HP and State of California Initiate Environmental Printing Program with Goal to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 500 Tons per Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 7, 2008 - HP today announced it has partnered with the State of California to implement a print cartridge recycling and environmental printing program throughout State agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 500 tons per year after full implementation.(1)

The collaborative program couples print cartridge recycling with a unique rewards system that provides points toward upgrading printers to more efficient HP models. Piloted with the State Board of Equalization last year, the program begins with free return and recycling services for HP ink and toner cartridges through the HP Planet Partners program. If fully implemented statewide, the program would divert 100 tons of print cartridges from landfills annually.(2)

Canon USA and Sepialine Introduce Advanced Accounting for Canon Large Format Printers

Lake Success, N.Y., and San Francisco, April 7, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in imaging solutions, and Sepialine, Inc., today announced the immediate availability of Sepialine's print accounting software for the Canon imagePROGRAF large format printer series. The new software extends Sepialine's Argos Cost Recovery System by integrating directly with imagePROGRAF large format printers to provide detailed print records that include total ink consumption.

"Capturing print costs is critical to our customers, and that's why our partnership with Sepialine is an important step for us," said Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. "For firms looking to monitor and recover print expenses, Sepialine's ability to report costs based on actual usage is a unique and tangible benefit. Our relationship with Sepialine allows Canon to deliver truly outstanding cost recovery, and we're gratified to count Sepialine as a partner."

Canon USA and Sepialine Announce Availability of Sepialine's Argos Print and Copy Accounting Solutions for Canon's MEAP Embedded Platform

Lake Success, N.Y., and San Francisco, April 7, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in imaging solutions, and Sepialine, Inc., today announced the availability of Sepialine's Argos Embedded Copy Tracking for Canon's Multifunctional Embedded Application Platform (MEAP). Sepialine's new MEAP software application helps corporate customers better track prints and copies without the need for external hardware terminals when using Canon imageRUNNER devices. For Sepialine's core audience of architecture, engineering and reprographic professionals, the new MEAP application translates to increased business insight and cost savings.

As a part of Sepialine's Argos Cost Recovery System, the new Embedded Copy Tracking software delivers an innovative workflow that improves the process of tracking MFPs by separating device access control and billing. With Argos, users access MFP devices using only a numeric passcode. Then, when the job is complete, the user accesses the Argos Desktop Client on their personal computer to complete the accounting process. Unlike conventional copy tracking products that require numerous prompts and long key sequences, Argos copy tracking streamlines the process for users, resulting in increased accuracy and an improved user experience. Sepialine's embedded MEAP application eliminates the expense and hassle of external copy tracking terminals.
"The MEAP enabled cost tracking solution from Sepialine affords users a significant convenience, along with benefits not easily available on an external keypad or terminal," said Dennis Amorosano, senior director, Solutions Business Development Division, Canon U.S.A. "This new embedded application is another example of how Canon and our partners can enhance workflow through the industry leading MEAP technology, increasing productivity for the end-user."

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.

  • 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:

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)