On October 5, Seiko Epson announced plans to construct a 405,261-square-foot building in the city of Shiojiro in Nagano, Japan. The three-story building will include a factory for prototyping and volume production of large commercial and industrial printing systems and a test laboratory for digital textile printing. The company said it plans to invest ¥16
On September 28, International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that in the second quarter of 2017 shipments of inkjet hardcopy peripherals (printers, MFPs) in the Asia Pacific region excluding Japan (APeJ) exceeded such shipments in the United States for the first time ever, making APeJ the number-one market in terms of shipment volume for inkjet devices.
Numerous news reports out of France (including Boursier.com, FranceInfo, Le Figaro, ZDNet), and a handful of English-language websites (the Connexion, the Memo, and the Recycler) report that a group called Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmée (HOP), or Stop Planned Obsolescence, has filed a complaint against printer OEMs Brother, Canon, Epson, and HP that claims they deliberately
On August 29, Epson America announced the availability of a new A4 inkjet all-in-one aimed at photo enthusiasts/hobbyists and families: the Expression Photo XP-8500 Small-in-One. Steve Michell, product manager for Epson America, tells us that the Expression Photo XP-8500 replaces the Expression Photo XP-860 from 2014 (see “Epson Announces Expression Photo XP-860”). According to Mr.
At the end of July and throughout August, printer and copier OEMs reported quarterly financial results for the three-month period ended on June 30, 2017. For all the Japanese OEMs, except Canon, this period marked their fiscal first quarter. For Canon and Xerox, this period was the second quarter of the fiscal year that will
On August 31, International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that in the second quarter of 2017 worldwide shipments of hardcopy peripherals (printers, copiers, MFPs) grew for the third consecutive quarter. According to data from IDC’s “Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker,” shipments in Q2 grew 0.7 percent year-over-year to more than 23.3 million units. Q2’s shipment growth follows
Economic policies put in place by the government in India have played havoc with the country’s hardcopy peripheral (printer and MFP) market in recent quarters. International Data Corporation (IDC) reports that in the second quarter of 2017, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that India introduced on July 1, 2017, led to lower sell-in shipments
At Actionable Intelligence, we frequently write about the seizure-and-forfeiture orders issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) catches importers violating the ITC’s general exclusion orders (GEOs) on printer consumables. Prior to 2015, we typically saw just a couple of seizure-and-forfeiture orders issued a year related to violations of
Name a manmade product, and chances are good there is some intellectual property (IP) involved. And companies with patented goods are all looking for ways to protect their products from infringers. The printer consumables industry is no exception. While printers themselves are patented, so too are the consumables they use. Printer original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)
“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried the titular Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It is a sentiment we share whenever we peer down the rabbit hole that is Epson’s lawsuit against an alleged ring of inkjet cartridge counterfeiters in Nevada. The case immediately captured our attention because such a large cartridge counterfeiting operation inside the United