KYOCERA to Open New Fully Automated Factory in China to Increase Production of OPC Drums

Japan, October 16, 2017 – KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. (President: Norihiko Ina), one of the world’s leading document solutions companies, has begun expanding its Shilong Plant in China to enhance production capacity of OPC* drums used in multifunctional products (MFPs) and printers. With the second plant scheduled to start production in late May 2018, the Plant’s total production capacity of OPC drums is expected to exceed 2.5 times the current capacity by 2020.

The company’s manufacturing subsidiary in China, KYOCERA Document Technology (Dongguan) Co., Ltd. (hereinafter, “the Plant”), produces OPC drums (consumables) in addition to MFPs and printers. With orders increasing for color MFPs and printers which are sold in more than 140 countries around the world, KYOCERA aims to enhance its production of drums mounted on low- to medium-speed machines and thus decided to expand the Plant to secure the required production capacity.

Contrary to common multilayer, negative charge-type OPC drums, KYOCERA’s proprietary drums retain a high image quality for a long time. By introducing highly productive and fully automated production lines, KYOCERA will develop a production system that efficiently and flexibly responds to increasing orders. In addition, by building a fully automated production system that is far less affected by possible hikes in labor costs, KYOCERA will be able to provide a stable supply of high-quality products to customers all over the world.

Furthermore, we will actively promote measures to utilize the Internet of Things (IoT), such as visualizing various types of site information including operating conditions of production lines, in order to automatically provide feedback and make improvements based on the collected data.
*OPC: Organic Photo Conductor

Overview of second plant for OPC drums

Plant Name KYOCERA Document Technology (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.
Second plant for OPC drums
Location Within the premises of the Plant
Site Area 6,475m2 (about 100×65m)
Total Floor Area 10,830m2 (steel framed, three-story building)
Start of Construction July, 2017
Start of Regular Production May, 2018
Production Item OPC drums

 Overview of whole plant

Operation KYOCERA Document Technology (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.
Address 3 Fang Zheng East Road, Shilong Town, Dongguan City, Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China
Total Site Area 147,600m2
Total Floor Space of Buildings 246,543m2
Total Floor Space of Buildings 30,945m2 (greening ratio: 21.0%)
Number of Employees 5,685 (as of the end of August 2017)
Business Description Manufacture of multifunctional products, printers and photoreceptor drums
History June 1999:
Started manufacturing printers in a rented factory in Shilong, Dongguan, Guangdong, China.
October 2001:
Completed phase 1 construction of our own Shilong Plant in Shilong, Dongguan.
December 2001:
Established KYOCERA MITA Office Equipment (Dongguan) Co., Ltd. as a joint venture with a local Chinese company.
May 2003:
Completed phase 2 construction of the Shilong Plant (started production of OPC drums).
August 2005:
Completed phase 3 constriction of the Shilong Plant (expanded plant for OPC drums).
April 2012:
Renamed the company to KYOCERA Document Technology (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.
May 2018 (plan):
Completion of the second plant for OPC drums
Planned site for factory

Full view of the Plant (the orange framed area in the upper right shows the planned site for the second plant.)

Architect image of second plant

Architect’s image of the second plant