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Epson opens new textile printing centre in Japan

Epson says the new textile solutions centre called TSC Asia at its plant in Nagano is designed to “accelerate the global expansion of the digital textile printing business.”

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  Epson's new TSC Asia is housed at its Fujimi plant in Nagano

TSC Asia is equipped to handle every step in the textile printing process, including textile pre- and post-treatment, says Epson. The company has invested about 300 million yen ($A$4m) in the 1,000 m² space which is housed in its Fujimi Plant in the Nagano prefecture.

“Like the Epson Group's Textile Solutions Center operating in Como, Italy, since 2014, TSC Asia supports digital textile printing by conducting research and development and by using actual textile printers to produce samples for customers in Japan and throughout Asia,” says an Epson press release.

Epson was among the first inkjet printer manufacturers to put its inkjet technology to use in digital textile printing. The company and its Italian subsidiaries For.Tex and Fratelli Robustelli have been researching and developing digital textile printing as well as producing the Monna Lisa series of inkjet digital textile printers.

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     Koichi Kubota, COO Seiko Epson
        Printing Solutions Operations

“Epson is currently strengthening its production and sales organizations to position it to provide products and services globally from both Japan and Italy,” says the company. “Epson started producing some models in the Monna Lisa series in 2018 at its Hirooka Plant in Nagano prefecture, Japan. The company will be expanding its prototyping and volume production operations for large industrial printers, including the Monna Lisa series, with the completion of a new facility in Hirooka, Innovation Center Building B, at the end of March 2020. In 2019, Epson will begin selling these products through its global sales network, which will also offer enhanced customer proposals and broader support.”

TSC Asia opened prior to the completion of Building B in response to growing demand from Asia.

"I am pleased that we can now fully support the introduction and use of digital textile printing by an even larger audience thanks to the establishment of TSC Asia," said Koichi Kubota, chief operating officer of Seiko Epson's Printing Solutions Operations Division. "We will contribute to the development of digitization in the textile field with Epson's inkjet technology and will make Epson indispensable for the textile world."

Commercial and industrial printing, including digital textile printing, are one of the strategic areas of focus cited in the company's long-term corporate vision, Epson 25.