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Color Surpasses Monochrome in Japan Market

12 Jan, 2007 By: Tetsuo Kubo imageSource

Color Surpasses Monochrome in Japan Market

The Japan Business Machine and Information System Industries Association (JBMIA)
recently released its member company shipment results for the third quarter of
2006. During this term, transition from monochrome to color has become more
remarkable with color copiers surpassing digital copiers in the number of units
shipped, and for the first time in the history of the Japanese domestic market.
No unit price decrease for color copiers was noticed and domestic shipment
amounts showed an almost proportional increase ratio to unit shipments, which
resulted in the first shipment amount increase for four quarters. The recovery
of unit price is related to high priced products launched during this term
instead of unit price improvement for color copiers.  However, total unit
shipments for the Japanese market have shrunk over the last six quarters.

Japan’s total "overseas market" (export + triangular trade) for MFPs is in
good shape, increasing in both unit shipments and shipment amounts for both
digital copiers and color copiers." Color copiers renewed the highest record for
both in unit shipments and shipment amounts which were recorded in the second
quarter of 2006 with the total overseas market realizing record high shipment

Chemical  Toner  vs. Conventional  Toner

The Imaging Society of Japan (ISJ) held a Toner Technology Study in Tokyo in
October, where Akihiro Eida, Kao chemical Product Research Laboratory, gave a
lecture on the latest developments in Toner. According to Eida, new
pulverization techniques are allowing pulverized toner to generate smaller
particle sizes and enabling it to compete against chemical (Polymerized) toner
which holds a dominant position in smaller particle size and uniformity to
generate high quality color output.

According to Eida, people have a set picture in their minds that
pulverization is old technology, however, new toner is now being created. For
color output, which is growing significantly, high print quality and high speed
are required. It has long been believed that the smaller the toner particle
size, the higher the print quality. Conventional pulverization has a size
limitation of 6.5 micrometer diameter due to the high energy for pulverizing
whereby chemical toner production methods are able to produce 6 to 7 microns by
suspension polymerization and 5 to 6 microns by emulsion aggregation and ester
elongation (the mainstream).

Chemical toner had held an unchallenged position for small particle size
until 6 microns was achieved with  pulverized toner from Fuji Xerox for "DocuColor
1250". Since November 2005, however, pulverized toners with smaller particle
size have been marketed from Sharp’s Micros Toner to Casio and Oki Data, with 5
to 6 microns small particle pulverized toners that are competitive in size with
chemical toners that have been developed. Canon has also launched a 5.5 micron
pulverized toner named V Toner and a new category of pulverization with small
particle size has been forming.

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