Epson to triple PrecisionCore production capacity

January 20, 2016

Epson's Hirooka Office base in Shiojori, Japan

Epson’s Hirooka Office base in Shiojori, Japan

The OEM is to invest ¥20 billion ($171 million/€156 million) in a new factory in Japan, where the PrecisionCore printheads will be manufactured.

In a press release, Epson announced it would be investing in the new factory at Hirooka Office in order to “triple inkjet printhead production capacity” for its PrecisionCore line. The site, in Shiojori, is part of the OEM’s plans for its inkjet business, and will feature a research and development unit alongside 49,000 square metres of floor space, with construction scheduled to begin this summer.

Operations are set to commence in the first half of the 2018 financial year, and Epson said it will “conduct R&D and drive advances in production engineering and other areas” at the site, with the ultimate aim of “roughly” tripling its current printhead production. The Hirooka Office site currently “works closely” with Epson’s other global production sites, serving as an R&D and production location, passing on “advanced production technology” to other bases “to help maximise manufacturing capabilities”.

Additionally, Epson highlighted that the new site will “handle the front-end manufacturing process” for the PrecisionCore printheads”, which are used in its business inkjet machines, high-capacity ink tank printers and commercial and industrial devices. The OEM stated that it is “committed to continuously enhancing its original technologies and leveraging its original core devices to delight customers with products and services that exceed their expectations”.

Earlier this month, Epson reported it was looking to expand printer production at the Cikarang, West Java plant in Indonesia, and “plans to spend” around $3 million (€2.7 million) on making the site the OEM’s “biggest production base” compared to its sites in the Philippines and China. Also, last November it hinted that it might build a manufacturing facility in India.

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Printing “as crucial to businesses as ever”

January 19, 2016

A survey by Epson Europe found that printers “are a crucial feature” of office life across Europe.Printing

The survey, reported on by Misco, was undertaken by Epson Europe, which commissioned an independent survey of over 3,600 European employees, and found that 83 percent believe a paperless office is “unrealistic”, while 64 percent said they’d rather “read reports and brochures on printed paper”.

Of these 64 percent, 53 percent said they would rather print as “they could share or hand them out”, while 44 percent and 41 percent respectively said they’d print because of reading or editing and annotating “more easily”. In turn, another 62 percent said “errors are more likely when editing an electronic document as opposed to a printout”.

Misco noted that the survey seems to suggest that printers “are a crucial feature of office life” and “crucial to businesses”, despite technological advancements, with 86 percent of UK respondents saying that a ban on printing would “limit their productivity”. The site added that the “opportunity for a chat next to the printer is not about to disappear any time soon”, and that the survey “shatter[s] the environmentalist vision of a paperless office”.

Rob Clark, Senior Vice President of Epson Europe, commented: “It is clear from our research that – despite digital advances – people still like to work with paper, preferring print rather than working on-screen for certain tasks. When it comes to reading, editing and sharing documents like reports, emails and attachments, office workers, from baby boomers to millennials, still prefer the tangible printed version.”

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Epson UK launches new wide-format printer

January 19, 2016

The 64-inch SureColor SC-P20000 is aimed at the production print market.

Epson's SureColor P20000

Epson’s SureColor P20000

The machine is said by the OEM to produce “exceptional output” in “the highest quality”, with print speeds of up to 17.5 square metres per hour, and is aimed particularly at “high volume production print environments”, including commercial printers, copy shops, photo labs and high street photo stores, that are looking for a “cost effective in-house production solution”.

Other features of the device include a PrecisionCore Micro TFP printhead, a print resolution of up to 2,400 x 1,200dpi, a camera-based paper feed stabiliser and a media inductive roller system, which ensures the machine “operates smoothly even when unattended”. The SC-P20000 also includes an UltraChrome Pro 10-colour set of inkjet cartridges, consisting of new “high density” photo and matte black inks, offering a total of four shades of black, and is set to be available from March.

Martin Johns, Product Manager at Epson UK, commented: “We understand that the market has been waiting a long time for the next generation of our highly popular Epson Stylus Pro 11880 and, with the SC-P20000, we have created a significantly superior successor. This printer combines new rapid printing speeds with the same high output quality that Epson customers have come to expect, while delivering a range of new features and enhanced usability.”

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Epson UK launches new SureColor wide-formats

January 15, 2016

Epson's SureColor SC-S80600

Epson’s SureColor SC-S80600

The three new devices are said to “deliver new levels of quality, productivity and durability”.

The OEM revealed that the new SureColor SC-S wide-format inkjets were aimed at the signage and display graphics markets, and are all 64-inch machines that offer “lower running costs”. The machines include the SC-S80600, S60600 and S40600, with all three featuring “new design and production features”, including four to 10 colours and up to 93.5 square metres an hour single-pass speeds.

UltraChrome GS3 inkjet colours include white and metallic, and the S80600 features CMYK, Light Cyan, Light Magenta and red and orange alongside a print speed of 95.1sqm/hr in single-pass mode. The S60600 meanwhile includes two CMYK PrecisionCore TFP printheads, with a single-pass speed of 95.3sqm/hr; and finally, the S40600 features CMYK and a speed of 58.4sqm/hr. All three also offer resolutions of 1,400 x 1,400dpi as well as roll-to-roll printing up to weights of 45 kilogrammes.

Replacement inkjets cost around £74.07 ($106.27/€96.94) plus VAT in 700ml CMYK cartridges, which Epson says is a “substantial reduction ink price” that will mean “significantly lower ink consumption”. Each device is covered by a two-year warranty as standard, and includes an Onyx RIP (raster image processor) well as cross-compatibility with other RIPs as well.

Martin Johns, Product Manager for Epson UK, commented: “We listened to our customers’ extensive feedback about our previous signage models and set about developing a new range based on their requirements. The result is a class-leading series of printers that are loaded with Epson’s advanced engineering to deliver the ultimate in accuracy, quality and productivity.

“They lead the market in offering the very best combination of quality, speed and price and truly mark the pinnacle of Epson’s knowledge and expertise in one range.” The SC-S60600 and SC-S40600 replace the SC-S50600 and SC-S30600 models respectively, and are available now for £9,995 ($14,341/€13,081) plus VAT, while the SC-S80600 replaces the SC-S70600 and will be available from March for £16,135 ($23,151/€21,117) plus VAT.

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Epson set to expand Indonesian printer plant

January 6, 2016

A worker at the plant in Indonesia (Credit: JG Photo/Fajrin Raharjo)

A worker at the plant in Indonesia (Credit: JG Photo/Fajrin Raharjo)

The OEM is looking to expand its production at the Cikarang, West Java plant.

Jakarta Globe reported that Indonesia Epson Industry, the OEM’s manufacturing subsidiary in the country, “plans to spend” around $3 million (€2.7 million) on expanding the printer production at the Cikarang plant, which would make Indonesia the OEM’s “biggest production base” compared to its sites in the Philippines and China.

The site’s expansion will increase it to 25 hectares, and to an average production capacity of six to seven million units a year, as well as a maximum monthly capacity of one million units “for both high-end and low-end printers”. The news site noted that the expansion will go ahead “despite sluggish economic growth and low purchasing power”, because the plant “has been the main base and a benchmark for the company”.

Half of the printers produced at the plant are shipped to the USA, Japan and Europe, while the rest are shipped to the Asia-Pacific markets. Emile Pattiwael, Indonesia Epson Industry’s Senior General Manager for the Human Resources and General Affairs Administrative Division, commented that the expansion “is part of our global strategy to develop high-end printers. We need a bigger plant to do so.

“Indonesia has become our biggest production base because it has the quality and massive workforce. Among other reasons, most supporting industries such as plastic, metal and injection are available in Indonesia”.

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Epson to launch wide-formats in Middle East

January 5, 2016

PIC1The OEM is launching five devices at the Sign and Graphic Imaging event in Dubai.

AMEInfo reported on the releases from Epson at the event, taking place from 10 to 12 January at the Dubai World Trade Centre, all of which are in either the signage or dye-sublimation wide-format sectors. The two dye-sublimation devices were released elsewhere last August, but the SC-F6200 and F7200 are now being launched in the Middle Eastern market.

Other new SureColours, in the signage market, include the SC S40610, SC S60610 and SC S8061, and are the result of “market research and customer study” according to Walid Abdulmoti, Epson Middle East’s Marketing Manager, who added that the machines “offer users a precise and accurate way to create impactful and beautiful signage and displays”.

These three printers can be used on a “range of substrates”, and utilise auto-tension control systems and the PrecisionCore TFP printhead, with UltraChrome GS3 and GS3 with Red inks, while the SC-S806010 machine also uses red and orange ink. The SC-F6200 and F7200 meanwhile are aimed at helping customers “expand their production capabilities” with “high-quality printed textiles”, and again utilise the PrecisionCore TFP printhead and an UltraChrome DS ink set including an HDK black.

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Epson appoints UK Managing Director

December 8, 2015

Rob ClarkRob Clark becomes responsible for driving the OEM’s growth plans in the UK and leading sales there, promising a focus on capitalising on the business inkjet printing market.

He will continue in his role as Vice President for Epson Europe, managing the OEM’s European business strategy. Clark said that across the continent there are plans to increase the workforce by 10 percent, as the company shifts its focus from consumer to business markets, Dealer Support reported.

The appointment comes after Epson revealed recently that it would be investing €50 million ($54.2 million) over the next two years. Central to this drive for growth are the WorkForce business devices that feature the Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS), which it believes are well-positioned to capitalise on the transition from laser to business inkjet in SMEs.

Clark has been with the company for over 20 years, and started out as a Product Manager for dot-matrix printers before spending five years as Director of the inkjet business for Epson Europe. He replaces Tony Petford, who has been appointed as Vice President for CISMEA (Russia & associated territories, Middle East and Africa), where Petford will establish a mainly UK-based team to serve key management structures in CISMEA.

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Epson unveils office paper recycler

December 1, 2015

Epson PaperLabPaperLab is reportedly the first machine ever to produce new paper from securely shredded waste paper without the use of water.

The localised recycling device can produce the first new sheet of paper within about three minutes of being loaded and pressing the start button. It can produce roughly 14 A4 sheets per minute and 6,720 in an eight-hour work day.

PaperLab can produce a variety of paper types, from A4 to A3 office paper of various thicknesses to business card paper, colour paper and even scented paper, and breaks down the paper into paper fibres, completely destroying the original information on the sheet.

The OEM plans to put the new device into commercial production in Japan in 2016, with sales strategies for other region to be decided at a later date. A prototype of the machine is to be on display at Eco-Products 2015, an environmental exhibition in Tokyo this month.

Epson hopes the PaperLab will “give new value to paper and stimulate recycling” and help businesses “fundamentally change the way they think about paper”. The process eliminates the need for a contractor to handle waste paper and the need for about a cup of water to make a single A4 sheet of paper that is usually needed.

The Dry Fibre technology involves the three technologies of fibreising, binding and forming. The waste paper is first transformed into long, thin, cottony fibres and then bound, at different strengths or with different whiteness of the paper, with colour, flagrance, flame resistance and other properties added as needed.

It is then formed into A4 and A3 paper, with different densities and thicknesses.

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Inkjet printing to dominate in Bangladesh

November 30, 2015

Computer SourceHigh electricity costs and the pollution to the environment caused by laser printers will lead to the technology “becom[ing] lost”, Epson has said.

Satyaveet Satpathy made the comments at an event in the capital, Dhaka, where it was announced that IT equipment provider Computer Source has become a distributor for the OEM, HiFi Public reported.

Satpathy is Senior General Manager for Sales and Marketing for Epson India, and said that “the inkjet printer introduced to the market provides energy saving and eco-friendly facilities”. He also mentioned Epson’s ink tank range as a potential driver “for business profitability” in the country.

Asif Mahmud, one of the Directors of Computer Source, said: “As a distributor, Computer Source not only sells the best printers, projectors and scanners of Epson through its country-wide branch offices, but also provides service support to the end users and resellers at the shortest possible time.”

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USITC recommends Epson GEO

November 26, 2015

USITC logoJudge Dee Lord said it is “proper to issue GEOs” in the case, which relates to “certain ink cartridges and components thereof”.

The case was confirmed in January by the USITC (United States International Trade Commission), and relates to patents 8,366,233; 8,454,116; 8,794,749; 8,801,163 and 8,882,513.

Cease and desist orders were also recommended for InkPro2day and Zinyaw, as both have been “found in default” earlier this year, and the USITC added that there is evidence that the former “maintains a commercially significant inventory of infringing Epson-compatible ink cartridges in the USA”.

The OEM said from the outset of the investigation that it previously obtained a GEO in an action in 2006 “that is still enforced” concerning a “broad range of on-carriage cartridges” for both consumer and business inkjet machines.

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