*NEWS*KONICA MINOLTA’S $62MIL TONER PLANT

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*NEWS*KONICA MINOLTA’S $62MIL TONER PLANT

 user 2006-02-01 at 11:13:00 am Views: 54
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    Mountains Of Japan Spring Opportunity
    N.J.-based company Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. to open a third polymerized toner plant in Japan.
    February 
    2006 Japan may not be the first Asian country most manufacturers select
    for new production facilities, but for Ramsey, N.J.-based Konica
    Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc., it’s the ideal location to
    build a polymerized toner plant.
    The company is investing 7.5
    billion yen (US$62.6 million) to build its third plant in Japan, this
    one located in the mountains of Tatsuno-machi, Kamiina-gun, Nagano, for
    the high-end toner used in multifunction peripherals (MFP) and laser
    printers. The new plant is in response to increased demand for
    polymerized toner, which has nearly tripled for Konica Minolta since
    2003, says Indy Nakagawa, senior vice president of marketing and
    corporate planning for Konica Minolta Business Solutions.
    Construction
    of the third plant began in September 2005 and is scheduled for
    completion in September 2006, with production at the plant begining in
    December. Konica Minolta selected the site because it’s near the
    company’s other two toner plants and its research and development
    (R&D) base, allowing for the sharing of resources among the plants
    and the research department, says company spokesman James Norberto. The
    mountainous region, known as the Japanese Alps, also provides ample
    access to natural sources of water, which is necessary in the
    production of polymerized toner.
    And although China and other Asian
    countries are known for cheaper labor, Norberto says labor costs don’t
    play a major role in the company’s investment. “It’s not going to be a
    labor-intensive plant. There will be approximately 20 to 30 people on
    staff at this plant, so the investment is going to be on the machine as
    opposed to labor costs.”
    The new plant will be a production base for
    the company’s Simitri Color Polymerized Toner, as well as its black
    polymerized toner. It will have an annual production capacity of about
    7,000 tons, increasing the company’s annual production of polymerized
    toner from 8,000 tons to about 15,000 tons.
    For Konica Minolta, the
    polymerization process is preferable to more conventional methods
    because it produces a higher toner yield and is less costly to
    manufacture. The product also is beneficial to the end-user. That’s
    because polymerized toner comprises uniformly sized particles that are
    more evenly distributed than traditional pulverized toner, resulting in
    high-quality images comparable to offset printed images. It’s also
    considered more environmentally friendly than conventional toner
    production methods.
    Ultimately, Konica Minolta hopes that by
    expanding its polymerization production, it will become the market
    leader in color MFPs. As part of that strategy, most of Konica
    Minolta’s new MFPs and laser printers now employ polymerized toner.
    “The construction of the third Simitri Polymerized Toner plant is
    another step in our strategy to become No. 1 in customer satisfaction
    and the overall value leader in the industry,” Shoei Yamana, executive
    director of MFP sales and marketing for Konica Minolta Business
    Technologies Inc., said when construction began in September. “The new
    plant will allow us to continue to meet the market demand and enable
    Konica Minolta to become the total cost-of-ownership leader in the
    marketplace.”