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Ninestar and LD Products To Expand Clone Toner Production?
Lexmark Still in Russia Under F+imaging Brand!
The CCP’s ambition to dominate the global printing market received a boost this January 2024, when Ninestar announced its new factory in Hefei, China, with a projected annual capacity of 10 million printers and 100 million toner consumables. These are impressive numbers if they can be achieved. They reveal Ninestar’s intention to control the production of printing devices and supplies for OEM brands like Konica-Minolta, Sharp, Epson and Xerox, none of which have clarified in writing their current sourcing situation or taken steps to manufacture their own products since the ban in June 2023.
LD products has recently opened its third warehouse and a second clone toner production facility in East Valley Arizona, adding to its existing operations there. This suggests that LD’s “Gold Line” clone toner production is growing, but is it really? At Tonernews.com, we are curious about the origin of the shells for these toners, especially after the US Gov.’s ban on Ninestar since last June 2023. LD has not issued a statement yet, but we doubt they will reveal what Chinese company supplies their new clone toner shells. Their ties with other China manufacturers besides Ninestar seem to be obvious but it’s costing them big times with tons of returns due to quality issues. This could also be a strategy by LD products to escape from California’s challenging business climate by selling off the long beach location in the near future and thus making Arizona their official headquarter.
Meanwhile, Lexmark is still operating in Russia under the ‘F+imaging’ Brand, without any official explanation from Lexmark. As Lexmark in the US tries to distance itself from slave labor, they are torn between western values and the influence of the CCP through Ninestar, their parent company, who has a notorious record of disregarding human rights, slavery, or the rule of law. Lexmark US may have little involvement in Russia, but the fact that Ninestar in China is undermining them by using the Lexmark name and trademark in Russia puts them in a risky situation.
Tonernews.com’s opinion on all of this is that the Ninestar and LD expansions are a cover-up for a weak print sector, in a steep decline. Even if these headlines sound impressive, Ninestar and LD are facing some financial difficulties and are looking for new ways to survive.
AuthorJanuary 16, 2024 at 4:17 PM
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