China’s Orink Says New Factory Will Produce Some 1 Million Laser-Printer Cartridges per Month
Recycling Times reports that Orink Infotech International Company, which is based in Shanghai, China, has restructured its business, and will open two new toner- and ink-cartridge plants in Zhuhai, China, with the plants set to make a million laser-printer toner cartridges per month.
The first plant reportedly began operating in May, manufacturing monochrome cartridges. The second plant will begin operating this month, and will manufacture color cartridges, all of which appear will be non-OEM but will likely bear the Orink brand name. In January 2015, Epson filed a patent-infringement lawsuit before the U.S. International Trade Commission against various clone ink-cartridge makers, including Orink (see story here).
According to Orink, “Our aim is to centralize our production bases to highlight our strengths. Previously, production was scattered over many bases, resulting in huge logistical pressures, overlapping production lines, and uneven inefficient operations.” As a result, Orink states it’s closed “some inefficient production plants.”
“We will ensure a monthly output of 0.6 million-plus black cartridges and 0.25 million color cartridges with the two new plants, and an output of 1.1 to 1.2 million laser cartridges as a whole.”
According to Global Sources, Orink has been manufacturing printer cartridges since 1996, and is a member of the Orink Group. It has a production base in south China covering 45,000 square meters, and employing nearly 2,000 workers. It supplies ink cartridges, toner cartridges, bulk inks and refills, ribbons, and related consumables, such as toner parts, printer accessories and inkjet paper. According to Global Sources, it operates an ISO 9001:2008-certified factory, and produces 9 million ink cartridges, 250,000 remanufactured cartridges, and 650,000 laser toner cartridges monthly. It exports these products to over 60 countries worldwide, with branded products distributed in over 40 countries.