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David Gibbons 22 June, 2018 at 8:16 am

David Gibbons, Director of RT Media, has 40 years of experience, knowledge and skills in business (management, consultancy, strategic planning) and communication (teaching, event management, fundraising, journalism, broadcasting and new/digital media—social, website, app development). RT Media is a major provider of news and business opportunities for the global printer cartridge remanufacturing industry.

There’s plenty going on in printing consumables news again this week…

More Dongle Gear Legal Action
Canon has been granted a preliminary injunction against two aftermarket companies in Germany. The District Court in Dusseldorf heard that Canon’s European patent 407, better known as the dongle gear patent, had been infringed through products sold on the internet. Printperfect Ltd and its managing directors, along with Coemedia and its managing director, were identified in the court documents.

Angry Shareholders
Shareholders have launched two separate class actions against Staples in the Massachusetts federal court. They claim the office supplies retailer and its board omitted to share key information to investors about Sycamore Partners’ proposed 6.9 billion dollar acquisition of the chain.

Down Under in Australasia

Three interesting developments worth noting:

  • The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has raised doubts over the proposed merger of office supplies resellers Staples and OfficeMax in Australia. The consumer watchdog claims the loss of competition between Staples and OfficeMax could result in higher prices and lower levels of service.

  • Fuji Xerox’s boss in New Zealand has left the company. This follows the exposure of accounting irregularities with government contracts worth 350 million US dollars.

  • And also in New Zealand comes news Stratasys has entered into a partnership with Ricoh in order to meet the demand for 3D printing there.


On Clover in Colorado
The largest cartridge remanufacturer in the world has opened an additional distribution center in Colorado. The Clover Imaging Group says the new center will help it be more competitive in supplying a wider range of products more quickly to customers. The new center opening coincides with the announcement that more full-time employees will be laid off at the company’s Los Angeles plant, which was acquired from MSE three years ago.

More Solutions for Mobile Workers
Brother is getting more serious about providing better solutions for the world’s rapid growth of mobile workers. The OEM claims to be the first in the mobile hardware space to offer a robust and inclusive partnership program which it is calling THE NEXT.

Giving Consumers a Voice
Xerox is excited that its devices are now able to recognize voice commands from users. By simply using an app, users can talk to their printer requesting double-sided copies, ordering supplies or submitting a service call.

Oh Brother! Automatic Ordering of Genuine Supplies
Brother claims that 70 of its printers are now Refresh Ready. So what does that mean? Brother Refresh is a low-ink or low-toner intelligence that will order genuine new supplies automatically. Brother claims it is a convenient solution that eliminates the time and hassle of running to the store or having to place an order online whenever ink or toner is low.


You can read more breaking news every day on our website at www.rtmworld.com/2d or get a copy of our monthly news and views magazine with Print-Rite’s founding president Arnald Ho on the front cover this month.

Ho has given RT Media an exclusive interview about his 7 million dollar deal with the Pelikan brand.