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RTM Announces 2 Day Expo in Chicago in May: How Remanufacturing Will Survive in No. America

13 Jan, 2014

USA/CHINA - January 12, 2014 - According to RTM, more change has taken place in the aftermarket printer cartridge industry in the last 5 years than the whole 30 year history of laser and inkjet printing. Particularly in North America.

Companies, publications and events, iconic with the growth of the industry over three decades have gone. Mergers and acquisitions have seen the number of aftermarket businesses in North America reduced by up to 75%. 

The way consumers print their hard copy documents in 2014 has changed too. The global financial crisis, the advent of tablets and mobile printing, and the managed print services business model have had a combined impact. So, fewer printers and print consumables are being purchased than 2 years ago.

The original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are using more and more tactics to thwart the aftermarket industry, whether it be with technical developments, or through legal challenges.  Empty cartridges sold outside of the US can still not be legally brought into the US for remanufacturing, making it difficult for remanufacturers to find sufficient, quality empties for reuse. So many tried to bring new-built compatible cartridges, which do not infringe the OEM patents, into the market, only to find OEMs attempting to block them at the borders.

Will the legitimate aftermarket—those using the “right to repair” doctrine—survive? Or is the industry doomed?

Albert Einstein said,  “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  The reality is that remanufacturers cannot run their businesses the same way they did 5 years ago, and survive, let alone thrive.

To help cartridge remanufacturers, a two-day conference and expo will be held in Chicago May 13 and 14, 2014.

There is so much change taking place in the printer and copier cartridge remanufacturing industry. Remanufacturers in North America need a venue, a forum, a place to network and get the support they need for the sake of their businesses.

Recycling Times Media expects hundreds to attend the 2-day conference and expo to learn, network, find suppliers and new product information, get legal issues and trends updates, and learn what the OEMs are up to. Venue, speaker, exhibitor and content information will be available soon, but remanufacturers are encouraged to mark their diaries now for May 13 and 14.

Recycling Times would like those involved in the remanufacturing industry to provide feedback as the event comes together.  Some suggested seminar topics are listed on the http://www.irecyclingtimes.com website under the Conference drop-down menu bar.

Suggested Conference Program:

Session 1 Global and Nth American trends in inkjet
Session 2 Are the faster inkjet printers making an impact in the office sector?
Session 3 Other inkjet printing opportunities
Session 4 Watching the legal horizon: what is round the next corner?
Session 5 Standards: which ones will help my business
Session 6 How can remanufacturers successfully get into managed print services?
Session 7 Opportunities in developing regions – quick regional video reports
Session 8 3D printing: what is the aftermarket opportunity?
Session 9 Remanufacturer versus Imaging Supplies Dealer – Making the Transition
Session 10 Global and Nth American trends in laser
Session 11 Selling Consumables Online: the trends, traps, tips and tricks
Session 12 Dealing with customs to import non-infringing products
Session 13 Will the first sale doctrine be overturned? Legal Update
Session 14 Battling with Illegal and counterfeit print consumables
Session 15 The next generation: what will laser and inkjet printers look like in the next 5 years?
Session 16 Opportunities with color
Session 17 Remanufacturing printers - Additional market opportunities with existing customers
Session 18 Blue Ocean Opportunities: How to capture more of the OEM market
Session 19 Global and Nth American Paper market trends
Session 20 Printer chips: the new challenges

About Recycling Times Media Corporation
Recycling Times Media Corporation is a leading provider of news and business opportunities for the global cartridge remanufacturing industry. We provide our exhibitors, advertisers, sponsors, readers, browsers and visitors with a quality business experience through efficient, reliable, factual “news and views” editorial, and running first class events which educate, inform, network and provide business opportunities for the computer printing industry—particularly the aftermarket sector.  We publish, and distribute globally, the Recycling Times magazine every month (separate English, Chinese and Spanish editions); we operate RemaxAsia Expo in Zhuhai, China—the largest trade event for the print consumables aftermarket industry in the world; we broadcast a six minute inTouch TV News bulletin every week, with the top industry news stories; we deliver free daily updates on our RecyclingTimes inTouch app (read breaking news and our magazine, watch our TV News, check out our events). 

For more information, please go to http://www.irecyclingtimes.com or contact:  

USA China
Steve Weedon  or  Jessica Yin
919.909.2409 +86.756.391.9264
http://Steve@discoverimaging.com  /  http://Jessica.Yin@iRecyclingTimes.com

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