Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia– February 18, 2009 – InfoPrint Solutions Company, a joint venture between IBM and Ricoh, has today launched its regional Printing Innovation Center based in Shanghai, China. The 10,000 square-foot around facility, representing an initial investment of US$5 million, demonstrates InfoPrint’s strong commitment to the continued expansion of the company’s capabilities in the Asia Pacific market.
The Shanghai Printing Innovation Center represents InfoPrint’s largest collaboration facility outside the company’s Boulder, Colorado, United States-based global headquarters. This new facility is equipped with state-of-the-art capabilities designed to deliver previously unseen high-value-added services and solutions to customers in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
“Our decision to proceed with our investment plans in Asia Pacific during this extremely challenging economic climate is supported by our strong confidence of the market readiness for InfoPrint’s award-winning solutions, particularly those solutions built around our industry-leading color production printing technology,” said Tony Romero, President and CEO, InfoPrint Solutions Company, who opened the center in Shanghai today. “Through this strategic investment, InfoPrint Solutions aims to enable customers and business partners from around the region to collaborate on the development and testing of next-generation output management solutions, which are focused on generating competitive advantage for our clients, along with significantly improved cost effectiveness,” added Mr. Romero.
Located in the Jinqiao Export Processing Zone in Pudong, Shanghai, the Printing Innovation Center showcases comprehensive solutions for production centers, workgroup and industrial environments in areas such as TransPromo, Fleet Management, Workflow, Productivity and RFID logistics, Color Books on Demand and Personalized Mailing. Innovation, Enablement and Transition are the three customer-centric objectives of the center.
“With the Printing Innovation Center, we aim to accelerate innovation for diverse client challenges and developing markets from around the region. By collaborating with our partners, we will focus on solving critical issues with an emphasis on the end user as we work towards business leadership with innovative technologies,” said Benoit Chatelard, Vice President and General Manager of Asia Pacific InfoPrint Solutions Company. “Our Software and Professional Services offerings will be available for demonstration and testing at the Innovation Center, which will be staffed by highly skilled subject matter experts.”
With well-equipped showrooms, executive briefing centers and classroom-style offices, the Printing Innovation Center provides a workspace for about 30 local R&D engineers and employees who offer a spectrum of industry-oriented expertise to share ideas, offer consultancy and enable customers and partners to innovate and transition to new applications and technologies. Customers and partners can see demonstration of leading edge solutions and make proof-of-concept, testing and sampling at the center, which will conduct training and seminars.
“China’s enterprises have the home advantage of the Shanghai-based Printing Innovation Center,” said Sean Wu, General Manager of Greater China, InfoPrint Solutions Company. “With China as a top global economic powerhouse, Chinese enterprises are transitioning into world-class global operations. Customer relationship management, business intelligence and data mining, personalization of customer services and outreach, and overall workflow efficiency through technology deployment are being keenly deployed to make that business transformation. The Printing Innovation Center offers an important technology and application resource to enable Chinese enterprises to innovate, transition and transform.”
About InfoPrint Solutions Company
InfoPrint Solutions Company, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, will bring to market the advantages IBM and Ricoh have in development, manufacturing, marketing and building strategic solutions for customers, creating a growth-oriented global enterprise that is strategically focused on the output market. The InfoPrint Solutions Company portfolio includes solutions for production printing for enterprises and commercial printers as well as solutions for office workgroup environments and industrial segments. The company offers customers the highest quality output solutions that optimize productivity by providing efficient workflow and, at the same time, delivering competitive cost of ownership and high return on investment. Please visit www.infoprint.com for more information.