Kyocera to Ramp Up Production of Copier/MFP Imaging Drums in China

The Nikkei Asian Review reports that Kyocera of Japan will increase its production capacity for photoreceptor drums used in copier/MFPs by 150 percent via a 2.5 billion yen ($22.3 million U.S.) expansion of a Chinese plant. The firm is said to be expanding production in order to capture growing demand for copier/MFPs in emerging Asian economies.

Kyocera’s subsidiary, Kyocera Document Solutions, will add a new building to a plant in China’s Guangdong Province that currently also assembles finished copier/MFPs.

Mass production at the new facility is scheduled to begin in May 2018. The entire production process will be automated. This will enable Kyocera to employ more than 90 percent fewer workers at the new facility and offset rising labor costs in China.

The imaging drums produced will be used in slower models that print at from 20 to 35 ppm. Kyocera’s imaging drums are said to use just one layer of photoreceptors instead of the typical three, making the parts more durable than that of competitors.

According to The Nikkei Asian Review, more businesses in China and other emerging economies are using MFP/copier in their offices, and Kyocera is seeking to boost sales of slower models in such markets, while developing more sophisticated products for mature economies.

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