OCP terminates distribution agreements

January 22, 2015

ocp - inks made in germanyInk manufacturer announces termination of exclusive distribution agreements with two companies covering several countries.

The company announced that it is to terminate two exclusive distribution agreements, effective 31 March 2015, with LIPAP Systems Pvt. Ltd of Mumbai, India, and Rome Computer (LLC) of Dubai, UAE; both of which have represented OCP since 2003.

LIPAP Systems has been representing OCP in India, while Rome Computer has represented the company in several Middle East countries; including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

Explaining the decision, Carsten Edelmeier, Sales Manager of OCP GmbH , said: “OCP [has] provide[d] high quality inkjet inks to the aftermarket industry [for] more than 20 years now, offers outstanding technical support and engineering expertise; and is a world-known and highly trusted brand.

“These terminations allow us to drive growth even in the challenging market conditions the aftermarket industry is facing. Despite the termination of our co-operations, OCP explicitly wants to thank LIPAP and Rome Computer for their long lasting partnership.”

OCP stated that as a result of the terminations, it is looking for new distribution partners for the Middle East region, and so is inviting any interested companies to present themselves either during Remanexpo@Paperworld in Frankfurt, which will take place on 31 January to 3 February and will see OCP exhibiting at booth C41 in Hall 6.0; or at Remanexpo@Paperworld Middle East, which takes place in Dubai on 2 to 4 March.

The company added that the contact person for any enquiries is Carsten Edelmeier.

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OCP releases inks for Memjet printers

January 21, 2015

The ink manufacturer has developed a set of inks for use in Memjet printers.ocp - inks made in germany

The CMYK set of inks are designed for use in Memjet-powered printers including the C6000, the Lomond Evojet Office range and the Lenovo RJ610N printer, and consist of the C9183 (cyan dye ink), M9183 (magenta dye ink), Y9183 (yellow dye ink) and BK9183 (black dye ink). The devices are capable of printing colour pages at speeds of 60ppm, with a dispersion of 74 million dots per second.

Horst Edelmeier, Founder of OCP, is “looking into new applications and the marketing of new inks”, and commented: “We have frequently received requests within the industry to develop inks for Memjet-powered printers with the positive properties OCP inks are known for, such as colour gamut and consistency as well as optical density, not only on chosen papers but on common papers such as standard copy paper, Lomond copy paper, Xerox 4200 multipurpose or HP and Epson inkjet papers.”

Hasan Bagli, Sales Manager for new inks and new applications at OCP, added: “We have vast experience in developing inks for a variety of inkjet applications using different print technology. Today’s business inkjet printers compete with and/or surpass laser printers in speed and quality. Requirements for the ink have risen.

“We applaud this development as we benefit from our work and investment in commercial and graphic communication printing markets, where high speed printing on different substrates with no moving printheads is a standard. We treat every request as a new challenge as customers’ applications and projects define our future inks.”

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Inkjet technology continues growth

January 20, 2015

1416836124_AVM091B-0The technology’s use in industry will see it expand greatly by 2019.

BCC Research, a market analyst for the industrial inkjet printing industry, announced a new report, Emerging Inkjet Printing Technologies, Applications and Global Markets, which points out that the technologies are “paving their way to other industries”, with a predicted value in 2019 of over $8.8 billion (€6.9 billion), alongside a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.1 percent.

The report’s writer, Andrew McWilliams, noted that “although the term ‘inkjet printing’ reflects the earliest commercial applications of inkjet technology” – in other words, printing on paper – the term is now used “in a growing number of applications that have little to do with printing or the graphic arts”. This market, the “industrial” inkjet printing sector, includes hardware and consumables, and was worth around $2.5 billion (€2.1 billion) in 2013 and $3 billion (€2.5 billion) in 2014.

The report adds that although inkjet technology is “beginning to have an impact on various types of applications”, including “flood flavourings and fragrances, chemicals and optics”, the demand for hardware and consumables in such segments “is too small to estimate reliably”, with the consequence that they are “likely to have little impact on overall sales” until 2019.

The report’s brief acknowledges that it analyses the “key drivers and constraints” for the market until 2019, including a focus on “disruptive” technologies as opposed to “refinements of existing” technologies such as consumer inkjet. Other sectors include product decoration, electronics, medicine, life sciences, 3D printing and energy, with the first including textiles, ceramics, glass, wall and floor coverings and food accounting for the majority of the market – 79 percent in 2013, decreasing to 72 percent in 2019.

Electronics meanwhile comes second, with an 11 percent share in 2013 projected to grow to 18 percent in 2019, while 3D printing is third with a projected six percent share in 2019.

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New ink launched for printing on plastics

January 16, 2015

linx inkLinx’s Black PE Ink 1130 is designed to “meet the specific challenges of effective printing” on materials for food packaging, cosmetics and cabling.

Linx Printing Technologies announced the release of the Black PE Ink 1130, which it said “offers excellent adhesion” to both polyethylene (PE) and “most” polypropylene (PP) applications, including “non-contact food packaging” as well as “pharmaceutical, cosmetics and personal care, automotive, cable and wire” applications.

The ink is also in-line with Swiss Ordinance 817.023.021, the European reference for inks used in food packaging, and can be used on other substrate materials including ABS, acrylic, aluminium, glass, HDPE, LDPE, PET and varnished card, with the “flexibility to retain a single ink, rather than multiple types” on-site at a manufacturer for “use across all their package and product coding requirements”.

The ink, Linx adds, can be used with its own 5900 and 7900 printers that incorporate Midi and Ultima printheads, and “provides excellent print quality” and “fast drying” to “deliver clear, readable codes in even the harshest of production environments”.

Ndidi Ihekwaba, Product Specialist for Inks at Linx Printing Technologies, commented: “PE and PP are traditionally challenging substrates to adhere to, due to their low surface energies. Linx Black PE Ink 1130 is able to overcome this challenge and creates excellent adhesion to these substrates, ensuring a quality code each time.”

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HP reveals global inkjet IP actions

January 12, 2015

The OEM announced new patent infringement cases in the Netherlands and Poland, and gave updates on cases in Spain, the USA and China.hplogonew

In a press release, HP reported on a range of “worldwide legal actions” concerning inkjet cartridge infringement in the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, the USA and China, with some new cases detailed and updates given on pre-existing cases.

In the Netherlands, HP has begun three separate cases against one company – Digital Revolution B.V., based in Nederhorst den Berg – which operates an online printing supplies shop called, and operates “under different names in other countries in Europe”. Two of HP’s claims “allege infringement” of two patents concerning the sales of “newly-manufactured ink tank cartridges” compatible with HP’s 364 and 920 supplies.

The OEM notes that the cases “will be conducted under the accelerated regime for patent matters”, with trials set for October later this year, and the second complaint alleges “unfair competition” for selling “newly-manufactured toner cartridges as ‘totally rebuilt’”, with HP saying this is “intentionally misleading consumers that the product is recycled and remanufactured”. This case is “in summary proceedings”, with an oral hearing set for February, and all three cases were filed at the District Court of The Hague, which HP says is a “specialised patent court that also handles a significant amount of unfair advertising claims”.

HP’s cases in Spain follow other developments in the country, which The Recycler reported on last week, with 11 different companies accused of infringing two HP patents. The two main companies involved include Tintas y Toner Shop Ink, S.L.U. – previously trading as Ink Prime High Quality S.L.U. – and Vasco Informática, S.L., both of which are based in Malaga. HP claims both infringed two of its patents by selling “newly-manufactured inkjet printhead cartridges” for use instead of the 21, 22, 56 and 57 cartridges, with the case filed in the Commercial Court Number 5 in Barcelona.

In Poland meanwhile, HP reported that it has “continued its patent enforcement efforts” through settlements with companies concerning the “sale of various ink tank and inkjet printhead cartridges”; including Opole-based Chameleon S.A., Warsaw-based Sp. z o.o. and Rafcom Rafal Ziolkowski, and Wroclaw-based Telforceone S.A. The companies  agreed that the patents “were infringed”, and have “agreed to cease sale of the infringing products” as well as “withdraw and destroy remaining inventory” alongside paying a “portion” of HP’s legal costs.

The OEM is also continuing its case against Wroclaw-based Black Point S.A., with the last update on this case coming in January last year and a ruling expected this year. In the USA, the OEM’s case against Ninestar and Apex, reported by The Recycler in October 2014, also continues, with the complaint filed at the United States District Court of the Northern District of California concerning infringement of three HP patents through the sale of “newly-manufactured ink tank cartridges and related electrical storage devices”; with “treble damages” demanded for infringement from the companies.

Finally, the OEM’s IP actions in Zhuhai, which The Recycler also reported on in October, are against Speed InfoTech Ltd. of Shanghai and Jingying Technology, with three patents said to have been infringed in the “distribution and sale of inkjet printhead cartridges” compatible with the 816, 817, 860XL, 861XL and 818XL cartridges.

Speed InfoTech Ltd. of Shanghai is Shanghai YinJia Trading Company Ltd., and is one of Speed’s subsidiary companies in China, and Speed InfoTech told The Recycler that the products in question are manufactured by Microjet Technology Co. of Taiwan, with Shanghai YinJia Trading Company Ltd. selling the Microjet products in the Chinese market.

The case against Shanghai YinJia Trading Company Ltd. was filed at the Shanghai IP Court, while the Jingying case was filed at Shenzhen’s Intermediate Court. Speed InfoTech told The Recycler that it has stil not received a letter about the case from the Shanghai IP Court, and that the company will “respond accordingly and responsibly” when it knows more information.

Matthew Barkley, HP’s Programme Manager for Worldwide IP and Brand Protection, commented: “HP’s investments in high technology products and intellectual property are the core of HP’s competitive differentiation, and the source of value to our customers, partners and shareholders. HP remains committed to ensuring its IP remains protected, and will go where necessary to protect those investments.”

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“World’s smallest, lightest” AIO printer announced

January 9, 2015

The Primera Trio weighs just over a kilogram and is “the size of a hardcover book”.

The Primera Trio (Credit: Erick Mack/

The Primera Trio (Credit: Erick Mack/

Gizmag reported on the launch of the machine at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this month, with OEM Primera Technology stating that its Trio printer is “the world’s smallest and lightest all-in-one printer”, weighing 1.2 kilograms (2.7 pounds) and “the size of a hardcover book” with the ability to use an “optional battery pack” for power.

The inkjet device takes colour or monochrome cartridges, and can print on A4 paper at a resolution of 4,800dpi, with a 10-sheet feeder, while “postcards, invitations and photos” can be printed from a secondary feed measuring 10 by 15 centimetres (four by six inches) at the rear of the device. The printer’s dimensions are 29 by 4.8 by 16.51 centimetres (11.4 by 1.8 by 6.5 inches), which makes it bigger than Brother’s PocketJet 6, but that is a single-function as opposed to this AIO.

The Trio also scans in full colour or monochrome at 600 x 600dpi, with the additional optional battery pack giving up to 100 extra pages on one charge, and Primera has also produced an “optional vehicle mounting bracket” alongside a 12-volt and USB power cord for “in-vehicle printing”. The Trio can also be personalised with optional silver, white, pink and blue top covers.

Primera noted that the machine is available for pre-order “in selected stores” worldwide now, with an estimated shipping date of February and a price of $399.95 (€338.63).

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OCP releases inks for HP 62 cartridges

December 30, 2014

HP 62Ink manufacturer announces release of set of three new colour dye-based inks to accompany already well known BKP 249 black pigment inks.

OCP has released new inks for HP62 cartridges, which are used in HP’s four new colour inkjet all-in-ones for home and home office users – the Envy 7640, 5650, 5660 and Officejet 5740; all of which allow users to print from mobile devices, supporting iOS, Android, ChromeOS, Windows 8 and Kindle Fire HXD. They also feature Wi-Fi wireless connectivity and remote printing.

The Envy 7640 prints at speeds of 14ppm in black and nine ppm in colour, with a 125-page input tray and a 25-page output tray. The 5660 meanwhile features many of the same offerings, but lacks the automatic document feeder on the top of the unit; while the 5640 prints at slower speeds, with a maximum of 12ppm.

The Officejet 5740 e-All-in-One can print at speeds of 12ppm in black and eight ppm in colour, and has a 25-page automatic document feeder. However, it lacks the larger touchscreen seen on the Envy 7640. Print resolutions are up to 1200 by 1200 dpi in black when printing from a computer, and up to 4800 by 1200 dpi in colour when printing from a computer on selected HP photo papers.

All of the printers are equipped with two cartridges – pigment black and dye-based tri-colour cartridge with an integrated print head, with the new HP 62 cartridges also available in an XL version. In terms of page yield, the standard HP 62 cartridges can print 200 pages in black and 165 in tri-colour, while the XL versions can print 600 in black and 415 in tri-colour.

OCP stated that its R&D department has released a set of three new colour dye-based inks besides the already well known BKP 249 black pigment inks “to guarantee OEM-like printing results”. These include the C 149 cyan dye-based ink, the M 149 magenta dye-based ink, and the Y 149 yellow dye-based ink; all of which are for use in both standard and XL corresponding HP 62 cartridges.

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INX inks used by signage company

December 22, 2014

The wide-format inkjet manufacturer’s ESC inks have been used by FASTSIGNS in San Francisco.INX Digital inks

The inks have been used by the signage company in San Francisco throughout the year, with the alternative inks said to “eliminate the limited colour choices and fading issues” that the company was experiencing, as well as “reduc[ing] costs”, with the TRIANGLE ESC inks giving the company’s signs a “wider colour gamut and life expectancy”.

The eco-solvent inks are used in an Epson Stylus GS6000 wide-format printer as well as SureColor machines at the company, producing “outdoor banners, posters and tradeshow graphics”, and INX Digital noted that the inks are “designed to provide excellent outdoor durability” through improved Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) resistance.

Alphonzo Solorzano, Operations Manager at FASTSIGNS, commented: “Many of the FASTSIGNS franchises are using ESC today, but we were among the first. We are very happy with the product and cost savings we have experienced. The ESC inks are two to three times better than what we used previously. The colour accuracy is very good and we have a much wide colour gamut to work with for both indoor and outdoor work.

“We do a lot of trade show work for the various events taking place at the Moscone Centre. A good portion is run on our vinyl printers – MBO signs, indoor graphics – and we also do vehicle vinyls. The ESC ink colours are more vibrant and longer lasting, in some cases three times longer. Many of our clients have work that needs to be turned around in a tight time frame.

“Most of our sign work is small in size up to 4’ x 10’, but it can be challenging at times with the various trade shows. That’s where ESC has made things easier for us to get the work done. One of the ways we have reduced costs is by using the two-litre size bags. Compared to cartridges, we get every drop of ink out of these bags. We also are very satisfied with the level of service being provided by INX Digital and Fellers. They are quick and responsive to our needs and when we switched to the ESC inks, the technician quickly trained our staff in less than one hour.”

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Epson America releases new WorkForce range

December 9, 2014

Epson's WF-8590

Epson’s WF-8590

The OEM has launched the Pro 8000 A3 inkjet series for small businesses.

eWeek reported on Epson America’s release of the WorkForce Pro 8000 A3 inkjet range, consisting of the WF-8590 and WF-8090 printers and designed to “deliver colour printing with low intervention for small businesses and corporate workgroups”. The devices utilise the OEM’s PrecisionCore printheads, and include a wide range of features for business users.

These include a universal printer driver, PIN number security for controlled user access, web security including SSL (secure sockets layer) and IPsec (internet protocol security), print speeds of up to 24ppm, a duty cycle of up to 75,000 pages, and the ability to use a “variety of media” including envelopes and labels. The WF-8590 is an MFP and the WF-8090 a single-function printer, and both have cartridges with yields of 7,000 pages in colour, as well as paper capacity of 1,830 sheets.

Other features consist of automatic duplexing, wireless connectivity, compatibility with Epson’s mobile printing app Wi-Fi Direct, and cloud scanning and printing. The devices are also able to use PrintFleet, ECi and other MPS software solutions, and are enabled for “remote printer data collection”, and will be available from January 2015.

Larry Trevarthen, Epson America’s Director of Business Imaging, stated: “Epson printers are designed to address secure printing and also integrate seamlessly into network printing environments from small to large organisations. As companies seek to manage costs and use more centralised printing devices versus desktop devices, end-users who require secure printing need solutions with functionality that allows print jobs to be completed only after they identify themselves to the printer, so other end users are unable to collect the print job.

“Today’s office printers must be flexible enough to print from the variety of business applications that customers are using for their information needs. While 10 years ago a printer could suffice with great PC and network connectivity, today’s office printer must be compatible with web applications, wireless networks, mobile and tablet devices, and cloud services. Therefore, customers want to be able to convert their information to paper seamlessly from any of these touch points and devices, without the need to bring it back to a PC for local or network printing.”

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Static Control adds over 100 new inkjet products

December 2, 2014

Static controlThe largest manufacturer of aftermarket imaging systems and components has released over 100 new inkjet products for European customers.

The new inkjet products form part of the company’s new inkjet product range, and form part of its series of “complete inkjet solutions” for European customers. The range in total now includes over 550 inkjet products, with “more in development”, and Static Control stated that the products are “for use across multiple cartridges and complement its expanding inkjet chip offerings”, with the extension of the range “primarily due to the customer demand for added convenience and flexibility”.

Ken Lalley, Static Control’s recently-appointed Managing Director for European Operations, commented: “Remanufacturers who may have previously purchased their ink and laser jet components from separate suppliers now have the opportunity to buy everything they need from one trusted source. Our customers know when they buy a Static Control solution, they’re getting a high quality product that will deliver consistent performance that is respectful of intellectual property.

“We are delighted to add these products to our catalogue and offer our customers more opportunities than ever before.”

Static Control also stated that European customers interested in learning more about the inkjet range should contact their Static Control sales representative for a “comprehensive list of ink offerings”.

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