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Inkjets jet on

Canon logoSales of business inkjets showed  16.3 percent growth in the third quarter of 2015, with 2.2 million units shipped.

But while inkjets were a stand out for hardcopy peripherals, the whole sector showed a decline of 6.3 percent, with shipments falling to 25.8 million units, according to data released by IDC.

In the sector,high end colour laser devices churning out 45 pages per minute (PPM) showed 15.3 percent growth in the quarter, compared to the same quarter in 2014.

While most of the top five vendors showed declines in the quarter, Kyocera showed 6.1 percent year on year growth.

The top dog in the hardcopy peripherals market remains HP, with a 38.7 percent market share in the quarter. In second place is Canon (20.5%), then Epson (15.8%), Brother (7.3%) and Samsung (4%). Samsung showed the steepest decline in the quarter, a 21 percent drop.

Epson 9900 wastes tons of expensive ink

history-of-print-16th-century-printing-companyIt appears that while the printer companies have been charging a fortune for ink, they have not been exactly economic with it.

Bellevue Fine Art in Seattle decided to find out exactly how much ink their high-end Epson 9900 printer wastes, and found that the number was “shedloads.”

The Epson 9900 is a professional grade printer that costs thousands of dollars. Each 700 ml ink cartridge can cost nearly $100, and a full set runs well over $1,000. Bellevue has four of them.
When ink “runs too low,” the Epson 9900 will kindly inform you that there is only 1 per cent of ink left, that it can no longer properly clean the cartridge, and that you must change cartridges.

Bellevue Fine Art wondered how much ink was left in the “empty” cartridges and took them apart.

They found that, on average, a 700 ml cartridge still contains about 100ml of ink when you are forced to replace it. Sometimes they contain 150 ml or more. For a 350 ml cartridge, 60-80 ml of ink was left.

So basically you are being asked to throw away 15-20 per cent of the ink.

Bellevue Fine Art says it has contacted Epson numerous times about this issue, but they have not been able to get anywhere with the corporation.

The printing company wrote that Epson needed to do a better job of ink measurement in their 9900 series printers.

“We throw away hundreds of dollars of ink every month.”

Looking at it from Epson’s point of view they actually have to BUY hundreds of dollars of ink to make up for the ink that Epson told them to chuck.

Hardcopy peripheral market falls

William Caxton's monogramPerhaps the long hyped “paperless” office will come to pass as sales of hardcopy printers fell in the second quarter of this year.

But that is just a really big “perhaps”, because the market is still worth $13.2 billion worldwide, according to IDC figures.

And in some markets, such as the US and Canada, the market is growing by 3.6 percent and 5.8 percent respectively.

High end peripherals which bash out more than 45 pages per minute had a double digit growth in the quarter. IDC said the 45-69ppm monochrome printer sector grew in the second quarter by 17.3 percent.

The 70-90ppm colour segment showed a healthy 72.9 percent growth.

Inkjet printers still sell more than laserjets with a 58.7 percent share.

HP is in number one position, followed by Canon, Epson, Samsung and Brother.

Hardcopy sales take a dip

Hans GutenbergIn 1975 pundits were telling us we’d all soon be working in a paperless office but 40 years on that just isn’t the case.

And although the worldwide hardcopy market fell slightly in the first quarter of this year, the industry still managed to ship 25.8 million units, a decline of 2.5 percent compared to the same quarter last year.

IDC said inkjet still rules the roost compared to laser printers, but it’s in some laser segments that vendors are seeing growth.

Here are the top vendors in the quarter.

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Colour laser printers increased by two percent in the quarter while monochrome lasers fell by 3.1 percent. The best segment in that category is the 11 to 20 pages per minute (PPM) market and HP sold loads of Laserjet Pro M476 MFP (multifunction printers) in the quarter.

The next IDC chart shows how the printer versus MFP sectors compared in the quarter.


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HP still printer sales top dog in EMEA, sales on the up

The EMEA market for the humble printer is on the up, but reflecting trends in similar markets, it is experiencing slow growth. It’s bad news for environ-mentalists who are looking forward to a print free society, the kind of thing that in reality won’t happen for some time. Context’s report says overall printer sales are up 8.8 percent in EMEA and all-in-ones are dominating the market.

Growth in Western Europe has as usual been dire reaching only six percent year on year. Central and Eastern Europe managed 11.9 percent, then Africa at 12.5 percent. The middle east achieved 13.7 percent growth while Central Asia raked up sales growth of a staggering 85.5 percent year on year. 

Of the economies in the West of Europe the UK performed surprisingly well, proving that while we may not splash out for consumer electronics in a downturn we’re more than ready to buck up and pay for updates on boring necessities. It managed 12.1 percent in Q2 2010 compared to the same period in 2009. 

Strong sales in the Central and Eastern Europe segments boosted monochrome printer sales which enjoyed 9.9 percent growth in the quarter, year on year. All-in-One printer sales have jumped to 46.3 percent year on year in the second quarter of 2010 showing that the average punter wants more bang for his or her buck. 

There are no surprises in the printing vendor Top of the Pops. Hewlett-Packard took the lion’s share with 39.4 percent of all units sold in the region. It beat the number two contender, Canon, by about double which managed to take 18.4 percent of the share. Epson, Brother, Samsung and Lexmark followed with 14.6 percent, 8.0 percent, 6.9 percent and 5.4 percent respectively.

US distributor sues Samsung, AU, Chi Mei, over LCD conspiracy

A New York based distributorship has filed a case in a Brooklyn district court alleging that a large number of Asian companies conspired to fix prices on LCD displays.

Electrograph Systems Inc named the defendants in the case as Epson, Hitachi, Sharp, Toshiba, Toshiba Matsushita, Sanyo, LG Display, Samsung, AU Optronics, Chi Mei Optoelectronics, CMO Japan, Nexgen Mediatech, Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Tatung, Hannstar Display and Mitsui & Co.

The filing claims that “the defendants and their co-conspirators formed an international cartel which conducted a long running conspiracy extending at a minimum from at leasy January 1996 through at least December 11, 2006.”

It continues: “The purpose and effect of the conspiracy was to fix, raise, stabilise and maintain prices for Thin Film Transistor Liqid Crystal Display panels.

The effect of the alleged conspiracy ran into billions of dollars, according to Electrograph. The conspirators, the filing alleges, met or talked to agree on product prices and as new producers entered the market, the new producers also agreed to fix prices and to control supply.

“Defendants’ conspiracy included agreements on the prices at which defendants would sell TFT-LCD products to their own corporate subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as their co-conspirators.”

The filing pointed out that five of the defendants – LG, Sharp, Chunghwa, Hitachi and Epson have pleaded guilty to a fixed price conspiracy.

Electrograph said it bought TFT LCD products and so suffered damages and is bringing the action to recover overcharges it believes it paid during the relevant period. Electrograph Systems is a value added wholesale distributor of display technology.