The Key Point Blog

08/11/2020

Deborah Hawkins

The Company Sells its Remaining Shares of the PC Business to Sharp

On August 4, 2020, Toshiba announced that it has transferred the remaining 19.9% outstanding shares in Dynabook Inc. to Sharp Corporation. As a result, Dynabook has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Sharp.

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11/11/2019

Keypoint Intelligence

On November 5th, Xerox announced that it is selling its 25% stake in Fuji Xerox to Japanese partner Fujifilm for $2.3 billion, ending a 57-year joint venture. The deal gives Fujifilm 100% ownership of Fuji Xerox, over a year after it failed to acquire majority ownership of Xerox and merge it into Fuji Xerox.

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11/06/2019

Jamie Bsales

Update: On March 31, 2020, Xerox officially dropped its tender offer for HP shares, citing the macroeconomic uncertainty and market turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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09/05/2019

Marc Mascara

As Pitney Bowes adds to the Syncsort arsenal of software solutions with the recent acquisitions of SQData and Pitney Bowes Software solutions, the company looks to focus on its core business in the mail and shipping space. Just a few weeks after announcing a cash dividend of $0.05 per share, Pitney embarked on a move that would help the company pay down its near-term debt as it comes to maturity.

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08/07/2019

Keypoint Intelligence

Sign of the times – SGIA Acquires NAPCO Media

On August 6, 2019 the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) announced that it has acquired NAPCO Media. “Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by SGIA’s Board of Directors, NAPCO Media – owners of Printing Impressions, Packaging Impressions, Promo Marketing, In-Plant Impressions, Total Retail, Target Marketing, and Wide-Format Impressions – will become an LLC and will continue to operate as an independent entity. All NAPCO Media staff and business units will remain in place. SGIA offices and NAPCO Media offices will continue to reside in Fairfax, Va., and Philadelphia, Pa., respectively. “

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07/02/2019

Ron Gilboa & Colin McMahon

Observers of the global print industry recently got more evidence of the power Japan-based Toppan’s drive to expand its industrial print operations and marketing. On June 24, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., announced it has acquired 100% of Interprint GmbH (Germany), a global printer of décor materials such as wallpaper and laminates. Dubbing Toppan as just a printing company does not do justice to this giant organization, which has been an innovator in print and related activities for over a century. Today, it is a leading supplier of print, equipment, and services to a wide range of segments, including décor, packaging, and other industrial applications. On June 27th, 2019 Toppan also announced a new president, Mr. Hideharu Maro. As part of the announcment, Toppan stated “Mr. Maro takes over at a time when digital transformation and changing market dynamics are creating new openings and opportunities for the printing industry. Toppan has identified packaging, décor materials, and security solutions as its main growth engines globally and is strengthening the well-established international network of its electronics business.”

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06/12/2019

Keypoint Intelligence

InfoTrends has been predicting for years that the photo output market would continue to consolidate, as some online vendors have shut down or been absorbed by competitors and retailers have scaled down in-store photo operations. The latest announcement is possibly the most dramatic yet, as longtime competitors Shutterfly and Snapfish have both been acquired and will be combined into one company. This is kind of like Ford merging with Chevy, which ironically has also been predicted by some automotive analysts.

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06/06/2019

Randy Dazo

Xerox to Source Certain A4 and Entry-Level A3 Devices from HP

The sourced printers will be based primarily on the laser printing technology HP acquired from Samsung in 2017.

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06/05/2019

Carl Schell

Taking Care of Customers and Employees Helps Business Take Care of Itself

The company began life in 2004 as DOCUmation of Austin, had revenue of $38 million just five years later, and, after establishing seven startup offices throughout Texas, emerged from the pack as the largest dealer in The Lone Star State.

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06/05/2019

Ryan McAbee

Today Heidelberg announced its acquisition of Crispy Mountain, a small company not known far outside its base in Mainz, Germany. For those in the U.S. who are unfamiliar with the company, they do not make mountains of light and fluffy doughnuts. Instead, Crispy Mountain develops a light print MIS solution, called Keyline MIS, that is cloud-delivered and mainly sold in Germany with a reseller agreement also in the United Kingdom.

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