Xerox Relocates High-Tech Manufacturing From China To Canandaigua, New York
Area Development Online News Desk (12/19/2013)
A partnership between Xerox and the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center will result in high-tech manufacturing operations relocating from China to the CNSE STC facility in Canandaigua, New York.
Through the partnership between Xerox and CNSE’s STC, Xerox will relocate capital equipment used in the manufacture of advanced document scanning technologies from China to a 3,300-square-foot cleanroom at CNSE’s STC. Additionally, Xerox is currently negotiating a five-year contract agreement with CNSE’s STC to purchase optical scanners once the production line is successfully transferred to the Canandaigua site.
To support the collaboration, New York State will invest $750,000 in CNSE’s STC to assist with the costs of equipment fit-up and physical modifications to the cleanroom in order to accommodate this new equipment and personnel. No private companies will receive state funding as a result of the partnership.
According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, over the next five years, the partnership between Xerox and CNSE’s STC is expected to create and retain up to 100 high-tech jobs. Positions will include researchers, engineers, and technicians that will be employed by both organizations.
“This public-private partnership is further evidence solidifying New York’s reputation as a top destination for the nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing industries,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Xerox’s decision to partner with our state government and SUNY CNSE by transferring their operations from overseas to New York is another vote of confidence in the quality of this region’s workforce and the promise of our growing high-tech economy.”
“As a global company, we manufacture around the world and have made the decision to bring this optics assembly project to New York where we can invest locally for key scanning technology requirements,” said Lee Nunziato, Xerox Technology Procurement Manager. “By participating in this public-private sector partnership, we are developing competitive solutions for the marketplace.”
“This partnership showcases the success of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s pioneering innovation strategy and underscores how global companies are beating a path to New York as the international hub for nanotechnology research, commercialization, and advanced manufacturing,” said Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO. “We are delighted to welcome Xerox as the newest corporate partner at CNSE’s fast-growing STC and look forward to the continuing attraction of high-quality private-sector jobs, companies, and investment to Western New York.”
“The addition of a world-class technology company such as Xerox further strengthens the high-tech capabilities and public-private partnership ecosystem at CNSE’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center,” said Paul Tolley, CNSE Vice President for Disruptive Technologies and Director of CNSE’s STC. “This collaboration marks another significant step forward in the growth of CNSE’s STC while also opening up new opportunities to commercialize advanced technologies and drive sustained economic impact.”
This collaboration comes on the heels of an announcement made in August of a $35 million expansion of Xerox’s toner manufacturing facility in Webster, New York, which will allow the company to meet the growing demand for toner. Xerox considered locations worldwide before deciding to expand in New York.