Posts tagged: tsunami

Tracking the effect of the earthquake and tsunami in printer shipments

Ralf Schlozer
 Oct 5, 2011

On March 11, 2011, a major earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan. Several factories of equipment suppliers and manufacturers of sub-components were struck, with more being affected by subsequent power outages. It was expected that this would impact shipments of digital printing equipment as many digital printing devices and parts used in these devices are manufactured in Japan.

Apart from anecdotal evidence getting hard facts on the impact is difficult. Due to the time it takes to ship the equipment overseas, no impact in Q1 was expected, but Q2 placements would have been affected by any supply chain interruptions. The InfoTrends quarterly tracking program looks at quarterly installations of digital production printing equipment, including A3-capable color MFPs. Placements fluctuate driven by overall demand, product launches, and tend to have some seasonality. Through our quarterly tracking program, we are able to draw historic comparison to gauge the seasonality factor.

Based on shipments in Q1 2011 we saw deviation from what would have been expected in the second quarter. In several color device segments installations were 15% to 20% below the expected level. Black & white installations in some product groups fell back as well, although to a lower extent. The few product groups that are dominated by vendors outside of Japan remained essentially within line of Q2 expectations or did even better than expected.

Is this a bullet-proof evidence that tsunami and earthquake did impact shipments by that amount? There is enough potential for fluctuation in times of an unstable economy, so we cannot be absolutely sure. However, the contrast to product groups mainly manufactured outside of Japan is remarkable. We will be closely watching Q3 results and see whether shipments recover or stay at a lower level.

InfoTrends published more details on the Q2 2011 results in a separate report:
http://store.infotrendsresearch.com/product_p/118646.htm

Tokyo 2011 Observations

Jim Hamilton
 Jul 14, 2011

I’ve spoken at InfoTrends’ On Demand Japan conference for many years now. My annual visit to Tokyo is a high point of the year because it gives me a chance to visit face-to-face with our Japanese clients and to catch up with InfoTrends employees here. Since I was here last July, of course, Japan has suffered a tremendous natural disaster followed by a nuclear plant accident with long-lasting implications. It’s only been four months since the earthquake and as I arrived I wondered what changes I would see in Tokyo since my last visit.

Here are a few observations:

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To Truly Safeguard Important Digital Photos, Redundancy is the Only Option

David Haueter
 May 9, 2011

With the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, tornadoes in the Southern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, and flooding in the Midwest, 2011 could become known as the “Year of Natural Disasters” — and we haven’t even gotten to hurricane season yet! These events should make people realize more than ever how important it is to have a plan in place for secure storage and protection of their valued digital photos.

Even with all of today’s technologies, printed photos or high-quality photo books are still one of the best ways to ensure that important photos will be easily retrievable and available to view and share in years to come, but printed photos and books are vulnerable to these and other types of disasters. Read more »

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