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Epson EcoTank Printer Wins 2016 BIG Innovation Award
PR Newswire

LONG BEACH, Calif., Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson America, Inc., today announced that it has been named a leader and winner in the 2016 BIG Innovation Awards presented by the Business Intelligence Group. Selected by a panel of experts, Epson was recognized for its revolutionary Epson WorkForce® ET-4550 EcoTank™ All-in-One printer, one model in a series of Supertank printers that come loaded and ready with up to two years of ink in the box1.

Epson America, Inc.

The WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank represents a transformation in the printer market, and is part of a new Supertank category of printers for Epson, which addresses one of the biggest customer pain points: out of ink frustration. Delivering an unbeatable combination of convenience and value, the ET-4550, one of five printers in the Supertank category, comes loaded and ready with up to two years of ink in the box – enough ink to print up to 11,000 black/8,500 color pages2, and equivalent to about 50 ink cartridge sets3 or 17 reams of paper. Powered by PrecisionCore® printing technology, the ET-4550 delivers high-speed, laser-quality black text, and features auto two-sided printing, a 30-page Auto Document Feeder and easy wireless printing from tablets and smartphones4. The EcoTank series of printers mark a fundamental shift in the way home and business users will think about printing in color and sets a new standard for the overall printer market.

"By offering the ultimate combination of convenience and value, EcoTank represents a true breakthrough in printing and removes the fear of running out of ink," said Nils Madden, marketing director, Desktop Imaging and Printing, Epson. "With two years of ink in the box and ultra-low cost refills, home users and small businesses can now incorporate printing as part of their creative and communication process without regard for interruption or excessive expense. The 2016 BIG Innovation Awards recognizes organizations that bring new ideas to life and we are honored that EcoTank is alongside other innovations that strive to improve business and consumer experiences."

The WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank was evaluated on its uniqueness and impact for businesses and consumers through concrete measurements and analysis. Organizations from across the globe submitted their recent innovations for consideration in the 2016 BIG Innovation Awards. Nominations were then judged by a select group of business leaders and executives who volunteered their time and expertise to score submissions and provide feedback.

"It was clear from our judges that Epson was clearly deserving of being recognized as a leader in innovation for the WorkForce ET-4550, and we are proud to award them the 2016 BIG Innovation Award," said Russ Fordyce, managing director of the Business Intelligence Group. "Congratulations to the entire team. This is well-deserved recognition of your pursuit of excellence and creativity in solving problems."

The WorkForce ET-4550 is available for $499.99 (MSRP) and the full EcoTank lineup can be purchased through other major computer, office and electronic superstores, e-tailers and mail order companies including Staples, Best Buy, Office Depot, Amazon, Microcenter, and epsonstore.com. For more information and availability, please visit epson.com/ecotank.

About Business Intelligence Group

The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry and business award programs, business executives—those with experience and knowledge—judge the programs. The organization's proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers. To learn more about the Business Intelligence Group, please visit: www.bintelligence.com.

About Epson

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in printing, visual communications, quality of life and manufacturing. Epson's lineup ranges from inkjet printers, printing systems and 3LCD projectors to industrial robots, smart glasses and sensing systems and is based on original compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises nearly 72,000 employees in 93 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental burdens.

Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson's regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (facebook.com/Epson), Twitter (twitter.com/EpsonAmerica), YouTube (youtube.com/EpsonAmerica), and Instagram (instagram.com/EpsonAmerica).

1 Based on average monthly print volumes of about 300 pages.
2 Yields based on the ISO/IEC 24712 pattern with Epson's methodology. Actual ink yields will vary considerably for reasons including images printed, print settings, temperature and humidity. Yields may be lower when printing infrequently or predominantly with one ink color. All ink colors are used for printing and printer maintenance, and all colors must be available for printing. For more information, visit www.epson.com/cartridgeinfo
3 About 50 cartridge sets estimate based on print yields of the included black and color ink bottles as compared to standard-capacity ink cartridge sets for similarly-featured cartridge printers as of March 2015.
4 Most features require an Internet connection to the printer, as well as an Internet- and/or email-enabled device. For a list of Epson Connect enabled printers and compatible devices and apps, visit www.epson.com/connect

Specifications are subject to change without notice. EPSON, PrecisionCore and WorkForce are registered trademarks, EcoTank is a trademark, and EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks. Copyright 2015 Epson America, Inc.

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