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    OKI strengthens ties at Annual Distributor Conference

    Event highlights strong business opportunities and honours leading distributors

    View of Prague from Castle

    This year OKI Middle East, India and Africa held their Annual Distributor’s Conference in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. The conference was attended by delegates from over 15 countries across the region and supported by Dave Collinson, Lee Webster and Javier Lopez from OKI Europe.OKI men in Prague

    The conference focused on developing relationships with partners, raising awareness of business opportunities, and discussions of the company’s product road map. A lot of effort was made to ensure that all parties fully understood where each product could be placed in the business market and the corresponding verticals and how competitive they are in the differing segments.

    John Ross, General Manager of OKI Middle East, India and Africa, said, “We have ambitious growth plans for the coming years and wanted to ensure that our distributors were clear about OKI’s strategy and brand values. It was an ideal opportunity to consolidate our message and to show our commitment and support for the valuable work that they do.”

    OKI aims to continue eTaking a breath at Prague Catlempowering its partners with the required tools, training and support to help them improve the company’s reach within the region. These ties between partners and OKI were further strengthened with much “informal” conversation taking place whilst touring the beautiful Prague Castle and enjoying the delicious Czech cuisine.

    The conference concluded with the annual awards being given to the distributors below. Congratulations everyone and here’s to a successful FY13!

    Dot Matrix Distributor of the Year – Jawad Sultan of Oman

    Mono NIP Distributor of the Year – MABCO of Jordan

    Colour NIP Distributor of the Year – Al Eqtessad of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    Outstanding Achievement Award – Avantech of Libya

    Distributor of the Year – Qatar Computer Services of Qatar

    OKI ADC Prague Traffic lights

    Join the dots of history…

    Developed as OKI’s first Serial Impact Dot Matrix printer (SIDM) in 1968, the Wiredot Printer is the root of digital printer technology. The technology to express characters as an assembly of dots was a groundbreaking technology at a time when there was no way of storing the pattern of characters by electrical means. The product was widely used by schools, laboratories, and financial institutions for a long time.Wiredot printer

    Over the years, a good deal of research and manpower were put into making this system smaller, lighter and easier to operate. OKI’s commitment to technical expertise and monozukuri, a word that describes Japanese-style manufacturing processes or the “art, science and craft of making things”, has been recognized by the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) who have awarded us the “Information Processing Technology Heritage” (IPTH) certification for our original Wiredot Printer.

    The IPTH program is hosted by IPSJ to certify historical products and achievements that have formed the foundation of Japan’s information processing technology and this contributing significantly to Japan’s economy and society. Through the certification program, IPSJ aims to make the heritage of ground breaking technology widely known, for use as research and education material.

    This is OKI’s 5th IPTH certification from the IPSJ, with previous certs being given for its OKITYPER-2000 and OKITEC-300C System in 2008, 2400B-type Line Printer in 2009 and for the Autoteller Terminal AT-20P in 2011.

    “We are honored that OKI’s Wiredot Printer has been recognized for its historical value for understanding the information processing technology of that era,” says Hiroshi Endo, Corporate Officer and Divisional General Manager of Products Business Division at OKI Data. “Moving forward, we will continue to provide and maintain products that contribute to the development of an information society.”

    Come back next week to find out how the Wiredot has evolved over 40 years into the extremely reliable and highly versatile Dot Matrix printers we use today.

    Print Smart, Print OKI!

    John Ross, General Manager at OKI Middle East recaps his experience at the Oki Smart Business Conference 2012 in Barcelona Image

    Last week, OKI brought together Channel Partners, Press, Industry Analysts as well as senior members of the parent company in Japan, for the first time in a number of years. A total of over 430 people gathered in Bercelona for a key event: Oki Smart Business Seminar. A critical objective of the conference was to address the issues of the recent supply shortages due to the floods in Thailand and to reassure all parties that, to quote Morioka San Deputy President of ODC, “Oki is back in the game.”

    The event started with Morioka San advising the audience that in the space of 4 months since the flooding in Thailand, which were the worst for over a century and resulted in about 30% of Thailand being underwater, the Thai factory was back in production catching up on back log and with the increased capacity the expectations are that within the next few weeks all backlog will be effectively reduced to zero and the new products announced today would be in free supply.

    Throughout the rest of the conference, attendees were engaged with a number of interesting and insightful presentations covering  topics ranging from the issues facing the SMB sector today to smart printing and the latest statistics on the print industry (Most interesting was the confirmation that the single function inkjet market is declining at around 19% per annum whilst at the same time the toner based multi function segment was growing at over 20% per year). It was also revealed that according to a survey done in December 2011 and January 2012 regarding what is important to the SMBs, environmental considerations such as low power consumption are at the top of their consideration list, making Oki an ever more obvious choice.

    The multi-media presentation was slick and contained multiple positive messages regarding Oki’s commitment to both the Channel and Customers, principally SMBs.  With a refresh or completely new set up, products unveiled that results in Oki having updated 50% of its product range, it became obvious why this event was held.

    In the words of Takao Hiromoto, President of Oki Data Corporation, “After today you will be in no doubt that Oki is your smart choice as a printer supplier.”

    Beirut, here we come!

    We are gearing up for yet another exciting event in Lebanon to launch some products, host an exhibition, catch up with our loyal customers  and have the best tabbouleh and hommus in the world!

    In a joint event with our partners, PSI, we will be

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    addressing the office environment with new printing solutions guaranteed to slash down the costs of in-house printing and deliver top quality output that any professional needs.

    The afternoon event is dedicated to the graphic art market where an exhibition for Joumana Medlej (@CedarSeed) is taking place in the same venue. The artwork is printed on the outstanding  C910 from OKI.  Photographers, graphic designers and art lovers are invited to a cocktail reception  to enjoy Malaak’s stories  some of which are yet to be published in 2011!!

    The event is taking place on Thursday the 4th November at the Metropolitan Hotel in the Bary Hall. The morning conference is starting at 11:00am and the exhibition is open from 4:30pm onwards.

    BTW- Geekfest Beirut is also taking place on the same night later on in Plum Monot. More information can be found here: http://geekfestbeirut.com/

    Looking forward to welcoming you all,

    The OKI Team.

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