Tiara Chairman Art Diamond noted that the industry is abuzz with forecasts, predictions and concerns regarding the effect that Silverbrook's MemJet™ (sic) and Hewlett Packard's (NYSE: HPQ) Edgeline™ and ColorLok™ ink jet technologies might have on the laser printer market. "These recent advances could displace toner-based machines at every market segment level from the low end to 70+ page per minute devices," Diamond said. "We deemed it essential to hold a Panel Discussion that explores future scenarios as part of our annual assessment of the state-of-the-art and the state-of-the-business of electrophotography."
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Future of Laser Printers in doubt
An interesting press release came my way yesterday that warrants a brief report. The Tiara Group is sponsoring a conference, in fact it's the 24th Annual, entitled "Toners & Photoreceptors Seminar" that runs June 4-6, 2007, in Santa Barbara, CA. That's a beautiful location, and maybe a little cheer will be necessary, if the doom and gloom outlook for the Laser Printer (and thus toner) business is as bad as it sounds. One of the seminar's panels is described in the release (emphasis marks are mine):