A Look at Sindoh’s ‘Hybrid’ A4 MFPs with A3 Solution


According to various research, most office print, copy, scan, and fax jobs consist of letter-size A4-size documents (8.5″ x 11″). A few specialty sectors use larger-size 11″ x 17″ media, such as accounting, engineering, and graphic design. Some sources put the percentage of A4-size documents at up to 99 percent. However, in many offices, exceptions may arise, and while A4 MFPs may serve well for everyday office use, and typically provide lower initial purchase price. as well as a more compact size, many offices will still occasionally require 11″ x 17″ capability. What to do?

One company, Sindoh of Seoul, Korea, has devised a unique solution: “hybrid” A4 MFPs. These A4 MFPs print on up to A4-size paper, but their innovative automatic document feeders can scan and fax A3-size documents (in color), converting them into A4 size. When copying, the MFPs convert A3-size documents into A4 size, and then print them. At the same time, Sindoh says it’s engineered these hybrid systems to keep them compact in size versus their larger A3-size counterparts.

Sindoh of Seoul opened a North American subsidiary branch, Sindoh America, in 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Its current line up of A4 hybrid MFPs include the 38-ppm M412 MFP, 40-ppm M612 MFP, and 40-ppm M611 MFP, all of which print in black-and-white, but can scan and fax in color.

sindoh-m412Sindoh’s A4 “Hybrid Solution” M412 MFP.

Sindoh America has been seeking to recruit dealers in North America, and its products are currently available through Carolina Wholesale, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Arlington, which is located in Waukegan, Illinois. In Canada, Virtual Imaging of Toronto, signed on as a Sindoh dealer in 2013.

Sindoh of Seoul has been in the digital-imaging business since the 1960s. Its manufacturing divisions are located in Korea and China, which together employ some 3,000 employees that produce 2.2 million units of equipment, including MFPs, laser printers, and document finishers, as well as components and consumables such as cartridges, PCB, toners, etc. It was previously affiliated with Ricoh, and operated as Sindo Ricoh Co., Ltd. in South Korea, and has manufactured printers and MFPs for Lexmark, Ricoh, and Xerox.

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