Germany Calls China Apex/ S.C.C.
Toner Chip Price Increase a Monopoly.
NINESTAR / APEX PLAYS MONOPOLY: DRAMATIC PRICE INCREASES FOR SC-LEXMARK CHIPS.
(This Article Was google Translated From German to English, The orignal Link is below).
The Chinese Ninestar group has drastically increased price increases for microchips for the Lexmark MS / MX / CS / CX series by 50% to 300% with effect from 1 June % (!) Announced. It is important to note that the Chinese Apex Group as well as the printer manufacturer Lexmark and the former US-American component manufacturer Static Control (SC) have for some time been the mainstay of the widespread Ninestar empire. Apex had already been the world's largest provider of microchips for Reman printer cartridges before the acquisition of Static Control. With the takeover of the US competitor, the market position of the Chinese has become even stronger: insiders estimate that the Ninestar Group holds a market share of 80% at microchips worldwide. The situation with Lexmark toner cartridges is especially precarious. Here, for some printer series, there is currently no alternative to the Apex / SC range. The Chinese have a monopoly here. And use this now mercilessly.
Affected by the price increase are the SC microchips for the Lexmark MS / MX / CS / CX series. The majority of European branded hardcopy recyclers rely on Static Control's chips. To make matters worse, the massive price increases without prior notice came into effect almost overnight.
Accordingly, the atmosphere in the industry is heated. The head of a well-known European remanufacturer makes his anger: "This is absolute insolence. Apex is leveraging its monopoly position in a frivolous manner, bringing all the remanufacturers that are heavily involved in the Lexmark business under massive pressure. "In fact, the recyclers' customers usually have long-term contracts with their customers whose pricing is severely disrupted by this drastic price increase , "If I have to pay for the chip suddenly 30 instead of 10 as before, then I'll put money on it very quickly," says the ardent recycler. The first customers from him would have already announced, possibly to withdraw completely from the business with Lexmark cartouches.
Obviously, the price increases are clearly linked to two major court rulings in the US last week: the US Supreme Court had confirmed the so-called 'First Sales Doctrine'. On the other hand, the so-called 'prebate' model from Lexmark has been tilted to the extreme. The use of the corresponding series of cartridges for recycling was fundamentally prohibited because Lexmark claimed ownership of its prebate empties. Both decisions should lead to a significant increase in competition in the world's largest hardcopy market, which is unlikely to be the case for Apex. http://www.di-branche.de/digital-imaging/news/default.asp?nws_item=44354&i_item=44354&nws_step=5&nws_start=3