CONTINUOUS INK CARTRIDGE …… PATENTED

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CONTINUOUS INK CARTRIDGE …… PATENTED

 user 2006-04-06 at 11:25:00 am Views: 50
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    Exports, patented ICs key to averting competition
    Taiwan’s Avcolor developed Color Fairy III continuous ink cartridges, which contain 90mL of ink per color container.
    Makers
    thwart sliding demand through reinforced export capability, models with
    enhanced features and use of in-house designed ICs.
    In spite of the
    growing competition, slimming profit margins, and increasing adoption
    of laser printers that are slowing down the growth of the ink cartridge
    industry in Greater China, makers persist in expanding their export and
    R&D capabilities. There are more than 20 small and medium-scale
    suppliers of ink cartridges in Taiwan. Some makers, such as Winsom
    International Co., develop their own ink and upgrade R&D and
    quality control standards to match the quality of original brands.
    Other makers, including Avcolor Technology Co. Ltd, design their own
    ICs.
    To counteract a downtrend, Taiwan makers are working to enhance
    product features such as improved water and light resistance, and the
    release of more niche products such as invisible ink, fluorescent ink
    and monochromatic ink.
    Hong Kong has about 15 makers of compatible
    ink cartridges, most of which are also in the cartridge remanufacture
    business. However, only five of them are considered major players in
    the local market. Hong Kong companies engaged in this line face fierce
    competition mainly from mainland China makers. When the concept of
    compatible ink cartridges was first introduced, they cost 30 percent to
    40 percent less than the original branded cartridges, but the market
    has since become a high-volume, low-profit industry.
    After the fast
    surge and maturation of ink cartridges in 2005, the mainland China
    market seemed poised for a downward trend due to the rising popularity
    of laser toner cartridges. In 2005, mainland China makers shipped about
    600 million ink cartridges, half of which were consumed overseas. This
    year, makers expect production to grow to 700 million units with half
    of them exported.
    Small companies in the mainland are struggling
    with the competition. Most makers have cut profit margins and
    strengthened internal management to keep operation costs low.
    After
    the fast surge and maturation of ink cartridges in 2005, the mainland
    China market seemed poised for a downward trend due to the rising
    popularity of laser toner cartridges. In 2005, mainland China makers
    shipped about 600 million ink cartridges, half of which were consumed
    overseas. This year, makers expect production to grow to 700 million
    units with half of them exported.Small companies in the mainland are
    struggling with the competition. Most makers have cut profit margins
    and strengthened internal management to keep operation costs low.