Nov 29, 2010
The high-speed colour inkjet market remains very dynamic. Over the past several months, we have seen a number of product introductions and new installations. To this end, HP recently organised a publishing innovation event at Rotolito Lombarda in Milan to present the first full colour inkjet web press installation in Europe to members of the press and to discuss its Inkjet Web Press strategy.
To date, HP has announced 21 installations of full colour Inkjet Web Presses on a global basis (a total of 42 engines). In addition to Rotolito, these installations include beta sites such as the T200 and T350 at O’Neil and the IntelliJet installationsÂ from Pitney Bowes. A total of 13 installations were designed for book printing, while most of the remainder involve direct mail applications. All installations have occurred in the U.S. or Western Europe thus far, but an Asia-Pacific site is set to join in soon.
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Nov 18, 2010
There has been a flurry of acquisition activity this week in the aftermarket. First, Katun acquired Media Sciences’ toner business and now Clover has acquired broker, Environmental Reclamation Services (ERS). According to the press release from November 15, 2010, Clover Holdings, Inc., the largest aftermarket remanufacturer, acquired ERS but both companies will continue to operate independently servicing their customers. Founded in 1990, ERS is headquartered in Erie, PA and is a global provider of environmental solutions including recycling and the collection of printer supplies and small electronics. ERS is one of the biggest companies of its kind processing over 70 million units since inception and had been owned by Falcon Investments since March 2007. The other large broker similar to ERS would be Greentec (Ontario, Canada). Read more »
Nov 16, 2010
Last week about fifteen industry analysts and members of the press went to Laflin, Pennsylvania at Kodak’s invitation to see Prosper technology in action at a Bertelsmann Arvato company called OPM (Offset Paperback Manufacturers). Since early this year OPM Arvato has had a Prosper 1000 that it has been using for monochrome book printing. In August it added the color version of Prosper, the 5000XL. This is the first installation of Kodak’s Prosper 5000XL. Also of note is the fact that the 5000XL is configured with a Muller Martini Sigma line finisher that can also take sheets from offline sources.
Kodak Prosper 5000XL at OPM Arvato
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Nov 15, 2010
On November 12, 2010, Media Sciences International sold its toner business to Katun Corporation, a Monomoy Capital Partners portfolio company that was acquired in September 2008. Katun purchased assets used in the Media Science’s toner business including inventory, fixed assets, and intangibles such as business name and trademarks, for approximately $11 million. The final amount will be determined based on the value of the inventory 30 days from closing which is still to be determined. Katun will also assume the liability for all unfulfilled purchase orders, for a defined amount for returns and allowances, and for any post-closing liabilities under all customer and vendor contracts for the toner business but not for any of Media Sciences other liabilities. As part of this transaction, Katun will also become the exclusive Master Distributor of the Media Sciences solid ink products for use in Xerox color printers for a period of three years. The two companies also entered into a license agreement that allows Media Sciences and its affiliate to continue using its business name and several websites for up to two years. Read more »
Last week at the Canon Expo in Tokyo Océ added a new inkjet product to its production color continuous feed offerings. Called the ColorStream 3500, the new device runs at 75 meters per minute and is capable of 537 A4 images per minute in a simplex configuration and 1,010 in duplex. As with Océ’s JetStream products, the device uses Kyocera drop-on-demand inkjet heads. The ColorStream 3500 is available in simplex or duplex configurations from one to six colors, and is field upgradeable. The device uses water-based inks (either dye or pigment). An Océ technology called InkSafe uses RFID to assure that the right ink is loaded in the right place. “Type 1” finishing connectivity allows direct integration with third-party finishing systems.
ColorStream 3500 at Canon Expo Tokyo
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Nov 12, 2010
Just as we were all getting comfortable with the new normal and looking forward to a relatively normal year end — boom, Ireland.
A little while ago I blogged on the financial issues in Europe, the fact that the markets always want to see actions (money) rather than words and how this uncertainty might impact our industry. Well we’re seeing something of a repeat of the Greek situation from earlier this year with Ireland right now. However, there is a distinct change of mood detectable. Read more »
Nov 11, 2010
John Wanamaker, known as the father of modern advertising, once made the now-famous statement: “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I don’t know which half.” With today’s analytics capabilities, marketers no longer have the luxury of ignorance. Read more »