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Digital Flexible Packaging: ePac Orders 24 More HP Indigo 20000s

Bob Leahey
Nov 14, 2019

HP Indigo, the Israeli maker of production-level EP printers for flexible packaging, recently announced an order for 24 units of the HP Indigo 20000, the company’s 30” EP web for that application. The deal is the biggest to date for the 20000 and, same as last year, the buyer is the Israeli company’s best customer for the printer, ePac Flexible Packaging (Middleton, WI); ePac set the previous record by ordering 20 units in 2018. ePac currently operates 28 of the 20000s at 12 locations and expects to operate 52 at 20 locations after all the latest batch are installed next year. In money terms, the deal is also big: Pricing for one HP Indigo 20000 is unpublished but, even assuming a discount for buying 24, this latest purchase will likely total well over $20 million just for hardware; spending over time for toner, parts, and service will add substantially to that. Read more »

PRINT 19 Innovations Acknowledge Consumers’ Changing Preferences

Marc Mascara and Eve Padula
Nov 12, 2019

Introduction

Since the beginning of time, human beings have always striven to communicate with one another. The ways in which we communicate have changed with each new discovery or innovation, and the need to share information has only increased throughout history. As we progress through Industry 4.0 and make our way toward Industry 5.0, we are witnessing a time when the sheer number of communication channels has more than tripled. Citing recent research from Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends and news from PRINT 19, this article explores the ongoing shifts in customer communications.

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Xerox Sells Stake in Fuji Xerox Joint Venture

Ron Gilboa
Nov 11, 2019

On November 5th, Xerox announced that it is selling its 25% stake in Fuji Xerox to Japanese partner Fujifilm for $2.3 billion, ending a 57-year joint venture. The deal gives Fujifilm 100% ownership of Fuji Xerox, over a year after it failed to acquire majority ownership of Xerox and merge it into Fuji Xerox.

Xerox is also selling a majority stake in a smaller joint venture (Xerox International Partners) to an affiliate of Fuji Xerox and the amount of time Fujifilm will be a significant Xerox supplier has been extended.

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Happy Anniversary Prinergy!

Pat McGrew
Nov 6, 2019

Kodak GUA Europe Celebrates!

Bringing together a group of passionate workflow people, Kodak hosted the European edition of the Graphic Users’ Association in Berlin from the 29th to the 31st of October. Together with their partners IC3D, Callas, and Arden Software, the event was designed to celebrate the innovations Prinergy has brought to market over two decades as well as to provide lab experience and knowledge sharing opportunities.

Todd Bigger at the Opening Gala welcoming GUA attendees.

The Gala kicked off with KODAK Chairman Jim Continenza reinforcing the message that KODAK is in the Print business, and Prinergy is an essential element of that commitment. That message came through in all of the messaging from Todd Bigger, President of the KODAK software division, and the many Kodak speakers.

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WSJ Report: Xerox Exploring a Bid for HP

Jamie Bsales

Update: On November 18, HP announced that its Board of Directors had rejected the Xerox offer. In a statement, HP said the deal undervalued the company, and cited concerns about the debt levels the combined entity would be saddled with.

The Wall Street Journal reported last night that Xerox’s board of directors discussed the possibility of purchasing HP Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal worth north of $27 billion. While we don’t have any information about the veracity of the WSJ report or the likelihood of it coming to pass, the combination (in some form) of HP and Xerox has been speculated about for several years.

Xerox executives–the team put in place by activist investors in the wake of the scuttled sale to FUJIFILM Holdings– have spoken publicly about their openness to finding other engine suppliers beyond Fuji-Xerox, and with HP they would have that. HP could benefit from Xerox’s strong channel-partner organization. Indeed, the two companies already announced a closer working relationship earlier this year. And while the Wall Street Journal described the pair as “two fading stars of technology” (a characterization we don’t agree with), a combined company would be in a very formidable position in both A3/A4 office equipment and related software, as well as in the production print space. HP also has a growing 3D-manufacturing business, which could be an attractive growth area for a resurgent Xerox. The combined companies would also be an innovation powerhouse: Xerox’s PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) and HP Labs are already among the most prolific organizations in the country when it comes to patent applications.

Of course, it wasn’t that long ago that smart money was on HP purchasing Xerox. But now with Xerox stock trading at a 10-year high and the company flush with a $2.3 billion down payment available from the sale of its half of the  joint venture with FUJIFILM–not to mention HP stock trading at historically low multiples (until this news leaked, that is)–Xerox may be in the better financial position to leverage such an acquisition . The WSJ reported that Xerox already had financing commitments lined up. The company could also consider selling HP’s Personal System’s Group to help pay down some of the debt incurred by the purchase.

HP Moves Aggressively into MFP Apps with an Entire Ecosystem

Jamie Bsales
Nov 4, 2019

We’ve been talking for several years about the “appification” of document imaging software: The emergence of MFP-resident apps that use the device’s underlying (and increasingly powerful) embedded software platform to deliver enhanced functionality and, in some instances, eliminate the need for traditional “middleware” workflow solutions. And while HP had its share of on-board tools and connectors developed for it OXP embedded software architecture, it lagged competitors such as Xerox (with is App Gallery) and Konica Minolta (with its bizhub Marketplace, now just called Marketplace) when it came to an app portal where apps reside for resellers and/or customers to download to compatible MFPs.  Which made us wonder: What exactly was HP’s plan for the Printing App Center and Smart UX Center infrastructure HP snagged in its acquisition of Samsung’s printing business? We now have our answer. Late in October, HP officially unveiled a complete ecosystem for the development, deployment, management, and monetization of apps that can run on select HP MFPs. Here’s a quick look at the various pieces and how the puzzle seems to be coming together.

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PHOTOPLUS Expo Showcases New Products and Educates Attendees in NYC

Carrie Sylvester
Oct 25, 2019

PHOTOPLUS Expo (PPE), the East Coast’s largest photo and video trade event that draws attendees including professionals, amateurs, enthusiasts, cinematographers, students and educators, is being held October 24-26th in NYC. The showfloor was filled with exhibits from over 130 vendors. PPE showcased a series of new initiatives planned to enhance the attendee experience, including interactive photo, video and education spaces.

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The Soft(ware) Side of LabelExpo Europe 2019

Pat McGrew
Sep 30, 2019

Every two years LabelExpo Europe occupies the majestic buildings of Brussels Expo. It is a large venue with multiple halls capable of handling the variety of analog and digital print hardware and supporting accessories, finishing, media and software that enable the label printing industry. This year the show vibrated with software, AI and IIoT solutions in support of making label and packaging more efficient. While other team members will bring the hardware analysis, this is a quick review of some of the trends at this year’s show.

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What makes a channel SuperStar?

Deborah Hawkins
Sep 24, 2019

The channel is vital to the document technology industry as it serves the main backbone of small and medium sized customer businesses. As the office equipment market adapts to new market trends such as changing work styles which are more IT-centric, the channel’s portfolio needs to adapt to support “smarter” workplace trends as well as compete with the IT channel. At the same time, we have observed a consolidation of the office equipment channel as customer needs shift to more IT facing technology. All resellers must invest in digital capabilities to offset the perceived threat of declining print volumes and digital conversion.

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Turning it up to 11 – Apple introduces the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

Carrie Sylvester
Sep 16, 2019

Fall is almost here and with it comes new Apple iPhones. Smartphones are announced throughout the year, but not many create the buzz of Apple’s annual September Event. While we believe that the iPhones were the darlings of the day, Apple also announced a new iPad and the Apple Watch Series 5, as well as Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ services.

Since Apple first introduced the iPhone in 2007, the company’s fall announcements are always much anticipated. This year was no exception with the unveiling of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.

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