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EMEA Page Volume Down Says IDC

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EMEA Page Volume Down Says IDC

According to IDC 2012 EMEA page volume generated on home and office digital hardcopy devices is down by -2.3% to 2 million pages. W. Europe and CEE see declines of -3.1% and -3.2% respectively, while MEA is the only sub-region posting growth.

W. Europe accounts for over 63% of EMEA total page volume.

On a global scale 2012 page volume is down from 3.03 trillion in 2011 to 2.98tr, a -1.5% decline caused by a reduction in pages printed on laser devices in developed economies.

 

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The Samsung IFA Printer Showcase

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The Samsung IFA Printer Showcase

The Samsung IFA 2013 stand features more than just smartphones and smartwatches-- the company also shows off a trio of curious printer design concepts, the "Wave," "Indie" and "One & One."

Then again the company does want to accelerate its  "leadership in mobile printing," so perhaps its consideration of outlandish ideas ("what if a printer could double as a speaker?") comes as less of a surprise, seeing how Samsung printers already carry functionality of the app, Wifi Direct, Google Cloud Print and NFC variety...

The first Samsung concept printer we will look at is the Wave. It features a "minimal, organic design," doubles as a smartphone dock and prints saved material directly from the docked device.

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A "Stack" in Printer Concepts

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Japanese designer Mugi Yamamoto has an interesting idea bringing back interest in the tired world of printers-- the Stack, a compact inkjet printer that "eats" its way down a stack of paper.

The concept eliminates the paper tray, the bulkiest element in most printers, and allows for a simplified, compact design the size of an A3 sheet of paper. It is also admittedly attractive, something we never imagined saying in reference to a printer!

Currently available in working prototype form, the Stack consists of a lightweight aluminium structure holding together components cannibalised from from various mobile printers. Rubber wheels regulate paper flow, pulling paper through the machine and allowing it to make its way down the stack.

Printed sheets of paper appears on top of the Stack.

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Lexmark Exits Inkjet Business

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Lexmark Exits Inkjet Business

Lexmark continues its shift from hardware- to solutions-centric company as it sells off its inkjet-related technology and assets to long-time partner Funai Electric for around $100 million.

Through the deal Funai acquires over 1500 inkjet patents, Lexmark R&D assets and tools, all outstanding shares, a Philippines manufacturing facility and other inkjet-related technologies, allowing the Japanese CE vendor to make own-branded inkjet hardware and supplies.

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Fujitsu Intros ScanSnap iX500

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Fujitsu Intros ScanSnap iX500

Fujitsu launches an addition to the ScanSnap series-- the ScanSnap iX500 scanner with built-in wifi connectivity allowing "PC-less" scanning to Android and iOS mobile devices.

Also compatible with Mac OS and Windows PCs via USB 3.0, the iX500 takes a "scan-to-everywhere" approach with easy scanning to cloud-based storage services such as Evernote, Google Docs, Dropbox, SugarSync and Salesforce.

The scanners appears on Windows PCs as a "ScanSnap Folder," essentially a Windows folder one can open Continue reading...

Print on Nails at CES 2013

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Print on Nails at CES 2013

Stare for long enough into the abyss and the abyss will stare back at you, Nietzsche said. Or, in the case of CES 2013, you will get a look from the maddest things at the show-- such as the Tat'z Nail'z nail inkjet printer.

The name says it all, really. The oddly named device first takes a photo before printing it on your fingernails. The process is surprisingly quick (around 10 seconds) and soon enough you too can have a photo-quality image of your own face on a fingernail or two.

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Canon Intros Printing, Scanning Additions

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Canon Intros Printing, Scanning Additions

Canon rolls out a set of printing and scanning solutions for the holiday season-- the Pixma MG6320 and MG5420 All-in-Ones (AIO), the Pixma iP7220 printer and the CanoScan 9000F Mark II scanner.

The MG6320 and MG5420 have a sleek and compact design, with a low-height body and a redesigned paper casette allowing the printer to sit flush against a wall. The MG6320 carries a 3.5-inch touchscreen, while the MG5420 has a similar 3-inch display, and both have built-in wireless printing capabilities allowing Continue reading...

RIP, Lexmark Inkjets

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RIP, Lexmark Inkjets

In a perhaps unsurprising move, Lexmark kills its inkjet printer business as part of "restructuring action," closing off a Philippines inkjet supply manufacturing facility and eliminating all global injket development efforts.

The cost cutting measure (one Lexmark hopes will bring annual savings of up to $95 million) also eliminates 1700 jobs worldwide. The company already cut 625 jobs earlier.

The Lexmark inkjet printer business was not a very healthy one-- H2 2012 inkjet revenues for the company Continue reading...

Deutsche Bank Analyst: "Dead-Tree Format is Dying"

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A research note from Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore leaves very little to the imagination-- the title says "Dead-tree format is dying," and the inside shows the inevitable decline of all printer vendors over the last few years.

The research combines supplies and hardware revenues from major printer vendors (including Canon, Epson, HP, Xerox and Lexmark) over the last 10 quarters, showing dramatic declines in both unit shipments and revenues.

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