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Industry and Product News

Winter 2015

Ricoh has announced the release of the RICOH AM S5500P, this will be the first 3D Printer under the RICOH brand. The product will be showcased in Frankfurt, Germany this November and made available to customers by mid-2016.

The RICOH AM S5500P is a high speed, high quality product designed to help businesses meet their specific manufacturing innovation needs. It is a high-end 3D printer which can offer PA6 and PP materials support, which are of strategic importance to manufacturers, including those in the automotive industry.

Capable of producing high-definition durable fabricated objects, the RICOH AM S5500P employs an additive manufacturing method known as SLS®*1. Using this technique, a powdered material is fused with the laser for sintering. In addition to the polymer powder materials mainly used with the SLS® method, such as PA*2 11 and PA12, universally applicable and highly functional materials PA6 and PP*3 can also be used, for instance, the product can build automobile parts for functional tests, as well as the parts for end products.
With a large modeling area of 550 mm (W) × 550 mm (D) × 500 mm (H), the RICOH AM S5500P can fabricate different kinds of parts at the same time, as well as mold large parts all at once.

Ricoh worked in collaboration with Aspect, Inc. to develop the RICOH AM S5500P. After the release of the product, Ricoh will continue to work with Aspect on developing proprietary material and enhancing functions.


Autumn 2015

Following a series of successful tests in the United States, Konica Minolta has announced the anticipated Beta installation of the KM-1 digital inkjet press in Europe. KM-1 is the B2+ UV inkjet four-colour sheet-fed press, which will help commercial printers produce high-quality print jobs, capturing new market opportunities for brand owners looking to develop highly personalized short-run applications. Full European launch is expected at Drupa next year.

On the 21st October 2015 Toshiba announced two new monochrome, A3 multifunctionals. The e-STUDIO2309A is a 23ppm model at £2485 and the e-STUDIO2809A operates at 28ppm and has a list price of £3185.

London, 25 September 2015: IT services company Ricoh UK today announced a further development to its partnership with Aviva Premiership club, Bath Rugby. As part of the enhanced agreement, Ricoh UK will be the main sponsor of the hospitality suite in the Savills Stand and the brand will feature in matchday programmes and on Bath Rugby's official website. Ricoh will also have branding rights to pitchside perimeter boards on matchday and on the big screen.

September 11th. Today, HP announced its new Pro Series of desktops, notebooks and an all-in-one (AiO) PC, along with printers and multi-function printers. Designed for businesses of all sizes, these offerings are particularly appealing to small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

A recent HP survey of 750 IT decision makers and business managers[i] indicated top technology concerns SMBs face include: finding new ways to boost productivity, solving security threats and managing IT costs. The new HP Pro 400 Series printers and PCs are designed with these needs in mind.

Summer 2015

With the bizhub 227 and bizhub 287, Konica Minolta introduces the first two products of a new series of office multifunctional printing devices that will enhance the mobility of knowledge workers in busy offices. Featuring state-of-the-art mobile applications providing the convenience of BYOD, the 22 and 28 ppm devices also impress with their intuitive ease of use, easy integration and high security standard.New KYOCERA multifunction devices secure Blue Angel Standard


KYOCERA Document Solutions UK Ltd has announced that a further seven printers and multifunction devices have now received the RAL-UZ 171 Blue Angel eco label. This maintains the trend for every printer and multifunction device in KYOCERA's ECOSYS and TASKalfa series to meet the standards of Blue Angel's environmental jury.

The latest devices to meet the Blue Angel standard are the recently launched ECOSYS P6130cdn, ECOSYS P6035cdn, ECOSYS M6030cdn, ECOSYS M6530cdn, ECOSYS M6035cidn, ECOSYS M6535cidn and ECOSYS P4040DN.

June 1st 2015 - Kyocera Document Solutions launch the 40ppm mono and 22ppm colour ECOSYS P4040dn as well as a range of six colour A4 30 ppm plus devices. The print only Ecosys P6130cd and P6035cdn offer speeds of up to 30 and 35 ppm respectively. Access control allows limits to be set by a user profile or application profile to reduce colour printing when it is not needed, for instance when printing e-mails. The printers also feature reduced TEC values and noise levels which, when combined with Ecosys long-life technology, ensure they are unrivalled when it comes to economical accreditation.


The multifunctional 30ppm Ecosys M6030cdn, M6530cdn and the 35ppm M6035cidn and M6535cidn also scan at up to 60 pages per minute. All products offer double sided print, scan and copy functionality as standard, and the Ecosys M6530cdn and M6535cidn have additional fax capabilty. The Ecosys M6535cidn and M6035cidn are both HyPASTM capable and equipped with a large colour touch panel.

Details of the above machines can now be found in Facts and Figures online. A 40 ppm P7040cdn printer will be added to the range in September.


Spring 2015

Egham, 18th May 2015 - OKI Systems UK today launched a new range of A3 smart multifunction printers (MFPs) with intelligent, user-friendly features and enhanced functionality. These powerful, smart MFPs provide additional levels of business productivity through sXP1 (smart Extendable Platform), OKI's embedded open platform offering enhanced workflow integration and document management across the business.

Backed by OKI Europe's 3 year extended warranty, the MC853 and MC873 smart MFPs offer the reliability of OKI's pioneering digital LED print technology with the added functionality and performance of more costly and complex copier-based devices, making them a perfect, cost-effective alternative. The devices are well-suited to small-to-medium-sized businesses, as well as departments within larger organisations.

NEC will showcase a new Digital Cinema projector - the NC1201L - at CinemaCon 2015. This model will be available in the Autumn. Full details in Facts & Figures when available.

New from Epson (and available in the next few days) are the Workforce Pro WFM5690DWF multifunctional and the Workforce Pro WFM5190DW printer. Both are mono inkjet machines. Details have now been added to Facts & Figures Online.

LONDON, 05 May 2015 - Canon Europe today announces the launch of its new flagship A3 colour multifunctional devices (MFDs) - the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3320, C3320i, C3325i and C3330i. The new models will be available from June 2015. Details are now in Facts & Figures Online.

Ricoh have just announced 7 new mid-range A3 mono multifunctional devices operating at 25ppm, 30ppm and 35ppm. Full details now available in Facts & Figures Online.

NEC Display Solutions Europe is launching two high-end, professional, flagship 3-chip DLP laser projector models for use in the rental and staging, transportation, leisure and higher education sectors. The world's most compact 4K laser projector with native 4K resolution, the NEC PH1201QL (Available May), and the 1080p laser projector, the NEC PH1202HL (available end of April), both offer a long-lasting superb picture quality with enhanced colours and high brightness of 12,000 lumen. Look out for details in Facts & Figures Online very soon.

20th April 2015 Epson announces the latest in its range of professional photo printers, the SureColor SC-P800. Ideal for professional photographers and artists, the printer produces superior-quality, true-to-life photos with smooth gradations and tones. This A2 model also comes with an optional roll paper unit, allowing photographers and artists to produce panoramic prints up to 1.1m long and 17" wide. This new model will be available from June 2015 and details will be included in Facts & Figures Online very soon.

LONDON, 15 April 2015: Canon Europe has today launched the new imageFORMULA DR-C240, a high-performance desktop workgroup scanner with capability to reliably handle a wide range of documents including passports and other forms of identification.

Epson has announced the launch of a new range of portable, high-quality projectors with enhanced connectivity and networking features. The projectors are ideal for use in meeting rooms and classrooms and can also be used as a high-quality, affordable option in the home office.

This new range of portable projectors (EB-S27, EB-X27, EB-W29, EB-98H, EB-945H, EB-955WH & EB-965H) are small and light enough to be carried between rooms. The models come with a carry bag to make moving and storage of the projector even easier.

The whole range uses 3LCD technology to produce equally high White and Colour Light Output delivering exceptional image quality and accurate colours. A 10,000:1 contrast ratio produces clearer image detail, while a number of different native resolutions means the models suit a range of spaces.

Details will be in Facts & Figures Online as the new products become available.


On the 8th April Canon announced the XEED WUX500, a Wi-Fi enabled compact installation projector. The new projector will be available in May and details are now included in Facts & Figures Online.

Hewlett Packard have just launched many new products. The Laserjet Enterprise M604, M605 and M606 series are mono laser printers operating at 60ppm, 55ppm and 62ppm respectively. There are also new colour printers - the Color LaserJet Enterprise M552 and M553 series operating at 33ppm and 38ppm and the Color LaserJet Pro M252 series with an 18ppm colour and mono print speed. The Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277 are full colour 18ppm multifunctionals. Look out for details of all these new models in Facts & Figures Online.

London, 30 March 2015 - NEC Display Solutions is set to present the latest innovations in Display Technology, gathering collaborating partners to demonstrate end-to-end solutions tailored for specific applications. Partnering with best of breed solutions providers, the NEC Showcase uniquely segments into multiple vertical sectors, comparing different Display technologies side by side, to demonstrate real world Display Solutions in various industry applications. The NEC Solutions Showcase takes place at Vinopolis, London on 20-21 May 2015. Visitors must register on the dedicated Showcase website

UXBRIDGE, U.K., March 12, 2015 - Xerox tell us that Printers can create and produce more profitable jobs with guaranteed image accuracy and vibrant colours with Xerox's newest digital colour devices - the Versant® 80 Press and the Colour 800i/1000i Presses.

For print-for-pay and in-plants, the Versant 80 combines new features and functionality to produce high-end applications faster on more media types. The Colour 800i/1000i Presses now offer true Pantone® metallic gold or silver specialty dry inks - giving printers a creative, competitive advantage. With increased automation both devices keep print environments at peak performance levels.

In May 2015 Lenovo is launching a Pocket Projector about the size of a stack of five floppy disks, for those old enough to remember those. This has a 50-lumen output and is priced at $249 (around £160). It's battery-powered and charges via USB, so will work with other portable devices, and Lenovo claims it will last two and a half hours on a single charge. You also get built-in stereo speakers.

Portable printers are in the spotlight this spring. Primera Technology (known as speciality printer manufacturers focussed on label printers) have entered the portable market with the Primera Trio colour printer, copier and scanner available in the USA from April at $399.95. Also look out for the recently announced ZutA Pocket Printer. This is a mobile WiFi device that prints as it moves across a sheet of paper. 1 hour battery life and at least 100 prints from an ink cartridge are promised. Expected September 2015 in the US and priced at $199. We await details of European availability and price for both of these new models.


"Hello Tomorrow": At this year's CeBIT, TA Triumph-Adler will be explaining the way to the workplace of the future - in addition, the company will be showing off its skills as a partner for traditional and higher-level small and medium-sized businesses for complete IT outsourcing, as well as for individual document management services. "Our product range is as customised as the processes of our customers are individual," says Christopher Rheidt, Vice President Sales & Service Group at TA Triumph-Adler.

The range of products being presented at the trade fair include, for example, a mobile follow-me printing solution and the fleet management software TA Cockpit with extended green management functions. A further topic of discussion are the more than 30 multifunctional systems, which TA Triumph-Adler will be launching on the market in the coming financial year starting April 2015. "With new A4 and A3 colour systems in the first half of the year we are renewing our portfolio, as well as offering our customers numerous new opportunities for further consolidation," explains Christopher Rheidt.


Winter 2014/15

LONDON, 24 February 2015 - Canon is today introducing the Océ VarioPrint i300, the first high-speed sheetfed inkjet press in the company's portfolio of production printing solutions.

LONDON, 23 February 2015 - Canon is today launching the Océ ColorStream 3000 Z series, a high speed commercial inkjet printing system designed in parallel to the existing Océ ColorStream 3000 range to provide class-leading productivity where a smaller footprint is needed or support for stacked paper is desired.

EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS, February 20th, 2015 - BenQ is very pleased to announce today the launch of its W1350 living room projector. The W1350 is BenQ's newest home projector to offer the greatest installation freedom and ease of use combined with all the advantages of side projection, short-throw projection, flexible zoom, lens shift, as well as wireless Full HD kit and MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) connectivity.


On the 18th February 2015 Xerox announced the Xerox DocuMate® 5540, a uniquely designed document scanner that combines both a flatbed and sheetfed scanner in one unit. The DocuMate 5540 also includes a 70-page automatic document feeder (ADF) making it a very versatile scanner for today's modern office.


LONDON, 17 FEBRUARY 2015 - Canon has launched two new high performance wide format colour systems which are set to make their UK debut at Sign & Digital in March. The two new models come as both printer only and multi-functional; the Océ ColorWave 500 dedicated to workgroups and the Océ ColorWave 700, designed for wider graphic arts applications.


UXBRIDGE, U.K., February 17th, 2015 - Office workers often rely on mobile devices to do their jobs and expect to print throughout their day, whether at a desk, in a meeting room, or even a home office. However, a recent study by IDC1 finds only half of mobile users are able to print within their own company walls, and just one-third can print on the go. New Xerox devices help these professionals to print anytime, anywhere with any mobile device.

With easy setup, the Xerox Phaser® 6020/6022 Colour Printer and WorkCentre® 6025/6027 Colour MFPs can be up and running quickly. The devices are easy to use, even for offices without on-site IT staff, and offer sharp image quality typically found with larger, more expensive devices.


Barco PGWU-62LKortrijk, Belgium, 11 February 2015 - Global projection technology leader Barco today launched the quietest laser phosphor projectors on the market. Producing less than 35 decibels, meeting participants will hardly hear the projectors are there. Available in two models - with WXGA or WUXGA resolution - they produce ‘laser-sharp' images with sensational colors for never-failing performance. Their laser phosphor light source offers a 20,000-hour lifetime and takes away the burden of regular maintenance. Designed for meeting rooms, boardrooms, auditoriums and museums, the projectors are light, compact, and white to blend in everywhere. The two models are the PGWU-62L and PGWX-62L. The 1-chip DLP projectors will be shipping as of April 2015 and specs will be available in Facts & Figures Online very soon.

London, UK - February 10, 2015 - ViewSonic Corp today demonstrated its brand new sleek and streamline design LightStreamTM networkable series of projectors, and new professional commercial displays with stunning visual performance and intelligent features at ISE.

LightStreamTM Networkable Projectors (PJD6 Series)
The ViewSonic LightStream line features SuperColorTM for higher brightness levels and a true-to-life colour experience in a sleek new form factor. With the company's unique SuperColorTM 6-Segment Colour Wheel design, and 3,200 - 3,800 lumens of brightness, all LightStreamprojectors deliver the best colours for an immersive viewing experience in any lighting, such as classrooms, boardrooms, and home entertainment, without sacrificing colour accuracy. Select models include a throw ratio of up to 1.5-1.97 designed to match the 1.5-1.8 throw ratio of 3LCD projectors, users are now able to replace their existing 3LCD projectors easily with ViewSonic DLP LightStream projectors without renovating or redecorating, and to experience a long lasting colours, superior contrast ratios and more affordable running cost.
The new LightStreamTM PJD6 Networkable series include the PJD6350, PJD6355, PJD6352LS, and PJD6552LWS. All will be available between March - April 2015 with RSP's ranging from €579 to €759; £459 to £599; $679 to $889 incl. VAT. There will be more PJD6 Network Series projectors to follow later in the year.

UK and Ireland, 2nd February, 2015: Canon UK is today extending its print portfolio with the addition of three compact and feature rich A4 colour multifunctional devices (MFDs), the imageRUNNER C1225iF, imageRUNNER C1325iF and imageRUNNER C1335iF.

Vivitek is introducing the D3000 Series of projectors which offer outstanding performance and value for the systems integrator and end-user. There are two models in the range, the DX3351 and the DW3321, and both are packed with features, are easy to set up and install, while the high brightness output and comprehensive connectivity options ensure that a wide range of applications are catered for. Details available soon in Facts & Figures Online.


Two new A3 mono printers have been launched by Epson. Epson AL-M8100DN

The AL-M8100DN and AL-M8100DTN are 40ppm duplex models.

Full details are now available in Facts & Figures Online.


London, 21 January 2015 - Ricoh today announced a new partnership with Leapfrog 3D Printers that will see Ricoh become an official reseller of the award-winning Leapfrog Creatr HS 3D printer and other models from January 2015. The partnership combines Leapfrog 3D Printers' award-winning range with Ricoh's strengths in providing a comprehensive service to its clients. This includes IT services, consultation, installation, training and support.

Ricoh has introduced three new entry level projectors - the PJS2240 (SVGA), the PJWX2240 (WXGA) and the PJX2240 (XGA) - specs are now available in Facts & Figures Online.


Munich, 20 January, 2015 - NEC Display Solutions Europe has launched four additions to its UM Series of ultra-short-throw LCD projectors. This is in response to the growing need for better collaboration and greater interactivity in schools and the workplace.
The new products, UM301W, UM301X, UM351W and UM361X, offer significant improvements in terms of performance and cost of ownership. They continue to eradicate shadow and glare and have brighter, dynamic images, with up to 3.600 ANSI lumens brightness. They also eliminate the need for external audio systems with an integrated 20W speaker, which is a 25 per cent improvement over earlier models. Furthermore, they come with two HDMI inputs, one of them supporting MHL, making it easy for presenters to connect their smart devices to the projectors and when using multiple digital sources. Details of all the new models are now included in Facts & Figures Online.


e-Studio 305CSNew from Toshiba are two multifunctionals - the e-studio 385s a 38ppm mono MFP and the 30ppm full colour e-studio 305cs and two printer models the 52ppm mono e-studio 525p and the 30ppm full colour e-studio 305cp. Full details are available now in Facts & Figures Online.





5th January 2015 OKI Systems (UK) Ltd has refreshed its portfolio of mono printers and multifunction printers with the launch of the B412dn, B432dn and B512dn single function printers and the MB472dnw, MB492dn and MB562dnw multifunction printers (MFPs) offering businesses of any size the choice and flexibility to suit their needs and budget.

ViewSonic Introduces New Visual Display Technology Solutions at CES 2015

On the 6th January Viewsonic introduced the LightStreamTM Line of projectors which feature SuperColorTM for higher brightness levels and a more true-to-life colour experience in a sleek and smart new form factor. The LightStream PJD5 Value Series of projectors is the first series announced from the LightStream Line. The LightStream PJD5 Value Series delivers 3200 lumens of brightness and smart integrated functions, making them ideal for settings that need higher levels of brightness like classrooms, boardrooms, or at home.


ViewSonic also showcased the new high-performing PJD7822HDL home entertainment projector. It boasts 3200 ANSI lumens of brightness for a crisp 1080p visual experience, convenient connectivity options, and features a smooth white finish that blends into any home décor. For professionals on-the-go, the award-winning lightweight and bright PLED-W600 and PLED-W800 are solid state LED-based DLP® projectors.

KYOCERA Document Solutions UK has created a new brand advertising campaign featuring its own staff. The new images will feature across the UK & Ireland in the company's marketing campaigns - part of an FY14/15 spend of £1million plus.

A Fogra Cert Validation Printing System (VPS) certificate has been awarded to Konica Minolta's bizhub PRESS C1070 and bizhub PRESS C1100 digital printing systems. The certificate was issued for each printer's performance in conjunction with the latest Konica Minolta Colour Care software and for both systems when running with EFI Fiery, CREO or Konica Minolta controller.

On the 24th November Ricoh announced a new series of compact black & white A4 printers and multifunction devices. These will be available in the UK market in early January and details are now included in Facts & Figures Online.

Ricoh advises that each product within the series - including the SP 4510DN, SP 4510SF, SP 3600DN, SP 3600SF and SP 3610SF - has an attractive initial purchase price and low Total Cost of Ownership. They have been specifically designed to meet customer requirements for high performance and fit-for-purpose functionality. Thanks to a small footprint, the products can be conveniently installed on a desktop or in an office corner without taking up valuable space. Operation is straightforward via a tilt-able 4.3-inch colour touch panel, customisable display and animated menus (SP 4510SF) or an easy-to-use 4-line LCD display (SP 3600DN, SP 4510DN SP 3600SF and SP 3610SF).

KYOCERA Document Solutions UK Ltd has added six high-speed scanners into its portfolio

They will initially include six PFU Fujitsu scanners in their portfolio, ranging from the ScanSnap iX100, a mobile wireless documents scanner, to the fi-6800 which is an A3 sheet fed document scanner capable of 130 pages per minute. The scanners have won awards ranging from the Good Design Award 2014 (ix100) to the Document Manager - High Volume Imaging Product of the Year (fi-6800).

Munich, 12 November, 2014 - NEC Display Solutions Europe has announced the release of the refined PX602UL and PX602WL projectors with Laser Light Source technology. The innovative blue laser light source provides the projectors with an effective, high quality image, boasting no lamp exchange and energy saving benefits that simplify management. The features of the new projectors are tailored for large meeting rooms and conference rooms as well as creative theatre, leisure and museum spaces or signage.



Autumn 2014

There are several new Xerox models now available. The Phaser 3260DNI is a 28ppm, A4 mono printer and the Workcentre 3225DNI has the same printer spec but also offers copy, scan and fax functions. The Workcentre 4265S is a 53ppm, A4 network MFP with optional WiFi and fax. There are also new ColoQube full colour solid ink printers. Full details of all of these new machines are now available from Facts & Figures Online.

Epson Workforce WF100WBilled as the world's smallest and lightest A4 inkjet printer Epson introduce the WorkForce WF-100W priced at £183.33.The WF-100W prints A4 documents such as invoices, receipts and tickets from anywhere, including a vehicle or a client's address.
It can be charged via USB, including a USB car adaptor, or via the bundled AC adaptor and is compatible with WiFi.

Also new from Epson is the SureColor SC-P600 A3+ photo printer with user-friendly touch screen, exceptional Wi-Fi and Cloud printing connectivity priced at £475.83. Another new Epson photo printer, this time A4, is the the Expression photo XP55.




3 New models from Brother

Brother MFC 1910W

The HL-1210W is a new mono, laser wireless printer priced at £85, The DCP 1610W is a mono, laser, wireless multifunctional with print, copy and scan and a print speed of 20ppm priced at £129. The MFC 1910W, also at £129 has a similar spec but also offers fax capability. See full details of these new models in Facts & Figures Online.





Ricoh brings faster, more cost efficient printing to offices with launch of new multifunctional product series


On the 21st October Ricoh Europe announced the launch of a new series of multifunctional products designed to provide mid to large size offices with faster printing of time critical jobs.
The MP 4054SP/5054SP/6054SP series of A3 black-and-white multifunctionals offer printing speeds of 40/50/60 pages per minute and feature a choice of operating panels for outstanding flexibility - forming a cost effective solution to everyday office printing. The MP 4054(A)SP/MP 5054(A)SP/MP 6054SP feature conventional large nine-inch displays, while the MP 4054AZSP/MP 5054AZSP/MP 6054ZSP (all to be launched soon) have highly intuitive 10.1-inch smart operation panels for extra ease of use. The series includes a wide range of configurations, helping to enhance output from creation to finish. Full details now available in Facts & Figures Online.



On the 9th September Sharp announced the launch of two new high performance A4 colour multifunction printers (MFPs), which combine compact size with sophisticated productivity features, including Cloud capability. The MX-C301W and MX-C301 have been designed to meet the fast print, copy and scan needs of SMEs and be the desktop device of choice for large enterprises with a mixed deployment of A4 and A3 machines.

On the 8th September 2014 BenQ unveiled the W1080ST+ Living Room Projector: The World's First Home Entertainment Projector Offering Wireless Full HD Transmission, Short-throw and Side Projection Capabilities

It also offers many beloved projector features like MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) connectivity, 1.2x flexible zoom, built-in 10W chamber speaker power, six-segment RGBRGB color wheel with six times the speed, 2,200 ANSI lumen brightness, BrilliantColorTM, DLP DarkChip3TM, 3D Full HD projection capability and first-timer-friendly user interface. Ideal for quality family time and personal enjoyment, the W1080ST+ is designed to turn any living space into an entertainment hub with delightfully flexible and affordable projector installation and placement. All you need is a projection distance of 1.5 meters for 100" of big-screen fun for console gaming, movies and videos. The W1080ST+ is truly as simple and easy to set up and use as any small appliances you can find in a household.
"The W1080ST+ is many things, a home entertainment projector, a home wireless projector, a short-throw projector, a living room projector, but most importantly it is the versatile projector that families can bring into their homes, place it anywhere they want, and enjoy big-screen Full HD entertainment in any way they like," said Peter Huang, General Manager of BenQ Technology Product Center. "BenQ is all about bringing enjoyment and quality to life, and with our home projectors, we have made it our number-one priority to make sure they are incredibly easy to enjoy by every family and individual. We're proud and encouraged to see this commitment reflected by our number-one ranking in the 1080p Full HD projector segment worldwide, with an excelling worldwide market share of 28% and European market share of 35%*, and will continue to take home entertainment to new levels of enjoyment in every home."

On the 8th September, 2014 Canon Europe launched the imageFORMULA DR-F120, a new fast, and versatile document scanner. The compact device helps offices to productively capture a wider range of different business documents for improved file storage and management efficiency.



Konica Minolta completes the launch of an entire new A4 Office Printer range

The launch of the bizhub C3110 multifunctional office printing device saw Konica Minolta complete the refresh of their entire A4 range of office printers, based on the foundation of its award winning larger A3 office printers.

"Engineered to Serve", signifies how customer needs are at the heart of all aspects of Konica Minolta product design. With the realisation of powerful performance and higher end machine capabilities, the new A4 desktop devices are ultimately designed to serve customer needs without compromise.

Konica Minolta's umbrella value proposition foroptimised print services includes multiple user benefits derived from combining consulting, hardware, software, implementation and workflow management to lower document spend. The new A4 office desktop devices further strengthen the equipment offering with more consistent features and functionality and clean integration into today's ever changing, complex and dynamic IT environments.

The new multifunctional printer range offers the highest industry security standards and functionality. Administrators are provided with complete device control, allowing them to set user rights, implement restrictions and best practice policies, as well as viewing end-to-end print management from a single user to multiple users, across networks. Automated Remote Management increases business efficiency and minimises the costs associated with manual intervention.

On 6th October 2014 KYOCERA Document Solutions UK Limited announced the launch of ScanNow Plus, the latest product in its suite of application software, powered by HyPAS.

Developed in response to real business needs and challenges, the application was created to address a range of scanning requirements including:
• Ability to scan to the users home directory
• Intelligent authentication that would leave the MFP "free-to-use" regardless of scanning commitments
• Settings that could be managed by the administrator, allowing the default to be specified and individual settings to be disabled
• Simple method of propagating the settings between MFPs

KYOCERA updated its existing ScanNow application to include a number of additional features.

Sarah White, Product Manager at KYOCERA Document Solutions UK.Limited comments: "ScanNow Plus gives businesses the ability to save time when faxing and scanning, which in turn leads to improved user workflows and increased productivity. All of our HyPAS apps are developed around improving the user experience, and this is no exception. ScanNow Plus is as simple as logging into the device, inserting a document and hitting scan."

Industry News

Ricoh Europe's Clickable Paper Shortlisted for FutureBook Innovation Awards 2014
On 20th October 2014 Ricoh announced that Ricoh Clickable PaperTM, the interactive print solution which unites print and digital seamlessly through a mobile app, has been shortlisted for The Booksellers' FutureBook Innovation Awards 2014.
Ricoh Clickable Paper can make just about any printed item interactive with innovative use of image recognition software. It allows publishers to keep in step with on-the-go consumers as their use of mobile devices rapidly increases. Earlier in the year TechCrunch reported that consumers are now spending 2 hours and 42 minutes per day on mobile devices *.
Clickable Paper includes rich media links which can go just about anywhere: photos, videos, websites, e-commerce portals, social networks and even phone-based actions like making a call, sending an email or opening a map. Users can download the free app from iTunes or Google Play - allowing them to experience digital content by scanning printed images.
Benoit Chatelard, General Manager Solutions, Ricoh Europe said "We are delighted that Clickable Paper is being recognised by the FutureBook Innovation Awards. Before Clickable Paper the most popular option to unit print and digital was a QR code but these unsightly and unappealing codes are also extremely limited. Clickable Paper provides one-touch access to multiple links such as product information, reviews, downloadable extras and more. The technology has really captured the imagination of publishers and we are expecting to announce some exciting partnerships in the next six months."
Julian Barnwell, Managing Director of Barnwell Print who use Clickable Paper, says: "We have had a lot of experience with QR codes in the past, so when we saw Ricoh's Clickable Paper solution last year we immediately recognised its enormous potential. Clickable Paper is a far more intelligent and dynamic product than QR technology: in fact it's QR codes on steroids. For us it moves the interactivity proposition on several steps from QR codes. Effectively, Clickable Paper enables publications to be used as a portal to direct readers to all kinds of extra information or entertainment via smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices."
Overall winners will be announced at The Bookseller's FutureBook Conference, held at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre in London on 14th November 2014. The event will feature Penguin Random House UK CEO, Tom Weldon, as a keynote speaker.

PC Pro Name Brother Best Printer Brand
On the 17th October 2014 Brother UK were celebrating after leading tech magazine PC Pro named them Best Printer Brand in its annual Excellence Awards.

The winners were chosen by readers of the magazine and were announced yesterday (Thursday 16th October) at a dinner in London.

Brother MD, Phil Jones, who attended the awards said: "It's a real honour to be voted Best Printer Brand by the PC Pro readers. We've have invested heavily in our printer range this year, and this award shows that customers have confidence in our innovative and reliable products. Thank you to everyone that voted for us."
On the 4th September Sharp added two new members to its Visual Solutions European management team, with responsibility for developing Sharp's professional large format display business. Sid Stanley, Sales Director Europe, and Michael Bailly, Product Planning and Marketing Director Europe, bring a wealth of skills and experience to drive forward Sharp's cohesive sales, marketing and product strategy, building on Sharp's already strong position in this sector. Christian Schwaiger, VP, Visual Solutions Europe, Sharp Europe, said: "Strengthening our European management team is a vital part of our ambitious plans to grow our business and market share in visual solutions. With Sid and Michael on board we have a strong team to lead a channel-centric business model, which will benefit both Sharp and our valued channel partners. We are also investing heavily in R&D to pioneer the future of digital signage in order to ensure we can offer our customers the most innovative and technically advanced signage solutions to meet their evolving needs."

In August BenQ reached an historical high Projector market share of 16% in Europe
BenQ is proud to announce yet another record high in its 22 years existence as a company. Q2 2013 was a great period for BenQ as it reached a historical market share of 16% in projector business in Europe. Strong growth in countries like Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Russia, France and the United Kingdom has made the success possible.

Impressive results in 1080P projector sales helped BenQ to secure No.1 position in this segment in Europe with 22.6% market share. The widely praised BenQ W1070 Living Room Projector, which has already received dozens of media awards throughout Europe, has clearly captured hearts of Home Cinema enthusiasts all over Europe becoming one of the most successful models in BenQ 1080P product range.

Combining passion and professionalism, execution and excellence, caring and contribution, BenQ is nowadays the number 1 DLP® brand worldwide, while has No.2 position in the 720P category with 36% market share in Europe. BenQ's deep involvement in every product development allows the company to reach different markets whether it's 3D Home projectors, educational classroom projectors or wireless business projectors.

"Here at BenQ Europe we are thankful to our consumers for believing in the brand and helping us to reach this historical percentage." - said Adams Lee, President of BenQ Europe - "We are devoted to keep developing and introducing inspiring products to bring new and enjoyable experience to our customers, in both business occasions and home entertainment scenarios."

On 7th October 2014 Canon announced the UK launch of Digital Dimensions - a subscription-based online hub designed to help print service providers (PSPs) both manage and grow their businesses through access to expert advice, profiling and planning tools and mentoring programmes

Canon Europe will be capturing the action on and off the course with an exciting crowd view photo initiative at this year's Ryder Cup, taking place at Gleneagles, Scotland from 23-28 September 2014. During the competition, Canon will also be providing support for professional photographers and supplying printing solutions behind the scenes

On October 6th, 2014 HP announced that it will separate into two new industry-leading public companies: Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, comprising HP's market-leading enterprise infrastructure, software and services businesses; and HP Inc., which will compromise HP's market-leading printing and personal systems businesses. This separation is expected to be completed by October 31, 2015.

Konica Minolta addresses key print industry challenges at UK roadshow events
With the continual development of the print industry and the current improving economic situation, now is the time to evaluate how you can enable your business to better meet the needs of your customers.

To help facilitate this discussion, Konica Minolta is running a series of roadshow events across the UK, hosting leading industry consultants to share current industry challenges and changes, all with a focus on enabling your businesses to collaborate more and to unlock opportunities for print, web and mobile applications. The speakers for the event include Neil Falconer of Print Future, Matthew Parker, founding director of Print and Procurement and Charlotte Graham-Cummings, director at B2B marketing company Ice Blue Sky.
The roadshow events will also be an opportunity for Konica Minolta to introduce the newbizhub PRESS C1100 range, which can help support your business to create new sources of revenue for customers and maximise uptime and print orders. There will also be the opportunity to network and discuss your individual requirements or challenges with the experts.

The events will last from 9:15 - 15:30 and take place throughout September and October in Bristol, London and Scotland.

On 9th October 2014 KYOCERA Document Solutions UK announced the opening of its new KYOCERA Technology Suite in the City of London.

The company has moved into the 2,404 sq ft second floor of 103 Cannon Street, from its temporary City base at No. 1 Cornhill. The larger premises overlook St Swithins Church Gardens and are located directly opposite Cannon Street station.

The new Technology Suite will comprise a showroom, two meeting rooms, a casual meeting room and large working office area. It is a complete refit for KYOCERA, allowing the company to ensure the venue is fit-for-purpose to host partners and end-users from a wide range of business sectors.

The Reading-based company introduced its London Technology Suite near Oxford Circus four years ago and having a central London location has been instrumental in driving the company's growth, especially within the financial and legal sectors.

Nigel Allen, Marketing Director, KYOCERA Document Solutions UK Ltd said: "Having a London base where our partners can hold meetings, as well as demonstrate our products and solutions, has been a key factor in our UK growth over the past few years. We have ambitious plans to expand our customer base in the financial and legal sectors over the next few years, and with such good feedback about our temporary location in Cornhill, we're looking forward to settling into our new City home."

On 7th October Lexmark announced Corporate Cartridges to boost sustainability benefits for business
Driven by Lexmark's commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and guided by the principles of zero waste and the circular economy, Lexmark is announcing a line of Corporate Cartridges for the EMEA region. The new line of cartridges for Lexmark's A4 CS/CX colour and MS/MX monochrome devices utilise Unison toner and a robust and durable design to deliver long-term reliability and sustained print quality. The Corporate Cartridges further advance the sustainability benefits of the Unison Print System by incorporating select components recovered through the Lexmark Cartridge Collection Programme (LCCP). Since 1991, Lexmark has offered free and easy-to-use methods to recover empty toner cartridges. The Lexmark Cartridge Collection Programme (LCCP) adheres to a zero landfill and incineration policy and strives to utilise the recovered materials to their greatest environmental benefit. Corporate Cartridges are manufactured in the EU. This ensures consistent product availability, minimises supply chain environmental impact and maintains production within the local economy. Corporate Cartridges are priced equivalent to Return Programme cartridges.
"Lexmark has a strong tradition of innovation and commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability. This new line of Corporate Cartridges represent our most sustainable supplies offering to date," said Chris Law, director at Lexmark UK. "In addition to the environmental and social aspects, the Corporate Cartridges are also backed by Lexmark's limited lifetime supplies warranty."
On 16th September 2014 Lexmark announced sales opportunities for partners with the Solutions Advantage Program. This provides a clear and defined path to enable its partners to find new sales opportunities.
With the Solutions Advantage Program, Lexmark's partners are empowered to become their customers' preferred vendor for solutions that go beyond printing. The Solutions Advantage Program helps partners achieve their business objectives whilst enjoying exclusive advantages. These include the free provision of full-licensed software to equip demo output devices, as well as comprehensive training on Lexmark's solutions line. The programme - being rolled out in many EMEA countries - is divided into three tiers: Entry, Advanced and Premier. These will run in conjunction with the Lexmark Channel Value Programme. The Entry level is a comprehensive offering of support. It provides partners who traditionally focus on hardware, services and supplies, with training webinars and access to the Lexmark Virtual Solutions Centre. The Advanced tier builds on this to include face-to-face technical training, access to more advanced solutions (such as Lexmark Print Management Premise), special bid pricing for qualified opportunities, and the ability to equip demo output devices with free software solutions. The top level of the programme addresses independent software vendors (ISVs). As well as all the previous advantages, the Premier tier provides ISVs with a software development platform to expand their portfolio of solutions and create whole new business opportunities.

On 22nd October 2014 Sharp Electronics Europe today announced three new appointments to its European management team. Tetsuji Kawamura has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer and President of Sharp Electronics Europe. Within Sharp's Information Systems business, Jun Ashida has been appointed to President, Information Systems Europe and Alexander Hermann takes over as Vice President, Document Solutions Europe. The new team will expand Sharp's already strong position in the Document Solutions and Visual Solutions sectors, driving the growth strategy for Sharp's innovative document solutions and display business products.

In September 2014 UTAX (UK) Ltd announced that they are now partnering with Northamber PLC, the longest established trade-only distributor of IT equipment in the UK.
Northamber has over 100 strategic alliances with the IT industry's leading manufacturers and their comprehensive range encompasses Printers, Scanners, Servers, Storage, Security, PCs, Software, Networks and Components.
The new partnership gives Northamber's IT Resellers and system integrators access to UTAX (UK)'s managed print services and print/document software solutions together with their wide-ranging portfolio of high quality desk top and free standing printers, photocopiers and A3 Multi Functional Devices to provide complete turnkey IT solutions for the SMB market.
Shaun Wilkinson, Managing Director of UTAX (UK) Ltd said: "I believe we are a perfect fit for Northamber and we are looking forward to supporting their IT Resellers across the UK with our range of innovative, cost-effective and secure print management solutions. All our products and devices are supported by our expert team of software technicians and engineers to ensure that installations and software updates are professionally integrated with new and existing networks."
Alex Phillips, Director of Strategy for Northamber PLC said: "We are very excited about the addition of UTAX to our vendor portfolio. We see significant potential for our resellers with UTAX's broad product range and believe this latest addition will further our aim to support our resellers in better servicing their customers. The addition of UTAX to our existing strong print line up reinforces our position as one of the UK's leading print distributors."
The partnership was officially launched at Northamber's annual Multi-Vendor Event. The UTAX team are present on Stand 28 and will be demonstrating the impressive A3 colour 7505ci MFP plus a range of software solutions including archiving, data security, mobile printing, secure walk-up printing and account tracking all of which can be embedded into their MFPs.





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