October 25, 2018
Xerox’s recently appointed CEO, John Visentin, has been shedding light on the company’s current relationship with Fujifilm and its plans for a 3D future.
This week, the OEM’s helmsman has been weighing in on Fujfilm, as Westfair Communications reports, dismissing concerns “over last week’s appellate court ruling that cleared the way for Fujfilm Holdings Corp. to reopen acquisition negotiations”.
Visentin appeared “unperturbed” by the ruling at a recent investors’ call, which was held to discuss the OEM’s Q3 performance.
“As for the appeals court favour, we don’t believe it means very much for Xerox because Xerox terminated that transaction for reasons unrelated to the injunctions,” he commented.
He went on to add that Fujifilm and Xerox are still collaborating. “We’ve had continued communications with Fuji and with them as JV (joint venture) partner,” he said. “In fact, they were here recently for discussions on how as a prospective they can provide and earn our business.”
Visentin also took the opportunity, during the investors’ call, to elaborate on Xerox’s plans for the future, particularly in terms of 3D, with the CEO revealing that the OEM is “developing a roadmap to participate in 3D printing.”
As 3D PRINTING INDUSTRY reveals, Visentin stated, “We currently manufacture 3D printouts that we OEM where we have differentiated capabilities around print technologies, materials, toner and software that will enable 3D printing to move to the next level of adoption for the production of end use industrial products.”
In turning its attention to 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, Xerox is following in the footsteps of other printing industry heavyweights, such as HP, Ricoh, Canon and Epson. However, a Xerox spokesperson has indicated that “the full details of the 3D printing project will not become more apparent until an investor day scheduled for February 2019”.
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