Liquid/Laser may be the way forward

A Liquid/Laser combination printer is just one of the concepts that will drive the future of printing industry according to Paul Curlander, CEO, Lexmark.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  February 17, 2004

A Liquid/Laser combination printer is just one of the concepts that will drive the future of printing industry according to Paul Curlander, CEO, Lexmark. Speaking at the launch of the latest range of Lexmark colour printers and all-in-one devices, Curlander said that advances in inkjet and laser technologies make a fusion of the two likely in the near future. In other developments, Lexmark announced it has plans to begin re-manufacturing printer cartridges and selling them at a fraction of the cost of its current range of cartridges. The cartridges will be branded Lexmark but will carry indications about their lower quality. The re-manufacturing plans are a result of the success of a cartridge recycling initiative that Lexmark recently launched in Europe where customers can post spent cartridges to the firm free of charge. This service is not available n the Middle East, but the firm said it was exploring other ways in which to bring recycling initiatives to the region. Najib Bahous, vice president and president, Consumer Printer Division, Lexmark hinted that these re-manufactured cartridges will only be available in more price sensitive markets but insisted: “It depends on how many we get back from the recycling initiative, we will not just dump these in one country.” In 2003, printing supplies accounted for 55% of Lexmark’s overall turnover.

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