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The Cannata Report interviewed Hironori Ando,

present and executive director of the Document Solutions division of Kyocera (aka Kyoto Ceramic Company)

  • Last fiscal year division achieved 363.6 billion yen ($2.8 billion) worldwide
  • Profit of 33 billion yen ($256 million)
  • “we are aiming to achieve 400 billion yen ($3 billion)” for this fiscal year
  • Logistical situation has not improved at Kyocera’s factories in Vietnam and China
  • Increase in in-transit inventory
  • Backorders have particularly impacted A3 MFPs
    • Most A3s were made in China, but now shifting some to Vietnam
  • We still have A4 backorders, and that is because of the lack of controller chips”
    • Expect this to continue until March of 2023
    • Will introduce some new A4s and ship by end of second quarter
  • Believes that e-commerce has “loads of potential” for entry level and mid range products (Watch out Kyocera dealers)
  • A new production color inkjet product for the graphic arts market is in development (will printed on coated paper unlike current 15000C model
    • Also working on unit for textile industry
    • Hardware pricing will be more for future models
    • Hopes to expand into labeling and packaging markets
  • Goal is that solutions/services revenue account for 50% of division’s business
  • Is developing its own ECM (enterprise content management) solution
    • (currently resells Hyland OnBase ECM in the US)

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