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David Gibbons 11 December, 2017 at 5:25 am

David is a Director at RT Media

Here are the top 10 imaging news stories for the week:

Finding solutions to fight back against fake cartridges tops the bulletin this week:

  1. Swiss-based Wisekey has developed cryptographic hardware used in electronic passports. The company claims it uses a contact-free interface between the printer and the cartridge to authenticate the cartridge as being a genuine OEM product.
  2. Meanwhile, French-based Texplained is on a mission to stop the reverse engineering of chips used in cartridges. They claim that the chemical and physical removing of layers to read a chip’s architecture is getting easier to do by even small start-up companies wanting to counterfeit printer cartridges. The loss of revenue for the printer OEMs is estimated to be over 3 billion US dollars each year, which is about 5 percent of the total global printer supplies market.

Chip technology is at the frontier of printer cartridge development for many industries as well as printing consumables. For this reason, Western Digital is opposing its joint venture partner Toshiba from selling off its chip business to Bain Capital for US$18 billion. Toshiba is the world’s No. 2 producer of NAND memory chips.

Printing metal on a 3D printer has become the new benchmark that has captured the attention of the 3D printing industry. It seems everyone from the humble hobbyist to the most scientific aerospace engineer is demanding the technology. To meet this demand Print-Rite has launched its first CoLiDo Metal 3D printer using its own patented AMSS technology. Print-Rite will demonstrate the affordable printing of 25 cm long metal objects at RemaxWorld Expo in Zhuhai China on October 12.
Epson has stepped up its commitment to recycling cartridges in Australia. The OEM has moved from Retail Partner to Full Partner with Cartridges 4 Planet Ark. Epson joins Canon and Brother at the top tier while Konica Minolta, Kyocera and HP are retail partners. The Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program recycles used cartridges into other products including plastic rulers and park benches, but does not allow cartridge remanufacturers to reuse them.

Gavin Pollard,Fuji XeroxThe sacked General Manager of Fuji Xerox in New Zealand is fighting to get his job back. Gavin Pollard claims he’s been made a scapegoat by the Japanese OEM over dodgy accounting practices. But the government’s Employment Relations Authority says it’s too early to reinstate Pollard given the lack of trust and confidence in him by senior executives and Fuji Xerox shareholders.

Others are set to lose their jobs as well. Hewlett Packard Enterprise plans to cut about 10% of its workforce, which amounts to at least 5,000 workers. Layoffs are expected to begin at the end of 2017 and will impact staff and managers in the US and abroad.

Ninestar has now snapped up 10.2 percent of ALL the printer cartridges being exported out of China. The largest Aftermarket cartridge manufacturer in the world has issued a report to shareholders based on its first 6 months of 2017.  A snapshot:Ninestar’s total assets are now valued at US$7.61 billion, an increase of 910 percent over the same period last year.Since it acquired Lexmark in late 2016, the number of Lexmark printers sold globally in the first half of the year saw a 19.7 percent increase. All Lexmark printer cartridges are now manufactured in Zhuhai,

  • Ninestar’s total assets are now valued at US$7.61 billion, an increase of 910 percent over the same period last year.
  • since it acquired Lexmark in late 2016, the number of Lexmark printers sold globally in the first half of the year saw a 19.7 percent increase.
  • all Lexmark printer cartridges are now manufactured in Zhuhai, China.
  • the plan is to manufacture Lexmark printers there too as it looks to capture the booming Chinese domestic market.

You can read more about the Ninestar report and other breaking news every day on our website at 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.