April 22, 2016
The OEM has opened its new inkjet printer factory in the country.
Epson announced the opening of the factory in a ceremony taking place today, with its Indonesian subsidiary P.T. Indonesia Epson Industry having “begun production” at the new facility “as part of the company’s strategic plans for its inkjet printer (printing solutions)” business. Representatives of the Indonesian government attended the ceremony, with the factory producing both inkjet printers and serial impact dot-matrix (SIDM) printers.
The factory was acquired from another company in July 2013, and “lies adjacent to the current lot”, with refurbishment costing around 3 billion ($27 million/€24 million), and Epson noted that the location “is a key production site in Epson’s printing solutions business”, because it “primarily manufactures strategic products”, including high-capacity ink-tank printers and office inkjets. In future, the OEM aims to expand production capacity “as warranted by demand”, also increasing staff from 10,000 to 12,000.
P.T. Indonesia Epson Industry also “has a printer design function”, and its capabilities “will be strengthened in the future to tailor products to the needs of emerging markets, design products for easier manufacturability, and accelerate product development cycle times”. The OEM noted that it plans to “aggressively invest” in its PrecisionCore inkjet printhead technology through to 2018, and called it the “core technology of the printing solutions business”.
This will be helped by adding “new production capacity” at its Suwa Minami plant and Tohoku Epson location in Japan, alongside a “new front-end line” at the Hirooka Office location and a “new back-end line (head assembly) at Akita Epson, while production lines in Indonesia and the Philippines will be “augment[ed]”. Last November, it hinted that it might also build a manufacturing facility in India.
In January, P.T. Indonesia Epson Industry reported that it also “plans to spend” around $3 million (€2.7 million) on expanding printer production at its Cikarang plant, which would make Indonesia the OEM’s “biggest production base” compared to the Philippines and China. That expansion will increase it to 25 hectares, and 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”.
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