Australasian Cartridge Remanufacturers Association Inc (ACRA)

Dated 30 July 2002

Canberra, Australia 

Message: Australasian Cartridge Remanufacturers Association Expo 

I am delighted to have the opportunity to welcome you to the Australasian Cartridge Remanufacturers Association Expo. Australians are great innovators and it is pleasing to see that Australian businesses have taken up opportunities provided by the emerging recycling industry.

Consumers have also responded positively to the introduction of new recycled products, attracted by their environmental benefits and cost effectiveness. We have, for example, one of the highest rates of newsprint and cardboard package recycling in the world.

Many companies are responding to changing consumer preferences by providing environmentally friendly products. In addition, many businesses that are taking advantage of the new markets and opportunities for recycled products such as recycled office equipment consumables, are small businesses - a crucial part of the Australian economy.

The Australasian Cartridge Remanufacturers Association, through its promotion of remanufacture of print consumables, is making an important contribution to reducing waste and encouraging sustainable development for Australians. I hope delegates enjoy their visit to the Gold Coast and I wish you every success with your Expo.

(signed) John Howard


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MFPs are becoming big news for Remanufacturers

Multifunction devices that print, scan, fax and copy are growing in use in the small business and home marketplace.

Shipments of inkjet MFPs worldwide was 51,000,000 in 2006 and will grow to about 70,000,000 by 2010.  Colour laser MFPs will account for about 70,000,000 by the year 2010.

CAUTION: Printing May Be Hazardous to Your Health
A report produced by the Queensland University of Technology's Dr Lidia Morawska and Len Teplin from the Queensland Dept of Public Works has suggested that the laser printer could be as great a hazard to your lungs as puffing on a cigarette.

In a test site office building 62 different printers were investigated, they ranged from CANON, HP COLOR Laserjet, HP Laserjet, RICOH and TOSHIBA.  From results 37 printers were non-emmitters of micrometer particles, 6 were low, 2 were medium and 17 were high emitters.  The models of high emitters were predominately HP and one TOSHIBA printer.

The report goes on to say that many factors should be considered as to why the models mentioned are high emitters. This could be the age of the machine, the model itself, the cartridge used and age of the cartridge.  Interestingly, the older the cartridge it would appear the fewer the emissions.  Yet another very good reason to remanufacture printer cartridges.

HP for its part has acknowledged the report but makes the very good point  that "while we recognise the utlra-fine, fine, and coarse particles are emitted from printing systems, these levels are consistently below recognised occupational exposure limits."

So the normal OH&S issues apply to the remanufacture of cartirdges and the use of the laser printers.

European Patent Office Revokes Canon Patent on Toner
The European Patent Office (EPO) has revoked the Europe-wide toner remanufacturing patent which it originally granted to Canon in 2005.
ETIRA (European Toner & Inkjet Remanufacturers' Association) showed presented evidence to the EPO Examiners that the Canon patent did not have any innovative component in its claim and therefore was unable to be patented.  For further information on this report consult the Recycler Magazine web site on .


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