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Paper is Part of the Printing Process

Published on August 24, 2011

This week Frank shares an interesting patent that could make one paper to rule them all and the dangers of print manufacturers holding the keys to paper, ink, and equipment.

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By HENRY HUNT on Aug 24, 2011

Glad we bought an Indigo, in the last 18 months the 5500 has eaten everything we've fed it.

 

By Gordon Pritchard on Aug 24, 2011

The vendor lock on consumables is the main reason for vendors pouring all their marketing/product development efforts into ink jet presses. You can see how profitable the consumables business is in consumer inkjet presses. This has not gone unnoticed by manufacturers looking for a wide margin profit stream.

 

By Gina Danner on Aug 25, 2011

Reminds me of selling the razor simply so you can then sell the razor blades!

I love the HP Indigos and was so glad when HP acquired Indigo. It meant stability in the consumables. Fortunately they have done a great job and continue to be a leader.

The challenge for print providers is to make sure you hang your hat on the right technology that will be there for the long haul AND to ensure that you have a speedy payback on the investment just in case their are market changes that mean you can't get your consumables at the needed price (or at any price).

The industry is changing so fast and it continues to be difficult to keep up and figure out which technology will be the real deal. I think we will see more consolidation of providers simply because the needed capital (money and time to research) to sustain growth will continue to rise.

It is not an industry for the faint of heart.

 

By Don Burns on Aug 26, 2011

Congratulations to NewPage for this patent. With the constant industry re-structuring and downsizing, its great to see R&D supported and have innovation lead to growth in the paper industry. TrueJet(tm)paper on a Prosper Press has set a new inkjet standard, truly offset class quality. NewPage was recently recognized with an outstanding innovation award from PIA, a testament to the value of R&D folks and supportive management. Go inkjet.

 

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