May 14, 2013
The company noted that the release of the inkjet inks was a “strategic approach to produce innovative new products that are friendly to both the planet and printers”, with the inkjet ink designed to be used with Mimaki’s JV33 and JV34 wide-format printers.
The inks have been formulated “so they are colour and chemically compatible” with Mimaki’s SS21 inks, and also offer “a wide range of compatibility with vinyl banner media” as well as being available in CMYK. The company added that the inks do not require flushing or re-profiling, so printers “will experience less waste” when changing the cartridges.
The cartridges come in 440 millilitre or one litre bottles (which can be refilled with the EasyFill Bulk system), as well as a two litre bag-in-box refilling system called Eco Bulk. The fast-drying inks have “excellent adhesion” and are supported by INX’s warranty, and the cartridges form part of its recycling programme, which accepts any used or empty wide-format cartridges.
Ken Kisner, INX Digital’s Vice President of Business Development and CTO for Digital Division Ink Technologies, stated: “We recently completed beta testing at a number of sites in North America and these inks passed with flying colours. The results and the comments we received were very impressive.
“For a very long time, INX has demonstrated a commitment to corporate responsibility in developing new products that are less harsh on the environment. Printers using the MSS eco-solvent inkjet inks will benefit from less waste with cartridge-by-cartridge changeover or by taking advantage of our other bulk use ink systems. In addition to being a cost-effective solution that does not spare quality, these are tremendous advantages that sign graphics and other specialty printers should consider.”
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April 30, 2013
The Canon inks are designed for use with Canon’s PGI-550, CLI-551, PGI-250 and CLI-251 cartridges, and include a new black pigment ink, photo black ink, grey ink and “three new colour dye-based” inks for “OEM-like printing results”. The company added that “all cartridges are available as standard and XL cartridges”, and that “amples are – as always – available” in 250g packaging.
The manufacturer also announced the release of inks for use in HP’s Officejet Pro X machines, which are said to be the fastest inkjet machines released at this time. The four machines in the range include the single function Officejet Pro x451dn and x551dw, as well as the multifunction Officejet Pro x476dn and x576dw.
The machines use HP’s PageWide Technology, “enabling single pass prints with speed of up to 70 ppm in General Office quality mode” according to OCP, with “high quality prints at up to two times the speed and half the printing cost of laser”. The cartridges, 970 and 971, are single ink cartridges containing “all-pigment inks” that are “vibrant”, “water-resistant” and “will last for decades”.
OCP noted in turn that its research and development department developed “brand new Pigment inks for the HP 970 and 971 cartridges, giving OEM-like properties”, and added that the new cartridges “are also equipped with a chip which is recognized by the printer”, for a which a “replacement chip as well as a reset solution currently does not exist”, adding that it doesn’t have information “about if or when such a solution will be available”.
A full list of products available from the manufacturer can be found the Products and Technology section of issue 245 of The Recycler, which will be available for subscribers next month.
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April 26, 2013
Times of India reported on IDC’s latest analysis of the Indian laser printer market, which it stated had grown 13.7 percent in the final quarter of 2012. The market also saw a two percent year-on-year growth in 2012, with 3.2 million units shipped, and the growth was said to be “primarily driven” by laser MFPs, which grew 35.3 percent.
Interestingly, IDC’s results on inkjet saw a decline of 4.5 percent across 2012, where as Gartner’s figures for the fourth quarter, mentioned in the Indian Economic Times showed a 27 percent growth in that quarter alone.
IDC’s Senior Market Analyst Mohit Raizada said that the inkjet results it had seen for the whole year were a sign that inkjet “was not able to sustain the interest levels with the end users”, adding that “peripheral products such as printers remain a secondary product for Indian consumers”. Raizada added that a “clear shift towards laser MFPs was witnessed”, with laser now accounting for 24.6 percent of the overall hard-copy market there.
IDC’s results also saw HP dominating the overall printer market with a 47.7 percent share, with Canon regaining second with 18.9 percent and Epson third with 11.2 percent. Nitin Kumar Singh, another Senior Market Analyst, noted that this was due to Canon’s “aggressive marketing and promotional schemes in inkjet”, with HP and Canon first and second in the laser market with 47.9 percent and 21.8 percent of the market each.
Gartner’s figures meanwhile saw $219.8 million (€169 million) spent on inkjet printing, copier and MFP products, with the combined market totalling 676,263 units sold between October and December 2012, a 5.4 percent increase from 2011. Gartner noted, like IDC, that HP “remained the market leader in the Indian printer, copier and MFP market” with 54 percent market share, whilst Canon was in second with 21 percent, followed by Samsung with eight percent and Epson with six percent.
Gartner Research Analyst Amrita Choudhury added: “In the fourth quarter of 2012, vendors focused on strengthening their channel partners and engaged them in more channel programs initiatives, and most vendors worked closely with the education and public sector units to win deals in both products and services.”
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April 25, 2013
Procurement Leaders reports on the rapid increase in industrial inkjet printing spending expected over the next few years, with a report by BCC Research estimating that the market reached $1.9 billion (€1.45 billion) in 2012 and is expected to reach $7.4 billion (€5.6 billion) by 2017 following an increasing compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.8 percent since 2012.
According to the report, titled “Emerging Inkjet Printing Technologies, Applications and Global Markets”, inks and other functional fluids made up almost 70 percent of the industrial inkjet market during 2011 and 2012, with print head and other printer hardware making up the remaining 30 percent, and is expected to increase to over 74 percent by 2017.
In terms of regions, the Asia-Pacific is the largest geographical market for industrial inkjet technologies, with its market share expected to grow from 47 percent in 2012 to 53 percent in 2017. Europe and North America are the second and third-largest markets, with both regions having between 19 and 20 percent of the market during 2011 and 2012; although both are expected to see decline over the next few years, with Europe’s market share expected to drop to 16 percent and North America’s to 15 percent.
The main segments of the industrial inkjet market include product decoration, electronics, medicine and life sciences, 3D printing an energy; with growth also being seen in the areas of food flavourings and fragrances, chemicals and optics.
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April 22, 2013
Despite the common belief in the imaging industry that laser devices are most appropriate for workgroup office use while inkjet devices are better suited to the home and small office environment, InfoTrends believes that this view is changing and that inkjets will soon make up over half of all devices used in business, with recent years showing that business inkjet printers and MFPs have surpassed laser devices in the US as the leading technology based on unit shipment volume.
As a result, InfoTrends conducted a study, titled “Is Inkjet Printing Ready to Transform the U.S Office Printing Environment?”, which identifies important customer insight and recommends sales and marketing strategies for business inkjet providers, as well as quantifying the placement opportunity for business inkjet technology in the US office environment.
Based on this study and on the growing popularity of business inkjet devices, InfoTrends estimates that by 2016, 56 percent of all printing devices used in business will be business inkjet devices, compared to 44 percent for laser devices; and that there is an opportunity for inkjet technology to play a greater role in office printing.
As part of the study, survey respondents were asked why they chose an inkjet device over a laser device, with 77 percent stating that they do so for “some form of cost/price/running cost reason”, showing that the price of a printer is viewed as more a more important factor than the performance of a product, such as speed, reliability and output quality. Colour quality was also listed as a key factor in choosing inkjet over laser.
Also explored in the study were decision maker attitudes towards ink-based marking technology in the US; recommended sales and marketing strategies to influence perception and encourage a shift in purchase behaviour; the product features, attributes and functionality considered most important by mainstream SMB and enterprise workgroup printing customers across the US and the size and forecast of the market opportunity for inkjet technology in the US office printing market.
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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
Voxy.co.nz reported that the device, which was previously launched in Canada in 2012 is said by Brother to be its “sleekest, smallest and fastest” inkjet printer to date, with “bold, curved edges, black and white styling and a gloss finish” creating a “model of style and substance” that “complements the lifestyle of the home user, small and home office market and small to medium-sized businesses”.
The machine, added Brother, prints in landscape mode, which “drastically reduces the depth and overall footprint of the machine”, making it the smallest Brother inkjet “ever produced” despite its ability to print in A3. The device can also print faster due to a larger printhead featuring 1,680 nozzles, and can print 20ppm in monochrome and 18ppm in colour.
The OEM adds that it is also “affordable to use” because it has taken into account customer “cost consideration” with high-yield and super high-yield inkjet cartridges with yields of 600 and 1200 pages respectively, benefitting the user as they “save money as a result of a lower cost per page printed”.
The machine also features wireless connectivity, web and mobile printing, and a low energy standby power saving mode meaning it has Brother’s “lowest power consumption of any model to date”.
Graham Walshe, Executive Chairman and Group Leader Marketing for Brother in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, stated: “We are very proud of our new multifunction range as we’ve really focused on customer requirements, including the need for occasional A3 printing, high yield cartridges and double sided printing to keep costs down and reduce our environmental impacts.
“Combine this with the smooth lines and overall aesthetic, and Brother’s market leading after sales services, we are confident that the qualities our customers demand have been met and exceeded with our latest multifunction release.”
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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 email@example.com.
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April 2, 2013
Lexmark has announced that Japanese manufacturer Funai Electric Company Ltd. will acquire more than 1,500 of the OEM’s inkjet patents in a $100 million (€78 million) deal expected to close within the first half of 2013.
The deal will also see Funai acquire Lexmark’s inkjet-related research and development assets and tools, all outstanding shares and Lexmark International (Philippines), Inc.’s manufacturing facility; which it states will allow Funai to develop, manufacture and sell inkjet hardware and supplies under its own brands.
Funai, which has headquarters in Osaka, Japan, has manufactured inkjet hardware for Lexmark since 1997, with Lexmark stating that the companies have “established a strong relationship over time”. It intends to develop and grow its inkjet printer business by introducing its own devices and supplies into the market, with the deal expected to accelerate the expansion of its inkjet business.
Tomonori Hayashi, President and CEO of Funai, said: “This transaction provides us with a crucial and tremendous opportunity to enhance our office solution business. Funai and Lexmark have developed a great partnership, and we are glad to take over Lexmark’s inkjet-related technology and assets. The acquisition of the inkjet-related technology and assets enables Funai to start and grow our own inkjet business. Funai will benefit from the strong inkjet business platform that Lexmark has established.”
Paul Rooke, CEO and Chairman of Lexmark, asserted that the deal will not disrupt the service or support the company offers to its customers, commenting: “As we continue our transition to becoming a leading end-to-end solutions provider, this transaction essentially completes our exit from the ownership of inkjet-related assets, although we will continue to support our existing customer base with the sale of inkjet supplies. Funai has been a trusted partner of Lexmark’s since 1997, and I am fully confident in Funai’s ability to deliver high-quality inkjet supplies for Lexmark.”
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March 21, 2013
The company introduced what it says was the “world’s first” A3 inkjet AIO in 2008, and since then one million of the machines have been purchased across Europe. It added that in 2012 it sold over 316,000 units, which was “more than five times our nearest competitor”.
The OEM adds that “seven of the top ten selling” A3 inkjets were Brother models, which in turn helped it to achieve a 79 percent share “of the overall A3 inkjet market”. It stated in turn that it believes its success in the sector “lies in the breadth of our product range”, and with the “nine models currently available”.
The nine models – four times as many as its “nearest competitor” – allow Brother “to fulfil a wide range of business needs” with the A3 printer range. Among the A3 devices available in Europe from the OEM are the MFC-J4510DW and MFC-J5910DW.
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