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No. 350, November 1998

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American Companies in Japan


Engraving systems manufacturer XENETECH USA, INC. has made COMMAX LTD. its exclusive distributor for Japan and elsewhere in Asia. Initially, the Shizuoka prefecture maker of jewelry grinders will market Xenetech's recently introduced line of 25-watt, 50-watt and 100-watt laser engraving systems. Commax will localize the systems' industry-standard Xenetech Graphic Workstation software, which provides such features as multiple plate, automatic layout, real-time graphics, automatic serial numbering, engrave by color and automatic panel/dial layout. In the future, Commax, which is projecting annual sales of $1.7 million, also will distribute the Baton Rouge, Louisiana company's rotary engraving machines.

The ROC line of heavy-duty external rotary gear pumps from ROPER PUMP CO. is now available in Japan. Designed for chemical process applications, the Commerce, Georgia manufacturer's products are corrosion- and oxidation-resistant because of their stainless steel internals and housings. Moreover, unlike other stainless steel gear pumps, ROC pumps incorporate all-metallic rotating components, including both gears. Distributor TOKO SANGYO CORP. of Tokyo has priced the ROC line between $1,500 and $6,000. It expects to sell 200 units in the first year of marketing.

An exchange rate of ¥121=$1.00 was used in this report.

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