The construction of Epson’s new factory at its Hirooka office in Shiojiri, Japan, is finally complete. Epson says the new plant, known as Hirooka Office Building 9, will be the second production site for its PrecisionCore print chips, which the OEM currently manufactures at its Suwa Minami Plant in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Epson first announced
In a recent blog post, Keypoint Intelligence analysts forecast pockets of growth in the otherwise mature digital imaging markets of North America and Western Europe. The growth is expected to occur within the A4 color laser market and certain segments of the business inkjet markets as it shifts away from single-function printers to multifunction devices.
On April 11, HP announced that it has expanded its A3 printer and MFP lineup with new PageWide machines for transactional and contractual channels. HP announced the devices at its Executive Forum 2018, but it did not provide much information about the hardware at the time (see “HP Announces New A3 Hardware, Tools, and More at
On May 22, Epson America announced its new WorkForce Pro WF-C8000 family of A3 color business inkjets, which includes the WorkForce Pro WF-C8190 single-function inkjet printer and the WorkForce Pro WF-C8690 multifunction inkjet. The introduction is just the latest in a string of recent inkjet hardware introductions from Epson. In April, the company announced the
On May 17, International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that although shipments of hardcopy peripherals (printers and MFPs) declined in Western Europe in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the year-ago period, the decline was smaller than forecast and some OEMs had a good start to the year. Western European hardcopy peripheral unit shipments shrank
HP recently issued some announcement related to its A3 business at its Executive Forum 2018 partner event (see “HP Announces New A3 Hardware, Tools, and More at Executive Forum 2018”). This week, analysts had an opportunity to hear more from HP about its A3 business, including new hardware, new accessibility improvements for HP Enterprise A3
On April 17, Epson America announced the newest model in its line of “cartridge-free EcoTank printers”: the WorkForce Pro ET-8700 EcoTank all-in-one. The ET-8700 is an A4 inkjet all-in-one, but whereas its siblings in the EcoTank line are aimed at consumers and small-office/home-office (SOHO) users, the ET-8700 is aimed at small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
On April 9, London-based IT market research firm CONTEXT reported that sales of printer hardware through distributors in Western Europe declined by 6 percent year-over-year early in the first quarter of 2018, continuing the slowdown that the firm noted in the fourth quarter of 2017 (see “CONTEXT Finds Strong A3 Business Inkjet Sales Slow Rate
At Actionable Intelligence, we try to keep the focus on printers and consumables, not politics. But the looming trade war between the United States and China is something we are watching very closely. In this instance, it appears that politics may have a very real and disruptive effect on the printer and supplies market. Tariffs
In early 2015, when Epson launched its WorkForce Pro line of business inkjet machines featuring the Replacement Ink Pack System (RIPS), the company touted the line’s innovative bags of ink, which could yield up to 75,000 pages to meet the demands of office workgroup settings (see “Replacement Ink Pack System Hits U.S. Market in Epson’s