PRESS RELEASE: Fujifilm Dedicates New Inkjet Photo Paper Manufacturing Plant And State-Of-The-Art Digital Print Services And Fulfillment Operation
Greenwood, S.C. Campus Serves as Home to Nation’s Largest Photo Products Fulfillment Organization, and $25 Million Photo Paper Operation
Greenwood, S.C., June 24, 2010 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation and FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc., will dedicate two new state of the art facilities at their Greenwood, South Carolina campus today.
Fujifilm’s primary US manufacturing and distribution complex, located in Greenwood, SC, now serves as home to the company’s new, state-of-the-art digital photo print services and fulfillment operation to support many of the country’s leading retail stores and online photo web sites as well as Fujifilm’s own SeeHere.com photo web site.
“This investment was necessary for Fujifilm to maintain its leadership position in the industry as the premier provider of personal photo products to this growing market,” said Ryutaro Hosoda, president and CEO, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, and president, FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation.
The rapid adoption of Fujifilm’s dry photo printing solution, the Frontier Dry Inkjet Minilab, has also spurred the need for a ready domestic supply of high quality inkjet photo paper. Fujifilm recently invested $25 million in the development of a plant at the Greenwood facility to support this growth.
“For decades, Fujifilm has invested billions of dollars in research and development to advance its superior coating technology that is the basis for our high quality photo paper manufacturing,” said Shinji Kataoka, president, FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. “Greenwood has served as an excellent home for our manufacturing operations in the U.S. and we are excited to be able to bring this new important product line to our campus.”
"Today serves as a reminder that South Carolina is making strides even in these challenging economic times. Fujifilm has been has been part of the state's business community for over 20 years and in that time the company has continued to grow and reinvent itself. The fact that seventy percent of the products made today were not a part of Fujifilm five years ago is a telling reminder that we are indeed in an increasingly competitive global economy. This makes Fujifilm's decision to grow in South Carolina an incredible compliment to our state, its workforce and their capabilities. We look forward to Fujifilm's future growth in the state and wish them continued success," said Gov. Mark Sanford.
To commemorate the opening of its new operations, Fujifilm will make contributions to local and national service organizations. A grant of $50,000 will be made to the United Center for Community Care in Greenwood. The U.C.C.C. is the result of collaboration between the United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties, the faith-based community, and municipal and government groups. It was created to serve the homeless, the hungry and the disenfranchised with financial stability and dignity. Fujifilm will also contribute an additional $10,000 adding to its more than $100,000 donation in support in the last year to Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit organization that builds specially-adapted homes for severely injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan at no cost to the veterans. Through its SeeHere.com business Fujifilm also supports Homes for Our Troops with contributions for products consumers purchase, as well as a scholarship program for budding photojournalists.
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, consists of four operating divisions and a subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit www.fujifilm.com/northamerica, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.
FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. began manufacturing operations in South Carolina in 1988. The Greenwood manufacturing complex is currently comprised of five high technology manufacturing plants, the Greenwood Research Laboratories, and the largest Fujifilm distribution center in the world. The 500-acre complex is home to manufacturing for ink jet photo paper, digital and conventional pre-sensitized printing plates, QuickSnap one-time-use recyclable cameras, and color photographic paper. For more information, please visit www.fujifilm.com/northamerica, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 20 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2009, and in the year ended March 31, 2010, had global revenues of $23.5 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.
* At an exchange rate of 93 yen to the dollar.
(First posted on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 15:09 EDT)