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No. 353, February 1999

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American Companies in Japan


RIMAGE CORP., the largest manufacturer of replication and finishing equipment for CD-ROM, CD-R and other digital media, has moved into the Japanese market through a distribution arrangement with MARUBENI MACHINERY CORP. The Tokyo company will market two models of the Perfect Image Producer System, described by the Minneapolis vendor as the only automated CD-R publishing system that fully integrates file transfer, recording and surface printing in a continuous flow. The original Autostar has one to four recorders, with the largest configuration priced at $43,400. The newer, compact Protege has two recorders and costs $30,100. Marubeni Machinery expects to sell 100 Perfect Image Producer Systems in 1999 and 500 units a year after three years.

In March, the subsidiary of AMERICAN POWER CONVERSION, the market leader in uninterruptible power supplies for computer systems, routers, switches, hubs and similar products, will release the APC Web/SNMP Management Card. Via a Web browser, the $485 product manages the UPS devices that protect networking equipment from power-related events. The APC Web/SNMP Management Card works with the West Kingston, Rhode Island firm's Smart-UPS, Matrix-UPS and Symmetra PowerArray.

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