Toner Ink News: OKI Quits and Xerox Looks to China

Toner Ink News: OKI Quits and Xerox Looks to China

Toner Ink News: OKI Quits and Xerox Looks to China

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COVID Causes OKI Casualty in AmericaA major this month was Oki Data’s announcement that they would as of March 31, 2021, discontinue selling printers in North, Central and South America but continue as usual in Japan and Asia. The LED-based Oki printers held a special place in certain segments of the market as they offered both reasonably priced A3 sizes and a fifth developer station that could print white, especially useful for textile printing. Oki will continue to supply consumables, parts and warranty service. According to the announcement, this the result of a changing printer market caused by the Covid-19 virus.

Xerox Rumored to Be Using Ninestar TonerLast month we reported that Xerox had introduced its own line of competitive aftermarket toner products. According to industry sources, the “Xerox Everyday Toner” is believed to be a clone product coming from China’s dominant toner supplier Ninestar. In addition, Xerox is believed to be supplying a line of remanufactured cartridges coming from Clover, which would seem to compete with the “Xerox Everyday Toner.”

The COVID virus has not affected all printing markets equally. According to industry consultant firm IDC’s Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, the 2nd quarter of 2020 saw 20 million peripheral shipments, which was a decline of 10.2% year-over-year. However, the consumer segment, especially monochrome laser and inkjet showed small growth

Nagase America’s Nagase Specialty Materials and their Illinois Fitz Chem division have been combined into one specialty chemical distribution company –Nagase Specialty Materials NA. The company distributes a wide variety of industrial chemicals for industries including paints, inks, 3D printing and toner.

Xaar has introduced the 2002 as an enhanced printhead that is designed especially for printing ceramics, glass, labels and packaging. Capabilities of the new printhead include a firing rate of 36 kHz at 720 dpi and up to 75 m/min

Canon has announced three new wireless home/office multifunction printers: the PIXMA TS6420, PIXMA TR7020 and PIXM TR8620. The printers offer automatic duplex, 5-color photo quality inks, and prices ranging from $99.99 to $179.99. Canon has also introduced the toner-based imagePRESS C10010VP and C9010VP digital color presses with productivity up to 100 or 90 ppm and wide capability for media and automated document processing. Another Canon introduction was the Arizona 2300 Series flatbed UV-cure wide-format inkjet printers. Print width up to 86.6 inches and up to 1001 ft2/hr

Epson has added three A3 WorkForce Enterprise multifunction color printers. The WF- C21000, WF-C20750 and WF-C20600 offer between 100 and 75 ISO pages/min black or color using Epson’s Precision Core Heat-Free Technology.

Konica Minolta has added to its bizhub-i series of monochrome printers with six A3 multifunction printers, including models 300i, 360i, 450i, 550i, 650i, and 750i. Print speeds up to 75 ppm

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