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Epson Employees Win Bronze Medal and Medallion of Excellence at WorldSkills Competition

- TOKYO, Japan, October 24, 2017 -

Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") is delighted to announce that two of its employees won prizes at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 (the 44th WorldSkills Competition) held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in the United Arab Emirates from October 14-19 as below.

Plastic Die Engineering


Bronze Medal: Hayato Miyasaka
Seiko Epson Monozukuri-juku (manufacturing school)

Web Design and Development


Medallion of Excellence: Azusa Sano
Information Service & Support Department, Seiko Epson

The WorldSkills Competition, held once every two years, is designed to promote the development, advancement, and recognition of vocational skills in member countries and regions through international competition. It also serves to promote international exchange and friendship among young people engaged in skilled vocations. Epson's Hayato Miyasaka and Azusa Sano represented Japan at the competition after winning the gold medal at the 54th National Skills Competition held in Yamagata, Japan, in October 2016. This year marked the 8th time that Epson has sent a representative to the competition, and the first time since WorldSkills Calgary 2009 (the 40th WorldSkills Competition).

As a manufacturing company, Epson has participated in the National Skills Competition since 1971. Participation in competitions is part of Epson's strategy for preserving essential skills by ensuring that they are handed down from generation to generation. Our young people in the skilled vocations strive to learn and master skills through rigorous training and practice in order to participate in competitions.
Epson aims to be an indispensable company by preserving critical vocational skills and providing products and services that delight our customers.

WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017


October 14-19, 2017 (actual competition dates: Oct. 15-18)


Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Participating countries:


Skill competitions:


Number of competitors:


* The data above is accurate as of August 24, 2017.

Competitor Profile

Hayato Miyasaka


Monozukuri-juku (manufacturing school)

Year employed:


Past competitions:

52nd National Skills Competition
53rd National Skills Competition, Medallion of Excellence
54th National Skills Competition, Gold

Azusa Sano


Information Service & Support Department

Year employed:


Past competitions:

51st National Skills Competition, Gold
52nd National Skills Competition, Silver
54th National Skills Competition, Gold

About Epson
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 72,000 employees in 88 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

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