There has been much talk about disruption in the print industry, particularly with the latest acquisition of Samsung’s printer business by HP, where HP boldly claims it will disrupt the copier market. The market has seen a wave of consolidation – HP now operates as two separate companies, Xerox has separated its technology business and its service business, now called Conduent.
HP Inc. has set the stage for its ambitious plans to seize market share in the A3 copier/MFP market. On the back of its announcement to acquire Samsung’s printer business in a transaction valued at $1.05 billion, it launched its new A3 multifunction printers (MFP) portfolio to much fanfare at its Global Partner Conference in Boston on 12th September.
At its recent Samsung FutureScape event in London, Samsung emphasised its commitment to deliver printing solutions that address the needs for today’s mobile, collaborative and connected workplace. Samsung also highlighted the integration potential for its broad business-to-business (B2B) product portfolio and discussed its Internet of Things (IoT) vision, showcasing the next generation of its SmartThings hub and devices for the connected home.
At its recent Inspire Expo event in Malta, Sharp Europe unveiled a new strategy and vision for broadening its portfolio of products and services to address the needs of the interconnected office.
Sharp has stepped up its managed print services (MPS) initiatives as it looks to capture more mindshare in a highly competitive market. At its UK launch of its new Optimised Managed Services (OMS) on 1st October 2015, Sharp demonstrated a hardware and software portfolio that aims to addresses the information management needs of the whole enterprise.
Following its split into separate businesses, HP is pinning its hopes on 3D printing. By exploiting its PageWide array technology with the impending 2016 release of its first commercial, full colour, multi-jet fusion 3D printer, is HP poised to reshape this nascent market?
At its recent press event in Monaco, Samsung outlined its latest plans to expand its foothold in the enterprise printing market. As a company, Samsung is already in the midst of looking for new revenue streams for growth, as focus shifts from its consumer business and it looks to better serve larger businesses and deepen its relationship with the enterprise customer.