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No. 361, October 1999

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Japanese Companies in the US


PRECISION AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

For large-capacity data capture, GRAPHTEC CORP. released through its Irvine, California marketing subsidiary the WR1000 Series Thermal Arraycorder. The configurable system offers a choice of eight, 16, 24 or 32 data input channels and data capture and storage via an 8- GB hard drive, a 3.5-inch magneto-optical disk drive or a 3.5-inch floppy disk drive. Buyers also can select the interface for computer control, data transmission and data output. WESTERN GRAPHIC, INC. believes that the WR1000, which its parent views as a strategic product, can be as big a seller in the United States as in Japan. At home, the system mainly is used by the automotive industry for collision testing, bench tests and running tests. Here, though, the main WR1000 applications could be turbine inspection and maintenance by utilities and rolling stock testing by railroads.

In an effort to expand U.S. sales of its patient monitoring systems, NIHON KOHDEN CORP. transformed its Irvine, California development operation into a wholly owned subsidiary. NKUS LAB has been given responsibility for developing products, including related software, for the American market. It will contract out production to a U.S. manufacturer. Nihon Kohden's Irvine marketing unit will handle sales and maintenance of these patient monitoring systems and any imported from Japan.

CORE MEDICAL MANUFACTURING INC. has established a marketing subsidiary in Denver to launch sales of its MediAqua handwashing sterilization system for surgical and other hospital personnel. The Shizuoka prefecture manufacturer claims that the U.S.-patented ozone-based system, which contains ozone in the proportion of four parts per million units of water, is effective against a wide range of germs and bacteria. Core also says that MediAqua works more quickly and is less expensive than alternative means of disinfecting hands. In addition, it is environmentally friendly because the ozone in the water decomposes naturally.

An exchange rate of ¥108=$1.00 was used in this report.

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