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David Gibbons 11 December, 2017 at 2:07 am

David is a Director at RT Media

I’m David Gibbons writing this on the floor of RemaxWorld Expo. The world has come to Zhuhai China to find solutions and openly discuss the hot topics. So what’s been happening?

Patent Office Rejects Invalid Patent Application

The patent office in China has rejected Epson’s application to invalidate certain patents held by Print-Rite. The ongoing dispute where Print-Rite is suing Epson continues, but founding chairman Arnald Ho was pleased with this latest development.

More Show Records Broken

Traditional Chinese dancers have welcomed a record crowd in excess of 8,000 on the first day of RemaxWorld Expo, arguably the largest print consumables expo on the planet. Tighter security has been brought in to manage the crowd with a very visible international visitor presence from 87 countries. In fact, 43% of foreigners at the expo in Zhuhai, China this year are first-time visitors.

From the Summit & Expo

  1. Killer chip technologies are now the major threat to the aftermarket industry according to hot topic discussions at the Remax Summit.The boss of Impression Products also told the story about his historic win against Lexmark in the US Supreme Court, and the million dollar offer he was made to quit the legal process.
  2. The boss of Impression Products also told the story about his historic win against Lexmark in the US Supreme Court, and the million dollar offer he was made to quit the legal process. The word innovation has been very evident on many of the 468 exhibits at RemaxWorld this year. Apex launched it latest UniSmart chip resetting device complete with
  3. The word innovation has been very evident on many of the 468 exhibits at RemaxWorld this year.  Apex launched it latest UniSmart chip resetting device complete with touchscreen technology and the ability to receive the latest updates with wi-fi.
  4. Print-Rite abandoned the traditional booth concept and set up a free wi-fi and coffee lounge. The company recognised three young innovators with awards.
  5. The Annual RT Imaging Industry Awards were presented to sixteen winners from 5 countries for a variety of service, legal and technology achievements. The Diamond Pioneer Award, in memory of highly respected imaging veteran Art Diamond, was awarded to Jackson Wang. Wang was recognized for launching Ninestar in 1991, developing the first OEM printer in China, and acquiring Static Control Components and Lexmark which has altered the divide between OEMs and the Aftermarket.

More Money While Keeping Customers

The 25 billion dollar global managed print solutions industry is predicted to double in size to more than 50 billion dollars in the next 3 years. As a result, many printer cartridge dealers and retailers are worried they will lose their customers to 3-year contracts with MPS providers. So one software company has developed the next generation of printer managed software, designed to not just keep the customers, but to maximise profits for the supplier as well. Polish software company Princity were among the 50 new exhibitors this year. Users can also use an App to see how their own printers are functioning and allowing them to order supplies.

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