Office Equipment President Chip Miceli expresses confidence that Sharp will not sell copier division

Miceli, President of Des Plaines Office Equipment, is a member of the Sharp Dealer Advisory Council believes Sharp will not sell off the copier division as rumored.
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Aug. 30, 2012 - PRLog -- Chip Miceli, President of Des Plaines Office Equipment and President of the national trade association Select Dealer Group, today said he believes equipment manufacturer Sharp will not sell off its copier division, as has been rumored by some of Sharp’s competitors.

Miceli, who is a member of the Sharp Dealer Advisory Council, recently returned to the Chicago area after a weeklong Sharp dealer incentive trip to Budapest and Prague, where part of the agenda included meeting with top Sharp officials.  Miceli said, based on what he saw and heard on the trip, the Sharp copier division will not be sold.

Sharp in recent weeks has had to combat some press rumors that they were planning to sell off their copier division. The rumors were fueled by reports that the company’s revenues were down. According to Miceli, Sharp officials acknowledged to a drop in revenue in specific divisions of the company, including TV and Solar panels,  but stated the copier division is profitable.

Miceli speculated the rumors may have been fueled by other manufacturers who read news about Sharp’s decline in sales and attempted to take advantage, of the news, by saying the company is going out of business. “The president of Sharp’s America division assures us the copier side won’t be sold,” said Miceli. He added, “I am confident the company will get out of its financial difficulties. It is a matter of investing to build a glass factory for solar panels and TVs that has not gotten up and running as fast as original projections.” He added, “The copier division will remain strong as Sharp recovers.”

Miceli’s viewpoint was echoed in an article published on the online industry media outlet, “The Week in Imaging,” where publisher Scott Cullen said an interview with one of Sharp’s Senior Vice Presidents, the Sharp official said the company remains focused on office technology and future product planning discussions are in the works.

A Reuters news story this week noted Sharp’s stock surged, climbing 7 percent with analysts noting the company has made dramatic restricting plans. Sharp’s shares have risen 27.7 percent since August 22, according to the report, although it is still down 66 percent for the year.

Miceli added, “Sharp customers can be reassured, when they need a new Sharp copier, there will be inventory for them, and the equipment will continue to be serviced. This appears to be an unfortunate case where some competitors have helped fuel these unfounded rumors.”

About DPOE
Des Plaines Office Equipment (DPOE,, is a leader in the field of print management, and document generation equipment and solutions, serving the greater Chicago area since 1955. Today, DPOE operates three locations: its headquarters in Elk Grove Village, and a location in Chicago (211 West Wacker Drive) and Rockford (Loves Park, IL).  DPOE is a leading provider of Sharp office equipment, as well as Oki Data.  Additionally, DPOE is an authorized dealer for HP, and InfoDynamics. DPOE provides products and services to a diverse client base that includes schools, hospitals, law offices, accounting firms, and financial institutions, among others. The firm is a consistent winner of Sharp Document’s Hyakuman Kai award for sales excellence, and was named a 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Elite Dealer by the national journal The Week in Imaging. DPOE maintains corporate headquarters at 1020 Bonaventure Drive, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. The firm is active in a number of area civic organizations, including the Italian American Chamber of Commerce, Chicago and Des Plaines Chambers of Commerce, and the Greater O’Hare Business Association. For additional information, please call 847-879-6400 or visit DPOE can also be found on Facebook.
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