Epson breaks ground on printhead factory

Epson will shortly begin constructing a new inkjet printhead factory in Japan.

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Epson will shortly begin constructing a new inkjet printhead factory in Japan.

A ground-breaking ceremony was held on 12 June at the Tohoku Epson site near the city of Sakata. Actual building work will begin in a few days’ time, with the plant expected to be operational by September 2025.

Epson is spending ¥5.1 billion ($325 million) on the project. The two-storey facility – with a total floor space of 11,100 sq m (120,000 sq ft) – will quadruple Tohoku Epson’s current printhead production capacity.

Below is an extract from Epson’s press release that provides some background to the new factory:

Epson’s printing solutions business provides products and services based on original Micro Piezo inkjet technology to customers in the office, home, commercial and industrial markets. The company expects to see sustained global demand for inkjet printers based on current growth in high-speed units for the office and on continued demand for high-capacity ink tank printers for the home and office in emerging markets and North America.

Demand for commercial and industrial inkjet printers is increasing along with a technology shift from analogue to digital in sectors where the printing media is not paper, such as digital textile printing. Moreover, many commercial and industrial inkjet printers use PrecisionCore MicroTFP printheads. These printheads can be flexibly adapted for different applications by assembling MicroTFP print chips in various combinations.

Epson expects further growth in the use of PrecisionCore printheads in commercial and industrial printers as well as in inkjet multifunction printers with high-speed lineheads.

Epson is strengthening its printhead sales business to accelerate inkjet innovation and expand the applications for digital printing, which has a far lower environmental impact than conventional printing. With an ever-expanding range of printing applications as well as emerging needs in areas such as electronics and bioprinting, Epson is looking to collaborate with partners with new ideas and technologies. Through such open innovation, we are seeking to expand the possibilities of PrecisionCore technology.

Read the full press release here.

Tokyo, Japan