KYOCERA Document Solutions Europe B.V. (KYOCERA) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the launch of the first ECOSYS laser printer, a ground-breaking innovation that heralded a new era of environmental sustainability.


Introduced to the market in 1992, the original KYOCERA ECOSYS FS-1500 model featured a revolutionary new toner system that enabled an 85 per cent reduction in waste of consumables over the lifetime of the printer.

The prevailing design trend was for replacement toner cartridges to contain up to 60 key imaging components that would be discarded when the toner expired, a practice that some vendors continue with today. In comparison, KYOCERA’s ECOSYS toners only consist of a maximum of 5 small basic components. Ultimately, this toner can be exchanged independently of other components, cutting down on the unnecessary replacement of mechanical parts, providing a more sustainable and lower-cost solution for office printing.

Takahiro Sato, President of KYOCERA Document Solutions Europe B.V, said: “A quarter of a century ago, terms such as sustainability and environmental impact had yet to enter the corporate lexicon, yet now they dominate many boardroom  discussions.

“Environmental sustainability has been an underlying principle of the KYOCERA Group’s philosophy since it’s foundation in 1959, and the development of the ECOSYS range anticipated a new era of ecological consciousness. KYOCERA’s ECOSYS products set the standard for eco-friendly printing when they were first launched and, 25 years later, we are still leading the way.”

Recent innovations from KYOCERA include the development of new types of eco-friendly toner for use in its devices. The toner fusing process is responsible for consuming over two-thirds of the total energy use of a printer. New KYOCERA toners can fuse at 30°C lower than conventional methods and can result in an energy saving of up to 50 per cent.

KYOCERA’s expertise with fine ceramic technologies is fundamental to the low-waste design of ECOSYS printers. The long-life components used are more durable than traditional parts, meaning that in most cases there is no replacement required during the lifetime of the printer.

KYOCERA ECOSYS toners are simpler, smaller and lighter than more complex alternatives, reducing overall transport requirements, further reducing the total cost of ownership.

About KYOCERA Document Solutions Cape Town

Since 1992 KYOCERA Document Solutions Cape Town has helped small, medium and large businesses attain optimal document efficiencies with industry-leading service delivery. As a leading partner of KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa, we have attained the highest standards of marketing, installation and support of its products and solutions.

About KYOCERA Document Solutions

KYOCERA Document Solutions, headquartered in Osaka, Japan, is a leading manufacturer of document imaging solutions and document management systems, including colour and monochrome multifunctional products as well as printers and wide format devices. Kyocera’s products are renowned for their unique long-life imaging components that provide greater reliability and less waste – resulting in a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over the life of the product. The KYOCERA Document Solutions portfolio does not stop at hardware. A full suite of business applications and consultative services allow customers to optimise and manage their document workflow, unleashing the full potential of their hardware investment.
KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. is a core company of KYOCERA Corporation, the world’s leading developer and manufacturer of advanced ceramics and associated products, including telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages and electronic components. During the year ended March 31 2017, KYOCERA Corporation’s net sales totalled 1.42 trillion yen (approx. EUR 11.9 billion).