Ink cartridge manufacturer Brother has introduced a new range of A4 multifunction printers (MFPs) aimed at employees who sometimes work from home, but has omitted fax capabilities from many of the models.

The manufacturer said the decision to limit the devices to printing, scanning and copying is due to consumer demand and the move means its range of A4 inkjet multifunction is dominated by non fax-capable machines for the first time.

Sales and marketing director for Brother Phil Jones was quoted by USP magazine as saying "the rise in demand for three-in-ones is representative of the rise in modern technology".

He added there is now a new generation of employees "who have grown up without using the fax function".

Peter Thomson of the Telework Association noted many younger personnel are opting to work form home due to concerns regarding the environmental impact of commuting.

Mr Jones added staff who occasionally work from home need printers that have the capabilities of office machines, but are small and cheap enough to use domestically.