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OKI Printing Solutions Expands Manufacturing Facilities to China

28 Jun, 2005

OKI Printing Solutions Expands Manufacturing Facilities to China

OKI Printing Solutions announced it has expanded its digital LED color printer production capacity to China. This expansion enables OKI Printing Solutions to fulfill its aggressive growth in the expanding color page printer market and with multiple manufacturing facilities, disperse any manufacturing risks that may occur.

"Expanding our volume production to China enables us to respond to the increasing demand for our color printers as well as reduce our costs," said Mikihiko Maeno, President and CEO of Oki Data Corp. "Expanding the production was necessary as we sold 200,000 printers to over 120 countries around the world last fiscal year, ended March 2005. Now that we have entered the rapidly growing color multi-functional printer market in Europe and in the U.S., we are expecting to sell 350,000 color printers and MFP's this fiscal year."

OKI Printing Solutions already manufactures its digital LED color printers at its manufacturing operations in Thailand. Whilst this will remain the main production plant for its color printers, Oki Electric Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. (OSZ) will be responsible for the additional production, starting shipment this month. OSZ has been manufacturing monochrome LED printers as well as dot matrix printers, and is now expected to manufacture 40,000 digital LED color printers this fiscal year. With this combined role of manufacturing OSZ will produce 600,000 printers annually.

OKI Printing Solutions also expects to further reduce costs and shorten delivery time by procuring components locally in China. In addition, by leveraging local EMS manufacturers, the company will minimize investment costs and establish a structure that is flexible to production fluctuations.

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