Following the unprecedented events in Japan which started last Friday, 11 March, Roland DG (UK) is confirming that its facilities in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, are unaffected by the effects of the earthquake and tsunami which have hit the north-east of the country. Production, design and administrative offices at the company's international head-quarters are all working as normal, and no disruption is anticipated to manufacturing or delivery schedules.
With its roots in Japan, and continuing strong associations with the country on a day-to-day basis, Roland DG (UK) offers its sincere condolences to all those individuals and businesses affected adversely as a result of the disaster. The core development and manufacturing of all Roland equipment is based in Hamamatsu, a city located in the east and famous for its industrial connections to the musical instrument and motorcycle sectors as well to display and sign-making technologies.
"Everyone involved with Roland in the UK has been devastated by the tragic events that have unfolded in Japan, and we are all hoping for the nation's swift recovery," states Jerry Davies, Managing Director of Roland DG (UK). "We are able to confirm that the Hamamatsu factory and offices have not been disrupted and that production and deliveries are continuing.
"The welfare of our employees is of paramount importance wherever they are in the world, and it is Roland's philosophy to ensure that safety comes first in our manufacturing facilities," Davies continues. "Roland DG's new international head-quarters and production plant were opened in 2006 and reflect this strict policy. The facility has been designed and built to comply with the most stringent seismic regulations to ensure optimum protection should an earthquake occur in the Hamamatsu region."
Almost all of Roland DG's sign-making, display production, engraving and rapid prototyping products are developed and manufactured in its Hamamatsu facility. From this Japanese base, which adheres to the highest quality control standards, the company's equipment is distributed around the world.