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Kyocera Mita launches new TASKalfa MFPs

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Kyocera Mita has launched three new colour multifunctional devices designed to meet the needs of high volume office document requirements.

The TASKalfa 550C, 650C and 750C offer print speeds of 55, 65, respectively 75ppm in A4 b/w and colour mode at 1200×1200 dpi. All machines have advanced colour management funcitionality, comprehensive paper handling facilities and superior ease-of-use which ensure they perform to the highest standards even in the most demanding office environment.

Canon Introduces Image Runner 5070

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Canon USA introduced the Image Runner 5070 digital multifunction imaging system. This new multifunction device joins the Image Runner 6570 and Image Runner 5570 as the standard for document handling and management for mid- to large sized workgroups. The machine delivers output speed up to 50ppm with a 3.3 second first-copy-out-time (source: Info-Trend, January 2006).

OKI printing solutions announces B4500 series MFP in EMEA

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OKI printing solutions expanded its MultiFunction Product (MFP) range
by introducing the new compact B4500 series MFPs replacing the B4520 and 4540 MFP`s. The new devices are ideally suited to an office environment for monochrome printing, copying, faxing and color scanning. The B4500 series MFP`s offer 20ppm printing speed and 13 seconds first page out capability.

For even greater productivity OKI is introducing the B6300 A4 printer in the EMEA market area comprising 6 printers called B6200,B6200n,B6200dn,B6300,B6300n and B6300dn. All of these printer offer 34ppm printing speed and time to first copy in 8.8 seconds.

Kyocera reports a 15% sales increase

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Document imaging specialist Kyocera has announced a strong increase in year on year sales for the six months to September 2009, demonstrating that the company is in a good position to navigate the current cost consious business climate.

Kyocera achieved a 15% sales increase in Q2 over last year’s performance. These sales figures have been driven by strong performances in the public sector and the success of recently launched products in the colour range.

Sales Director Graham Cox comments: “Today’s challenging business conditions make it essential for organisations to strip uncontrolled cost out of their operations. Printing has understandably come under scrutiny and customers are looking for a complet package offering streamlined, efficient performance alongside low running and service cost. Kyocera’s Managed Document Strategy (MDS) which is supported by our comprehensive portfolio of printers, MFPs and software solutions, offers unbeatably low cost of ownership alongside high reliability and this is a message that is resonating strongly with our target markets”.

Color Technology Transforming the Workgroup Environment

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According to an InfoTrend study color printer, printer MFPs and UCPs are the most important class of products of the office workgroup. InfoTrends projects that placements of b/w office printers and copiers are peacking and will decline over the next five years as office color machines become the dominant products in most product segments. Vendors that do not have an agressive color strategy will loose market share and consumables revenues.

Recent research findings strongly suggest that vendor should shift their development resources towards color printers and UCP (Universal copier/printer) devices and away from new, clean-sheet designs of conventional monochrome devices. The focus of any new b/w product developments should be on further reducing costs but not on adding features.

Furthermore, the research studies predict that the digital color market will grow 20% a year through the end of the decade, creating radical shifts in revenue and page volume and transforming the face of the printing industry. The market for digital color is currently generating over 58 billion pages in the U.S and results in over 42’000 hardware placements in production environments. This production market purchases USD 4,46 billion in digital color equipment, services and supplies (excluding paper)and generates almost USD 25 billion in retail value of print (source: InfoTrend, February 2006).

U.S Media Print Market Forecast 2004 to 2009

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The forecast indicates that color prints will generate the highest growth with single-function and multifunctional color laser printer experiencing 53,7% and 49,3% growth rates, respectively. In 2004 color devices generated 1 out of every 10 prints. By 2009 they will produce 1 out of every 3 prints (source: Info Trends, January 2006).

Media Pages Market Forecast 2004 to 2009

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The forecast indicates that cut-size pages will continue to dominate teh market, accounting for 90% of the market by 2009. Pages imaged on color devices are also expected to grow. Color pages accounted for approximately 13% of all pages during 2004 and this percentage is expected to reach 37% by 2009 (source: Info-Trend, January 2006).

CAP Venture releases One-of-a-Kind Research on the copier paper industry in China

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The report says China’s paper industry is the second largest in the world, with its paper production and consumption exceeding that of Japan. The copier paper market segment in China is no exception. The segment is expected to grow through 2008 with sales reaching 790’000 tons representing revenue of JPY 7’141’000. The robust growth can be attributed to China’s soaring economy which has brought about an information explosion and increased the need for paper.

As the installed base of output equipment such as copiers, printers and others is expanding rapidly, the Chinese copier paper market is expected to continue to grow at a rate of 20% between 2002 and 2008.

CAP Venture studies document costs for major organizations worldwide

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The study indicates that organizations believed they were spending an average 3% of their revenues on copying, printing and fax related cost. In this case the reality is is twice the perception as the research reveals that overall document expenditures (including hardware, supplies and people cost)in fact reach an average of 6% on annual revenues.

CAP Venture launches new study on the Wester European digital colour printing market

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According to the study printing businesses are undergoing a fundamental transformation and digital colour printing technology is one trigger that continues to impact the entire market.

According to InfoTrends/CAP Ventures research digital colour devices currently generate over 43 billion pages in Western Europe. This number is expected to grow at an average rate of 19% in the next five years, amounting to a retail value of EUR 33 billion in 2009.

International industry associations

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Associacion de Recicladores de Toner de Latino América
Contact: Ivan Rosales
Phone: + 52 33 3631 5489
Email: ivan@vinet.com.mx
Web: www.ardela.com

Associaco Brasileira de Recondicionadores de Cartuchos para Impressorasde
Contact: Ulysses Rodrigues
Phone: + 55 11 5051 3110
Email: abreci@abrecipress.org.br
Web: www.abrecipress.org.br

Association of Japan Cartridge Remanufacturers
Contact: Yuichi Ishigaki
Phone: + 81 0463 23 0994
Email: info@ajcr.jp
Web: www.ajcr.jp

Australasian Cartridge Remanufacturing Association
Phone: + 61 2 9687 3399
Email: info@acra.asn.au
Web: www.acra.asn.au

China Computer Industry Association
Contact: Gong Binliang
Phone: +86 0571 88366942
Email: printtd@mail.hz.zj.cn

European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturers Association (ETIRA)
Contact: Vincent van Dijk
Phone: + 31 6414 61463
Email: info@etira.org
Web: www.etira.org

International Imaging Technology Council (I-ITC)
Contact: Tricia Judge
Phone: + 1 702 838 4279
Web: www.i-itc.org

Printer Cartrdige Remanufacturers Association of Thailand
Contact: Florent Pellegrin
Phone: + 66 3870 2297
Email: manager@thaifrance.com

United Kingdom Cartridge Remanufacturers Association (UKCRA)
Contact: Laura Heywood
Phone: + 44 1706 525 050
Email: info@ukcra.com

Czech Republic Remanufacturers Association (CRRA)
Phone: +420 296 644 930
Email: info@crra.cz
Web: www.crra.cz

Romanian Cartrdige Association (ARRC-IT)
Contact: Robert Bercia
Phone: +40 722 517 506
Email: info@arrc-it.ro
Web: www.arrc-it.ro

AssoRiTech (Italy)
Contact: Federico Pastore
Phone: +39 02 303129850
Email: info@assoritechonline.org
Web: www.assoritechonline.org

Associacao Gaucha dos Remanufacturadores de Cartuchos de Impressora (AGRECI)
Contact: Roberto Grandi
Email: agreci@terra.com.br
Web: www.agreci.com.br

Western European Office Equipment usage driven by increased demand for colour in office.

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A recent survey indicated by InfoTrends indicates that office equipment usage is being primarily driven by the increased demand for colour in the office. This is demonstrated by the increased demand for presence of colour copiers and colour laser printers. The prevalence of colour laser printers has increased significantly between 2004 and 2005. While only 36,2% or respondents reported owning these devices in 2004, 44,1% reported owning them in 2005.

According to the report businesses are beginning to favour colour laser printers over inkjet technology due to their higher speed, better reliability and high-capacity toner cartridges. The migration towards colour printing is further evidenced by the increased number of respondents who indicated owning a colour copier. The most significant change was seen among 24+ cpm colour copiers, with 9% of respondents owning one in 2004 compared to 14% in 2005.

Katun to acquire toner and developer product assets of Nashua

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Katun corporation announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Nashua Corporation to acquire certain assets associated with Nashua’s toner and developer product line. The transaction which is subject to customary closing conditions is expected to become final in March 2006. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Konica Minolta Europe introduces Bizhub C300,C352 and C352P

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At CeBIT 2006 Konica Minolta presented 3 new Bizhub C-versions in addition to the existing C350-line as colour is clearly the main focus for Konica Minolta for offices as well as production environment. The Bizhub C300, C352 and C352P are for office environments and can produce 30 or 35ppm in colour and in monochrome and feature an embedded finisher as a unique highlight. The entire range of colour products provide consistent hight quality colour due to Konica Minolta’s polymerized toner (SIMITRI).

Konica Minolta introduces Bizhub PRO6500C

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Konica Minolta underlines its commitment to the production printing business with the announcement of the new Bizhub PRO C6500, a colour printing system designed to be robust and flexible enough to cope with the demands of the busy production printing environment. The device has an output capacity of up to 3’900 pages per hour (65ppm) in full colour and black&white. The system comes with Konica Minolta’s polymerized high-definition toner (SIMITRI-HD)for high image quality.

Epson UK launches EPL-N2550 laser printer

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The Epson EPL-2550 is a compact A3 format workgroup printer which offers high printing speeds of up to 30ppm and features quick fusing technology to produce a first page out of 8.2 seconds from ready mode.
It offers a high paper capacity of up to 1500 sheets and toner yield up to 15’000 pages.

Canon introduces Image Runner C5180/N,C4580/F,C3880/F in Japan

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Canon announced in Japan the introduction of three new colour networked mulifunction colour office systems, each configured in two versions incorporating an all-new laser engine and toner fusing system to achieve high-speed print performance (N and F models) while the other models offer high funcionality and enhanced functions to meet specific business needs.

The devices achieve hight output speeds of 51ppm, 40ppm and 36ppm respectively for A4 documents. Canon’s newly developed Twin Belt Fuser
toner fusing system works in conjunction with the highly efficient Induction Heating Coil to provide fast, energy-efficient fusing, even for high density colour documents.

Kyocera Mita Launches KM-3050,4050 and 5050 MFP’s

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Kyocera Mita has updated its range of monochrome A3 multifunctional products (MFPs) with the launch of the KM-3050,4050 and KM-5050. The new devices are the successors to the KM-3035,4035 and 5035 series and offers the same Kyocera Mita engine but with features such as faster scan speeds and a larger memory.

The new range has a maximum paper capaciy of 4’200 sheets while the toner cartridge yields 34’000 copies at 6% coverage.

Kyocera Mita Launches KM-C2520, C3225 and KM-C3232 colour MFP’s

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With the launch of a new series of multfunctional products from Kyocera Mita, medium-sized offices now have access to A3 colour printing and copying.

All three devices are using dual component toner and the manufacturer’s own controller. The KM-C3225 and C3232 print at 32ppm (A4 in b&w) and 25/13 and 32/16 in A4/A3 colour respectively. The KM-C2520 has a print speed of 20/10 ppm and 25ppm in A4 black & white.

NASHUA completes majority of planned sale of toner and developer assets to KATUN

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Nashua Corporation announced that its previously announced planned sale of certain of its toner and developer asstets to KATUN closed as scheduled on March 31, 2006 with certain assets remaining to be transferred. The assets involved in the transaction included certain toner and developer formulations and related equipment. The remaining assets are expected to be transferred to KATUN within the next three months.

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