To respond more quickly to changes in the American marketplace, FUJI PHOTO FILM CO., LTD. is building a R&D facility at its sprawling Greenwood, South Carolina manufacturing complex. The center should be fully operational by early in 1999. How much it will cost and how many people will be employed were not disclosed. The staff initially will focus on photographic products, but in time R&D on other products could be added. Fujifilm has invested more than $1 billion in the Greenwood campus over the last decade. The complex houses six plants for the production of presensitized plates for offset printing, color photographic paper, graphic arts film, 35-millimeter color film, videocassette tape and disposable cameras as well as the largest Fujifilm distribution center in the world. Employment now stands at over 1,200 people.
An exchange rate of ¥121=$1.00 was used in this report.