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RISO Announces New Inkjet Products at Dealer Event

27 May, 2016

Jim Hamilton, senior analyst for InfoTrends shares his May 26, 2016 blog:

RISO has had high-speed inkjet in its ComColor line since 2005. At its recent Americas dealer event (May 18-19 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas) it announced product line updates as well as some production-oriented news for the upcoming drupa trade show (May 31 to June 10 in Dusseldorf, Germany). RISO’s ComColor products have always straddled the line between office use and light production. With the announcement of these two new offerings the company is differentiating the product family to target the products to the right customers.

RISO - Caesars Palace - 400
The new inkjet products are the GD9630 and the FW5230. RISO calls the GD9630 “Professional Inkjet” or “Pro-Jet” while it uses the term “Business Inkjet” or “Biz-Jet” for the FW5230:


RISO ComColor FW - 400

At drupa in Hall 05 (Stand C20) RISO will have two technology demonstrations:

  • The RISO T1 – A compact full-color roll-fed duplex inkjet printer with a 20” (507 mm) web and productivity of 565 pages of A4 print per minute (running at 42 meters per minute / approx. 140 feet per minute).
  • The RISO T2 – A full-color cut-sheet duplex inkjet printer capable of 300 ipm (150 duplex A4 pages per minute). The device combines two ComColor engines to achieve this level of productivity.
RISO T1 (left) and T2 (right) Technology Demonstrations (Source: RISO)

RISO T1 (left) and T2 (right) drupa 2016 Technology Demonstrations (Source: RISO)

In other RISO news:

  • The parent company, RISO Group, was founded in 1946 and will celebrate its 70th anniversary in September. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of RISO, Inc. (the U.S. division).
  • RISO Group sponsors a Japanese soccer team, the Kashima Antlers. Other sponsors in the soccer league include big names like Panasonic and Toyota.
  • RISO, Inc. has been moving its distribution model in the U.S. away from direct operations and more toward dealers. Only about 10% of its U.S. business in 2015 was through direct sales. The company’s strategy is to grow its business through its dealers.
  • RISO has two product lines: inkjet and digital duplicators. The newest RISO digital duplicator is its SF Series. This single-drum, 150-ppm, 600 by 600 dpi product will be available on September 1st of this year.
  • With the new product announcements RISO is using the tagline: “Printers for Endless Possibilities”

InfoTrends Opinion

With ComColor, RISO has had a very fast inkjet printer for many years now (30,000+ installations worldwide). As new cut-sheet inkjet products move downstream, it is interesting to note the position that RISO has had in the production market with high-speed capabilities and some innovative in-line finishing (for envelope feeding, perfect binding, and envelope insertion). Looking to drupa, the RISO technology demonstrations and the introduction of the ComColor GD9630 will certainly turn a few heads due to the product’s high-speed and low capital acquisition price.

Note the RISO logo on the back of the Kashima Antlers’ jerseys (Source: Kashima Antlers)

Note the RISO logo on the back of the Kashima Antlers’ jerseys (Source: Kashima Antlers)

I will be at drupa next week. Follow me on Twitter (@jrhinfotrends) for updates.

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