A Japanese electronics firm “Epson Precision Company” announced last December 2014 it would invest P4.7 billion to build this year, its biggest manufacturing plant in Batangas to increase inkjet printer and 3LCD projector production volumes.

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Epson Philippines president and country manager Toshimitsu Tanaka said the new state-of-the-art facilities which begins construction this year are being erected on the existing site in Lipa City, Batangas, expects to start operating by 2017 and it would increase annual capacity by 1.2 million units of printers and projectors.

Epson Philippines President-Toshimitsu Tanaka

“I think the Philippines has one of the most competitive labor cost in the region,” Epson Philippines country manager Toshimitsu Tanaka told reporters in an interview last week.

Tanaka said that the labor force in China is now becoming saturated and more expensive, adding that the same is also true in Indonesia, which hosts the company’s second largest plant with 10,000 employees manufacturing inkjets and projectors.

“Based on the current situation, we have no plans to expand the China factory because of labor costs. China’s labor force very, very high by almost 20 percent (compared to the Philippines),” Tanaka said. “The Philippine labor cost is stable so we can predict salary.”

The new Epson electronics plant once completed will employ around 20,000 workers, which will increase production of inkjet printers and 3LCD projectors for the local market and for exports to the US, Japan, and China, a company executive said Thursday.


Epson will also install a solar power generation system with a capacity of about  3,000 kWh on the roof of the new plant. The solar system will reduce overall daytime electricity consumption at Epson Precision Philippines by half.

Tanaka said the company decided to expand its manufacturing plant in the Philippines because it had a cheaper labor cost compared to China and Indonesia, where the company also has manufacturing plants. – Carl E.



  1. tama ka jan these people are earning around 300 pesos a day tapos may mga cuts pa kasi lahat sila naka-agency

  2. Temporal? Siempre temporal lang ang printers, hindi spiritual!! Material ang printers at projectors! Ha ha ha, hindi mo alam ang mga pinagsasasabi mo!! Typical sa mga bashers – – walang alam kung hindi manira at walang makitang mabuti. Sa mga magagandang pangyayari ay walang makita kung hindi puro mga negatives. Bobo naman. Anong klaseng printers at projectors ang nakikinikinita mo? Siguradong hindi mo alam na ang mga technology na ginagamit sa China ay kinopya lang nila sa mga technologically advanced countries gaya ng Japan, Germany, Sweden, USA.

  3. The reason you are doing this because your own people would not work for cheap, so you bring your factory and jobs here expecting to pay less…well, I hope you japs are fair enough to pay them something that will make them proud and happy…no peanuts otherwise pack and leave!!

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