It's obvious that HP's CEO Deon Weisler may not have the pulse of the copier channel especially when he releases a statement that reads:
"What we're doing is disrupting an outdated, old $55 billion copier market with superior multi-functional printing and that's the core takeaway.
Some questions I'd like to ask Weisler would be:
1. How is the current copier channel out dated?
Last time I checked Samsung also uses Xerographic technology to print & copy.
2. Why are you investing into the A3 copier channel when more than 90% of pages printed or copied are not 11x17?
At a recent Summit held by Print Audit, InfoTrends reported 1.6 trillion pages printed and 821 billion of those pages were printed/copied on A4 devices. In addition, InfoTrends predicts a drop of 15%-20% of pages printed with the next recession.
3. In a recent statement HP reported that Samsung has built solid A3-sized MFP's that deliver the power, simplicity, reliability and ease-of-use if standard printers with as few as seven replaceable parts. Can you please elaborate on the "as few as 7 replaceable parts?"
Last time I check with one of my Samsung dealers there are a whole heck of a lot more parts than seven.
4. How do you plan to disrupt the copier channel with superior copier technology from Samsung?
Especially when chatter has it that many dealers are unhappy with Samsung and the products.
5. Is your plan to take the best of the Samsung MFP technology and marry it with your PageWide Technology to produce a new hybrid ink based MFP?
If so, what are your plans to offer the same quality prints that are produced by a laser engine?
Lastly, there is no "copier" industry anymore. I don't believe there has been a copy machine manufactured in the last fifteen years. Yes, there are multi-functional devices that will print, copy, scan and fax, but the death of the copier (copy machine) happened many years ago.
I'm not an industry analyst, nor do I consult or invest with any of the major copier manufacturers. What I do have is 36 years of experience in the industry and a whole heck of a lot of common sense.
Comments, would love to hear from others on this!