Posts tagged: Mutoh

Move over Silicon Valley – new Startup Ventures are in South Korea

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 Sep 17, 2013

South Korea has grown with incredible speed since the 1970s, and now represents the tenth largest economy in the world. Currently, the country is one of the global leaders in the high-technology industry with leading technology suppliers, such as Samsung and LG, calling Korea home. South Korea also has a strong base of wide format manufacturers that are not only known in country, but throughout the world.

Image of South Korea's Captial Seoul, Source: PhotoBucket

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ITMA 2011 shows textile printing is poised for inkjet upswing

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 Sep 27, 2011

Last week I attended ITMA, the international textiles exhibition in Barcelona, to understand how digital printing technology was being adopted in this significant part of the industrial printing market.

It was clear from the machinery being displayed and the range of new exhibitors at this year’s event that digital printing has reached a milestone in the textile market and is poised to make significant advances in the next few years. What until now been the preserve of proofing and prototyping is now becoming viable for short run production. Devices from Durst, Konica Minolta, Kornit, La Meccanica and spgprints (Stork Prints) shown for the first time at ITMA all address this new category for short run production. There were also new devices from established wide-format inkjet fabric players Mimaki, Mutoh and Roland DG to better address the prototyping and sampling markets that previous generations of their products have served. Read more »

Webifying wide format printer service

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 Dec 29, 2008

Mutoh just announced that it will be shipping webcams with their wide format printing equipment so that service providers can more quickly diagnose problems. In this announcement, Mutoh indicates that the system could be used to diagnose problems related to RIPs, maintenance, application settings, and other performance issues. Mutoh didn’t invent this idea, this is similar, albeit much less robust, to a remote finishing equipment monitoring system that GBC launched at drupa. It is notable because it marks further advances in the standard service programs that wide format printer manufacturers are offering.  The message is this; manufacterers are adding value wherever, however possible in this highly competitive market segment. This is pretty easy to replicate, a fairly high resolution webcam only costs about $100 and dealers and service providers will appreciate the opportunity to cut down on on-site visits required to keep equipment running its best.

More from SGIA and on the year-end push

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 Oct 24, 2008

Alexis Golini and I came back from the SGIA show last week in Atlanta where we heard a lot of talk about the state of the economy and its impact on the wide format digital graphics market. There is a real mixed message coming from the field. At the high-end of the market there seems to be a lot of reports of “softness” while at the low-end, particularly in the low-end of solvent and UV-curable, there are reports of healthy market activity in terms of wide format printer units being sold. I spent half hour on the telephone with a friend of mine at one of North America’s leading wide format equipment and supplies distributors this morning. He told me that they sold a couple million dollars worth of equipment at the SGIA show and that their business is up for the year. He commented that people are trying to take advantage of tax laws that reward people for capital expenditures made in 2008 that will end on 12/31/2008. Mutoh references these incentives on the front page of their web site. As a friend of mine who used to be in sales said yesterday “if I was still in hardware sales I would be pushing this …hard”. With many manufacturers looking for a silver lining for 2008, I would expect to see a lot more messaging related to these incentives as the year closes.

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