Epson Uk Selects 26 Wholesalers To Distribute Replaceable Ink Packs

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Epson Uk Selects 26 Wholesalers To Distribute Replaceable Ink Packs

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    Epson Uk Selects 26 Wholesalers To Distribute Replaceable Ink Packs
    Epson announces channel for RIPS inkjets
    Epson selects 26 managed print providers for WorkForce Pro RIPS business inkjet printers

    Epson has announced the distribution channel for its WorkForce Pro RIPS
    (Replaceable Ink Pack System) range of business inkjets.

    RIPS is now available from a network of twenty six managed print service providers throughout the UK, including ASL, Bytek Ltd, Contrac, Sapphire Print Solutions and Scan DB.

    The announcement comes 12 months after the print vendor revealed a €125m investment to bring its industrial inkjet technology to the mass market through the channel .

    Mark Allen, reseller product manager, Business Imaging at Epson UK, says the firm has spent time making sure it has the right mix of partners.  “They are all well established in the managed print industry and combine a blend of product knowledge, market experience, sales support and training to ensure that our customers receive the very best levels of service possible,” he says.

    The WorkForce Pro RIPS are a series of business inkjet printers that make use of a Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS).  The pack contains enough ink to print up to 75,000 pages, meaning businesses can print continuously for an average of three years without needing to change consumables.  The range is designed for workgroups, but are available as part of a managed print service plan. This, says Epson, means they offer businesses the predictable cost of printing associated with a centralised print model, but with the user and productivity benefits of a distributed printer fleet model.

    In addition Epson says the printers deliver up to 80 percent lower energy consumption offering businesses a more environmentally friendly option than traditional laser models.

    Speaking at the firm’s ‘Future of Business Printing’ event in 2014, VP of marketing at Epson Europe, Rob Clark, told Channel Pro: “For us the future is definitely inkjet-based. We fully expect to be switching people to inkjet rather than laser.”

    Also speaking at the event, Phil Sargeant, programme director at IDC, predicted business inkjet products will account for 25 percent of the business printer and multifunction market by 2017.

    Epson says it will be looking to grow the channel over the coming months.