What is next for IPEX?

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 Mar 28, 2014

Much has already been written about the show and its history, see Frank Romano’s blog yesterday for a good recap. Ralf Schlozer also wrote about IPEX earlier in the week.

While it’s still too early to tell if IPEX 2014 is going to be a success for the exhibitors and visitors, I’d like to present my observations and a couple of thoughts on what may happen next.

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In North America, A4 laser MFPs drive office equipment growth in 2013

Barbara Richards
 Mar 27, 2014

Overall, the North America office equipment market continued to decline in total unit shipments in 2013. Total unit shipments of all office single function printers and MFPs declined 5.9% year over year; this figure includes all technologies — laser and inkjet. Once again, HP held the number one market share position in 2013 with 54.7% share. This was followed by Canon with 17.1% and Epson with 11.8% share.

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Frankly Speaking: IPEX 2014

Frank Romano
 

My first IPEX was in 1971. I was the marcom manager and in charge of the Compugraphic exhibit. The show was at Olympia and Earl’s Court. I will always remember (until senility sets in) entering the Victorian glass-domed Olympia and seeing the vast array of new printing technology. Phototypesetting was just coming into widespread use. I was in awe. Read more »

HP expands further into business inkjet with new enterprise devices

Christine Dunne Dunne
 Mar 25, 2014

In spring 2013 HP shook up the office printing industry with the introduction of the Officejet Pro X page-wide business inkjet devices. This spring HP is going further and has launched an enterprise version of the Officejet Pro X series.

Design of HP's new Officejet Enterprise Color MFPs/single-function printers

InfoTrends has taken a keen interest in the development of the business inkjet category. A global study revealed that laser users were willing to accept the idea of inkjet technology in the office more readily than perhaps many in the industry previously realized. It is therefore with great interest that we have received one of the new models to test in our own office. Read more »

First Impressions of IPEX 2014

Ralf Schlozer
 Mar 24, 2014

Today IPEX 2014 opened its doors. IPEX has a four-year cycle and is timed to fall in the period between two drupa trade shows. IPEX made its name as a show where prospects could check the status of new products that had been “pre-announced” at drupa. It has ranked as one of the largest graphic arts trade shows in the world. After many years in Birmingham, 2014 is the show’s first year at the London Excel exhibition grounds. The move to the new location in London was significant, but that fact was overshadowed by the very well-publicized withdrawal of most of the major printing equipment manufacturers. In fact, over the past year there has been much discussion about whether IPEX would even take place at all. Well, it is taking place, but at a much smaller scale.

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Dscoop9: A Video-Aided Re-Cap

Jim Hamilton
 Mar 20, 2014

My trip to Dscoop9 was short — one day only — but fabulous. In the time I was there I saw a hilarious and thought-provoking keynote, spent hours on the show floor collecting print samples (see links to videos below), moderated a panel of innovative HP Indigo 10000 users, met with HP Indigo executives, and interviewed an HP “Graphics Influencer.”

Here are my take-aways from the day I spent at Dscoop9:

  • How Important Is Dscoop to HP? Dion Weisler was at Dscoop9. Read more »

Electronic cards and books having an impact on print, but it doesn’t need to be that way

David Haueter
 

With the rise of smartphones and tablets as well as the popularity of sites like Facebook and Tumblr, we’re becoming more and more a world where our photos are shared electronically. We’ve been seeing for years the impact this has had on the traditional photo print market, but the trend toward electronic viewing may be extending into the market for photo products like cards and books as well.

In our 2013 U.S. Photo Merchandise Survey, 23% of respondents said they had created electronic photo cards (e-cards) in the last year and 17% said they had created electronic photo books (e-books).  Not surprisingly, the percentage of e-card and e-book buyers was highest among the 18 to 24 and 25 to 34 year old age groups, as well as those that said they were “advanced hobbyist” photographers (for example, 39% of advanced hobbyists said they had created e-cards in last year, compared to just 22% of snapshot photographers).

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Xaar 1002: Future Proofing Industrial Digital Print

Bob Leahey
 Mar 19, 2014

Last week piezo inkjet head manufacturer Xaar plc (Cambridge, UK) announced the commercial availability of the Xaar 1002 piezo inkjet head for use with both UV curing and ceramic inks. The news is significant because Xaar has more than twenty OEM customers using its Xaar 1001 head for industrial printing applications; the first batches of Xaar 1002 head have been shipped to OEMs and over time will completely replace Xaar 1001, which is now out of production.

While Xaar improved its 1001 head since its launch in 2007, the Xaar 1002 is the first truly new successor to it. The new head is outwardly almost identical to the earlier one but, according to Xaar, contains 90% new components. At its heart, for instance, the 1002 head has the same number of nozzles–one thousand–but the nozzles are based on a new design and new manufacturing, changes that Xaar says ensure straighter jetting and other enhancements.

Xaar 1002 Piezo Inkjet Printhead
Xaar 1002 Piezo Inkjet Printhead

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Breaking the Mold at Dscoop9: Education, Collaboration, and Community

Barb Pellow
 Mar 18, 2014

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to participate in Dscoop9 in Orlando, Florida. I got to see more than 2,000 print professionals and over 100 business partners focus on the conference directive of “breaking the mold.” According to Chris Petro, Dscoop’s Chairman and the President and CEO of GlobalSoft Digital Solutions, attendees visited from 33 countries around the world. In addition, 30% of print service providers were first-time attendees.

Education was a critical area of emphasis at Dscoop9, and the Dscoop University portal was officially unveiled at this year’s event. John Tenwinkel, Director of Dscoop University, states, “Dscoop University is designed to provide industry-leading personalized education to help users enhance their corporate strategies and grow their businesses. This blended learning environment offers 24/7 access to training, on-demand content, live-streaming and downloadable resources, and in-person courses. The content is tailored to various job functions, including business owners, sales and marketing, and operations. Dscoop University is designed to ensure that educational opportunities don’t end with the conference.”

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What Can Save P&S Cameras?

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 Mar 13, 2014

The digital camera market is in decline. Vendors are cutting back on their product range. Olympus and Fujifilm have announced that they will exit low end compact cameras. Even Canon has hinted following rumours that they will consider what to do with cameras that are priced under ¥20,000. Nikon seems to be the vendor that is planning to stay in for the long run, capturing low hanging sales as competitors exit.

InfoTrends’ forecast shows the trend clearly over the last 10 years. 2014 is shaping up to show continued steep decline. Changes in technology, the emergence of competing devices and perhaps a tendency for camera vendors to believe that the exceptional image quality found in cameras will protect them from competition can all be used to explain the shape of the curve below. Read more »

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