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Kyocera opens new inkjet test lab in Germany

February 19, 2015

The OEM’s new facility in Esslingen will “reinforce support for the European inkjet market”.

Kiwolo Mubieme, Kyocera Field Application Engineer, Inkjet Design Centre, Printing Device Division

Kiwolo Mubieme, Kyocera Field Application Engineer, Inkjet Design Centre, Printing Device Division

The new laboratory, in Esslingen near Stuttgart, “supplements an existing Kyocera inkjet design centre” opened in September 2013 at Kyocera’s European base, the OEM stated, adding that it has “further enhanced its technical support” for the European inkjet market with the new site. The existing site provides “technical service for printer and ink manufacturers” working with the OEM’s KJ4 printheads, and has three field engineers who provide “onsite support and remote technical service”.

The new laboratory features a drop watching system enabling “observation of drop ejection at a picolitre level”, while a single-pass flatbed printer featuring a media transportation rate of around 1,693 millimetres per second accompanies “other related equipment for general experiments and evaluations”. Kyocera noted that “further investments are planned in the near future for the installation of additional printing machines” in the new lab.

In addition to the “enhanced” customer support Kyocera can offer with the new lab, there are three “key improvements”: the KJ4 printheads are said to have “changed the market” in high-speed and quality textile printing, and the new lab “provides further support” for “customer development”; the lab offers joint testing and digitalisation “under contract-based agreement”; and it will be available for collaborations with “suppliers of inks or peripherals […] in order to support expanding markets”.

Shigeru Koyama, European President at Kyocera Fine Ceramics GmbH, commented: “The simultaneous demand for diversity and efficiency has created a long-term conflict in the market. Meanwhile, inkjet technology is offering promising solutions to solve this contradiction. Through the establishment of this inkjet test lab, Kyocera expects to make an important contribution to the market.”

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Nazdar announces three new wide-format inkjets

February 17, 2015

Nazdar's 153 wide-format inkjets

Nazdar’s 153 wide-format inkjets

The manufacturer has produced three new inkjet inks for a range of wide-format cartridges.

The company revealed that the three new inks will be introduced at the Sign & Digital UK event, held from 24 to 26 March at the NEC in Birmingham, England, with the inks including the 153 series for Mimaki printers alongside two new UV inks, the 720 and 260 series.

The 153 series is designed for use in Mimaki’s JV3, JV5, CJV and JV33 machines, with “exceptional compatibility, quality and cost-effectiveness” offered alongside a ‘plug and play’ conversion from OEM to Nazdar ink, which involves “simply swapping out” the OEM cartridges with Nazdar replacements “as they run out”, with “no profile changes” required due to the new inks being “an exact colour and performance match to the OEM inks”.

The 720 series meanwhile is UV inkjet ink “engineered with low-odour ingredients” while “maintaining the ultimate in adhesion characteristics”, as well as being “very flexible”, which “makes it perfect” for applications including pressure-sensitive vinyl, banners and window clings. The ink is resistant to “edge chipping”, so can also perform well on “rigid materials”, and offers “outstanding adhesion to acrylic materials”; and is available in six or nine colour sets, with the six including white and clear and the nine including orange, green and violet.

Finally, the 260 series UV inkjet ink is designed for “plug-and-play” compatibility with the Roland EcoUV inkjet set in 220ml cartridges including the four process colours and clear and white. The inks are also available in one litre containers for “non-heated printhead” printers, with the one litre sets including light cyan and light magenta; and are designed to be cured with a 395 nanometre LED lamp.

Martin Burns, Global Market Segment Manager  for Digital Solvent and Aqueous at Nazdar, commented: “The addition of the 153 Series – in conjunction with the suitability of our 133 Series for the JV33, CJV and JV300 – puts the Nazdar ink offering in the strongest of positions from which to serve the wide format market.

“Nazdar can now offer better value ink options for all the major solvent inkjet printers, increasing the competitiveness and profitability of our users. Not only are these users buying better value inks from a prestigious UK manufacturer, they also have the back up and support of the strongest ink warranty in the market.”

Rich Dunklee, Global Market Segment Manager for UV Inkjet at Nazdar, added: “The two new Nazdar UV products offer different but important advantages for the user. The 260 series is about giving convenience, ease of use and maximum savings when installed in Roland EcoUV printers and has excellent characteristics for use on a wider range of platforms.

“The 720 series however is very much geared towards providing enhanced print features such as colour, adhesion, flexibility and chip resistance. We see the 720 as an ink upgrade for a wide range of UV printers including HP, Durst and Agfa.”

For more information on Nazdar, visit: www.nazdar.com.

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Canon expands MAXIFY business inkjet range in India

February 12, 2015

The OEM has added three new machines to the range of business inkjets.

Canon's MAXIFY M3570

Canon’s MAXIFY M3570

Gizmolead reported that the three devices included the MB5370, iB4070 and MB5070, with the first and last MFPs, and the iB4070 a single-function device, with a “digital and outdoor marketing campaign” also launched to advertise the devices to SMBs across the country.

The three are added to the machines launched under the MAXIFY range in September 2014, and feature “wireless, network and cloud” features, with duty cycles of up to 30,000 prints per month alongside custom profile settings that “can be saved into the device’s memory”. In turn, the MAXIFY Cloud Link service “allows printing from and scanning to cloud storage providers”.

The MB5370 and iB4070 devices feature two 250-sheet paper cassettes, while the MB5070 has one 250-sheet cassette, and all three are compatible with optional XL cartridges that offer around 2,500 pages in black and 1,500 pages in colour, as well as speeds of up to 23ipm in monochrome and 15ipm in colour. New Dual Resistant High Density (DRHD) pigment inks are utilised in the cartridges in each machine, featuring “high water and marker resistance”.

The site added that the MB5370 is the “first Canon desktop inkjet printer” to feature a Dual Auto Document Feeder (DADF), which is a single-pass two-sided document feeder. Other features of the three machines are wireless LAN to connect devices and machines to the printers, as well as the MAXIFY Printing Solutions (MPS) app for Apple and Android devices.

The machines are available now, with the MB5370 priced at Rs 23,995 ($385/€339), the MB5070 at Rs 17,995 ($289/€254) and the iB4070 at Rs 10,995 ($176/€155).

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Epson ink tank printers drive revenue growth

February 2, 2015

Epson ink tanksOEM’s third quarter results indicate increased shipments of printers with refillable ink tanks, driving nine percent boost in revenue.

Wirth Consulting reported on Epson’s third quarter results, which saw the OEM increase its revenue by nine percent and raise its total income by 71.9 compared to the same quarter in 2013.

In the first nine months of the fiscal year, Epson’s revenue grew 7.9 percent to ¥14.8 billion ($125.8 million/€110.9 million), while business profit rose 11.6 percent year-on-year to ¥85.4 billion ($726 million/€640 million). Profit from operating activities reached ¥110.6 billion ($940.5 million/€828.6 million) – an increase of 56.9 percent year-on-year; while overall profit for the period reached ¥90.6 billion ($770.6 million/€679.3 million).

Much of the growth was attributed to a strong performance in the company’s inkjet printer business, where revenue grew during the quarter due to increased shipments in Epson’s inkjet printers that use “refillable, high-capacity ink tanks” as well as “higher average selling prices”. This offset the decline in shipments of Epson’s inkjet printers using ink cartridges; and consumables revenue also rose due to “improvement in the composition of Epson’s inkjet printer installed base”.

Large-format printers also saw an increase in revenue due to “sales growth in Asia” and “foreign exchange effects”; while page-printer revenue fell as consumables volume declined.

Epson revised its full-year forecast, increasing its full-year revenue to ¥1,008.4 billion ($8.6 billion/€7.6 billion) – an increase of 2.8 percent compared to its previous forecast. However, the company decreased its profit forecast from ¥111 billion ($944 million/€832 million) to ¥84.4 billion ($717.8 million/€632.8 million).

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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 123inkt.nl, 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 ePrimo.pl 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/Gizmag.com)

The Primera Trio (Credit: Erick Mack/Gizmag.com)

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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