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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 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.
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
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 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
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
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.
Production colour driving growth of the US print on demand market
According to the InfoTrend`s recently released U.S. Print on Demand forecast, the production copying and digital printing market in the USA will account for 921 billion prints in 2010, generating total annual equipment, supply and service revenued of nearly USD 19 billion. Meanwhile the retail value of print will near USD 73 billion.
Color print on demand continues to be the driver behind this growth, which is primarily due to the success of production color devices (printer and copiers with speeds of 24ppm and higher). It is expected that the installed base for production color devices in the USA will grow annually 23% until 2010.
Black & white print on demand will grow at a much slower rate than color due to continued shift of b&w to color devices. It is expected that the annual b&w printing volume will reach its peack in 2009.
Samsung recently introduced the CLP-650N laser printer offering print speed of up to 21ppm in black and color. The device has a duty cycle of 45000 pages per month and a cost per page of 2,4 US-Cents in monochrome, respectively 12,1 US-Cents in color. According to Samsung the cost per page can be lowered by up to 40 percent when using the “TonerSave” feature which is extending the life of the toner cartridge up to 40 percent.
Canon Europe announced the launch of its new smart office colour four drum multifunctional printers (MFPs)- the iR-C3380/i and iR-C2880/i
offering print, copy, scan, send and fax functionality.
The four devices are Canon’s completely new colour MFPs with colour speeds of 30 and 28ppm. Besides many finishing options and productivity increasing software the devices come with Automatic Colour Sensing (ACS) which recognises when a paper is in colour or
black&white and prints the document accordingly.
Ricoh Europe B.V launched 3 new all-round models – the Aficio MP-161, MP-161L and MP-161LN which are equipped with an increasing number of
functions. All models provide standard automatic duplexing and advanced paper handling.
Prints are produced at speeds of up to 16ppm and ideal for monthly copy volumes of 5’000 copies. Furhter, the devices offer very low sound emission level and power consumption.
Xerox announced its most affordable desktop colour laser printer and multifunction product (MFP) designed for small business as a replacement for business inkjet printers and all-in-one devices.
The Phaser 6110 colour laser priter prints up to 4ppm in colour and 16ppm in black&white at a print resolution of 2400×600 dpi. Available in four configurations at a starting price of EUR 274.00 the device will be available from November 2006.
Canon introduces Colour iR-C5180 series and C4580,C3380 and C2880 series full colour MFPs
Canon USA Inc. announced availability of a series of new powerful, yet affordable colour devices for large and small office environments.
Based on four-drum technology the C5180,C4580 and C4080 delivery printing speeds of 51,45 and 40ppm for letter sized documents in b&w
and 51,45 and 36ppm for colour output.
While the C5180 is already available the other models will become available by the end of 2006.