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Sharp: 50 years strong in copier business

Sharp is proudly celebrating 50 years in the document business. It all started when we released our first ever copier in 1972, the wet toner copier SF-20. It was developed from scratch by a small group of Japanese engineers who had little previous experience in the field. It was a major challenge for Sharp at the time, as copiers feature complex mechanisms. The new development brought together technologies from various fields including electronics, optics, mechanics and chemistry.

Sharp's first wet toner copier SF-20 

The wide adoption of Sharp printers came quickly. In the same year of releasing our first copier, we increased the line-up by producing a mass market model and a high end model. Just two years later, we exhibited the machine at the Hannover Messe in West Germany, where many major office product companies around the world came to see it. Sharp subsequently received official requests for OEM (original equipment manufacturing), to manufacture copiers to be sold under other companies' brand.

Jan Nicol, Managing Director of Sharp New Zealand says this year marks a significant milestone of how far we have come. "Sharp's printers have long been known to be reliable and feature-packed. This is because we have spent the last 50 years constantly innovating quality products and expanding the range to accommodate every type of business; big or small. We're grateful to have so many Kiwi businesses that trust our technology to help them adapt and grow in this ever-changing environment."

From all-in-one multifunction devices (MFD) to light production printers, our award-winning printers and print management software are designed to transform the way people work, maximise productivity while seamlessly helping with the challenges a busy office faces today.

David Pointon, Business Solutions General Manager believes Sharp's biggest difference is the relentless focus on developing smart and flexible devices. "The awards we have won in the recent years are a testament of that. Every printer can print, where Sharp really stands out is our powerful business functionalities such as data and system security, compliance reports, instant workflow creation and supporting customers' environmental objectives."

Building on years of experience in customer-centric innovation, Sharp will continue to develop future-proofed technology to help kiwi businesses work smarter. Stay tuned to our new range of MFDs packed with upgraded features that will be launched in the New Zealand market later this year. 

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