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In Depth with Jim D'Emidio

from Buyers Lab.

April 4, 2008 – BLI recently spoke with Jim D’Emidio, newly appointed president of Muratec America. He is replacing Yutaka Moriwaki, who has been promoted to general manager of Muratec Sales Limited, the domestic sales division of Murata Machinery Limited. D’Emidio, who has been with Muratec for 21 years, was previously vice president of sales and marketing.

BLI: Effective April 1, you have been promoted to president of Muratec America, replacing Yutaka Moriwaki. How will this management restructuring position Muratec for growth?

D’Emidio: Basically, it’s not much of a restructuring. I’ve been vice president of sales and marketing for 10 years and the only real change that has happened is we won’t have a Japanese president. Although we’ve had a Japanese president for the last 10 years, the American management has been pretty much managing the company with oversight. Now our oversight will just be in Japan. We are poised to take advantage of whatever the market provides us as a secondary manufacturer.


Océ announces First Quarter 2008 Results

Trumbull, CT, April 3, 2008 – Océ N.V.
Highlights:

  • First quarter revenues grew organically by 1.3%; excluding fax by 1.8%
  • Revenues from sales of printers up organically by 5.9%, partly thanks to partnerships
  • Recurring revenues lag behind because of economic situation in US
  • Gross margin decreases to 38.5% [2007: 39.4%]
  • Operating income is Euro 32.1 million, excluding one-off items Euro 17.5 million
  • Extra cost reduction of Euro 50 million to Euro 80 million in 2008

Comments by Rokus van Iperen, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors:
‘In the first quarter two significant developments occurred:
First, revenues from the sale of printers increased organically by 6%, partly due to our successful partnerships. On the back of this good sales performance, Océ has gained market share in wide format, color and high volume cutsheet printing. Especially in Asia we achieved excellent growth, whilst sales also increased in Europe.


HP Reports Social and Environmental Progress and Goals in Fiscal Year 2007

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 03, 2008 - HP today issued its annual Global Citizenship Report that outlines the company’s progress, as well as challenges, for fiscal year 2007.

Among the global citizenship priority areas detailed in the report are energy efficiency of products and operations, supply chain social and environmental responsibility, and product reuse and recycling.

HP’s major global citizenship accomplishments in 2007 include:


Electronic Document Management from Laserfiche® reduces paperwork at 25,000 organizations worldwide, and promotes a greener world

LONG BEACH, CA — April 2, 2008 — On this coming Earth Day, April 22, 2008, a growing software company based in Southern California would like to note that it has helped save approximately 117 million trees over the past two decades.

The company is Laserfiche®, and its business is electronic document management solutions. Through a network of value-added resellers, Laserfiche provides solutions used by more than 25,000 organizations worldwide, including government agencies, corporations, healthcare providers, financial services firms and more.

Conservatively, Laserfiche estimates that the installation of its enterprise software has resulted in the elimination of 500,000 pages of paper documents, on average, in each organization—or some 1 trillion pages total. Some organizations save much more—for example, the Department of Immigration in Mexico has used Laserfiche to digitize more than 200 million documents.


Riso Announces Distribution Agreement with Pitney Bowes Canada

Danvers, MA – April 2, 2008 – RISO, Inc., Japan's leading manufacturer and distributor of digital Printer-Duplicator equipment and supplies, announced today that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Pitney Bowes Canada. The agreement authorizes Pitney Bowes to market and distribute the RISO HC5500 full color inkjet printer.     

The HC5500 ComColor™ printer is a great fit with Pitney Bowes’ line up of printing and mailing solutions. Employing the latest in RISO's FORCEJET™ printing technology, the HC5500 is the world’s fastest sheet-fed inkjet printer, running at an incredible 120 pages per minute (ppm), or 85 #10 envelopes per minute. It also does duplex printing in normal mode at up to 92 ppm. Cost of operation is low, and the HC5500 can be scaled to meet customer needs.


Construction Enterprise Replaces Fax Machines with Electronic Document Delivery from Captaris and IKON Office Solutions

Bellevue, WA ─ April 2, 2008 ─ Captaris, Inc. (NASDAQ:CAPA), a leading provider of software products that automate document-centric processes, and IKON Office Solutions (NYSE:IKN), the world’s largest independent channel for document management systems and services, today announced that Hanson Pipe & Precast has selected IKON to integrate and deploy Captaris RightFax as an integral component to its evolution from a paper-based business to a digital enterprise. As a result, Hanson Pipe & Precast has increased its profitability, realized substantial savings in service, supply and postal expenses, while increasing productivity in customer service, management of invoices and contracts. Read the full case study at: http://www.captaris.com/news_and_events/case_studies/index.html

Hanson Pipe & Precast, with 90 plants in the U.S., is North America’s largest supplier and manufacturer of concrete pipe and precast concrete products. Moving from paper to digital with electronic invoices, a digital document management solution and a new Oracle platform, Hanson determined that although existing fax machines didn’t fit into the digital strategy, the firm still needed fax capabilities. “Many of our more than 16,000 vendors and 10,000 customers rely on fax transmissions to conduct their businesses,” said Art Babb, Hanson’s Shared Services controller.


Billback Systems Extends its Global Cost Recovery Customer Base

Billback Systems, the global leader in expense management and cost recovery systems, reported another exceptional quarter of growth.

For the period ending March 2008, the company, dedicated to helping professional service clients become more profitable, signed on the following leading law firms as new clients:

  • Merchant Gould (U.S.)
  • Ashurst (U.K.)
  • Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP (U.S.)
  • Day Pitney LLP (U.S.)
  • Williams & Connolly LLP (U.S.)
  • Woods Rogers (U.S.)
  • Bingham McCutchen LLP (U.S./U.K.)
  • Herrick, Feinstein LLP (U.S.)
  • Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP (U.S.)
  • Berwin Leighton Paisner – (U.K.)
  • Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. (U.S.)
  • Ogier (U.S./U.K./Global)


Webinar Series from Xerox and PIA/GATF to Help Print Providers be Successful in Digital Printing

ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 02, 2008  -- Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) and the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation have joined to educate print providers on the essentials of running a successful digital printing business. The 2008 PIA/GATF Digital Print Webinar Series features leading industry experts speaking on a range of topics in sales and marketing, print operations and business development.

"With more printers adopting digital, we want to ensure our members have the appropriate resources to be successful in the digital space," said Lisa Rawa, vice president, marketing, PIA/GATF. "This Webinar series is a great opportunity for our members to learn strategies for generating profit and growth with digital printing."


HP and SCORE Host Nationwide “Wellness” Workshops for Small Businesses

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 2, 2008 - HP and SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” today announced the second annual nationwide series of small business disaster preparedness workshops.

The “Small Business Wellness Workshops” provide small businesses with education and solutions to plan for and recover from disasters – both natural and man made.

Underscoring the necessity of disaster planning for small businesses, HP and SCORE also recently published a white paper, “Impact on US Small Business of Natural & Man-Made Disasters,” which highlights the consequences a small business could face if ill-prepared.


Canon USA Brings the Power of its imageRUNNER Line to the Desktop with the Addition of New Laser Beam Printer

Lake Success, N.Y., April 1, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in document imaging and office solutions, today introduced two new desktop laser beam printers (LBP) under the imageRUNNER brand name – the Color imageRUNNER LBP5975 and LBP5970. With the introduction of these models, Canon offers a completely comprehensive array of corporate workflow offerings – from desktop to production.

Far beyond the capabilities of other basic laser beam printers, the Color imageRUNNER LBP5975 and LBP5970 printers are powered by the same high-performance system architecture developed for Canon’s Color imageRUNNER line -- delivering extraordinary productivity, robust functionality and enhanced processing capacity. The new models provide fast first-printout times and high-quality letter-sized output speeds of up to 30 pages per minute (ppm) in color and 31ppm in black-and-white, as well as 1200 X 1200 dots-per-inch (dpi) resolution.  These models also produce remarkable color and monochrome documents up to ledger-sized output, while maintaining a compact size and reducing energy consumption.


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