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Epson’s new factory for inkjet printheads

Thursday, 12 July 2018
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Epson’s new Hirooka Office Building 9 in Japan.

Epson aims to triple production of its advanced PrecisionCore inkjet printheads after building a new purpose-built factory in Japan.

Epson Seiko has completed construction work on the factory at its Hirooka office in Shiojiri, Japan and says it will begin operations in the 2018 fiscal year (ending March 31, 2019).

The new facility will be used to produce PrecisionCore print chips, a core component of Epson’s PrecisionCore inkjet printheads.

Under its Epson 25 Corporate Vision, Epson is targeting office, commercial and industrial printing markets. In FY2017, the company released high-speed, linehead inkjet multifunction office printers as part of its strategy to drive growth. Epson says it will expand sales of high-capacity ink tank printers, which have been driving growth. In FY2018, Epson plans to sell 9.5 million units, a 1.7-million-unit increase over FY2017.

In the commercial and industrial sectors, the company says an accelerating shift from analogue to digital solutions is expected to generate significant market growth for Epson printers used for printing signage, textiles and product labels. Epson will continue to strengthen its line-up of commercial and industrial large-format printers and will boost both its R&D and manufacturing capability.

The new factory will enable Epson to handle an expected medium-range increase in demand for printheads. By leveraging its production capacity, Epson also plans to rollout sales of its PrecisionCore printheads for large-format printers worldwide. It will work with its partners to accelerate the shift to digital in commercial and industrial printing.

The new factory, Epson’s second production site for PrecisionCore print chips, is equipped with a research and development function and will play a key role in improving printhead quality and productivity.

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