SINGAPORE, 8 October 2019 – Epson Singapore concluded its inaugural business-to-business (B2B) event, B2B Ignite last Friday, that aims to fuel the growth and development of Singapore’s Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through the adoption of sustainable technologies.
While Singapore ranks first in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s, Asian Digital Transformation Index, fostering digital transformation requires more than the adoption of new technologies. Today, this means creating environments where businesses can leverage innovation to deliver meaningful change that drives positive business outcomes.
With SMEs continuing to be at the heart of Singapore's economy and with the country’s push to be a Smart Nation powered by digital innovation and technologies, Epson looks to empower local businesses with the right tools to tackle the next steps towards being a sustainable business.
Munenori Ando, Regional Managing Director at Epson Singapore said, “Digital advancements, powered by innovation, continue to transform the way we live, work and play, while driving growth and competitiveness in the marketplace. Through the Singapore government’s Smart Nation initiative, the island nation has developed a thriving ecosystem that provides businesses with the opportunities to go from strength to strength. As organisations continue on their digital transformation journey, Epson is here to propel businesses to the next level when it comes to building a sustainable business model for a greener tomorrow.”
A showcase of practical innovations that help reduce an organisation’s impact on the environment, B2B Ignite demonstrates how the adoption of sustainable technologies will meet the business and productivity needs of Singapore’s SMEs.
Epson’s move to expand and strengthen its B2B offerings in Singapore is a reflection of the company’s confidence in the country’s Smart Nation plans and its sustainable future. Charting its environmental vision for 2050 that is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), Epson has declared its commitment to playing a central role in realising a better world by refining its efficient, compact, and core technologies in order to drive innovations that will enrich the world and make it a better place.
Mr. Masanori Koizumi, General Manager of Printer Sales & Marketing, Seiko Epson Corporation sharing on the Sustainable Printing Environmental Initiative at B2B Ignite
Leveraging innovation in tandem with various initiatives to improve the environmental performance of Epson’s products and business offerings, Epson aims to reduce environmental impacts across the value chain and offer products and services that provide outstanding business, economic and environmental value in Singapore.
Capturing the Value of Sustainability
With a wide range of solutions available in Singapore to help SMEs strive in a Smart Nation environment, Epson aims to deliver sustainable innovations that provide true value to business operations and contributing to reducing the carbon footprint of businesses.
A demonstration of the energy-efficient Epson WorkForce inkjet range being powered by a bicycle
For instance, the Epson WorkForce range of inkjet printers are designed with energy efficiency in mind. It also helps organisations reduce waste with minimal replacement parts needed, and is also simpler and more convenient to maintain and operate, resulting in workplace efficiency without compromising speed and quality.
Epson’s digital textile printers print with reduced water and power consumption, while producing less waste, making them a better choice for the environment.
Furthermore, Epson’s digital textile printers are built to reduce significant water and electricity consumption, by printing digital data directly on fabrics instead of using dedicated plates pressed directly onto the fabric – this makes it a better choice for the environment when compared to traditional methods of fabric printing.
Epson is also already on its way to revolutionise the future of paper with the creation of PaperLab in Japan, the world’s first automated paper making system. PaperLab uses a dry-process paper-making system that turns used paper into new paper through defibration, binding, and forming – all without the use of water so businesses can expect to purchase less new paper and reduce their carbon footprint in the long run.
“SMEs need to accept the fact that no matter how small or large their business may be, they have a critical role to play in helping reduce our environmental impact on society. Through innovative technologies, Epson helps SMEs deliver more sustainable business operations by reducing power and energy consumption, waste output, and carbon footprint,” added Munenori.
 Epson’s inkjet printers consume up to 85% less energy than a similar-speed laser printer. Keypoint Intelligence Buyers Laboratory Custom Report (May 2017).
 Epson inkjet printers uses up to 59% less replacement parts compared to laser printers. Keypoint Intelligence Buyers Laboratory Custom Report (May 2018).
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to becoming indispensable to society by connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. The company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics. Epson is proud of its contributions to realizing a sustainable society and its ongoing efforts to realizing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the worldwide Epson Group generates annual sales of more than US$10 billion.
About Epson Singapore
Since 1982, Epson has developed a strong presence across major markets in Southeast Asia and South Asia. Led by the regional headquarters Epson Singapore, Epson’s business in Southeast Asia spans an extensive network of 11 countries with a comprehensive infrastructure of close to 500 service outlets, 7 Epson solution centres and 7 manufacturing facilities.