Japanese electronics and printer manufacturer Epson announced this month it would cease selling and distributing laser printer hardware after 2026. This was due to sustainability issues. Report: According to the company inkjets are more likely than laser printers that they can make “meaningful advancements” in the environment. While the company has already stopped laser printer sales in some markets, it continued to sell in Asia and Europe. Epson promised that it would continue to offer consumables and spare parts support, even though the new hardware wouldn’t be available everywhere.
“As a company, we’re completely committed to sustainable innovations and action and inkjets just use less energy,” said Koichi Kubota (Epson sales and marketing manager) in a canned statement. Epson’s Heat Free Inkjet Technology uses mechanical energy to fire ink onto pages, while laser printers heat and fuse toner.