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FUJIFILM STARTS OPERATIONS AT VIDEOTAPE FACTORY IN GREENWOOD, S.C.

     FUJIFILM STARTS OPERATIONS AT VIDEOTAPE FACTORY IN GREENWOOD, S.C.
    GREENWOOD, S.C., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Fuji Photo Film, Inc., a subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd., in Japan, today announced that manufacturing operations have begun at its new videotape factory and that the first shipment of videotape left the plant today.
    The 290,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art plant is one of the largest VHS-format videotape manufacturing facilities in the world.  On reaching full capacity in early 1993, the factory will produce the bulk equivalent of 12 million two-hour, T-120 videocassettes a month.  The factory will employ 250 people, virtually all of them American, and is the second manufacturing facility Fuji has built in Greenwood.  The first plant, completed in 1989, produces presensitized offset printing plates and related products for the graphic arts industry.
    "Based on our experience with the first Fuji-Greenwood factory, we are confident that our South Carolina work force, many of whom were trained in Japan, can meet or exceed the production and quality standards of Fuji's Japanese factories," said Akira Kumai, president of Fuji Photo Film, Inc., in Greenwood.  Greenwood is a county of 64,000 people located approximately 50 miles south of Greenville, S.C.
    "In a market as competitive and price-sensitive as videotape, Fuji is delighted that we can offer North American customers the highest quality videotape in the world at competitive prices with the added delivery and customer service capability provided by having a plant in the U.S.," said Stan Bauer, vice president and general manager of the magnetic products division of Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., Fuji's New York-based sales and marketing subsidiary.
    When in full production, the Greenwood plant will manufacture videotape for the U.S. and Canadian markets and will also export to Europe and Japan.
    Fujifilm has additional manufacturing facilities outside Japan in Bedford, Mass., for floppy disks; Germany for videotape and floppy disks; the Netherlands for color film, color paper and presensitized plates (PS plates); Brazil for color film, color paper and photographic processing chemicals; and the United States, Canada, Belgium and Singapore for photographic processing chemicals.
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    /CONTACT:  Allison Colucci or Thomas H. Shay, 914-789-8148, or Craig White in Greenwood, 803-223-2888, ext. 703, all of Fuji Photo Film; or Bruce Bowman, Matthew Afflixio or Adam Sohmer of Daniel J. Edelman, 212-768-0550, for Fuji Photo Film/
    (FUJIY) CO:  Fuji Photo Film, Inc. ST:  South Carolina IN:  HOU SU: GK-OS -- NY022 -- 2115 11/07/91 10:18 EST
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