*NEWS*COLOR TONERS FINALLY CATCHES ON….

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*NEWS*COLOR TONERS FINALLY CATCHES ON….

 user 2005-11-29 at 11:18:00 am Views: 44
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    Chemical Toners Are the Focus as Color Finally Catches On
    LYRA RESEARCH
    After
    years of industry observers’ pronouncements that color adoption was
    just around the bend, the move is at last well underway. Most OEMs are
    actively responding to increased demand for color hardware, introducing
    more color laser printers and MFPs each month. As they introduce more
    color products, manufacturers have grown disenchanted with toners made
    using traditional mechanical processes because of the limited quality
    and performance they provide. As a result, much of today’s new hardware
    employs toner that was produced using chemical processes rather than by
    mechanical grinding.
    Cortney Kasuba, a Lyra Research analyst who
    follows the toner cartridge market, says that the benefits of chemical
    toners are well understood in the marketplace and that OEMs have
    swiftly adopted them. “In 1999, none of the color laser printers that
    made up the top 10 machines in the North American installed base used
    chemical toner,” she says. “Last year, all 10 of these color laser
    models employed chemical toners.” Kasuba says that conventional toner
    will still be more widely used than chemical toner because of the large
    installed base of high-end production machines that use mechanical
    toner in enormous quantities. However, she asserts that all eyes are on
    the dynamic market for chemical toner, as this market represents where
    the industry is headed in terms of office and personal digital imaging
    equipment.
    OEMs have eagerly embraced chemical color toner ever
    since this technology was first introduced in the late 1990s.
    Chemically produced toners offer a number of advantages over
    conventionally ground toner. Chemically produced particle shapes are
    smaller and more uniform, so they are capable of rendering better image
    quality. After the hefty initial capital outlay, producing toners
    chemically is also cheaper than making conventional toners and can be
    less ecologically taxing. Over the past year, a number of OEMs,
    including Canon and Konica Minolta in Japan and Xerox in North America,
    have announced that they are ramping up their production of chemical
    toner.