Covering April 2020

  • The Big News: "Early Q1 Results Show First COVID-19 Winners and Losers" - The main thrust of the financial results Canon, Epson, Kyocera and Xerox reported for the first three months of 2020 is that the hardcopy industry is hurting. But the full magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic had barely begun to be felt by the end of March. And the impact has differed across companies and printer product categories. This should serve as a reminder that there will be winners and losers, at least in relative terms.
  • The Editorial: "A4 Before It's Too Late?" - I’m under no illusion that new A4 placements will come anywhere close to replacing old A3 units in terms of revenue or page volumes. But amidst the current devastation in the A3 business, I can point to a lot of good reasons why promoting A4 products could be one way to salvage some office equipment revenue and profit as part of a larger effort to buy time that’s now so sorely needed for some majorly overdue diversification in the hardcopy world.
  • In Other News - Lexmark announced the industry’s largest thirteen updated A4 printers and MFPs with speeds ranging from 26 to 42 ppm and prices between $199 and $549. ... After almost two decades in business, Sweden’s tiny Neonode gets two-thirds of its revenue from licensing touchscreen technology to MFP vendors, so why is the company searching for a new strategy? HP once again is being sued over its undisclosed use of color inks when printing in B&W on its inkjet AIOs. ... In the man-bites-dog category, Xerox is suing a patent troll that tried to get it to license some old Kodak camera patents. ... Ricoh released its third generation of 65 and 80 ppm color presses that share a platform with its high-end office color MFPs. ... Kyocera has officially entered the digital press market with its roll-out of the 146 ppm inkjet TASKalfa Pro 15000c. ... You'll have to live outside the US to buy some of Epson's latest and most interesting ink tank AIOs. ... Is Pantum planning to sell versions of Lexmark A3 MFPs that use Konica Minolta bizhub engines? ... QBit Semiconductor and Apex Microelectronics are both getting closer to launching new imaging SOC processors. ... Plus a whole lot more!