Covering Industry Developments in December 2021

  • Headline News: "Share Prices Bounced Back in 2021 for Most Printer Vendors" - The average share price for the 15 publicly-traded hardcopy vendors increased 31% from the end of 2020 to the end of 2021. Twelve of the companies (i.e., 80%) experienced share price appreciation, which ranged from 4% to 79%, while three companies suffered share price declines that ranged from 1% to 16%. But the magnitude of changes in these share price varied a lot across vendors.
  • The Editorial: "Is MFP Scanning Due for a Redo?" - The preponderance of scanning on MFPs has been mundane, with an emphasis on scanning to e-mail, oneself, a network folder, or a cloud file repository. Only occasionally have MFPs been used to capture documents for input to an ECM system or as part of a workflow connected to a complex line-of-business solution. But the confluence of four recent developments indicates scanning on MFPs may be entering a new era that presents some new opportunities.
  • In Other News:  "Three Years Later and China’s Deli Enters Inkjet AIO Market" - China's largest office products vendor has belatedly complemented its growing line of laser printers with a pair of wireless print/scan/copy models that have the world's highest capacity refillable ink tanks. ... "Ricoh Sees Japan and Europe Driving Its Shift to Services" - Ricoh continues to make steady progress diversifying its overwhelming dependence on office MFPs by adding a variety of IT-oriented services. But as it did two years ago, Ricoh once again ignored its US services business, while touting to investors its progress in Japan and Europe.

  • And Even More News - A shrinking Xerox is gettimng rid of a lot of property. ... Ninestar is building a new Chinese plant to manufacture two million Pantum printers and MFPs per year. ... Canon is saying China will be its largest geographic market by 2035. ... Big investors say they're not on board with Toshiba's breakup plan. ... Even where it still sells printers and MFPs, OKI is shrinking its aging product line. ... The Document Solutions business generates 20% of Kyocera's sales, but it garnered barely a mention at the company's latest Investor Day. ... Is Ricoh a private equity buyout candidate? ... Deli has added more derivative B&W laser models. ... Epson has added another EcoTank Pro AIO. ... Ricoh is the latest A3 vendor turning to Lexmark for A4 devices. ... HP has launched five ink tank AIOs in emerging markets, while quietly canning its unique Tango printer. ... Pantum has debuted new color MFPs based on a much modified Lexmark engine. ... Canon has refreshed its entry-level A3 color MFPs for emerging markets ... China's Lanxum is now CG Printech, and its OEM'd product line includes some old Samsung devices. ... Hardcopy hardware has dodges the Log4j vulnerability, but many related solutions have not. ... Microsoft addressed multiple printing issues in an early Windows 11 release. ... Office Depot’s sale of its ailing CompuCom unit may spur another offer from Staples. ... Visual Edge is back to buying, but it's not acquiring dealers. ... Plus even more!