Posts tagged: China

LeEco Introduces Le Pro3 & Le S3 Smartphones to America

Carrie Sylvester
 Nov 30, 2016

LeEcoLeEco is already established in China, but is bringing its products to North America for the first time, with what it hopes to be market disruptive pricing. In November, a pair of new smartphones (Ecophones) were introduced by LeEco, the Le Pro3 and Le S3.  Read more »

Digitally-printed Fabrics Abound at TexWorld USA 2015

Ron Gilboa
 Jan 26, 2015

As I roamed the aisles at TexWorld USA in New York City last week I was impressed by the high level of awareness of digital print. On top of that, of the two dozen or so booths that I stopped at, about a third were actively using digital printing technologies. Held bi-annually, TexWorld USA is where fabric and garment manufacturers and local buyers meet to exchange ideas and place orders for the coming fashion season. Exhibitors from Asia, the Middle East, North America and many other regions showed textiles for use in clothing for women, men, juniors and infants. About 300 exhibitors from 17 countries were on hand at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City from January 19th to the 21st.

TexWorld USA 2015

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Xaar making a Comeback in China Wide Format

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 Jul 14, 2014

Rapper L.L. Cool J has a lyric that goes “don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years” and that is kind of what Xaar would probably say about its new print head launch:  that Xaar is a major supplier to the wide format digital graphics market and China is an important part of that. However, Xaar led the emergence of the large wide format graphics business in China in its early days, but as the segment became increasingly commoditized many Chinese wide format printer manufacturers expanded their wide format equipment portfolios.

 

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Microsoft becomes first foreign cloud provider in China

Allison Correia
 Apr 1, 2014

It looks like Microsoft won the race for China’s cloud market, by announcing just the other day that its Azure cloud services are available in China, making them the first global public cloud provider in the country.

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Rising Labour Cost Spurs Interest in Chinese Workflow Market

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 May 22, 2013

By any standard, the Chinese workflow market is years behind the Western industry. Adoption of Computer-to-Plate (CtP) has just started in China, and there is strong reliance on manual labour and processes.

However, unlike Western markets that took twenty years to migrate from CtP to digital, the transition in China might go much quicker as labour wages are spiralling. Whereas western markets experienced relatively stable labour cost when they transitioned from analogue to digital, it is estimated that print-industry related labour cost will rise with about 20% annually. Especially in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guanzhou (the so-called Tier 1 cities) it is difficult for print service providers to attract and retain (unskilled) staff due to high demand for workers. This year, it’s estimated that Chinese labour rates have overtaken those in Mexico.

Source: Bank of America, 2013

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Photo Merchandise in China: Beyond Photo Books

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 Jun 29, 2012

If you are looking for photo merchandise in the United States, the top sites that appear in a search engine are websites like Shutterfly or Snapfish. There, the product scope and promotional offers are focused predominantly on photo books, calendars, and greeting cards. In China, the top sites that appear in a search engine take the concept of photo merchandise a step further. While some sites, like Fujifilm’s SeeHere, have comparable product focus and promotional offering to Shutterfly or Snapfish, top sites like Dudencheng and Woxingwoying  offer a much more diverse range of products.

At Duducheng you can include personal pictures on products like pillows, T-shirts, puzzles, cups, magic squares (Rubik’s cubes), canvas bags, umbrellas, refrigerator magnets, and crystal gifts.

Crystal gift example from Duducheng.com

Rubik's cube example from Duducheng.com

 

 

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A Visit to Canon’s imageRUNNER Advance Manufacturing Plant

Jim Hamilton
 Jun 26, 2012

As part of the industry analyst trip I wrote about previously, Canon brought us to a manufacturing plant in Suzhou, China (in Jiangsu province near Shanghai). The site produces all of the imageRUNNER Advance units sold worldwide as well as the feeding and finishing devices associated with the series. Founded in September of 2001, this site produced its first imageRUNNER in 2002. It now has around 8,600 employees, of which 6,000 or so work on its massive production floor. The site is jointly controlled by Canon, Inc. (66.5%), Canon Finetech, Inc. (23.5%), and Canon (China) Co. Ltd. (10%). It cost approximately $67 million to build and in 2011 accounted for $1.44 billion in sales (this figure represents an internal transfer).

Why Suzhou? Canon chose to build its plant in Suzhou for two reasons: (1) easy access to component manufacturers and (2) the region’s large base of technology-savvy workers. Canon’s goal was to create an environmentally-friendly and technologically-advanced plant capable of top-level quality production using a quality control philosophy based in part on upstream parts management.

Canon facility in Suzhou, China

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drupa Attendance Is Down – By a Lot

Jim Hamilton
 May 17, 2012

The drupa 2012 organizers announced final attendance figures today. The total: 314,500. The stunner in this news isn’t that attendance dropped between drupa 2008 and 2012, it’s by how much. drupa attendance peaked in 1990, dropped off in 1995, and then came in at well over 400,000 in 2000. The next two drupas were both around around 390,000. The drupa 2012 figure is down about 75,000 from drupa 2008. Going into the show I hoped that final attendance figures would end up between 350,000 and 375,000. As it turns out, this was very optimistic. The newly released numbers tell a different story entirely.

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Prediction: The Top drupa 2012 Stories

Jim Hamilton
 Apr 18, 2012

I could be wrong. After all, the show doesn’t start for two weeks, but I think these will be the top stories at drupa:

  1. Benny Landa — Whether Landa Labs shows market-ready products or early tech demos doesn’t really matter. This will be a drupa remembered for the show that Benny Landa put on. Is it ready for prime time? We won’t know until May. One mystery that should be solved by then is why their press releases refer to “ink ejectors” rather than inkjet heads (like every other inkjet system vendor does). Could it be that they are doing something different than using inkjet heads to apply ink to paper? Wait and see. Read more »

The Print Geography of China

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 Feb 17, 2012

InfoTrends recently completed “The 2011 China POD Market,” a multi-client study focusing on the traditional and digital production print markets in China. In this blog I’d like to provide a view of the size of the Chinese print market and show how it is split out among the regions on the mainland.

The Print Geography of China

Source: The Printing and Printing Equipment Industries Association of China, summarized by PrintToday and with InfoTrends estimates on the border region areas Read more »

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