|Traded as||TYO 7718.T|
|Industry||Electronics and printers|
|Founded||Tegoshi, Shizuoka, Japan (1947)
Established in 1950
|Key people||Hajime Sato (President and CEO)|
|Products||Point of sale printers, kiosk printers, electronic components, precision parts|
|Revenue||¥35,717 million (£267 million) (Year ended 28 February 2011) |
|Website||Star Micronics Co., Ltd.|
Star Micronics Co., Ltd. is a Japanese multinational electronic components and printer manufacturing company headquartered in Shizuoka, Japan. It was founded in 1947 as a precision processor of miniature components, later expanding into CNC Swiss-type automatic lathes, printer, micro audio components, and other fields.
Star Micronics employs around 2,500 staff across multiple countries and had total revenues of £267 million in 2010. Its products include POS thermal and dot matrix printers and mechanisms, designed for barcode, ticketing, receipts and labelling. Star's technology is being used to develop reader/writer systems for visual/smart and magnetic stripe cards and to install print mechanisms in multimedia kiosk environments.
Sales of cam-style automatic lathes began in 1958. In 1960 Tokai Seimitsu Co., Ltd. was established in a partnership with Citizen Watch Co., Ltd. (now Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd.) to mass-produce wristwatch screws. In 1965 it was absorbed and the name changed to Star Micronics Co., Ltd. In 1971 Star Micronics Co., Ltd moved to its present location in Nakayoshida.
In 1972 the first Star Micronics "Mini" printer. The year 1977 saw the launch of Star Micronics America, Inc. in New York, USA (it is currently located in New Jersey). Star Micronics UK Ltd. was introduced in London in 1984, the company name changed to Star Micronics Europe Ltd. in June 2003 and is now based in Buckinghamshire, England. In 1986 the first Star Micronics packaged POS printer. Manufactured DP8340 printer. In 1988 the A4 LC-10 dot matrix printers printer produced. In 1990 Star listed stock in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
In 2000 Star started the manufacture and sales of microphones, speakers and receivers. Star Micronics (Thailand) Co., Ltd. was established in 2005 in Samutprakarn, Thailand. In 2005 985 TSP100 futurePRNT printers installed in Harrods, Knightsbridge. In 2007 Star UK's largest single order 8,900 TUP992 kiosk printers to the Job Agency. In 2010 a sales office for the special products segment was launched in Star Micronics (Thailand) replacing the sales office for Asia which was previously based in Hong Kong, China.
The headquarters of Star Micronics are based in Shizuoka, Japan and cover Asia for printers and machine tools. Star Micronics Co. Ltd., Japan covers the globe for enquiries regarding micro audio components and buzzers.
Star Micronics Co. Ltd. – Head Office
Subsidiaries for precision parts and printers, include:
Star Micronics EMEA - covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa,
Star Micronics America, Inc. - covering the Americas,
Star Micronics Southeast Asia Co., Ltd. - previously Star Micronics Hong Kong, covering Southeast Asia,
Australasia is covered by Star Micronics (NSW), a third party distributor.
Major customers 
Star’s customers include Harrods, United Colors of Benetton, Selfridges, the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Premier Inn features the TSP800II and TUP900 in their check in kiosks on reception using the A4 scalable raster driver to print an A4 invoice onto virtual A6 paper.
Some companies are using Star’s Visual Cards with an IC chip, for Visitor Management. Coop Switzerland, the second largest retail group in Switzerland, uses Star kiosk printers to print daily recipes with shopping lists and to print balances from its loyalty programme.
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- "KioskCom Europe: Premier Inn selects Star Micronics for kiosk printer rollout.". Digital screenmedia Association. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 07 Jun 2011.
- New Look updates its POS system - Retail Gazette
- Star Micronics Certified Software Partner via Starmicronics.com