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Static Control Announces Major Expansion of Chip Manufacturing Facilities

7 Nov, 2006

Static Control Announces Major Expansion of Chip Manufacturing Facilities

Sanford, NC - Static Control announced that the expansion program designed to significantly increase its chip manufacturing capacity is now complete. This project has been a considerable investment in additional production equipment, x-ray equipment, automation and instrumentation.

“It was necessary for this expansion and investment so that we can keep up with the volume demand from our loyal customers,” said Ed Swartz, CEO/President of Static Control. “Worldwide, customers have now really understood the changing technology from the OEM and the risks of OEM’s changing firmware, potentially locking them out of a cartridge sale. We fully emulate the chip so it has the same functionality as the original OEM chip. No one else in the industry has this capability. This means simply, if the OEM chip works our chip works. That’s all the customer needs to know, he does not need to waste his time worrying if his universal cartridge for the 2600 family, for example, is going to fail and if he will lose the business.” There are now five printers in the HP 2600 family; the HP1600, HP 2600, HP 2605, HP CM1015 and HP CM1017.

“Customers are getting the message and our chip volumes have soared,” said Lyn Burchette, Chip Development Manager. “We want to assure you, we are always in a position to support our customers with product and never let them down. That’s why we invested in this expansion project. It’s important for our customers as well as for SCC.”

“Our loyal customers have always had preference in times of short availability of products,” continued Swartz. “Right now this expansion allows us to meet all demands but as the chip demands continue to grow, as we fully expect them to and chip technology continues to get ever more complex and expensive to develop, our loyal customers will continue to have priority if demand ever outstrips capacity. That’s our promise to those customers who support us. If you are a cartridge remanufacturer this is a good time to seriously review your chip supplier and make a long term decision. Static Control is always happy to show our customers around our facilities and show our chip Research and Development center and chip manufacturing plant. Our legal in-house staff will be happy to address any IP concerns you may have during the visit.”

Several millions of dollars have been invested to keep pace with the technology changes taking place. Chip designs have become very complex, with new encryptions and secure coding. Also, OEMs are selling universal cartridges to work on a range of printers but they design the chip to operate with different firmware in these printers. It’s the latest barrier to the aftermarket. SCC customers know that if they use Static Control’s chips they can deal with the OEMs efforts to serve their customers better and without malice, the OEM’s inflict collateral damage to the aftermarket.

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