these inkjets are the best out there to help partners meet the needs of SMB and SOHO end-users.”

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Global printing inks market to see growth

January 11, 2017

The market is seeing a “steady rate” of growth and is “estimated to tread a positive path” in future.inkjet

In a press release, market analysts Transparency Market Research stated that the printing inks market has “been growing at a steady rate across the globe and is estimated to tread a positive path in [the] coming few years”, with its analysis suggesting a value of $20.17 billion (€19.10 billion) by 2020, growing from $14.41 billion (€13.64 billion) in 2013. The “monumental growth”, it adds, will be “steered by the flexible packaging segment” and “packing materials that are used in several other industries”.

The sector’s contribution to the market “will continue to grow until 2020”, with the industry needing inks for labels, tags, metal cans and flexible materials”, and the market having “picked up great speed as product designers are looking at various ways of making packaging interesting, catchy and high-class”. On the printer side, OEM printers are set to “encourage consumers to spend more on printing”, with Epson earmarked as one such example.

The OEM’s EcoTank machines don’t use cartridges in an effort to “encourage consumers to buy printers” featuring “bigger, refillable ink tanks that will save the trouble of spending on a cartridge”. With the replacement inks only costing between $13 (€12) and $52 (€49), and cartridges costing up to $70 (€66), the analysts believe that “such innovations and minor tweaks to printing media are also expected to boost demand from the overall printing inks market”.

Next, the analysts believes that the 3D printing inks market will be “driven by technological progress”, because “as designers, innovators, and artists are coming up with ink solutions for 3D printing techniques, the global printing ink market is also expected to expand in a new dimension”. One such company involved is 3DT Labs, which “is working its way around giving access to the world of colour to various 3D printers across the globe”.

The company believes that 3D printing in colour “should not be a challenge”, and utilises a filament inking system called Chameleon, which it has been “researching and developing […] for quite some time now”. Transparency Market Research added that such “endeavours to make 3D printing output colourful have definitely opened a new avenue for the printing inks market to generate revenue from”.

The analysts concluded that the North American market is “expected to lead” the printing inks market worldwide, having also been the “leading region” in 2013 with a 30 percent market share in volume terms. They also pointed out that research “indicates that growth of the printing inks market” in that region will be “due to [a] rise in the use of flexible packaging and commercial printing”, with the Asia Pacific, specifically India and China, “the next region in line to witness significant growth”.

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Kodak launches new inkjets and technology

January 6, 2017

One of Kodak's Verité Eco printers

One of Kodak’s Verité Eco printers

The OEM, alongside global inkjet printer licensee Funai Electric, has launched the Verité Eco range of wireless inkjet printers.

In a press release, the OEM stated that the machines are being showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas by Funai Electric, and noted that the machines are an “eco series [that] showcases the easiest way to save on your inkjet printing costs” and “help people save even more ink”. Funai Electric operates as the “worldwide licensee for Kodak consumer and SOHO inkjet printers”, with the series “already on shelves in the US and UK”.

The range was developed to “address lingering consumer dissatisfaction with the high cost of ink and cartridges that run out of ink too quickly”, with Funai having “a long history of manufacturing inkjet and laser printers for recognised brands around the world”. Kodak claims that the series is “the first to provide a new innovative cost-savings feature”, the Eco button, which allows users to “use up to 30 percent less ink and save up to 70 percent or more on their printing costs”.

Consumers, the OEM pointed out, “get the satisfaction of knowing they can use less ink”, and can also buy XL and 3XL high-capacity inkjet cartridges that “provide the convenience” of “double the print yield” and “six times the yield of a standard cartridge” respectively. The 3XL cartridges cost $44.98 (€42.45) for black and $59.98 (€56.60) in colours, which Kodak claims is “equivalent to” over $280 (€264) of ink “when using other leading manufacturer’s ink cartridges”.

Other features of the range include “exceptional ease of use and wireless connectivity”, alongside the Kodak Verité Printer App for both Apple and Android devices for mobile printing and Google loud Print and Apple AirPrint compatibility. A “Mega Series” bundle includes a printer and two 3XL cartridge, equivalent to “12 standard cartridges” at a cost of $192 (€181), with the bundles available for between $99 (€93) and $149 (€140) “depending on the model”.

The printers are “available at major retailers around the US and on Amazon”, while replacement cartridges “are also available at retail and online” for $11.99 (€11.31) for a standard, 200-page yield black cartridge and $19.99 (€18.86) for a standard, 180-page yield colour cartridge.

Tsuneki Yoshida, OS Division at GM Funai Electric, commented: “We know that people are looking for easy ways to print and scan from mobile devices. We also know that consumers are looking for ways to save on ink costs. The KODAK VERITÉ Eco Wireless Printers will solve both of these needs.”

Brian Cruz, Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Products at Kodak, added: “Kodak has always stood for high quality and ease of use. We are pleased to partner with Funai on this evolving product line to give consumers a solution to the ongoing frustration of paying too much for ink.”

The OEM also launched other “imaging-focused products” at CES, including a photo phone case, photo printer dock and mini photo printer, with Steven Overman, Chief Marketing Officer at Kodak, commenting that “Kodak has enabled generations of people to get creative through its iconic film and photography products. For years Kodak’s been quietly behind the scenes of some of the world’s most extraordinary creativity. We are now in the process of letting people know the role we play in helping creativity thrive”.


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EU to adopt printing ink legislation?

January 4, 2017

inkThe European Commission (EC) is reportedly planning to adopt legislation relating to printed “food-contact materials”.

The report, in the EUWID Packaging Markets magazine, stated that the EC is “apparently now planning to institute uniform rules governing printed food-contact materials throughout the EU after all”. This corresponds to printing inks as the legislation’s scope would “encompass” printing inks alongside “commonly-printed materials” including paper and board.

Additionally, the report found that the EC has “asked Germany to suspend the process” of adopting its own German Printing Ink Ordinance”, with the report coming from a letter reportedly received by EUWID Packaging Markets. The Recycler reported last year on Germany’s ordinance, noting at the time that the country’s draft law discusses a “positive list” of substances allowed for use in printer ink manufacturing.

The draft, which had been sent to the EC, is an amendment to Germany’s Consumer Goods Regulation that “establishes a positive list of substances allowed for use in the manufacture of printing inks”, with particular focus on those used for food contact materials (FCMs) and their specific migration limits (SMLs).

To be “included in the list, substances must have undergone a health assessment, or have been proven not to migrate to foodstuffs from the printing inks”. So-called carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR) substances have been banned “unless a safety assessment ‘justifies their use or the derivation of limit values for transfer into foodstuffs’”, while nanomaterials are allowed with “explicit provision”.

So far, there are 535 approved substances, but according to the European Printing Inks Association (EuPIA), the actual number of substances used in printing inks is around 6,000, with the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture acknowledging at the time that the positive list “is incomplete”, and will be “updated continuously until the ordinance enters into force”.

The law change was expected “as early as 2014”, but “progress was slow” because it failed to “gain political traction”. While it was being processed, the European packaging industry “expressed some hopes that it could become the basis of EU legislation on printing inks”, with trade bodies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and European parliament members all “repeatedly demand[ing] harmonised rules for inks and other FCMs”.

The EC in turn had “come under pressure” from the parliament’s Environment Committee (Envi) to “prioritise the drawing-up of specific EU measures”. In response, the EuPIA commented that the EC “could soon announce its intention to issue community legislation, which would postpone or even stop the entry into force of the German ordinance”.

Executive Manager Martin Kanert stated that the German government “should back EU-wide rules rather than pursue a national approach”, as Envi listed “good reasons why it makes sense to have EU-wide legislation”. The organisation believes, and had “previously warned” the law would “discriminate against German ink and FCM manufacturers”, and “initiate a patchwork of national regulations, rather than harmonise rules across Europe”.

Chemical Watch noted last year that the “key question is whether the ordinance will be mutually recognised across the member states”, and had heard the EuPIA and the German Federation for Food Law and Food Science (BLL) asked the government for clarification”.

Kanert added that “if the German government does not mutually recognise the law in other member states, it will affect companies across Europe. If they do, German companies will be at a disadvantage”. The EuPIA was also working with other European printing ink and FCM trade associations on a “joint statement […] voicing their concerns about the German law […] it is absolutely premature to request compliance with the requirements” at “this early stage”.

Before Germany was set to adopt the ordinance, the EC – alongside member states, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and German federal states – were “asked to comment on the draft”, with a “transitional period of two years after entry into force”.

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Canon USA launches refillable inkjet printers

January 3, 2017

Canon's PIXMA G4200

Canon’s PIXMA G4200

The OEM subsidiary has released a range of PIXMA devices with a “built-in refillable ink tank system”.

The OEM reported that the launch of the PIXMA G-series MegaTank machines is aimed at “users seeking convenient, maintenance-free printing”, with the range consisting of the PIXMA G1200 single-function, G2200 AIO, G3200 wireless AIO and G4200 wireless AIO. The new line, the OEM added, “is ideal for high-print volume printing environments within home offices, dorm rooms or anywhere a user needs a low-maintenance printer with enhanced connectivity and convenient, high-quality printing”.

The printers each feature a “front-facing, built-in refillable ink tank system” making it “easy for users to monitor ink levels and refill when needed”, and “paired with the ink bottle’s spill-resistant tops, the system is designed to provide seamless and clean usability at home and in the office”. Canon also says that the “hybrid integrated system of replenishing ink is cost-effective and offers higher page yield than the prior generation of PIXMA printers”.

The black ink provides up to 6,000 pages per bottle while the total colour inks combined provide up to 7,000 pages, with the refillable ink bottles offering “substantial ink capacity” of 135ml and 70ml respectively. The ink installation is also said to be “quick”, at around six minutes. Other features include print speeds of up to 8.8ipm in monochrome and five ipm in colour, alongside a maximum resolution of 4,800 x 1,200dpi.

The devices are also compatible with a wide range of social networks and online printing services, including: the Canon PRINT app; PIXMA Cloud Link; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Flickr; Photobucket; Dropbox; Evernote; Google Drive; Microsoft OneDrive; and Google Cloud Print. A separate press release added that the PXIMA G4200 also features Apple AirPrint compatibility, alongside a range of pre-existing machines.

These included the following wireless AIOs: the PIXMA TS9020; TS8020; TS6020; TS5020; MG7720; MG6820; MG6821; MG6822; MG5720; MG5721; and MG5722, as well as the iP8720 wireless inkjet crafting printer. The PIXMA G-series are available now, with the G1200 available for $249.99 (€240.11); the G2200 for $269.99 (€259.32); the G3200 for $299.99 (€288.14); and the G4200 for $399.99 (€384.19).

Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO of Canon USA, commented: “Our PIXMA G-series printer models offer smart design inside and out. Expanding the line of PIXMA printers with the added benefit of a built-in refillable ink tank system highlights Canon’s commitment to continuing to enhance the printing experience in businesses and in the home with genuine Canon print reliability.”

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Epson releases “world’s smallest” mobile printer

December 23, 2016

The OEM launched the WorkForce WF-100, said to be the “world’s lightest and smallest wireless mobile printer”.


A press release reported that the wireless connectivity enables users to print from tablets, smartphones and laptops. and that the colour inkjet printer has Wi-Fi direct for printing without a router. The battery is rechargeable via USB or AC adapter. and also has an “automatic power off feature to save the battery”.

The printer is said to be convenient and portable, and produces “professional quality prints” and borderless photos 4”x6” at speeds up to seven ISO ipm in black and four ISO ppm in colour. The colour touchscreen is 1.4 inches, and has a control panel for easy set-up and operation. The ink is quick-drying and prints are fade- and water-resistant.

The WorkForce WF-100 supports android and Kindle Fire printing as well as Google Cloud Print with Gmail or a Google Drive account, and enables printing from Chromebook and Google Chrome without the need for drivers or cables. Also available is the Epson Connect Solutions Finder to help users compare which solution supports their mobile devices and printer.


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Chinese ink market explored

December 19, 2016

The market is seeing “strong growth”, particularly in packaging, even “as economic growth slows”.china

Ink World Magazine shared the report, in which it noted that China “continues to enjoy strong economic growth”, with gross domestic product (GDP) reaching $10.87 trillion (€10.4 trillion) in 2015, a growth of 6.9 percent on 2014. The country’s “sizable printing industry” is said to be worth an estimated $160 billion (€153 billion), with the ink industry “also large”, with sales of over $1.5 billion (€1.4 billion).

Both offset and gravure inks “are the mainstay of the ink industry” there, with flexographic and digital inks “on the rise”, and the “growth of interest in inkjet printing” has seen the country’s market feature a “mix of domestic and multinational” companies. These include China-based Bauhinia Variegata Ink & Chemicals,the “13th largest ink manufacturer in the world” with sales of $200 million (€191 million) in 2015 from “gravure, offset, screen and UV inks”.

The company itself noted that “the continued decline in the printing and ink industries in China is a result of the sluggish market demand”, while another major company is Xinxiang Wende Xiangchuan Printing Ink Co., Ltd., which is thought to make $100 million (€95.6 million) a year in sales, as well as Letong Chemical Products Co., Ltd., with sales of $70 million (€66 million).

International companies based in China include Toyo Ink and DIC Corporation, Flint Group, Siegwerk, Sakata INX and hubergroup, with the last year having “brought growth to ink manufacturers […] although that expansion was slower than in recent years”. Toyo’s Global Business Division Manager, Tadashi Nakano, stated that “despite an economic slowdown, China’s printing market has proven to be highly resilient to both external and internal pressures, driven by packaging”.

He added: “The market expanded at a level higher than its GDP, buoyed by a robust packaging sector. A burgeoning middle class continues to boost consumer demand for functional flexible packaging that supports changes in consumer lifestyle and diet. The flexible plastic packaging segment continues to be the fastest growing sector, driving demand for materials and technology that support this growth.

“Despite a slowdown in growth in recent years, China, the world’s second largest printing market, presents further growth opportunities as the infrastructure and consumer markets in this region continue to expand.”

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HP Inc makes Indian TV advertisement

December 14, 2016

The advert, entitled ‘Mr Butterfingers’, shows how even a clumsy person can use HP Inc’s Deskjet ink refills without spilling a drop.

DNA India reported that the advert portrays the story of Giridhar, who has been clumsy from a small child and shows his journey to adulthood with all his ‘accidents’ along the way. When his father buys a new HP Inc Deskjet printer with the easy ink refills, Giridhar still manages to drop one of the refills after opening it, but it doesn’t spill thanks to the safety cap and to the relief of his father.

The advert is for the Indian market, made by BBDO, and is supposed to be a humorous way to promote the new refills.


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