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Kinpo Group to launch sale of 3D printers

Staff writer, with CNA

XYZprinting chairman Simon Shen, left, and Vibo Telecom Inc CEO George Chou stand next to an XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0 3D printer at a Vibo showroom in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: CNA

The Kinpo Group (金仁寶集團) is to begin selling its low-cost 3D printers overseas early next year and is to introduce other models for the high-end market later, a company executive said yesterday.

XYZprinting Inc, a unit under Kinpo, is scheduled to start shipping its printers to China next month; to Japan and the US in February; and to Europe in March, chairman Simon Shen (沈軾榮) said at a press conference.

The goal is to sell 100,000 3D printers worldwide next year, he said, forecasting that the US would become the biggest market, while the 3D printer sectors in Japan and Europe would grow rapidly.

The current printer model, dubbed “da Vinci,” is sold under the brand name XYZprinting and costs NT$15,000. The company plans to roll out four new mid-range and high-end models, starting in the middle of next year, Shen said.

“I’m confident that we have a good chance of becoming another ‘pride of Taiwan,’” he said, referring to the brand’s entry into the international market.

The company also announced a partnership with domestic mobile carrier Vibo Telecom Inc (威寶電信) to display the printer in some of its flagship stores.

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