In light of last weeks surprising announcement to drop WebOS hardware and look to spinoff or find a buyer for their Personal Systems Group by Hewlett Packard, I thought it would be relevant to contrast this news with the forward progress of their Graphic Arts division. On a financial note, the Graphic Arts commercial equipment has seen a little over 4% growth in the past nine months whereas their consumer printers have lost ground. Considering the financial growth of the commercial side, I would expect HP to continue to focus on innovation in this area.
Hewlett Packards Inkjet Web Press Timeline
- T300 30″ Inkjet Web Press at Print09
- IPEX 2010: T200 press is introduced, release date early 2011. 20.5″ web width
- T350 evolution upgrade form the T300 announced
- T400 40″ Inkjet Web Press unveiled at O’Neil Data Systems in March
- Graph Expo: ????
In about three years time HP has increased the paper web width by over 30% and the speed by 1.5 times. Considering that HP has used
Graph Expo/Print IPEX (see comments below) to launch new inkjet web products in the past, one has to wonder what might be in store this year?
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