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Fujifilm Announces New Plate Plant in the Netherlands

Press release from the issuing company

VALHALLA, N.Y. (Nov. 2, 2005) - Fuji Photo Film has announced plans to build a second plate production line at the company's Tilburg, the Netherlands, plate manufacturing facility. The plate line, which signals an investment of nearly $48 million, is the largest investment for offset plates in Europe since the original construction of the factory in 1991. With an expansion of the existing plate line earlier this year, the Tilburg plate manufacturing plant started production of Fujifilm's Brillia LP-NV violet photopolymer CTP plate in order to supply both thermal and photopolymer CTP plates to the European market. In order to match the rapidly increasing demand for both plate technologies, Fujifilm has decided to construct a new second plate line for added flexibility in the product mix. Tilburg's second plate line is being built alongside the existing line, and will be dedicated to the production of offset CTP plates. This new facility mirrors the growth in use of CTP plates within the European market and is in response to the outstanding success that Fujifilm has had with its Brillia CTP plate range since its launch in 1998. This investment is also part of the expansion of Fujifilm's worldwide plate manufacturing capability, following the opening of a new CTP plate line in Greenwood, S.C. in 2004, and the decision to construct a second plate production plant in Suzhou, China. Construction of the new plate line in Tilburg has already begun and should be fully operational in October 2006.