*NEWS*WAR ON PAPER NO LONGER BLACK &WHITE

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*NEWS*WAR ON PAPER NO LONGER BLACK &WHITE

 user 2006-05-31 at 10:26:00 am Views: 44
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    War on paper no longer black and white issue
    This
    week’s Computerworld feature, Paper Cuts, shows how some companies are
    redoubling their efforts to push out paper as a transaction medium,
    particularly around the edges of the business. The story cites data
    from iSuppli that shows how paper consumption is trending downward.
    However, that doesn’t necessarily translate into fewer shipments of
    printers.Users are buying more networked, multifunction printers as
    they contine to consolidate printing resources, according to IDC
    analyst Keith Kmetz. And the use of color page printers is also on the
    rise. “The costs are coming dramatically down,” both for color laser
    machines and consumables, says Kmetz.Printer sales are showing signs of
    strong growth in both multifunction devices and color laser printing.
    According to IDC’s U.S. Printer 2006-2010 Forecast, released this
    month, Color page printer shipments grew 53% last year, topping 900,000
    units. That’s about one third of the volume of monochrome laser
    printers, but total shipments are expected to more than double by 2010.
    Monochrome laser shipments will drop by about 3% over the same period,
    according to IDC’s numbers.So while the growth in total page volmes is
    relatively anemic, the type of printing businesses do appears to be
    changing.