10 Jul 2020

Contex A/S reports sound revenue increase in 2010

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Contex A/S, the world's leading provider of wide format scanning and imaging solutions, today reports more than 25% revenue growth versus 2009. The company also experienced a high year-on-year unit growth of more than 60%, as well as sound EBITA performance compared to 2009. A top brand in wide format scanning, Contex serves customers from a wide range of industries, including government, geographic information systems (GIS), reprographics and copy shops, architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC). The notable increase in unit sales is a result of an expansion in the wide format market during 2010, as more companies complement their in-house printing capabilities with wide format scanning.
"We've seen tremendous development in the business during 2010, and we extended our market coverage with new channel partners and solutions. We also expanded our OEM partnerships, bringing wide-format scanning capability to more customers," comments Aage Snorgaard, CEO of Contex A/S. "For 2011, we have numerous initiatives in the pipeline and are looking forward to an exciting year for both our channel partners and our customers."
In 2010, Contex implemented several key strategies to augment its market positioning, including the opening of a Singapore office to be closer to growth markets. Contex also signed several new distributors worldwide, including WYNIT Inc. and Synnex Corporation in the United States, GBC in New Zealand, PT.TIXPRO in Indonesia, and Detalhe Virtual in Portugal.
With continuous improvement in business performance and ongoing R&D-up to 15% of annual product revenue-Contex has optimistic expectations for 2011. The company is now focusing on growth markets, including Brazil, Mexico, India, Russia, Eastern Europe, Indonesia, and Asia. Contex is also developing new alliances with key players in the document management industry and is slated to launch several new products at industry expositions during 2011.

Xerox confirms it’s business as usual for its wide format customers in Europe

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Since it was stated by Scott Frame, Xerox’s vice president of wide format, that the company will stop taking orders for wide format products in the U.S. and Canada in 2011, rumours have been abounding as to what effect this will have on other geographical markets.

In a statement provided to LFR, Robert Corbishley, Xerox’s European PR Manager, confirmed that “Xerox will stop taking orders for wide format products in the U.S. and Canada ONLY, in 2011, with specific timing based on inventory levels.  The company’s European and Developing Market Operations will continue selling wide format products and will source new products.”

The statement continues “Xerox prioritises each investment, allocating research and development budget to areas where the company can deliver the best value to the marketplace. As a result of this practice, Xerox has opted to not invest in wide format product engineering in 2011.  So, for Xerox in Europe, and indeed the rest of the world, except the USA and Canada, it’s business as usual for Xerox and its wide format customers.”

GPT appointed exclusive UK reseller (Sign & Graphics) of Zapkut vertical / horizontal Panel Saw range

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Graphic Printing Technologies (GPT), leading provider of large format printing solutions, today announced its appointment as the exclusive UK reseller of the Zapkut range of vertical / horizontal panel saws to the sign & graphics industry.

Zapkut systems are ideal for cutting plastics, non-ferrous metals, and composite material such as MDF. The range consists of the Zapkut ZK, a uniquely designed portable saw system, which offers a safe, accurate and economical solution for small sign-making workshops.  GPT will also be reselling the Zapkut ZM compact moving column wall saw and Sagetech Koolkut.

“Zapkut offers sign-makers a hugely cost-effective alternative to purchasing prefabricated sheets and materials,” says Stuart Cole, General Manager of GPT.  “Engineered for excellence, Zapkut saws not only make light work of cutting sheet materials, they are also the world's first portable vertical panel saws with the ability to operate safely and accurately in virtually any location, including on-site locations, or sign-makers workshops with limited space.”

He continues, “We are delighted to expand our portfolio of sign-making solutions with these outstanding panel saws. GPT is committed to offering a true one-stop-shop printing, cutting and finishing solution for all our customers. We fully expect the vast majority of sign-makers to look very seriously at the revenue potential of the Zapkut range and invite them to come and see it inaction on our stand (C20) at Sign UK.”

“This is an exciting development for the UK sign-making industry,” said Keith Bunker, Managing Director of Zapkut. “Our agreement offers UK sign-makers our unique, high quality, British manufactured leading panel saws combined with the unprecedented range of industry-leading printing systems and support capabilities from GPT. We are confident this agreement will provide enormous benefits for sign-makersacross the UK.”

HP provides jump-start for Canvera’s success


HP today announced that Canvera, India’s first nationally branded professional imaging service provider, has selected HP solutions and services for delivering consistent, high-quality printing services to customers.

The agreement with HP Financial Services has helped Canvera acquire the wide range of high-performance technology and equipment needed for its launch. Since its inception, Canvera has looked to HP Financial Services to help finance solutions that have spanned server architecture to its photography output platform. This includes HP Indigo presses, HP Designjet printers, HP ProLiant servers, HP business desktop PCs and HP notebook PCs.

By working with HP Financial Services, Canvera is able to reserve capital for strategic purposes, enabling successful execution of other important initiatives, such as sales and marketing programs.

“HP Financial Services has served as a key enabler in allowing us to deploy the state-of-the-art technology equipment we need to remain competitive,” said Dhiraj Kacker, chief executive officer, Canvera. “By working with HP, we are able to consistently provide our customers with the high-quality imagery they demand.”

Growing from a single office located in Bangalore, India, Canvera now operates out of eight locations with more than 500 employees.

HP Financial Services helps clients develop long-term IT investment strategies that provide flexibility and agility as they evolve to an Instant-On Enterprise. In a world of continuous connectivity, the Instant-On Enterprise embeds technology in everything it does to serve customers, employees, partners and citizens with everything they need, instantly.

Additionally, HP Financial Services helps clients extract value from aging assets that no longer meet their needs.

FESPA welcomes EskoArtwork as exclusive Global Software & Finishing partner

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FESPA has welcomed EskoArtwork, the global developer of workflow, automation and quality assurance solutions for packaging, sign and display, commercial printing and professional publishing, as its first and exclusive Global Software & Finishing Partner.

EskoArtwork will now be participating in articles, visitor conference sessions and live debates, including speaker sessions at FESPA exhibitions in Europe, Americas and Asia throughout 2011.

These include FESPA Americas 2011 (Orlando), FESPA Digital 2011 (Hamburg), FESPA Mexico 2011 (Mexico City), and FESPA Asia 2011 (Singapore). EskoArtwork will also participate actively in the FESPA Asia Summit (16-17 June 2011), and in FESPA’s 2011 European Congress event in Sweden, organised in collaboration with FESPA’s member associations in the Nordic region and Iberia respectively.

FESPA Managing Director Frazer Chesterman explains: “At FESPA, we have recognised for several years that our community is showing an increased interest in workflow automation and finishing, as digital technology takes hold and printers focus on optimising efficiency at all stages of production. It’s clear that productivity rests on much more than just the print output device, and as wide format printers achieve a higher level of expertise with digitally printed output, they are exploring other ways of streamlining production to meet customers’ needs and improve profitability.”

Marketing Director at EskoArtwork, Jef Stoffels comments: “Over the course of several years, EskoArtwork has been offering a growing range of software solutions to address the challenges faced by wide format printers, and we have had a physical presence at FESPA events since 2005. Until a few years ago, the sign and graphics sector was relatively slow to adopt specific software workflow solutions, but we are seeing that change rapidly now, as printers recognise the need to remove production bottlenecks to take advantage of faster digital output speeds and manage increased workloads.”

He adds, “FESPA is the ideal partner for EskoArtwork to link our brand more strongly to this marketplace. FESPA is a strong and growing global community in the large format printing and sign and display sectors, all of which are becoming more and more significant for us as a business. At EskoArtwork, we are convinced that our software solutions are at the forefront in this industry, and our digital finishing solutions are recognised to be the industry benchmark with the most productive and versatile systems in the market. This is the beginning of an exciting and promising partnership between our organisations.”

Canon and Océ aim to change landscape of printing industry in Korea

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Canon and Océ have announced their intention to enter the Korean commercial printing market. Canon Korea can complement its existing prominent office product portfolio and sales network with the comprehensive Océ range of commercial printers. This will now enable clients such as direct marketing companies, architects and industrial designers to build their business as well. Canon Korea Business Solutions announced the news at a press conference marking the opening of an industry trade fair in the Korean capital Seoul.

Broader product portfolio

Canon, a world leader in imaging solutions, completed its offer for Océ in March 2010 and currently holds an approximately 90% share in the international leader in digital document management. The compelling combination of the two companies is set to change the landscape of the Korean printing industry, by providing printers for use at home, office equipment, larger digital presses and now an array of commercial printers.

Revenues of USD 1 bln anticipated by 2015

Currently, the domestic market for digital printing in Korea is estimated at USD 800 million. The market scope targets audiences including the publishing industry, outdoor advertising, signage, displays, engineering output and construction renderings as well as the photograph printing segment. Canon Korea Business Solutions aims to boost revenue to USD 1 billion by 2015 and double Océ revenue in Korea in years to come. The company also intends to build a new factory in the country by 2013, for which an investment of USD 100 million is required.

“Considerable potential growth opportunities”

“We anticipate an increase in personalised printing in Korea, with more varieties of small quantity printing and high quality printing, rather than large print volumes,” said Michael Sak, Managing Director Océ Direct Export Asia. “We are delighted to work together with Canon Korea Business Solutions in this significant domestic market with considerable potential growth opportunities.” Kim Chun-joo, CEO Canon Korea Business Solutions, added: “Together with our nationwide sales and service network, we intend to change the landscape of the printing market in Korea.”