Epson to Construct New Printer and Projector Plant in the Philippines

- Invests 12.3 Billion Yen in Plant to Commence Operations in Spring 2017 -

 Epson Precision (Philippines) Inc. (blue area shows planned site of new plant)

- TOKYO, Japan, December 3, 2014 -

Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") today announced it will invest 12.3 billion yen in manufacturing subsidiary Epson Precision (Philippines) Inc. to construct a new plant for increasing inkjet printer and 3LCD projector production volumes. The state-of-the-art facilities will be constructed inside the existing site by the early part of 2017, with operations slated to begin in the spring of that year.

Epson plans to install a mega solar power generation system with a capacity of approximately 3,000 kW on the roof of the new plant. This system will reduce overall daytime electricity consumption at Epson Precision (Philippines) by half.

As it implements its mid-range business plan, Epson has determined that its current inkjet printer and projector manufacturing facilities in China, Indonesia and the Philippines are insufficient to meet expected demand. In inkjet printers, the company is forecasting the need to significantly boost production capacity for its core high-capacity ink tank models, which are currently experiencing rapid growth, and also for office inkjets, which are beginning to make steady inroads into the market. Epson also sees the need to increase projector production as it expands its lineup. With growing demand for projectors used in business and education, expanding commercial applications, and increasing penetration in emerging economies, Epson forecasts its growth will surpass that of the market.

Epson plans to increase the workforce of Epson Precision (Philippines) to approximately 20,000 from the current 12,500* to respond to the planned increase in production.

The construction of this plant will have no material impact on Epson's business results for the fiscal year ending March 2015.

* Future production and workforce estimates are subject to change according to circumstances.

Outline of new plant

Subject of investment Epson Precision (Philippines) Inc.
Address Lima Technology Center, Lipa City, Batangas, 4217, Philippines
Investment amount Approx. 12.3 billion yen by FY2016
Products manufactured Inkjet printers, projectors, smart glasses
Planned start of operations Spring 2017
Plant area Approx. 100,000 m2

Outline of Epson Precision (Philippines)

Company name Epson Precision (Philippines) Inc
Address Lima Technology Center, Lipa City,Batangas, 4217, Philippines
President Kazuyuki Amano
Established December 27, 1994
No. of employees Approx. 12,500 (as of November 2014)
Land area Approx. 230,000 m2
Plant area Approx. 85,000 m2

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.