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    NEC and Epson Deliver Global SCM Reform for Printer Supplies
    Planning Cycle Reduced From Monthly to Weekly; Aiming for a 7 Billion Yen Reduction in Inventory

    Dec  2008 — NEC Corporation announced today the creation of a new
    weekly cycle system for implementing Supply Chain Management (SCM)
    reform, in cooperation with Seiko Epson Corporation (Epson), which
    applies to the global production, sales and inventory of approximately
    6,000 printing supplies, including ink cartridges and media. The new
    system has begun operation in November 2008 throughout eleven worldwide
    The system was established in order to optimize the
    global supply and demand structure that governs the manufacture, sale
    and inventory of products. The organization consists of internationally
    located production centers linked with logistics and sales bases that
    each deliver weekly manufacturing, shipping and inventory data to a
    central processing center in order to develop a unified strategy for
    controlling supply flow.Epson had traditionally born costs from a wide
    range of locations in order to process manufacturing, sales and
    inventory information that support its monthly planning cycle. However,
    swift responses are required in order to handle changes in the printer
    market, and an increasing number of printer supplies has brought
    attention to the need for greater speed, accuracy and flexibility of
    production, sales and inventory channels.The SCM reform now underway
    addresses Epson’s evolving logistics needs by implementing centralized
    planning and a responsive weekly cycle that optimize the organization
    of production, sales and inventory.

    Please see below for background on Epson’s new SCM system:
    1)  Production, sales and inventory planning cycle reduced from monthly
        to weekly.
    2)  Market responsiveness and planning accuracy improved through a
        reduced planning cycle period.
    3)  Production and sales data from company locations become easily

    is aiming to reduce global costs related to printer supply inventories
    by nearly 7 billion yen by the end of 2010. Looking forward, the
    company is seeking to expand its SCM reform program to consumer and
    business printers, in addition to business practices and technologies
    that will deliver greater advantages to Epson.

    NEC and Epson
    cooperatively developed this new SCM system through Global Supply Chain
    Consulting and cooperative analysis of Epson business practices, which
    resulted in innovative new business approaches, training outlines and
    operational proposals.NEC regards this important project as recognition
    of its ability to provide highly evaluated consulting and system
    development for a wide range of business partners. The company aims to
    continue its contributions to operational reform for clients serving
    both domestic and international markets.

    About NEC Corporation
    Corporation is one of the world’s leading providers of Internet,
    broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to
    meeting the specialized needs of a diversified global base of
    customers. NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of
    computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical
    strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor
    solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs
    more than 150,000 people worldwide. For additional information, please
    visit the NEC website at: