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No. 357, June 1999

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Japanese Companies in the US


PHOTO EQUIPMENT AND COPIERS

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer on FUJICOLOR PROCESSING, INC.'s 27th wholesale photofinishing lab in the United States. Located in East Greenbush, New York, near Albany, the approximately $10 million facility will serve customers in New England as well as in upstate New York. The plant is expected to be operational in the spring of 2000. It will have a work force of 150-plus. Fujicolor Processing is the wholesale photofinishing subsidiary of Elmsford, New York-based FUJI PHOTO FILM U.S.A., INC.

KONICA CORP.'s July 1997 contract to supply copiers to TRM COPY CENTERS CORP., a Portland, Oregon company that leases coin-operated copiers to supermarkets, convenience stores and similar public locations, is turning into a big business. As of this spring, the Japanese company had delivered to TRM more than 20,000 Konica 2280s, a 30-copies-per-minute analog machine. Now, it has a tentative order for roughly 25,000 digital copiers to replace part of TRM's installed international base of 45,000 analog systems. The only drawback to the pending contract is that Konica will have to develop a product for TRM since it currently does not manufacture digital copiers in the specified 25-cpm to 30-cpm range.

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