UXBRIDGE -- Xerox has a long and proud tradition of innovation and has left its mark on a number of world-beating developments over the years. One of its claims to fame is as an early developer of the multi-function printer (MFP) that has the capability of printing, copying, scanning, emailing and faxing.

Today, Xerox is launching a range of products that offer greater functionality, performance and versatility to the already extensive range of Xerox MFPs. Together, they present the ideal complement of office equipment to suit any environment, from the small office consisting of a small group of people, to larger organisations with hundreds or thousands of employees.

Blended Portfolio

The new Xerox WorkCentre 4150 provides a networked A4 workgroup MFP that is ideal for groups of up to 15 people in small, medium and large enterprises. With its small footprint, the MFP will serve as a localised workgroup printer, which is a departmental multifunction product located within the workgroup rather than in a separate room. At the same time, it provides all the functionality you would expect from larger multifunction machines at a very competitive price.

The WorkCentre 4150 is the perfect complement to Xerox's colour A3 MFPs launched in May this year, namely the Xerox WorkCentre 7655 / 7665, the WorkCentre 7228 / 7235 / 7245, and the WorkCentre 7132 family, the latter machine launched in June.

In order to maximise productivity and minimise costs, Xerox customers would typically offer a blended or mixed portfolio of solutions: printers and MFPs, colour and black and white devices, A3 and A4 formats, hardware or software combinations. The WorkCentre 4150 is perfect for highly productive workgroups looking for consolidation and optimisation of day-to-day internal work processes, while the A3 colour models are ideal for companies producing impressive presentations, client work and finished or folded applications.

Analyst house IDC recommends a versatile approach to printer usage depending on the mix and deployment of employees. Matt Marshall, IDC Director of Print and Imaging, Western Europe, said; "Companies need to look closely and carefully at their print and imaging requirements. Study after study has shown how much money companies are wasting by not investing time and effort in blending their printer fleet with their needs, and many companies have no idea that printing costs can amount to 10 per cent of turnover. What companies like Xerox are doing, by providing a balanced portfolio of products, whether it be A3 or A4 devices, mono or colour, is offering a solution to maximise productivity and minimise the costs for companies, whether they be large or small."

The Scan to PC Desktop v8 software is being launched concurrently with the WorkCentre 4150 as a complete network-to-desktop solution, and includes features such as PaperPort Professional 10, which is designed to organise, find and share paper and digital documents. OmniPage Professional 15 converts documents and forms into PC applications using PDF, while PDF Converter Professional 3 is a complete PDF solution for business users. This module also includes ImageRetriever, which enables monitoring and automated delivery from network folders or an email inbox.

Range Extension

Xerox is today also extending its European product range with three low-end devices - the Phaser 6110 colour printer, the Phaser 6110 colour MFP, and the Xerox WorkCentre 3119 - targeted at small businesses.

The Phaser 6110 colour printer, the Phaser 6110 colour MFP, and the Xerox WorkCentre 3119 are based on the same award-winning technology that Xerox is renowned for but at an entry level price. Ideal for companies with lower budgets who require quality and office productivity, the entry-level products provide a practical alternative to users who want to replace an existing ink-jet device with an affordable laser printer or colour multifunction device.

With the introduction of the Phaser 6110 colour printer and the Phaser 6110 colour MFP, Xerox is also extending its post-sales service offering to include Proactive Consumables Management (PCM), a software tool that helps customers buy consumables from their preferred supplier as and when required. Before a customer runs out of consumables, a pop-up menu invites the user to reorder the supplies directly from the reseller from whom they purchased their machine. This helps the customer simplify their supply route and offers them a quick method of replenishing supplies.

Darren Cassidy, Director and General Manager, Xerox UK, Office Business, said; "Our new range of products increases the choice available to customers to obtain the perfect tailored combination of capabilities and service. Xerox is all about making business easier for its customers, improving productivity and efficiency, and leading the transition to a colour printing environment for those customers who choose it. Together, these products will stand us and our customers in good stead for the future."

About Xerox

Xerox markets a comprehensive range of Xerox products, solutions and services, as well as associated supplies and software.Its offerings are focused on three main areas: offices from small to large, production print and graphic arts environments, and services that include consulting, systems design and management, and document outsourcing.

Xerox also has manufacturing and logistics operations in Ireland, the UK and Holland, and a research and development facility (Xerox Research Centre Europe) in Grenoble, France.For more information visit, www.xerox.com

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