Offset, Digital Vendors Select Dance Partners –MichelsonMarch 2011
And, let's not forget the Dec. 1, 2010, strategic alliance between Océ and manroland that enables manroland to sell Océ's continuous-feed color inkjet systems. Strong in the transactional printing arena, the partnership should help extend Océ's reach into the commercial and newspaper web offset printing sectors, where manroland excels. The two companies will be working together on future product developments, as well.
Other digital press manufacturers have also made decisive moves recently. Xerox unveiled its first entry into the production inkjet printing space at the recent Hunkeler Innovationdays. Leveraging its resin-based, solid ink formulation, the new waterless, continuous-feed, color inkjet system enables the use of low-cost, lightweight, untreated offset papers. And, on the cutsheet digital press front, Kodak and Konica Minolta have expanded their global distribution arrangement. Kodak will sell Konica Minolta's color and monochrome bizhub press models, and Konica Minolta will add Kodak's NexPress color digital press line to the monochrome Kodak Digimasters it was already selling.
Look for more announcements from all of the above mentioned companies—as well as other press manufacturers—in the coming months as their dance cards keep filling up.
Mark T. Michelson