Memjet Expands Worldwide Headquarters in San Diego to Accommodate Growth

Memjet, a leader in color inkjet technology, announced that it is opening a new global headquarters that will encompass cutting edge laboratories and corporate offices in San Diego. Memjet has grown in market segments targeting production printing, labels, packaging and graphics. The company provides leading edge components and systems to nearly 40 OEMs on a global basis.

Memjet requires a larger facility to increase productivity of its growing employee base of scientists, engineers, technicians and go-to-market experts. Housed in a 25,000-square-foot building, the headquarters will combine Memjet’s two previous facilities in San Diego. The space will also include an expansive demo area for new and potential customers, as well as enhanced labs for ink, printhead and hardware innovation.

“Memjet has seen a tremendous amount of growth in both revenue and OEM customers utilizing the technology, and we expect to multiply the growth in the years ahead,” said Len Lauer, CEO of Memjet. “The decision to expand our San Diego footprint was an easy one to make in light of the increased number of employees to support the growing customer base and our continued need to expand our R&D capability across both ink and printhead technology.”

Memjet provides innovative technologies and components to OEM printing partners globally, including fast printhead technology that is supported by Memjet controller chips, software and ink. The Memjet printhead uses unique “waterfall” technology to pour ink on the page via 70,000+ ink nozzles, enabling vivid color printing and the highest resolution available via single-pass printing. OEM partners include Canon-Océ, Colordyne, VIPColor, Xante and many others.

First Océ VarioPrint i300 and Océ ImageStream 3500 Presses at Customer Event

Canon Solutions America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., has announced that IWCO Direct, a nationally recognized and leading provider of direct marketing solutions, is the first U.S. company to install the new Océ VarioPrint i300 and Océ ImageStream 3500 inkjet technologies. The two game-changing products were unveiled for the very first time during Canon Solutions America’s Future of Inkjet Customer Event held in Minnesota yesterday.

The installations come at a pivotal time in the industry as the inkjet revolution continues to gain momentum. Through a relationship that has yielded successful results and forward-thinking innovations, the two industry giants have fostered a partnership that’s been mutually beneficial for nearly a decade. These latest installations serve as evidence that the future of inkjet begins with Canon Solutions America, IWCO Direct, and other companies embracing the newest technology advances.

“We understand the invaluable merit of including customer input as we begin to roll out new technology across our portfolio,” said Mal Baboyian, executive vice president, Large Format Solutions/Production Print Solutions, Canon Solutions America. “As we have done with previous products, we brought IWCO Direct into the conversation to ensure that the Océ VarioPrint i300, our first cutsheet inkjet press, and the Océ ImageStream 3500 inkjet press, could meet the needs of our evolving customer bases. The best way to move the industry forward is to hear directly from those using the machines on a daily basis.”

With the help of Canon Solutions America and an unwavering business strategy embracing the advantages of a digital workflow, IWCO Direct has transformed from a local, family-operated company to a national provider of marketing services. As the Minnesota-based company maintains its leadership position, these latest installations mark a turning point as it will now boast a full-color sheet-fed inkjet arsenal with unprecedented media flexibility. Additionally, as the only entity in the U.S. with an Océ ImageStream 3500, the continuous feed inkjet press built to print on standard offset paper, IWCO Direct can now offer its customers the freedom of choice between digital inkjet or conventional printing technologies depending on job requirements without having to stock different paper types for each technology.

“We were looking for ways to drive dynamic content further while offering advances in segmentation and short- to mid-range runs,” said Dave Johannes, senior vice president, Operations, IWCO Direct. “There was a void for us in the four-color cutsheet world, but we are now fully equipped to address the needs of an expanded customer base with these new inkjet technologies.”

Jim Andersen, CEO, IWCO Direct, also added, “This is one of the biggest moments in our company’s history. The fact that Canon Solutions America has allowed us to look behind the curtain and give real input into these new innovations, has allowed us to target a broader, more diverse customer profile. On both sides, there is a willingness and appetite to listen and consistently improve the latest technologies that we deliver.”

The landmark installations were unveiled during Canon Solutions America’s Future of Inkjet Customer Event, which took place at the IWCO Direct facility in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Throughout the day, guests were given the opportunity to hear from industry experts, as well as executives from IWCO Direct and Canon Solutions America, while being some of the first to see the Océ VarioPrint i300 and Océ ImageStream 3500 running live in a professional production facility.

“This event brought together the very people who helped make this day possible,” relayed Francis McMahon, vice president, Marketing, Production Print Solutions, Canon Solutions America. “This was not only a celebration of the equipment, but of the relationship that goes back a long time between these two companies who are committed to moving the industry forward.”

Andersen concluded, “It was a pleasure to host this great event and bring guests to our campus to see these groundbreaking technologies. We look forward to working with Canon Solutions America and transforming the industry together through future inkjet innovations.”

Ricoh Canada is selected as Vendor of Record

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services awarded Ricoh Canada with the Vendor of Record for Managed Print Services. This means Ricoh will support the transition to a managed print environment that controls and reduces print output across the province.

“Ricoh Canada’s capacity to deliver highly secure, best-in-class technologies, solutions and processes – coupled with our long-standing sustainability and environmental commitments – makes us an ideal fit to meet and exceed the requirements of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services,” Glenn Laverty, president and CEO of Ricoh Canada Inc., said.

Ricoh and the Ministry of Government will work together to develop and establish an effective approach to enhance a managed print environment through full print assessments and optimization strategies, available to all Ontario Public Sector facilities.

Apache Superior Printing increases efficiency with the HP Indigo 10000

Apache Superior Printing Ltd., a privately owned Calgary printer has purchased an HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press, the first in Western Canada and the second in the country.

“Our clients are consistently looking for greater ROI on their marketing investments and combining this new format with our one-to-one marketing capabilities will enable us to deliver that,” Dave Gordon-Cooper, president & CEO, Apache Superior Printing Ltd., said. “The HP Indigo 10000’s larger sheet size allows us to print double the size of any other digital press with comparable quality and speed, giving clients increased creativity, cost and time savings and distinct competitive advantages.”

With the new press, Apache will now be able to grow their business, as well as offer its clients increased efficiency and a wider range of digital print applications because of the press’ 29-inch format.

Founded in 1963, Apache provides print services to local, national and international markets, specializing in electronic pre-press, offset, digital, mail and bindery operations as well as large format foiling.