This week, Woodland Hills, CA-based remanufacturer International Laser Group (ILG) announced a new cartridge-certification system called “Color Certified.” It sounds as if the program has two main components: the color toner formulation and various testing protocols. ILG’s press release states that Color Certified cartridges use “an exclusive color formulation” co-developed by ILG and a leading
InfoTrends has been busy publishing wide-format market research in January, including three different forecast-based reports on various market segments. The firm’s research paints a portrait of an industry in transition with solvent devices declining in popularity as more environmentally friendly alternatives such as UV-curable machines and durable aqueous devices including HP Latex printers grow in
On January 9, OPI reported that Pelikan, a manufacturer of aftermarket ink and toner, compatible cartridges, and other third-party supplies, among other products, will eliminate 160 jobs in Germany and Switzerland following a “marked loss” in 2011. Pelikan is also reportedly considering closing eight of its 13 production facilities within the next three years. OPI
On January 10, Photizo Group announced that it has acquired Lyra Research. Both research companies focus on the print and imaging markets, with Photizo Group specializing in managed print services (MPS) and the services industry and Lyra focusing on imaging companies and their products. The two research firms say that together they will offer a
On January 4, Xerox announced the acquisition of LaserNetworks, a managed print services (MPS) provider based out of Ontario, Canada. Xerox did not disclose how much it paid for the firm, which currently has 189 employees. LaserNetworks is a provider of MPS to more than 1,000 companies and organization in North America, and it supports
On January 5, Canon announced plans to establish a new manufacturing company for assembling digital multifunction office systems and service parts in Thailand. The new company will be called Canon Prachinburi (Thailand) Ltd. and will be located in Prachinburi province. Canon ultimately plans to invest approximately ¥15 billion ($195.3 million*) in the new manufacturing company.
We have recently seen press releases from both InfoTrends and the Photizo Group related to the growing opportunity for managed print services (MPS) and other office document solutions and services in Latin America. InfoTrends Study On January 4, InfoTrends announced the availability of a new study called Office Document Solutions & Services in Latin America.
Goodness, Eastman Kodak cannot catch a break. As we wrote on January 3 (see “Kodak Announces New President and Board of Director Departures”), Kodak has seen some departures from its board of directors and is combatting the perception, in some circles, that a bankruptcy is possible unless the firm is able to get a cash
On December 31, LD Products issued an upbeat press release calling 2011 a banner year, its “strongest year yet,” and highlighting some of the company’s achievements in the year just ended. In 2011, the firm broke ground on a new 110,000-square-foot facility in Long Beach, CA. In June, we wrote about the groundbreaking for the
Over the past couple of weeks, Eastman Kodak has announced some changes to its leadership team. First, on December 22, Kodak announced that its board of directors elected Laura Quatela as a Kodak president as of January 1, 2012. Ms. Quatela was previously Kodak’s general counsel and a senior vice president. Ms. Quatela will serve