In this week's bulletin, David Gibbons presents the TOP news stories in the printer consumable industry:
1. According to Information Data Corporation, or IDC, 12.4 percent fewer shipments were made in the first quarter this year, compared with the same time last year.
2. EPEAT, the worldwide register for greener electronics has now recognised 33 of Konica Minolta’s printers, with each receiving a silver or gold rating.
3. News comes that a 3D printing innovation centre will be built in Zhuhai China. 3D experts gathered for a forum, in Zhuhai to discuss how to make it a world class 3D printing manufacturing region.
4. By collecting and recycling thousands of used ink and toner cartridges, Inking About Africa, a UK based charity, has raised more than 7,000 British pounds, or 11,000 US dollars for basic learning equipment for schools and several development projects in the Gambia, West Africa.
5. Two OEMs, Lexmark and Canon, have already posted profits in the second quarter of this year.
6. A new study reveals up to 20% of cartridges sold in Western European countries, and 22% sold in Russia during 2012 were newly built copied cartridges, or clones.

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