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Sharp Enhances Copier Toner Recycling Program

From Buyers Lab.

March 28, 2008 - Sharp recently announced that it has expanded its Toner Cartridge Recycling Program to include Sharp toner from all Sharp models, including MFPs. According to Sharp, users go to www.sharpusa.com/recycle and enter the type of shipping method they wish to use (a bulk container for up to 10 toner cartridges, the original toner box or the customer’s own packaging), the type of Sharp model, the estimated weight of the package, and basic contact information.

Customers then print out the shipping label to place on the package. The recycled toner can then be picked up by UPS or dropped off at the nearest UPS location, where it will be shipped to one of three recycling centers nationwide. For those with bulk orders, cartons made of recycled cardboard are sent via UPS. Sharp’s recycling Web site says that this service is only for Sharp toner products and that Sharp will charge customers for all costs associated with the shipping and recycling of any non-Sharp product received.


Xerox Settles Securities Lawsuit

NORWALK, Conn., March 27, 2008  -- Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) received preliminary court approval to settle a securities lawsuit that dates back to 2000.

The company agreed to settle this case to avoid the time, expense and uncertainty of litigation. Xerox did not admit to any wrongdoing as part of the settlement, which is subject to final court approval and other conditions.

"Our strong financial position gives us the flexibility to resolve this issue while continuing to deliver shareholder value through share repurchase, dividends and acquisitions," said Anne Mulcahy, Xerox chairman and chief executive officer.


The Bureau Selects EFI Hagen OA to Manage Complex Needs of Hybrid Print Business

Foster City, Calif. – March 27, 2008 – EFI (Nasdaq: EFII), the world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced that commercial printer The Bureau, of Minneapolis, Minn., has installed Hagen OA to manage their large volume of digital and offset work. The Bureau had been an EFI customer for a number of years using a discontinued product. Two years ago they decided to implement a competing “browser based” system, but quickly discovered that system did not have the depth of capability or flexibility of an EFI MIS system and came back to EFI to install Hagen OA. The Bureau then went through an accelerated installation and began using Hagen in January of this year.

The Bureau is one of four divisions of the Bureau of Engraving, Inc., which opened its doors in 1898. The Bureau offers full color digital and offset sheetfed printing as well as full service prepress, finishing and bindery capabilities for a diverse set of customers. On the digital side, The Bureau produces on demand jobs for 12,000 to 15,000 personalized textbooks a month along with work ranging from complex variable data applications to photo books, sales collaterals, training materials and other short run color projects. The offset side of the company handles a large volume of point-of-purchase and point-of-sale printing, along with commercial work for retailers, design agencies, Fortune 500 companies, health care and insurance firms.


Print-Tech Inc. Expands COMMERCIAL PRINT Offerings with the Canon imagePRESS C7000VP Digital Color Press

Burlington, N.J., March 27, 2008 – Canon Business Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of Canon U.S.A. and leading provider of document imaging and office solutions, today announced the installation of its imagePRESS C7000VP digital color press within Print-Tech Inc., an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based commercial print provider. The company implemented the imagePRESS C7000VP to expand its service offerings, better personalize output based on specific customer needs, and provide superior quality printed material.

Print-Tech, which will use the imagePRESS C7000VP primarily for variable data printing (VDP) and short run color printing, also plans to accelerate its production of specialty advertising and marketing media, such as posters, post cards, and business cards thanks to the efficiencies already realized with the imagePRESS C7000VP. These services will supplement Print-Tech’s existing range of commercial, lithographic and offset print solutions.


EFI Increases Focus on North American Graphic Arts Market, Welcomes 20-Year Industry Veteran as New Sales Director

Foster City, Calif. – March 27, 2008 – EFI (Nasdaq: EFII), the world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced it is ramping up the company’s efforts in the North American Graphic Arts (GA) market. The company has appointed Bill Bieger, a sales professional with a 20-year track record of success in the print industry, to the position of EFI Sales Director for North America / GA Solutions to spearhead these efforts. While EFI supplies a broad range of graphic arts solutions to address a wide variety of customer needs, Bieger will concentrate his efforts on solutions in a few specific areas where EFI has seen the most opportunity in the market.  These include increasing color quality in Wide Format and Superwide format production, proofing to small format inkjet devices, providing color matched proofing and production and delivering JDF integration from EFI proofing and production to Print MIS. EFI GA solutions will be showcased at the ISA (International Sign Expo) March 27-29 in Orlando, Fla.


ESRI to Resell Océ TCS300 and Océ TCS500 Large Format Color Inkjet Print Systems

March 27, 2008, Trumbull, CT – Océ, an international leader in digital document management and delivery solutions, and ESRI, the world leader in geographic information systems (GIS) software, today announced an agreement enabling ESRI to become a national reseller of Océ TCS300 large format color printers and Océ TCS500 color multifunction copy/scan/print systems. This new agreement reinforces Océ and ESRI’s business relationship and allows ESRI customers in the U.S. to secure the proven benefits of the Océ TCS line of printers – increased productivity; faster processing times for large, complex color files and uncompromising quality – from their existing GIS software vendor.

"Océ is proud to be partnering with ESRI, the leader in GIS software,” said Sal Sheikh, Vice President, Marketing, Wide Format Printing Systems division of Océ North America.  “This agreement enables ESRI customers to obtain the most productive large format color plotters and multifunction systems available today and extends Océ’s reach into the GIS market.  With ever more complex and data rich GIS files, ESRI users can now increase their productivity by easily and quickly plotting their GIS drawings from their desktop to an Océ TCS300 or Océ TCS500 device."


It's easy being GREEN with FACSys Network Fax

emFAST Inc. introduces three new FACSys GREEN bundles with its "RoHS from the Pros" Rebate Program [Bridgewater, NJ – March 27, 2008] emFAST Inc., the publisher of the FACSys Fax Messaging Gateway, has announced the introduction of three new FACSys GREEN bundles with its "RoHS from the Pros" Rebate Program. FACSys GreenAimed at reducing an organization's carbon footprint, the rebate program replaces existing fax boards with RoHS-compliant boards and offers a discount on FACSys GREEN Bundles.

"This couldn't come at a better time," says Elvis Cabral, Director of Sales, emFAST Inc. "Companies are finally starting to understand the global impact of their carbon footprint and many of them are now scrambling to update their existing environmentally unfriendly systems." "With our 'RoHS from the Pros' Rebate Program," states Cabral, "customers can send us their existing (non-compliant) fax hardware and receive a credit of $100 per port when they request a FACSys GREEN bundle. We'll also make sure that the old fax hardware is recycled in accordance with environmental regulations," he adds.


Kodak Showcases Applications, Solutions and Expertise at AIIM ON DEMAND Conference and Expo

3/26/2008: Kodak Showcases Applications, Solutions and Expertise at AIIM ON DEMAND Conference and Expo



"Print service providers will learn how the combination of digital printing and unified workflow can help grow their revenues and increase efficiencies," said Dave Wigfield, Managing Director, United States and Canada Region, Kodak's Graphic Communications Group. "In document imaging, we'll feature new and established desktop, networked and production scanners, software and solutions that help businesses more effectively capture, archive, extract and manage critical business information."



Growth Opportunities in Digital Printing



Through product demonstrations, video displays and sample materials, attendees will see how solutions from Kodak work together to create programs that achieve effective marketing results.

Océ CS9200 Series offers increased production capacity Sensational speed

Venlo, The Netherlands, 26 March 2008 — The new Océ CS9200 Series printers offer increased production capacity and high quality output.  Designed to use new High Speed Low-solvent inks, the Océ CS9200 Series printers can create both indoor and outdoor displays with a durability of up to three years.  These printers are ideal for producing point-of-sale signage, vinyl and textile banners, vehicle graphics, exhibition displays, window graphics and more.



Production indoor and outdoor printing system


Commercial printers that want to expand their production capacity will appreciate the Océ CS9200 Series printers. Two models are included: the 65-inch (165.1 cm) wide Océ CS9265 and the 88-inch (224 cm) wide Océ CS9290. 

OKI Printing Solutions is Redefining the A3 Color MFP Category with the Launch of the New CX3641 MFP

Mount Laurel, N.J. (March 26, 2008) – Oki Data Americas, which markets its products under the OKI® Printing Solutions brand, today introduced the award-winning CX3641 MFP (multifunction product).  This innovative product is redefining the color MFP category by including unprecedented document management integration and color management capabilities as standard features.  An embedded approach marks a first for A3 color MFPs by eliminating the need for additional dedicated PCs and servers, allowing easy integration of the CX3641 into existing DMS systems.  With these advanced features, IT professionals can now simplify complex and time-consuming processes to boost workgroup productivity, manage costs and still have the support of a robust business color MFP for standard business use.



Highlights of press release:


  • Embedded EFI SendMeTM for advanced document capture, editing and routing  capability, as well as optimization of current systems such as Microsoft© Windows© Sharepoint©

  • Embedded EFI Fiery™ System 8e controller for print management and graphic artist-quality color documents

  • CX3641 MFP key features ease workflow for IT professionals



“OKI Printing Solutions is changing the definition of color MFPs by offering such advanced technology and functionality as standard features that enhance everyday business processes,” said Mike Garofola, Sr. Marketing Manager, Color Products at Oki Data Americas, Inc.  “With scanning trends migrating towards digital archiving and information sharing, a major concern of IT professionals has become efficient document management.  We listened to our customers’ needs and embedded EFI SendMeTM functionality directly into the CX3641 MFP.  This allows for seamless conversion and integration of hard copy documents into current document management systems – making workflow processes more efficient and time-saving.”

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