The tablet market got a little more crowded this week. What remains to be seen is whether the top 80% or the bottom 20% feels the squeeze, or if maybe the whole pie gets bigger to make room for a new player. Amazon’s entry had been widely anticipated and predicted to be a potential “iPad killer”. The announcement of the Amazon Kindle Fire, a 7-inch Android device with an aggressive $199 price point, made headlines on Wednesday, but measuring it against the iPad may be comparing apples to, um, Apples. Read more »
One of the questions I hear frequently is about the potential impact of memjet – the inkjet print head technology – on the wide format digital print market. This question is likely to become even more common following the announcements at Graph Expo and LabelExpo that two companies have become the first to integrate the memjet print head technology into wide format digital print solutions.
At Graph Expo XanteÂ announced that it has become the first to integrate the memjet print head into a wide format printing system which the company is calling the Excelagraphix 4200. OWN-X’s WideStar 2000 is another memjet-powered wide format printer announcedÂ last week that will be shown at LabelExpo, so it is pretty clear that memjet is picking up speed, so to speak. Read more »
Last week I attended ITMA, the international textiles exhibition in Barcelona, to understand how digital printing technology was being adopted in this significant part of the industrial printing market.
It was clear from the machinery being displayed and the range of new exhibitors at this year’s event that digital printing has reached a milestone in the textile market and is poised to make significant advances in the next few years. What until now been the preserve of proofing and prototyping is now becoming viable for short run production. Devices from Durst, Konica Minolta, Kornit, La Meccanica and spgprints (Stork Prints) shown for the first time at ITMA all address this new category for short run production. There were also new devices from established wide-format inkjet fabric players Mimaki, Mutoh and Roland DG to better address the prototyping and sampling markets that previous generations of their products have served. Read more »
The worst kept secret of the week was finally confirmed on Thursday.Â Léo Apotheker stepped down at HP with Meg Whitman taking the reins.Â Given the pre-warning of the actual event there is more than enough debate out there already about whether or not this is good move for HP so I thought I’d share my thoughts from an IPG perspective.Â This won’t take long.Â Nothing really changes.
Last fall, just before the Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany, it was rumored that Nikon would announce what some thought would be its entrance into the compact interchangeable lens camera (CILC) market. But, Photokina came and went without an announcement. Now, exactly one year later, the rumors that grew in intensity over the last few months have become a reality.
What would happen if you worked closely with a customer during the early stages of a product’s development? This is a question that Xerox executives considered as the company began applying its phase-change inkjet technology to a new high-speed continuous feed production color printer design. The customer that Xerox chose for this experiment was dmh Marketing Partners, and it looks like they found an excellent partner to test this concept of iterative design. Over a period of about two years, Xerox and dmh developed a design concept into a product, the Xerox CiPress 500, which was announced at Graph Expo 2011. (For more information, see the InfoTrends blog: Xerox to Show CiPress 500 Production Inkjet System at Graph Expo.)
Shortly after making the announcement of the CiPress 500, Xerox brought a group of analysts to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa to visit Alaniz, one of the eight companies that make up dmh (direct mail holdings). Located amid cornfields not far from a Walmart distribution facility, the Alaniz facility has been the site of the CiPress 500 testing. It is currently the only external CiPress 500 site, though Xerox noted that others would be announced this fall.
dmh Marketing Partners site: Alaniz in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
Since 2004, InfoTrends has analyzed the Graph Expo show floor maps as an indicator of market changes. We’ve ranked the exhibitors by the amount of space they have on the show floor. These rankings are compiled by measuring the published show floor map. Initially InfoTrends began conducting this exercise to show the impact of the digital vendors on a trade show that had been dominated over the years by traditional printing press vendors. This point has long since been made. For all practical purposes, as one looks at the list of top vendors in recent years, Graph Expo has become dominated by digital exhibitors. Heidelberg was the number one exhibitor until 2008, when it did not exhibit, and it probably was the top exhibitor for many shows prior to Graph Expo 2004. For the past two Graph Expo shows however, Xerox hasÂ been the company withÂ the most exhibit space.
The following is an open letter to the industry from Charlie Corr, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Mimeo.com. Charlie spent many years at InfoTrends before moving to Mimeo.com in 2007. Charlie’s message is an important one so we are posting it here in its entirety with his permission.
Several weeks ago the New York Times published an article titled “Dump Your Printer To Escape the Madness.” Â The author, Sam Grobart, launched an attack on the “printer-industrial complex” but by the third line stated that “we live in a world where going without a printer can be more trouble than it is worth.” Â He is right! That is why there are over 132 million inkjet printers installed in the US, an average of 1.2 per household. Owning a printer is a major convenience and well worth the minimal cost. Read more »
As I have done at previous trade shows, I collected print samples. This time I ended up with a lot of samples. Instead of posting one long video on Graph Expo 2011 samples I’ve broken this up into four segments:
High speed inkjet (8 minutes, 45 seconds)
Cut-sheet toner (5 minutes, 34 seconds)
Labels, packaging, and wide format (4 minutes, 53 seconds)
More print and other fun stuff (5 minutes, 1 second)