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  • August 27, 2002

Tsukuba Plant Begins Production
A cutting-edge plant completed with the latest equipment

[ The basic design concept ]


On July 1, 2002, Komori Corporation (president and CEO Yoshiharu Komori) completed the first phase of its new plant at Tsukuba, and put it into operation.

Over thirty years have passed since our Toride Plant was completed in 1967 and began producing 40" sheetfed offset presses.
Recent market trends affecting our printing presses indicate that we will win increasing demand for our Lithrone 40SP perfector in China, South Korea and other Asian countries. In addition, trade inquiries over our Lithrone S40 are increasing. There is also a trend towards larger presses with more diverse functions and higher added value.
The increase in production at our Toride Pant has been accompanied by various internal improvements, and considerable efforts to meet the needs of our customers. Nevertheless, the current form of production differs considerably from that at the time of the Toride Plant's construction, and it is approaching the limit of efficient production which can be achieved through internal improvements.
We reached the conclusion that a radical reinforcement of our production systems was necessary in order to respond flexibly to the delivery times demanded by our customers. The first phase of the Tsukuba Plant was built to meet these demands with a production system able to satisfy our customers, and to strengthen our competitive marketing strength for the future.

The new plant occupies a site of approximately 185,000m2 (approximately four times the area of Tokyo Dome) between Tsukuba and Kukisaki-cho in Ibaraki prefecture. The buildings have an area of approximately 10,000m2 (130m x 75m). The site is located close to National Route Six and the Yatabe Interchange of the Joban Expressway. The surrounding area contains research facilities belonging to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and the surrounding environment is blessed with abundant greenery.

This plant will conduct the docking of printing units manufactured at the Toride Plant, followed by their idling operation, print testing, pre-shipment inspection, disassembly and shipment. After the Lithrone S40 comes onto the market, and products such as the Lithrone 40SP add further demand, this plant will meet that demand by manufacturing presses of high quality and performance.

[ The basic design concept ]


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