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Fujifilm-South Carolina Celebrates Opening of New Plate Line

Press release from the issuing company

VALHALLA, N.Y. (Feb. 17, 2005) – Fuji Photo Film, Inc. is celebrating the opening of a $100 million manufacturing facility for the production of digital computer-to-plate (CTP) pre-sensitized plates for the graphic arts industry at its North American manufacturing and research complex in Greenwood, S.C. “This new digital CTP production facility takes Fujifilm to the next level in terms of providing our U.S., Canadian and Central and South American customer with the newest generation of pre-sensitized plates,” said Nick Sekiguchi, president of Fuji Photo Film, Inc. “Building on the 15 years of knowledge and experience we gained from manufacturing the world’s finest conventional PS plates here in Greenwood, Fujifilm’s associates participated in the design of the world’s most technologically sophisticated line, focusing on making the process highly productive and consistent.” Fuji Photo Film, Inc. welcomed several hundred guests, suppliers, customers and company associates to the celebration at the Greenwood manufacturing facility, which will produce Fujifilm’s Brillia line of digital plates, including the latest violet plates for the newspaper market. Fujifilm’s Brillia line of digital plates boasts both consistency and reliability, giving users the confidence they need in today’s competitive market. This family of plates also features Fujifilm’s proprietary MG-MultiGrain technology that yields outstanding printing efficiency, rich tone reproduction, long press life and simple platemaking. “The use of CTP plates in the printing industry is in an explosive growth mode. CTP demand is at an all-time high,” said Shigetaka Komori, president and CEO of Fuji Photo Film Ltd., who traveled from Tokyo to attend the ceremony. “Fujifilm-South Carolina is one of Fujifilm’s four global production hubs and the Greenwood operations will continue to play a key strategic role in Fujifilm’s success in the years ahead.” “We’re very proud of this new facility and we know it will play a crucial role in helping us continue to deliver the best products and services in the industry,” adds Tim Combs, senior vice president, sales and marketing, for Enovation Graphic Systems, Inc. Fujifilm’s first U.S. production facility was built in Greenwood in 1988 for the product ion of conventional pre-sensitized plates. Since then, the Greenwood complex has grown from a 150-acre complex to nearly 550 acres, adding capabilities for manufacturing videotape, color paper, 35mm and graphic arts film, medical imaging products and Fujifilm’s one-time-use QuickSnap cameras. The company has invested more than $1.4 billion in Greenwood and the manufacturing facilities occupy approximately 2.5 million square feet. In 1994, Fuji Photo Film, Inc. received its first ISO 9002 certification and has never failed to be recertified. In 1999, ISO 14001 certification was also granted. In addition to investing in the manufacturing facilities, Fujifilm has also invested heavily in the local community, establishing the Palmetto Walk Nature Trail as well as a food plot and habitat preservation for wildlife. When Fujifilm announced the expansion for the latest plate line, the company made a donation to the Reedy-Saluda Rivers Watershed project. As the company celebrates the grand opening of this plate line, it also announces two gifts to the city of Greenwood in thanks for the community’s longtime support and friendship. The first is a multi-year contribution to the Lander University Capital Campaign, which will be used to establish a summer program to encourage top high school students in Greenwood County to pursue studies in math and science. The second gift is in support of the construction of a new public library for the Greenwood community and the Lakelands area. The new state-of-the-art library will replace the current public library, which was built in 1958. “The vision for the new library is to connect the community to the world, to each other, and to a better future,” added Sekiguchi.