Copier Industry News

Here is the latest industry news from Copitex: The premier copier sales, leasing & rental company in the greater Boston area.

–       Kodak’s sale of company divisions to resolve $2.8 billion in United Kingdom (England) pension claims is being challenged by a dozen competitors:

  • Kodak’s deal covers divisions that make cameras, photo kiosks, scanners, and document imaging software not only resolved $2.8 billion in pension claims, but also brought $650 million in cash to Kodak’s bankruptcy estate
  • Canon, Microsoft, Nikon, Intel, IBM, HP and others have filed objections as they are concerned about how their patent licensing agreements with Kodak will fare in the sale.

–       Sharp’s Shigeaki Mizushima, in an interview, stated:

  • “Rather than follow a strategy for a low market share in a large market, we are looking to pursue higher market shares in smaller markets.”
  • will look to use its lighting technology to raise crops out of season, like helping the strawberry market
  • will grow its Cocorobo robotic vacuum technology division to include making industrial products for public spaces such as train stations and office buildings
  • launch an HDTV that turns into a mirror when not in use
  • “Sharp aims to generate 80 billion yen in new business in those areas within 3 years.”
  • “We will actively expand tie-ups and collaboration with other entities.”

–       Sharp’s Director of Business Solutions Division, Tomoo Shimizu, stated that the company targets $27 billion in revenue from Middle East and African countries in 2013.

  • “There is a growing demanding for versatile business products such as MFPs and professional LCD displays.”

–       Sharp’s president of its copier division in the USA, Doug Albregts, in a press release, stated; “The industry has seen dramatic reduction and consolidation over the past decade.  To survive in a rapidly changing environment where virtualization is becoming the norm, manufacturers and dealers alike need to embrace new business models to enhance operational efficiencies, drive better business practices, and expand channel opportunities for growth.”

–       Sharp announced it is now offering embedded Print Audit solution for its MFPs, which includes cost recovery solution for PC and Mac based networks.

–       Kyocera (aka Kyoto Ceramic Company) announced it won a $90 million solar panel contract from Mitsubishi for roofs of farm buildings in Japan.

  • Also donated solar panels to schools in Uganda and Tanzania

–       Kyocera announced that some of its desktop A4 b/w laser printers (2100, 4100, 4200 & 4300) will now support Apple AirPrint for printing to Apple iPads, iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

–       Kyocera announced it has inaugurated its new printer/MFP manufacturing plant in Singapore Industrial Park in Thuy Nguyen District in Hai Phong City, Vietnam.  Cost to build was $187.5 million.

–       Best Buy announced that it signed an agreement with Microsoft to open up mini Windows Store shops inside hundreds of select Best Buy locations.

  • will be 1500-2200 square feet
  • will display MS Surface PCs and tablets
  • MS Office software
  • Xbox game consoles

–       Canon announced it sold an imagePRESS C7010VP production color system and Oce’ VP2110 production b/w system to Laxman Print-O-Graphics of Noida, India.

–       Canon announced Print and Scan for Mobile v2.0 free app for its imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFPs, now allowing users of Android based devices to wirelessly print and scan.

–       Canon announced it won a managed print services contract from YES BANK locations of India.

  • 430 locations
  • 500 devices
  • reduced overall pages printed by 35-40%
  • reduced carbon footprint by 30%
  • reduced costs by 35-40%

–       Ricoh launched a new solution called University Kiosk for Higher Education service:

  • automates student notification and pickup of package delivery
  • shortens average student wait times from more than 20 minutes to less than two
  • mail center employees receive an digitally scan a package when it arrives
  • generates an email alert to the student
  • records package location within the mail center
  • when ready to pickup, student visits the mail center and swipes student ID card at a kiosk
  • mail center staff is alerted visually and audibly that a student has arrived
  • LCD touchscreen monitor displays the student’s name and location of package
  • mail center staffer retrieves package and student signs an electronic signature
  • based on Ricoh TRAC solution reporting tool

–       Ricoh announced it sold a Pro C901 production color system to Golden Print and Pack of Noida, India.

–       Ellucian Software announced it won a Banner Document Management solution contract from St. John’s University of Queens, NY.

–       nQueue Billback (maker of cost recovery solution for legal vertical) announced its CEO, Rick Hellers, will be guest speaker at a meeting of the greater Chicago chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators on 6/26/2013.

–       Street pricing seen the print for pay marketplace:

  • Xerox DocuColor C75 w/Fiery for $31,100, color clicks @ $0.0568 and b/w clicks @ $0.0115.  11”x17” billed as one click.
  • Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6255 w/LCT/cover inserter/hole-punch/booklet maker/controller for $17,000 with b/w clicks @ $0.0052.

–       Okidata launched several new printers and MFPs.  The MB760 and MB770 series offer:

  • Base MSRPs of $1400 and $1900
  • The MC561 color LED A4 MFP:
    • top speed of 31ppm
    • 1200x600dpi
    • built-in controller with 533MHz processor
    • auto duplex
    • USB & 10/100/1000BaseT ports
    • PCL, PS print drivers
    • fax board standard
    • 3.5” LCD display
    • 256MB RAM
    • can upgrade to 768MB
    • optional 16GB SD card
    • maximum of 880 sheet paper supply with options
  • The MC770 and MC780 have MSRPs of $2500 and $3500
    • optional PaperCut MF cost recovery software with HID or password authentication
    • will ship on 6/17/2013
    • color LED A4 MFPs
    • also resold by Toshiba
    • 9” color LCD touchscreen
    • top speeds of 37ppm and 42ppm respectively
    • 1200x600dpi (does not offer 8 bits per pixel
    • auto duplex standard
    • document feeder holds up to 100 originals, with scan speed of 40opm
    • fax board standard
    • 3,160 sheet max paper capacity with options
    • optional internal stapling finisher
    • built-in controller with 1.3GHz processor
    • PCL, PS and XPS print drivers standard
    • USB and 10/100/1000BaseT ports standard
    • 2GB RAM
    • 160GB hard drive
  • The B721dn and B731dn offer:
    • desktop A4 LED b/w printers
    • 49ppm and 55ppm top speeds respectively
    • auto duplex standard
    • comes standard with 530 sheet paper drawer and 100 sheet bypass
    • maximum paper capacity of 3,160 sheets with options
    • built-in controller with 800MHz processor
    • 1200x1200dpi
    • handles up to 280K/month max duty cycle
    • PCL, PS & XPS print drivers standard
    • USB & 10/100/1000BaseT ports standard
    • 256MB RAM (can upgrade to 768MB)
    • optional 160GB hard drive
  • The C831 series offers:
    • desktop color LED A3 printer
    • top speed of 35ppm
    • 1200x600dpi (does not offer 8 bits per pixel)
    • 1,990 maximum paper capacity with options
    • 800MHz processor
    • USB & 10/100BaseT ports
    • PCL and PS print drivers standard
    • 2565MB RAM (can upgrade to 768MB)
    • 16GB SD card

–       Laser Technologies of Mendota Heights, MN announced it has become an authorized dealer for the Memjet C6010, a 60ppm desktop color inkjet MFP.

–       Photizo Group published summary of MFP vendors’ financial performance in first quarter of 2013, with revenue standings:

  • Konica Minolta up 20.3%
  • Brother up 13.7%
  • Kyocera up 11.8%
  • Ricoh up 7.9%
  • Canon up 5.7%
  • Epson up 3.9%
  • Okidata up 3.5%
  • Hewlett Packard down 0.8%
  • Xerox down 6.9%
  • Lexmark down 12.7%

–       Xerox announced that one of its Global locations, Dahill Office Technology, is moving to new, larger office:

  • 80,000 square feet combined
  • Fountainhead Tower, 8200 Interstate Highway 10 West, San Antonio, TX for sales office
  • 17280 Green Mountain Road, San Antonio for warehouse
  • Bradley Rollins, president and CEO of Dahill
  • Tony Damaini is VP of Operations
  • Ronel Uys is Director of eCommerce & Social Media
  • total of 16 offices in Texas and New Mexico carry Dahill name
  • Dahill was originally started in 1987 by Randy Davidson, Ronald L. Hill and David L. Nutter, and sold out to Global in 1999.

–       Xerox announced it has authorized OnPOINT Imaging to represent its products in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston in the northwest U.S.

–       Xerox announced it sold a 1000 Color Press to Print Allianz of Gauteng, Africa.

–       Lexmark announced it won a managed print services contract from FamilySearch, a division of LDS Church.:

  • operates more than 4,700 family history centers in 129 countries
  • headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT
  • before new contract, had 700 different makes and models of printers
  • replaced by Lexmark X466MFPs, and Lexmark E460 printers
  • savings of $1.3 million in capital printer and scanner expenditures
  • saved $7.6 million on toner, paper and other consumables
  • 53% reduction in total devices

–       RISO (aka Riso Kagaku Corp of Japan) launching new version of its high speed color inkjet A3 MFPs, the ComColor 9110 and 9150 series:

  • actually made by Olympus of Japan
  • top speed of 150ppm (in low quality mode)
  • optional side mount stapling finisher
  • oil based pigment ink
  • 300x300dpi and 600x600dpi modes (does not offer 8 bits per pixel)
  • 46gsm to 210gsm media handling
  • built-in controller
    • 1GB RAM
    • 320GB hard drive
    • 10/100/1000BaseT ports

–       Brother launched three new color laser A4 desktop MFPs, the MFC9130, 9330 and 9340 featuring:

  • base MSRPs of $399, 449 and $499
  • speeds range from 19ppm to 23ppm
  • 600x2400dpi output (does not offer 8 bits per pixel)
  • 3.7” color LCD touchscreens
  • document holds up to 35 originals
  • fax board standard
  • USB & 10/100BaseT ports
  • 192MB RAM

–       Brother announced it will spend $432 million to expand its manufacturing plants of printers and MFPs:

  • includes $140 million to build plant in Philippines

–       Hewlett Packard announced a new Managed Print Services program for its dealers:

  • called the “Resell” program
  • based on platform created by Printelligent of Utah, which Xerox acquired 2 years ago
  • cloud-based opportunity management platform called Express Decision Portal
  • HP Bundled Page is all-inclusive page pricing model that includes install, toner, parts and labor
  • Unlike other programs, the dealer partner owns the account and carries responsibility of ongoing account management and collections
  • HP provides a wholesale price per page to dealer, and partner controls margin by dialing the resale price to customer up or down, called “buy a page, sell a page”

–       HP, according to Mercury News newspaper, has decreased its R&D spending to just 3% of revenues.

–       U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White refused to dismiss Nuance’s OCR patent infringement lawsuit against Lexmark and Abbyy Software of Russia.

  • The judge also ordered Abbyy to pay $130,000 in sanctions for its conduct

–       Fuji is planning on launching the PS-02-FIM2200, a large lithium-ion battery that can keep some MFPs running, even during a power outage.  Pricing not announced.

–       SRS announced it won an EHR contract from Piedmont Eye Center of Lynchburg, VA.

–       McKesson announced a documentation management solution contract from Christus Health, and IDN in Irving, TX.

–       eClinicalWorks announced it won an EHR contracts from:

  • Swedish Covenant Hospital of Chicago, Illinois
  • Horizon Health Center of New Jersey.


–       Mountain Medical Technologies announced it won a Cyramed EHR contract from Black Canyon Surgical Center of Montrose, Colorado.

–       Hyland Software announced it won an OnBase ECM contract from Legacy Health, an IDN in Oregon in Washington, which allowed the IDN to reach HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) Stage 7 by connecting it to its Epic EHR.

  • When asked why EHR adoption did not make the IDN paperless, Legacy Health’s CIO, John Kenagy, stated; “We have less and less paper, but invariably, the process does generate some paper…”
    • “There is still a lot of paper throughout administrative processes and the like.”

–       Access Software announced it won a paperless clinical data bridge solution from KershawHealth of South Carolina.

–       OpenText announced it won an ECM contract from Healthdirect Australia.

–       Standard Register announced it will open a Healthcare Software and Services Center of Excellence in Atlanta, GA to develop new solutions.


–       HIPAA & Data Security Breaches:

  • Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital notified 13,000 patients that their PHI was exposed after an employee’s laptop computer was stolen from the hospital.
  • Sutter Health, an IDN headquartered in northern California, notified 4,500 patients that their PHI was found in a drug dealer’s home in Oakland, CA.
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs admitted that it accidentally deleted electronic home loan info for almost 500,000 people.
  • Shasta Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has agreed to settle an investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and will pay a $275,000 monetary settlement.  SRMC has also agreed to a comprehensive corrective action plan to update its policies and procedures on safeguarding PHI from impermissible uses and disclosures and to train its workforce members.