HP (Hewlett-Packard Australia Ltd
) is partnering with Handheld Group to develop and sell printing products worldwide for the logistics industry based on HP’s thermal inkjet print cartridges.
As part of the agreement, HP will grant a license to relevant patents for the electrical, mechanical and system design of their handheld inkjet printers with wireless communication to the Handheld Group. The Sweden-based manufacturer of rugged PDAs and mobile computers will be the sole licensee of the design.
HP inkjet cartridges used in future Handheld Group products may include a quick-drying, smudge-free magenta ink formulated specifically for high visibility on substrates used in the logistics industry, such as brown corrugated boxes, Kraft paper and packing tape.
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Handheld Group, Jerker Hellström explains that the license agreement with HP will open new markets to them, ultimately benefitting their customers. He adds that the access to HP’s innovative printing technology portfolio will help Handheld continue to create truly unique products.
According to Kathy Tobin, Vice President and General Manager, HP Specialty Printing Systems, HP continues to uncover new applications where their inkjet technology can address specific industry challenges. The partnership with Handheld Group will help create printing solutions that will simplify logistics and supply chain operations.