Roland DG to expand wide-format printer manufacturing facility in Thailand
Roland DG Corporation has begun construction on an expansion of its manufacturing facility in Thailand which will increase its wide-format inkjet printer production capacity by about 40 percent to 17,000 units per year. Manufacturing at the Miyakoda factory in Hamamatsu, Japan will be transferred to the factory in Thailand to help strengthen Roland DG’s cost competitiveness and will be operated as the centre of volume production. The Roland Thai factory began operation in October 2012 as Roland DG’s first overseas factory. The expansion will increase the total floor area of the factory from the current 6,907 sq m to 9,960 sq m. Changes to the production area layout will ensure a smooth flow of operations, from receiving parts to storage, picking, production, and shipment to boost operating efficiency. Expansion work is planned to be completed by the end of November 2021, with full-scale operations of the entire factory including the expanded area slated to begin in January 2022.