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Epson Triples PrecisionCore Production with new Inkjet Printhead Factory
New factory at Hirooka Office to triple PrecisionCore print chip production capacity
SYDNEY, 11 July 2018 – Epson Seiko has completed construction work on a new factory at its Hirooka Office in Shiojiri, Japan, that started in the autumn of 2016. The new factory will be used to produce PrecisionCore print chips, a core component of Epson’s most advanced PrecisionCore inkjet printheads. The new factory, which will begin operations in the 2018 fiscal year (ending March 31, 2019), will triple current PrecisionCore print chip production capacity.
The new factory (Building 9)
Under its Epson 25 Corporate Vision, Epson is targeting the office, commercial, and industrial printing markets. In FY2017, the company released high-speed linehead inkjet multifunction office printers as a major part of its strategy to drive future growth. Epson will expand sales of high-capacity ink tank printers, which have been driving near-term growth, in both advanced and emerging economies. In FY2018, Epson plans to sell 9.5 million units—a 1.7-million unit increase over FY2017.
In the commercial and industrial sectors, an accelerating shift from analogue to digital solutions is expected to generate significant market growth for printers used for printing signage, textiles and product labels. Epson will continue to strengthen its line-up of commercial and industrial large-format printers, and will boost both its R&D and manufacturing capability.
The new factory will enable Epson to expand its presence in these markets in addition to bolstering its ability to handle an expected medium-range increase in demand for printheads. By leveraging its production capacity, Epson also plans to rollout sales of its PrecisionCore printheads for large-format printers worldwide, and work with its partners to accelerate the shift to digital in commercial and industrial printing.
The new factory will be the second production site for PrecisionCore print chips, which are currently manufactured at the Suwa Minami Plant in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. The structure, facilities, and equipment of the new factory boast excellent disaster resistance, thus reinforcing Epson’s business continuity capabilities.
The new factory is also designed to achieve 20% higher space productivity than existing factories. It is equipped with a research and development function and will play a key role in improving printhead quality and productivity primarily through the development of production technology.
Epson is committed to inkjet innovation. By advancing its original technologies and providing products and services based on its unique core devices, the company seeks to lessen environmental impact through its efforts to expand the world of digital printing.
Profile of the new factory
Hirooka Office Building 9
80 Harashinden, Shiojiri-shi, Nagano-ken 399-0785
PrecisionCore printhead production (front-end process) and R&D
June 30, 2018
Building area (m2)
Total floor area
Steel-frame, five stories above ground and one below
About the Hirooka Office
As a planning and design centre, R&D centre, and production centre for inkjet printers, the Hirooka Office works closely with Epson’s production sites worldwide. It shares the advanced production technology and know-how it gains through the development and production of core devices with Epson’s production sites to help maximise manufacturing capabilities across the Epson Group. Epson is looking to further reinforce its R&D and production capabilities. In addition to Building 9, Epson is planning a new building (Innovation Centre Building B) at the Hirooka Office that will house a factory for prototyping and volume-producing large commercial and industrial printing systems and a test laboratory for digital textile printing.
Epson’s new Hirooka Office factory
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D-Link launches new DSL-3785 AC1200 MU-MIMO Dual-Band Gigabit VDSL2 / ADSL2+ Modem Router
High-performance modem router for sharing a high-speed DSL, NBN or UFB Internet connection to both wireless and wired devices
SYDNEY, 10 July 2018 – D-Link ANZ has launched its DSL-3785 AC1200 MU-MIMO Dual-Band Gigabit VDSL2 / ADSL2+ Modem Router, a versatile device for sharing your high-speed DSL, NBN or UFB Internet connection to both wireless and wired devices.
· NBN / UFB Ready with an Integrated VDSL / ADSL2+ Modem built-in
· Wireless AC1200 Connectivity for a fast Wi-Fi network
· MU-MIMO Technology sends and receives data simultaneously to increase speed and efficiency
· Four Gigabit LAN ports with one configurable LAN/WAN port for high speed wired connections
· Simple to setup and manage
With Dual Band AC1200 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi providing high speed coverage and a full Gigabit Ethernet interface, this modem will easily and seamlessly connect a variety of Wi-Fi and wired devices throughout your home.
Today’s households are connecting more devices to the Internet than ever before and with an average home having 17 devices in use, including mobile phones, tablets, and laptops, let alone smart TV’s, gaming consoles, and IoT devices, it’s important that each device gets the speed and coverage it deserves. That’s where the DSL-3785 shines, delivering Dual Band Wi-Fi AC1200 speeds to any home network, making it the perfect solution for those looking to enjoy HD video streams, fast file transfers, and lag-free video chatting, all with less wireless interference for maximum throughput.
Managing Director of D-Link ANZ, Graeme Reardon, said “The new DSL-3785 Modem Router provides an affordable way for consumers to get connected to their NBN or UFB connections, whilst providing great performance. Using the latest MU-MIMO Wireless AC technology, the DSL-3875 provides an easy way to connect the Wi-Fi devices in your home to the Internet, and have a reliable, stable, Internet connection”.
The DSL-3785 uses the latest Wireless AC MU-MIMO technology, which provides a combined Wi-Fi speed of up to 1200Mbps, and can simultaneously send streams of data to multiple compatible devices at once, speeding up the entire Wi-Fi network. The Router operates on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless bands concurrently using dual-band technology and internal antennas. This allows users to browse the web, chat and e-mail using the 2.4GHz band on a smartphone or tablet, while simultaneously streaming digital media, playing online games, or making Internet voice calls using the faster 5GHz band.
The DSL-3785 is backward compatible with existing 802.11n, 802.11g and 802.11b wireless equipment, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of both new and older Wi-Fi devices. In addition, it includes four Gigabit Ethernet ports for connecting Ethernet-enabled PCs, printers, and other Ethernet-enabled devices, making the DSL-3785 an ideal choice for users wanting a versatile Wi-Fi modem router.
Availability and Pricing
The new DSL-3785 AC1200 MU-MIMO Dual-Band Gigabit VDSL2 / ADSL2+ Modem Router is available now from www.dlink.com.au for AUD$199.95, www.dlink.co.nz for NZ$229.99 and from all authorised D-Link retailers and resellers in Australia and New Zealand.
The new DSL-3785 AC1200 MU-MIMO Dual-Band Gigabit VDSL2 / ADSL2+ Modem Router
More images of the DSL-3785 can be found here: http://support.dlink.com.au/Download/download.aspx?product=DSL-3785&type=Images
Media Release: Monday, July 9, 2018
Foxtel launches brand new drama content every week
Foxtel today announced a bold new programming strategy, which will see a new or returning drama series launch every single week. The move highlights the incredible line-up of television drama available to Foxtel customers, both on demand and across its suite of linear channels.
Featuring an unprecedented collection of brand new scripted drama series from Australia and around the world, the announcement cements Foxtel as Australia’s home of drama.
Kicking off this exciting new strategy is the much-anticipated HBO series Sharp Objects, starring multi-Oscar nominee Amy Adams, and from the director of the Emmy Award-winning series Big Little Lies.
Foxtel’s Director of Channels, Stephen Baldwin said: “Foxtel is the home of must-watch drama series and we are committed to bringing our customers a diverse range of content, both locally and from around the world.
“Our partnerships with HBO, FX, BBC and many other renowned distributors enable us to provide our customers with an exciting new drama series every week of the year, via our streaming service and linear channels.”
The stellar weekly drama line-up commences with the following:
HBO’s highly-anticipated thriller series Sharp Objects premieres today, July 9, streaming on demand and screening on showcase on Mondays at 11.00am, with a primetime encore at 8.30pm. Starring Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson and Australia’s own Eliza Scanlen in her breakout role as Adams’ half-sister, the eight-part series, based on the book by Gillian Flynn (bestselling author of Gone Girl) tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri to cover the murders of two young girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.
The eighth season of hit legal drama series Suits launches on July 19, screening on Universal TV on Thursdays at 8.30pm. Joining the series this season is Katherine Heigl, who stars as powerhouse attorney Samantha Wheeler. Suits centres on a Manhattan corporate law firm led by legendary lawyer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), his intelligent but delicate partner, Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) and secretary-turned-COO Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty). After surviving leadership turmoil and the loss of key partners, the trio continue to tackle top corporate cases with the support of formidable Alex Williams (Dule Hill) and the talented Katrina Bennett (Amanda Schull). After muscling her way in to the firm, Samantha Wheeler (Heigl) joins the ranks and challenges the status quo.
Brand new drama series Patrick Melrose starring Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch premieres on July 23, screening on BBC First on Mondays at 9.30pm. This five-part series is based on the acclaimed novels by Edward St. Aubyn and tracks Patrick Melrose (Cumberbatch) from a privileged but deeply traumatic childhood in the South of France, through severe substance abuse in his twenties in New York and ultimately, towards recovery back home in Britain. At once harrowing and hilarious, Cumberbatch stars as the troubled, titular character.
The latest installment in Ryan Murphy’s hit series, American Horror Story: Cult launches on July 26. Screening on showcase on Thursdays at 8.30pm, the whole season can also be watched in its entirety on demand from July 26. The 11-part horror drama stars Sarah Paulson, Billie Lourde, Evan Peters and guest stars include Lena Dunham. The series is set in the fictional city of Brookfield Heights – a city that is left divided by the 2016 presidential election. Local resident Ally (Sarah Paulson) is distraught by Trump’s victory, while fellow resident Kai (Even Peters) rejoices at the results. In the months following, Kai begins running for city government, while Ally is terrorized by masked clowns. Those close to her struggle to decide whether the attacks she alleges are real or merely anxiety-fuelled hallucinations.
The sixth season of the hit series Orange is the New Black starts on July 27, streaming on demand and screening on showcase on Fridays at 5.00pm. The series follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), whose decade-old relationship with a drug runner, Alex (Laura Prepon), results in her arrest and a 15 month long detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper must trade her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and a baffling prison culture where she is forced to question everything she believes about herself and the world at large.
Brand new ten-part fantasy series Siren premieres on July 30, streaming on demand and screening on Fox8 on Mondays at 8.30pm. Legend has it that Bristol Cove was once home to mermaids. Now, this coastal town has a mysterious new visitor named Ryn (Eline Powell), who may prove the stories to be true. Ryn catches the eye of local marine biologist Ben (Alex Roe), while other townfolk become suspicious of the new resident. The battle between man and sea then takes a dangerous route, as these predators seek to claim their birthright.
The third season of animated HBO series Animals premieres on August 7, streaming on demand and screening on The Comedy Channel on Tuesdays at 9.00pm. The brand new installment in the edgy half-hour series focuses on the downtrodden creatures native to Earth’s least habitable environment: New York City. Whether its lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or ageing bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.
Fear the Walking Dead 4B, the second half of the series’ fourth season, launches on August 13, streaming on demand and screening on showcase on Mondays at 1.30pm with a primetime encore at 7.30pm. In the back half of the season, the characters will explore who they are now – as individuals and as part of the greater group – and how they will forge ahead. They will find themselves pitted against new adversaries – human, walker, and even nature itself. Theirs will be a journey wrought with danger, love, heartbreak, loss, and ultimately, hope. The series stars Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Maggie Grace and Jenna Elfman.
The sixth and final season of Foxtel’s hugely popular drama series A Place to Call Home premieres on August 19, streaming on demand and screening on showcase on Sundays at 8.30pm. The 10-episode season will take the much-loved characters in to 1960 – and will be brought to life by award-winning actresses Marta Dusseldorp and Noni Hazlehurst, along with Brett Climo, Abby Earl, Craig Hall, Sara Wiseman, Tim Draxl, Frankie J Holden, Deborah Kennedy, Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood and David Berry.
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