Posts tagged: Toshiba

2016 Development of Digital Ceramic Printing in China: A CEO’s Perspective

Ron Gilboa
 Feb 22, 2016

InfoTrends has been tracking the ceramic tile industry’s adoption of digital printing technology for several years. China is the primary producer of ceramic tiles on a worldwide basis. According to an industry review by the China Building Ceramics & Sanitaryware Association, there are now over 3,600 ceramic tile production lines in operation in China in just under 1,500 facilities. With about 12 billion square meters produced worldwide 2014/2015 this market is estimated to grow at about 3% in subsequent years. Asia-Pacific region accounts for the majority (70%) of the total most is produced in China.

This market was destined to take advantage of the benefits inherent to digital printing technologies such as reduced make ready, design latitude, timely manufacturing and cost reduction. Spearheading these efforts are companies such as Xaar and Fuji Dimatix and few others. These companies, along with ceramic ink manufacturers, developed by a range of ceramic inks that meet the unique characteristics needed for inkjet printing. The initial success in Europe naturally spread to the Chinese market as well which is the focus of this blog.

We had the privilege of sitting down for an interview with Stella Hu, CEO of Shanghai Teckwin Technology Development Co. Ltd., a leading Chinese supplier digital printing technologies. This interview provided an unique perspective on the current market status and future expectations for the digital ceramics printing in China.

Stella Hu, CEO, Shanghai Teckwin Technology Development Co., Ltd

Stella Hu, CEO, Shanghai Teckwin Technology Development Co., Ltd

In 1994, Stella set up a successful print shop in Shanghai that offered top-quality local services. Compromising on quality was never an option, so the company ran top-of-the-line VUTEk and Scitex machines. At that time, there were very few local manufacturers of wide format printers. Stella spent the next 6 years studying the machines and developing applications.

Once Stella had fully experienced the fun of digital printing with extensive applications, she set her sights on developing a new brand of digital inkjet solutions based on her insights on industry and client needs. She launched Shanghai Teckwin Technology Development Co., Ltd. in 2001. The Shanghai-based company developed and introduced its first wide format solvent printer in 2002, and has since continued with product innovations. The company now offers digital inkjet ceramic printers, grand format solvent UV flatbeds, and roll-to-roll inkjet printing systems for graphics and industrial applications.

During our interview, Mrs. Hu offered her perspective on digital printing within the Chinese ceramic tile market.

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InPrint 2015 – demonstrating that print is much more than ink on paper

Ralf Schlozer
 Dec 21, 2015

November 2015 saw the second instalment of InPrint, the industrial print show and conference. A total of 3,400 visitors from 68 countries came to the Munich Trade Fair Centre. Compared to the previous event in Hannover, the numbers of exhibitors, attendees and foot print increased by a third.

InPrint focussed on three fields of application: functional, decorative and packaging printing. Unlike traditional printing shows, InPrint has a different attendee profile: Typical visitors to InPrint are companies such as system integrators, materials developers, and manufacturers interested in providing solutions for the industrial/decorative print market. But even if you do not intend on integrating a custom press, the show is a good opportunity to get informed on where printing technology is being used beyond document printing. Print service providers, who visit InPrint, have been able to expand their horizon while visiting vendor booths as well as attending the conference with its extensive program.

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Two Storage Giants To Become One

Alan Bullock
 Oct 27, 2015

On October 21, Western Digital Corporation (WD) announced its plan to acquire SanDisk in a deal that values SanDisk at approximately $19 billion. This merger has some interesting possibilities for consumer and professional photographers.

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Toshiba Becomes Sponsor of New Vegas Arena

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 Apr 10, 2015

A 20,000-seat arena being built on the Las Vegas Strip by MGM Resorts International and entertainment company AEG will prominently feature Toshiba technology. Read more »

Printer vendors post strong quarter

Christine Dunne Dunne
 Sep 10, 2014

In August, a variety of printer manufacturers announced their latest quarterly earnings. The table below includes percent changes in revenue and operating profit from last year (for the respective print business units), as well as key drivers for the shifts.

Latest vendor quarterly earnings


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Konica Minolta Dealer Meeting 2013: Asking the Right Questions

Jim Hamilton
 Dec 5, 2013

There was an awkward moment in one of the conference sessions at Konica Minolta’s recent dealer meeting. Polly LaBarre, co-author of Mavericks at Work, was summing up her presentation and she asked listeners if they would promise to ‘walk into the office stupider, and ask more questions.’ Promoting stupidity seems like a losing proposition but the ‘asking questions’ part is right on the mark, and I think it is a good reflection of the way that Konica Minolta conducted its ‘Shape the Future’ event, which took place November 17-19 at the Venetian/Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas.

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Toshiba LEAD – The Race to…wait for it…One Billion Dollars!

David Ramos
 Nov 25, 2013

Revenue diversification and revenue growth as a corporate strategy to increase sales from new products and new markets is nothing new. Expanding into a new segment of an industry that a business is already in, or investing in a promising business outside of the scope of the existing business are solid avenues to diversification. What is so unique about Toshiba America Business Solutions is how they get there; with technology creation, innovation and a true brand agnostic approach. Need proof they are serious? 25% of their core MFP product page is HP & Lexmark and almost their entire printer product page is NOT THEIR PRODUCT. This is not the bait and switch of a Global Imaging Systems, where you are assured that yes, you will be able to continue carrying multiple product lines, only to make the non-Xerox line noncompetitive with high internal transfer costs making it difficult if not impossible to recommend products that compete with the core Xerox line. No, this group at Toshiba is different and the independent dealer channel should take notice.

Toshiba LEAD for the second consecutive year struck home a message of “Revenue Beyond Print”. Digital Signage and the Ellumina Digital Signage services along with Virtuoso digital signage displays, and LED signage for outdoor usage was eloquently showcased and created a very positive buzz among the independent dealers, Toshiba direct employees and end user attendees. Highlighted throughout the technology floor and general sessions were applications and content vs. hardware which made it easy for dealers and end users to envision the digital signage market opening as well as key vertical market opportunities were demonstrated.

 

Toshiba Digital Signage in Tesla Dadeland Showroom - Miami, Florida

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DocuWorld 2012: “From Documents to Value”

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 Jun 7, 2012

With nearly 400 people attending DocuWorld Orlando, DocuWare’s annual conference, this was their biggest event yet. For the first time, attendees included partners and customers, with roughly 100 end-users participating in educational sessions and gaining first-hand insight on new product developments. DocuWorld 2012 was held in Orlando, FL which includes DocuWare’s extensive Latin American partner community. Many of their channel partners traveled from Brazil and Mexico and other Latin American countries to attend the event.  Read more »

Office Document Technology Week in Review – Week Ending 5/27/2011

Randall Dazo
 May 31, 2011

This is an InfoTrends Video InfoCast Week in Review.  This week in reviews covers the following topics from the week ending 5/27/11:

  • Fujitsu Cloud Services
  • Toshiba National Dealer Meeting
  • Ricoh National Dealer Meeting
  • AllCovered Acquires Techcare
  • HP Intent to Acquire Printelligent
  • Xerox Acquires Newfield IT

Toshiba Takes It All In

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 May 27, 2011

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc.’s “Zero Waste to Landfill” recycling program has done quite well with a 410% increase from last year. Now, the company has decided to accept imaging consumables from other manufacturers, virtually unheard of in the industry. All vendors do receive items that do not belong to them but it isn’t encouraged or accepted. This is where Toshiba is different by willingly taking everyone’s empty supply items. Toshiba is positioning itself as the vendor that makes it very easy for their customers to participate in a supplies recycling program. With many businesses adopting MPS (Managed Print Services) programs often with multiple vendors covered, this return program will make it much easier for customers to participate without consideration to vendor and having to separate out the various cartridges.

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