Epson on September 13 held a ceremony to mark the shipment of its 300 millionth miniprinter. Starting with the EP-101, a product launched in 1968 and whose name was the origin of the Epson brand, the number includes both miniprinter mechanisms and TM (terminal module) printers sold to business customers around the world in markets as varied as retail, banking, food service and supermarkets.
Epson's involvement with miniprinters can be traced back to 1964 when the Seiko Group was named as the official timekeeper for the Tokyo Olympics. As part of this project, Suwa Seikosha, the forerunner of Epson, was given responsibility for developing a crystal chronometer for timekeeping and a printing timer. The printing timer proved to be the starting point for a business that is still going strong nearly 50 years later.
In 1988, twenty years after the launch of the EP-101, Epson proudly shipped its 100 millionth miniprinter. The 200 millionth came in 1999, with the 300 millionth coming in April this year.
President Minoru Usui leads the ceremony at Epson's Matsumoto Minami Plant, the headquarters of the company's Business Systems Operations Division.
Leading the ceremony, Epson's president Minoru Usui said, "Customer values have changed over the years, but we have achieved this milestone of 300-million miniprinters due to our commitment to ongoing improvements. We are proud of this achievement, and of the values that have become part of our company's DNA. We are determined to step up our efforts going forward."
Epson executives pledged to achieve the 400 millionth shipment at the earliest possible opportunity.
SOURCE: Epson America, Inc.