Epson Malaysia Achieves 13% Business Growth in FY2013

Shimizu Tomoya, Country Manager, Epson Malaysia

Shimizu Tomoya, Country Manager, Epson Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8 July 2014 – Epson Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. announced today that in FY2013, from April 2013 to March 2014, the company achieved 13% year-on-year growth. This was led by 40% growth in the sales of Epson inkjet printer, 10% growth in business systems like point-of-sale and passbook printers, 11% growth in commercial and industrial business, and 10% growth in projectors.

Shimizu Tomoya, Country Manager at Epson Malaysia said, “2013 was a strong year for Epson Malaysia in which we were able to achieve growth in all key markets we serve. Our success is built upon the innovative technologies that Epson has brought to market, and upon our focus on understanding the needs and expectations of our customers and then providing products and services that exceed these expectations.”

In 2013, the overall Malaysian market for inkjet printers shrank by 5.2% compared to 2012. However, the market for high yield printers increased by 50.6% over the same period. Epson Malaysia was able to increase its quantity share in this segment from 11% in 2012 to 13.6% in 2013 and increase its value share from 14% in 2012 to 18.9% in 2013.

Epson’s success in the high yield printer market is due to the growing popularity of its L-Series refillable ink tank system printers. In addition to offering users the world’s lowest cost per page for their printing, the Epson L-Series also allows users to print wirelessly from mobile devices, tablets and computers through Epson Connect. In 2014, Epson has introduced the L1300 and L1800 printers that deliver ultra-affordable high quality A3 document printing to Malaysian users.

“Our new offerings within Epson’s award winning line of L-Series printers make our products even better suited for office and business environments of all sizes. Not only does Epson offer the versatility of wirelessly printing from whatever device the user prefers, but we are also successfully addressing the issue of cost management that is a priority in any business,” said Danny Lee, General Manager, Sales and Marketing at Epson Malaysia.

According to Futuresource Consulting, Epson has been the #1 brand of projectors in the world for the last 13 years. Futuresource Consulting further reports that in 2013 Epson became the #1 brand of projectors in Malaysia with 18.3% market share. Malaysian consumers are increasingly investing in immersive home AV systems and Epson projectors offer the best colour brightness and image quality in their respective classes.

The company also saw strong demand for interactive projectors in both the government and education sectors in line with the growing adoption of e-learning throughout Malaysia. Epson’s continued innovation in the projector market has helped establish the brand’s leadership in Malaysia through the introduction of products like the ultra-short throw Epson EB-595Wi Interactive WXGA 3LCD Projector, the world’s first 3LCD interactive projector that allows for operation simply by touching the screen with a finger.

Within the commercial and industrial printer market in Malaysia, Epson grew by 10% year-on-year in 2013. Epson commercial printers successfully fulfilled the needs among Malaysian businesses for printers that were cost effective and reduced the total cost of ownership, that produced high quality and high colour accuracy prints, and that were also environmentally friendly. Going forward into 2014, Epson Malaysia will focus on delivering even better printers for the signage and display market; on introducing a scalable photo microlab to Malaysia that will allow instant photo prints at events and at printer kiosks; and on building upon the recent introduction of Epson SureColor F6070 and F2000 textile and garment printers to work with the Malaysian textile industry toward producing more high quality finished garments.

“2013 was a year in which Epson’s technology leadership and keen customer focus was very well received across Malaysian markets. We will build on this success in 2014 where our priorities will be to expand inkjet printing into the business market, enable more smart classrooms using Epson interactive and touch-enabled projectors, and participate more in the textile and garment industry,” said Lee.

“2013 was a year in which Epson’s technology leadership and keen customer focus was very well received across Malaysian markets. We will build on this success in 2014 where our priorities will be to expand inkjet printing into the business market, enable more smart classrooms using Epson interactive and touch-enabled projectors, and participate more in the textile and garment industry,” said Lee.

The lovely BenQ LED Monitor (EW2440)

The current monitor I’m using is a 22″ Viewsonic LCD monitor purchased from my trusty computer shop nearby my place awhile back. Because it’s an LCD monitor, this would be a great opportunity for me to compare against the BenQ LED monitor (EW2440).

Out of the box

Out of the box

Besides the LED panel, you’ll have the base and joint to assemble for the monitor. And connecting the two wasn’t difficult because the screw has a flap which allows you t tighten the joint without having to use a screwdriver.

Back of the LED monitor

Back of the LED monitor

After the base and joint are connected, you may need to use a tool to tighten it to the LED monitor panel. You’ll notice the screw at the near bottom. And naturally, being a new model in the market, HDMI connectivity would be the preferred choice.

And when I lifted the LED panel, it was nice to not carry one which wasn’t too heavy. It made assembling the monitor more pleasant and surprised me, because my LCD monitor is heavier than this!

DVI to HDMI cabke

DVI to HDMI cabke

Unfortunately for me, my Radeon HD4870 graphics card doesn’t have a HDMI port, so I got myself a converter cable. I guess I can still call this a worthwhile investment, if by chance, I would have a use for this in future.

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BenQ LED monitor in place

The black borders around the monitor you are seeing is not the frame. It’s because the scaling of the display is a little off. After some Googling, my answer resided in the Catalyst Control Center (CCC) for ATI cards. This was bad news for me because CCC is screwed up on my machine. It doesn’t launch, even after countless re-installs.

How the BenQ LED monitor (EW2440) performed for me?

Not letting this get the better of me, I still could use the monitor and it was obvious the colours was much more vibrant on the BenQ compared to my ol Viewsonic. It did take a little geting used to at first, but once my vision did, using the BenQ for my website designs was good.

Weird fact. When I did launch the game; Team Fortress 2, it occupied the screen from edge to edge. Plus, I didn’t notice any ghosting problems while gaming. This was definitely a good sign.

Ghosting was also not present during my viewing of anime and movies. The colours were crisp and black was black. Some monitors have a challenge with black and very dark grey. The BenQ didn’t have this.

If I were nitpicking, my 1 qualm I had over this monitor was the “buttons” for settings. It utilizes a touch-based button, so while pulling up a menu is fine, I sure wasn’t used to tuning my settings with it. Then again, I may not be just used to this touch-based button thing.

Overall, I would consider this BenQ LED monitor model as an option when shopping for a new monitor. And a quick lookup online for price shows you can get it around MYR 700. I’d say that’s not too bad.

P.S.: I’m back on my Viewsonic and I already miss the BenQ LED monitor because white was really white. Now, my white has a slight yellow. T_T

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