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REMCON’s third day addresses key issues

February 1, 2016

Topics focused on on Monday included IP, 3D printing and the European market.IMG_1179

 The third day of the REMCON seminar programme started off with EBP’s Aleem Hosein and Amy Horn presenting the launch of the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S 3D printer, discussing diversification into the market and a demonstration of the 3D printer. This was followed by InfoTrends’ Andrew Carroll’s overview of the European remanufacturing markets as well as trends and opportunities including breakdown of inkjet and laser markets as well as remanufactured and new-build, before Peter Mayhew’s study of system integration and BPO (business process optimisation), and whether they are a threat or opportunity, was repeated. Actionable Intelligence’s Charlie Brewer then studied the opportunities 3D printing offers the hardcopy industry, investigating different technologies and vertical markets and analysing the similarities and differences between the two disparate sectors.

Actionable Intelligence's Charlie Brewer

Actionable Intelligence’s Charlie Brewer

Apex Microelectronic’s Ben Wu repeated his talk on printer firmware, before The Recycler’s David Connett spoke about new-built product, and addressed whether it is an OEM problem, while taking into account the challenges remanufacturers face from the market. Next, ETIRA’s Vincent van Dijk again gave his presentation on the EU’s circular economy initiative,and its relevance to the cartridge remanufacturing industry across the continent. The penultimate talk of the third day was Totalpost’s David Hymers’ analysis of the ink business, repeated from Sunday afternoon, before IP lawyer Helen Duan concluded Monday’s programme with a look at global trends in patent enforcement, where she walked delegates through recent trends in enforcement across the imaging and remanufacturing industries, including cases in China, the US and Europe, case details and what the aftermarket should do to avoid being affected or drawn into IP cases.

The REMCON seminar programme concludes tomorrow, starting at 10am with the final early bird session, previewing the day ahead alongside an open-topic discussion. The Recycler’s David Connett will then give two talks on pricing – the first, starting at 11am, is ‘Premium pricing – getting back to reality’, and looks at how to make pricing work for you and how it impacts on your business’. The second of Connett’s presentations, and the final talk of the REMCON seminar programme for Remanexpo@Paperworld 2016, is the second presentation of ‘Premium pricing – fantasy or reality’, starting at 12.30pm, with Connett again explaining how companies can make prmium pricing work for their business.

Read our round-up from the first day’s talks here, and the second day’s programme here. You can also read our summary of day three from an exhibitor perspective here. For all the latest information and news, visit, and for an exhibitor list, the full seminar programme and speaker profiles, visit

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