“We Quit,” Xerox Says to HPXerox announced that it had ceased its battle to buy HP because of the COVID-19’s business disruptions. At first, we thought it was an April Fools joke. There seem to be no winners in this prolonged, highly leveraged takeover battle. The biggest losers seem to be all commercial printers and their clients.
Kyocera Reimagines Printing by Entering Inkjet Production Print MarketKyocera Document Solutions launches its first inkjet production print device with the TASKalfa Pro 15000c. “The TASKalfa Pro 15000c represents a shift in ambitions for Kyocera, moving us into the innovative area of inkjet production printing, stated Doug Cole, Director, Production Print. It’s where the future of affordable printing lies, and our device is built with reliability in mind to ensure that downtime is kept to a minimum.”
Lexmark Data Shows China ‘Bouncing Back,’ As The Printer Helps Partners Pivot“China seems to be coming out of it,” said Sammy Kinlaw, Vice President, Worldwide Channel and OEM Sales, Lexmark. “We’re managing, of course, our toner usage and our hardware sales in China. They’re bouncing back. They’re at levels to where they were before all this happened. That gives me some hope that we can get back.”
Next-generation MFPs Recognized for Peak Performance and DesignKonica Minolta Business Solutions announced its i-Series had received the Red Dot Award in the category of Product Design 2020. “Our bizhub i-Series MFPs are smart, IoT-enabled devices that retain their traditional role for printing, copying, and scanning while addressing market needs as businesses evolve,” said Kevin Kern, Senior VP, Konica Minolta.
HP Announces Partner and Customer Relief InitiativesHP Inc. announced a variety of relief initiatives aimed at arming its global channel partner community to effectively navigate the operational and financial challenges associated with COVID-19. “As a global company, we understand the importance of acting globally while executing at the local level,” said Christoph Schell, Chief Commercial Officer, HP Inc.
Ricoh Earns ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award"As a large, multinational corporation, Ricoh understands its unique position to contribute to the fight for the future of our planet. This is a duty we are glad to take up, and one we have carried out for decades. Sustainability requires proactive, sustained effort, and Ricoh is making sure to put in the work," said Donna Venable, Executive VP, Human Resources and Deputy GM, Shared Services, Ricoh Americas.
Canon U.S.A. is proud to announce the appointment of Kazuto Ogawa as President and CEO of Canon U.S.A., effective April 1.
Tom Glassman promoted to Director, Services Programs, Managed Services at Ricoh USA.
Paul Easley, after more than forty years in the graphic arts business, is retiring from Muller Martini.
Dr. Frank Schaum is now heading the Label division of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) in Sankt Gallen (Switzerland).
Dan Johansen promoted to US Director, Sales, and Marketing, Industrial Printing at Ricoh USA, Inc.
Alan P. Albergaria, the President and co-founder of Automated Business Solutions, passed away on March 27. Alan also served as 2019-20 Vice President of the Business Technology Association's (BTA's) PRO Dealer Group.
Edward T. Bialecki passed away Tuesday, March 24. Ed worked in the business machines industry for over 40 years, spending the last 26 years with Kyocera Document Solutions (KDS). Starting as a Regional Sales Manager in ’93, he was promoted to VP Sales in ’99, and Senior VP Sales in ’04.
Printing Company Becomes Local Hero by Making Face Shields for Frontline Health Workers: “If we’re being called an essential service, let’s do something essential.” That’s the motto right now at Flash Reproductions, a printing business in Toronto that’s making plastic face shields for frontline healthcare workers. Operation Canadian Shield is the result of Pauptit, and his staff at Flash figuring out how they could help during a crisis. Read how and maybe even contribute.
o 7th drupa Global Trends Report: Global Print Industry Faces Economic
o New varioPRINT iX-Series Sheetfed Press Offers Offset Quality, Digital Flexibility and Inkjet...
o Lexmark Recognized with a 5-Star Rating in the 2020 CRN® Partner Program Guide
o YSoft SafeQ Now Provides Secure Printing From SAP
o Canon U.S.A. Awarded Energy Star® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for 2020
o Crawford Technologies and Content Critical Solutions, Inc. Recognized
o Kodak Supplies Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) to New York State to Aid in Hand Sanitizer
o Gilman Brothers Reimagines What Can Be Done with Graphics Materials
o Printers’ Impact: Time Printing Solutions Provider Produces Sanitation
o Aleyant Celebrates 15 Years of Innovation in Automated Print Software
o Print Manufacturer Producing 5,000 PETG Face Shields Per Day
o Graphics Printers Mobilize Globally to Support Public Health
o Hybrid Software launches Tectonics, an Innovative new Flexo Production
o HP Issues Statement
o Shaun Kilfoyle Retires, Michael Ring Named Successor at W+D North America