Epson first launched high-capacity Ink Tank Inkjet Printers (now known as EcoTank printers in many markets) in October of 2010 in Indonesia. The OEM then steadily expanded the territory over which these printers were sold, expanding to 170 countries and regions by 2019. As a result, cumulative global sales of its high-capacity Ink Tank Inkjet Printers recently topped 50 million units. Plus, by saving on plastic, which is the main component of ink cartridges, Epson estimates that CO2 emissions were approximately 166,000 tonnes lower than they would have been if all these units had been regular cartridge printers. Evaluations were based on printer ink cartridges and packaging, and high-capacity Ink Tank ink bottles and packaging (calculated based on replacement cartridges and ink bottles).
The size of the reduction in consumables’ CO2 emissions was calculated by comparing the cumulative number of ink bottles sold up to August of 2020, with the number of ink cartridges required to print the same amount, and then converting them into a CO2 equivalent. CO2 emissions were calculated based on Epson’s evaluation conditions, which take into account the impacts from consumables materials and parts manufacturing. Actual CO2 emissions will vary depending on customer printer use.
By first establishing a presence in emerging nations and then making inroads into developed economies, Epson has seen its high-capacity Ink Tank models account for a growing percentage of the total inkjet market each year. As a result, Epson has continued to maintain the top share in the global high-capacity ink tank printer market for ten consecutive years. Epson also pointed out that rapid changes in society have also spawned changes in the office and education printing environments thus far in 2020. “In all segments, we’ll continue to offer far lower printing costs than competitors, and unrivaled environmental performance to enable our customers to print without having to worry about printing costs and environmental impacts,” the company added.