Epson Acquires K-Sun Corporation in Move to Expand Presence in Industrial Labeling Solutions Market

- TOKYO, Japan, December 17, 2014 -

Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") today announced it had acquired Somerset, Wisconsin-based K-Sun Corporation, a supplier of award-winning portable and desktop electronic label printers. The acquisition of K-Sun, with its more than three decades of experience in the industrial identifications solutions market, will provide Epson with broader access to labeling customers and influencers as well as expand the company's presence in the industrial labeling market.

After supplying K-Sun with label printers on an OEM basis for two decades, Epson believes that acquiring its partner will enable it to better serve industrial customers with the ever expanding line of Epson label printing solutions - from the desktop to the industrial press. Junichi Watanabe, director, and chief operating officer of Epson's Visual Products Operations Division, commented, "We are delighted to take our partnership with K-Sun to the next stage. The acquisition will not only give us access to K-Sun's expertise in industrial label printing, but will help boost the Epson brand and increase exposure of Epson's label printers in this important strategic market."

Michael Kasun, founder and president of K-Sun, said: "K-Sun has enjoyed a strategic partnership with Epson since 1994. Now as a member of Epson's prestigious group of companies, we are very excited for our future and the new products and supplies that we can offer our customers and the expanded opportunities for our employees."

Specializing in industrial and safety marking/ identification, pipe marking, and wire/ cable labeling, K-Sun will begin with selling the innovative Epson-branded lineup of LabelWorks label printers for industrial applications in North America from January 2015, while Epson America will continue its focus on promoting LabelWorks label printers to the consumer and office markets. Expansion of the product line offerings will follow.

Epson and K-Sun are scheduled to jointly exhibit at the upcoming BICSI Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida, from February 22 to 26.


About Epson
Epson is a global innovation leader dedicated to exceeding expectations with solutions for markets as diverse as the office, home, commerce and industry. Epson's lineup ranges from inkjet printers, printing systems and 3LCD projectors to industrial robots, smart glasses and sensing systems and is based on original compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 72,000 employees in 94 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates.
http://global.epson.com/

About K-Sun
K-Sun Corp. was founded in 1978 in Stillwater, Minn., moved to Somerset, Wis., in 1997 and joined Epson Group Companies in 2014. K-Sun is an innovator of award-winning portable and desktop electronic label printers, software and supplies for industrial and safety marking and identification, pipe marking, wire/cable labeling and more. K-Sun products are used in labs, hospitals, manufacturing, lean/5S/visual workplaces, safety identification, law enforcement, wire/cabling, engineering, IT/datacom, electrical, construction, energy, and transportation plus offices, warehouses and manufacturing facilities.
http://www.ksun.com/