Epson Increasing Production of Ink Bottles for High-Capacity Ink-Tank Printers, All-in-Ones

Last month, Epson of Japan reported that it would be tripling production of its PrecisionCore color inkjet print heads, while on Monday it reported 40-percent year-over-year growth for its high-capacity ink-tank color inkjet printers and All-in-Ones, with the company saying that it foresees “even higher demand in the home and office markets.”Epson also says the popularity of its high-capacity ink-tank printers, which Epson launched in 2010, is fueling demand for large ink bottles, and that it’s consequently increasing its production of ink bottles at its factory in Indonesia.

Epson high-capacity ink-tank printer unit shipments as of January 31, 2016.

Epson high-capacity color inkjet All-in-One.

Epson Support for Local Indonesian Workforce

In a press release announcing the production increase, Epson also noted its commitment and support for workers at its ink-bottle factory in Indonesia. According to the firm, producing ink bottles of stable quality at high speed requires automated solutions. However, it says foreign-owned companies in Indonesia usually bring in employees from outside of Indonesia to automate their factories. In contrast, it says, its ink-bottle production site in Indonesia is being led by local employees who’ve been working with Epson and its machine tools since 2010, and have accumulated knowledge and expertise in the production of high-capacity ink bottles. Among the tasks these employees have helped automate are the weighing of ink, the attachment of ID labels to ensure traceability, and the bottle-capping process.

Epson also provides a skills-certification programs and a training program under which Indonesian employees are sent for an extended period of time to train at Epson’s ink-cartridge development and production sites in Japan.

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