Congress appropriates funds for advanced display technology

  

GREENWOOD, SC – January 28, 2008 – FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc., announced today that the 2008 Defense Appropriations Bill includes $1.6 million dollars to accelerate a project to develop and deliver advanced, cost-effective and energy-efficient display technology for the U.S. military. The funding has been allocated to a Navy defense project that will aid in the development of an advanced projection display system for U.S. Navy Tactical Operations Centers.

"We cannot thank Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Gresham Barrett enough," said Nick Sekiguchi, president, FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. "Their untiring support and commitment to our facilities in South Carolina were instrumental in bringing this project to fruition."

The project will employ advanced screen technology produced exclusively at the Fujifilm manufacturing complex in Greenwood, South Carolina and precision rear-projection technology from Combat Displays Inc. "Fujifilm scientists and engineers at the Greenwood Research Laboratories will work closely with our partners to create a superior technology solution to meet the rigorous performance standards required by the Defense Department," continued Sekiguchi.

SCRAMscreen® technology is a patented screen design that absorbs surrounding light and allows the viewer to see a high-definition image in bright light conditions. FUJIFILM will use its customized screens for this advanced display technology. This project is one of many that use the imaging, thin film coating and manufacturing expertise of Fujifilm to broaden the product and technology portfolio at the facility and to help build additional economic and business opportunities in Greenwood.

Combat Displays, Inc. is developing solid state display systems that do not require external air vents to remain cool, and are totally sealed from the environment. These systems will be scalable in size and performance and use common components to drive down the cost of design. Combat operations in Southwest Asia have highlighted the need for significantly improved display systems to operate in the world's harshest environments; in the air, at sea, and on land. Such environments are characterized by extreme operating temperatures, blowing dust, and talcum powder-like sand, which wreak havoc on sensitive electronic systems and components.

About FUJIFILM

FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc., began manufacturing operations in South Carolina in 1988. Today, 900 Associates are employed at the 500-acre Greenwood complex. they produce PS printing plates, color photographic paper, QuickSnap one-time-use recyclable cameras, and SCRAMscreens (projection screens). The site is also home to the Greenwood Research Laboratories and FUJIFILM's largest distribution center in the world.

FUJIFILM Corporation brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries including medical, life sciences, consumer electronic, chemical, graphic arts, information systems, photography, and office products based on its vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical, and thin film coating technologies. It was ranked number 15 for U.S. patents granted in 2006, employs more than 75,000 people worldwide. For more information, please visit www.fujifilm.com.

About Combat Displays

Combat Displays, Inc., designs and develops ruggedized state-of-the-art, LED illuminated, light weight, rear projection display systems for military, commercial, and law enforcement agencies, using SCRAMscreen® technology.

Unlike most rear projection and flat panel display screens, Combat Displays's systems absorb ambient light, thus eliminating glare, making them easily viewable even in the harshest lighting environments. LED illumination and all solid state design provide significant increases in MTBF while slashing power and cooling requirements. For more information, please visit www.combatdisplays.com.


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