In the last issue we published the results of a survey in which we asked manufacturers for their thoughts on the print industry. As part of this exercise, we asked them to rank a selection of threats facing the industry in order of importance. Product maturity/lack of innovation was considered the least significant of these by a clear margin. Justifiably, when you consider some of the innovations we report on in this issue. Most exciting of all are the new HP PageWide business inkjets (see page 30), which are faster, more productive and more powerful than ever, with the promise of even greater things to come next year when the fist A3 PageWide products are launched. What’s particularly impressive about the impact of business inkjets so far is that HP has been able to carve out a niche for them – actually, much more than a niche – without cannibalising sales of colour laser printers/MFPs. As HP’s UK & Ireland Printing Category Director Gary Tierney told PITR, “Together with laser products, we now have a higher share than when we had laser on its own”. A clear case of innovation paying off.
James Goulding, Editor, email@example.com
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