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HP, Xerox, Moving Production and Meeting Tougher Environmental Standards

HP and Xerox

Hewlett Packard and Xerox have expanded their business relationship whereby Xerox will source entry-level A3 and A4 printers from HP, with the HP printers based on technology acquired from last years’ Samsung acquisition. Xerox will supply toner for the HP based printers

Moving Production to Malaysia

Konica Minolta currently produces about half of its multifunction printers in Malaysia and the rest in China. However, because of the recent tariff issues they are considering moving more of the production from China to Malaysia.

HP Offers Cheaper Toner Solution

Hewlett Packard has introduced the Neverstop Laser as the industry’s first printer with a toner tank instead of replaceable cartridges. Each printer has an integrated cartridge that alerts the user when toner is low. New toner is then added mess-free in as quick as 15 seconds using reload cartridges. Each toner box holds enough toner for 6000-8000 pages. HP claims the new printers are up to 38% faster than previous generations and that the new system can save users up to 80% on toner or similar savings compared to using aftermarket toner. The printers will initially be offered in China, India and certain European countries.

Meeting Tougher Environmental Standards in China

Previously I have mentioned issues facing Chinese chemical-related companies in having to deal with waste and the fact that the government is now taking action to confront environmental pollution. Hubei Dinglong has become one of the world’s largest producer of toner industry chemicals such as charge control agents and aftermarket toner. Among those products are color toners produced by chemical process at its Wuhan facility. The Chinese government has now reportedly shut down that facility because of water pollution from the chemical toner process effluent. Hubei Dinglong has suspended production while they install equipment to meet required standards.

3D News

  • 3D pioneer Evolve Additive Solutions and polymer producer Evonik Corp. have formed an alliance to develop thermoplastic powders for Evolve’s novel electrophotographic additive manufacturing process.
  • Stratasys 3D additive manufacturing technology is based on a fused deposition process. In an effort to expand potential powders for the system Stratasys has established an authorized materials partner program. Solvay was chosen as an initial partner.
  • Royal DSM has also made news in the additive manufacturing field as they launched the “Trimax Collective” to provide solutions for those looking for a 3D solution in any field. Initially DSM will work with the Dutch-based 3D printing company CEAD to provide polymer pellets. DSM has also announced a partnership with San Francisco based company Origin.

Other News:

  • The Landa Nanographic Printing Press has been announced, talked about and demonstrated for quite some time. The first European commercial placement of the Landa S10 has recently been shown at Edelmann Group’s facility where up to 6500 B1/41 in sheets/hr were being produced for packaging applications
  • Ink and coating company Ink International has completed an expansion of its West Chicago, Il R&D facility, bringing the total research space to 70,000 sq ft and providing employment for up to 20 new chemists.
  • Sawgrass Technologies will reportedly expand its now five-year old partnership with Ricoh on dye sublimation technology. Ricoh is the exclusive supplier of sublimation ink cartridges to Sawgrass for the Ricoh printers.
  • Canon has introduced the new PIXMA G6020 and G5020 Mega Tank inkjet printers with replacement ink bottles providing up to 6000 black/7700 color pages per bottle. Print speeds up to 6.8 images/min (color) or 13 ipm (black). Suggested prices are $299.99 and $249.99
  • Hewlett-Packard has introduced new DesignJet T1600 and XL 3600 multifunction wide format inkjet printers.
  • Konica Minolta has introduced the AccurioLabel 230 digital toner press, an updated version of its AL190 label press. Improvements include a 73% speed increase to 23.4 m/min, more accurate registration, overprinting and increased productivity with the ability to print up to 1000 meters without calibration.
  • Konica Minolta Business Solutions has shown a new updated i-Series bizhub printers with 3 color A3 multifunctions and 5 A4 color multifunctions. The new series is a serious advancement over previous Konica systems with enhanced connectivity, a more powerful engine and a more user-friendly interface.
  • Kyocera Document Solutions America has introduced five monochrome and color wide format multifunction printers based on Katsuragawa (KIP) systems. New introductions include black and white units from the KIP 71, 75 and 79 Series as well as color units from the KIP 800 and 900 Series. Suggested prices start at $16,800 for the KIP 7171 4D model

Toner and Jet Ink Chemical News is a monthly information service of John F. Cooper. Electronic subscriptions are available for $495. The February 2019 Edition also includes:

  • S. Toner Related Patents Published May 2019
  • Toner Patent Applications Published May 2019
  • S. Ink Jet Material Patents Published May 2019
  • Jet Ink Material Patent Applications Published May 2019
  • Employment Column
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  • Supplier Column

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