Seiko Epson of Tokyo, Japan, reported on October 28th that it’s begun construction of a new print-head factory at its Hirooka Office in Shiojiri, Japan. The factory will consist of a five-floor earthquake-resistant steel-framed building and is located at 80 Harashinden, Hirooka, Shiojiri-shi, Nagano-ken in Japan.
The new factory, which is scheduled to begin operations in the first half of Epson’s 2018 fiscal year (2017), is part of the company’s mid- to long-range strategic plans for its printing-solutions (inkjet-printer) business. The plant will produce Epson PrecisionCore ink-jet print heads, the core component in Epson’s inkjet printers. Epson will conduct research and development (R&D), and also “drive advances in production engineering and other areas at the facility,” which, in the future, will roughly triple Epson’s current inkjet print-head production capacity.
As both an R&D and production center for core devices used in its printing-solutions business, and the location of Epson’s inkjet printer planning and design functions, Epson says its Hirooka Office works closely with Epson’s production sites worldwide. It shares “the advanced production technology and expertise it gains through the development and production of core devices with Epson’s overseas production sites to help maximize manufacturing capabilities across the Epson Group.” The investment in the new factory is part of Epson’s plans to further reinforce its R&D and production platform through its 2020 fiscal year.
Epson’s printing-solutions business leverages its Micro Piezo inkjet technology to provide products and services to customers in the home-, office-, commercial-, and industrial-printer markets. The new factory will handle the front-end manufacturing process for PrecisionCore print heads, the core component in Epson’s business inkjet printers, high-capacity ink-tank printers, and commercial and industrial printers.
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