Posts tagged: data center

Sizing the European Printing Industry

Ralf Schlozer
 Jan 9, 2013

Understanding the number of establishments that produce print, at a for-cost or for-a-profit basis, is an important requirement for any print-related market sizing, planning, and forecasting exercise. There are some official statistical sources at least for Western Europe and parts of all printing establishments, however, with Europe being an aggregate of many countries, this does not make for an easy task.

Unfortunately timeliness and detail level and even statistical methodology differ from country to country. When comparing the number of enterprises, especially micro-organisations with no employees, this will distort the picture, as some countries count them, while others do not. Additionally, when statics do include the companies without employees, they artificially inflate the total number of companies without really adding to the total industry revenue. Other areas like copy services, packaging & label printing, direct mail services do not fall into the printing classification and are more difficult to size. There are other types of establishments like in-house sites, data centre printing and service bureaux, which are totally below the radar of official statistics.

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Canon to Acquire Showa Information Systems

Jim Hamilton
 Nov 16, 2011

Last week Canon announced its plans to acquire Showa Information Systems (SIS), a Japanese manufacturer of high-end printing systems. If the acquisition goes as Canon expects it to, the deal will involve the purchase of around 12 million shares at a price of 200 yen per share. This would make the total sale more than 2.4 billion yen or about $31 million. Canon expects the share acquisition to be completed around May of 2012. Canon has already concluded an agreement with Showa Information Systems’ largest shareholder (Mars Engineering Corporation), which owns about 26% of SIS.

SIS was established in 1973 and has been active in the development of Japanese language processing technologies for office printers, including what it describes as the world’s first kanji printer. With its SX series of printers it has also competed in high-speed continuous-feed printers for the data center printing. A key strength is its proprietary controller, whose technology may also be used for languages that use two-byte characters. Canon hopes to leverage this capability first in China.

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Transaction Printers Are the Leading Adopters of High-Speed Continuous-Feed Process Color Digital

Jim Hamilton
 Aug 9, 2010

Who is buying high-speed continuous-feed process color printers? Early evidence indicates that it’s transaction printers. About 200 print engines in this class were placed around the world in 2009 but it hasn’t been entirely clear which environments have been most likely to buy them. It was my assumption that the quality and running cost capabilities of these devices made them attractive to transaction, direct mail, and some publication environments but I wondered whether that was really the case. I decided to look at the public announcements of companies that have placed such products to see what this said about market preferences. Read more »

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