Japan’s Big Six prioritise smart office technology and production print capabilities
Konica Minolta, Canon, Ricoh, Toshiba TEC, Sharp, and Kyocera are focused on creating solutions to improve office and workflow efficiency, according to The Cannata Report.
According to Access Japan 2018, a special issue by The Cannata Report, the Japanese Big Six manufacturers - Konica Minolta, Canon, Ricoh, Toshiba TEC, Sharp, and Kyocera - are focused on creating solutions to improve office and workflow efficiency.
In meetings with leading executives at the Japanese Big Six conducted in Japan in May of 2018, The Cannata Report confirmed that each manufacturer recognizes the business of traditional document printing is contracting and each is innovating aggressively to compensate for that decline.
The two priorities of the manufacturers’ are to develop and scale the “smart office” and office output efficiency, and production/high-end print capabilities.
Additional trends identified include:
Emphasis on R&D will be with inkjet technology as opposed to conventional toner. While the current emphasis on inkjet is in wide and large format, that technology will be moved downstream to provide highly competitive products to be employed in the office.
The manufacturers recognize MFP needs to evolve in a major way to remain relevant. Each is working to develop technologies to make their MFP products more efficient and productive and to further differentiate their products from competitors.
Most of the manufacturers are planning to leverage data through the MFP and other smart devices to improve business processes.
The emphasis on big data and IT-related services and connectivity was notable.
All manufacturers interviewed are looking to firmly establish themselves in the top three in market share.