FUJIFILM Corporation formally starts the full-scale operation of its first manufacturing facility in the country on Tuesday.
Registered as Fujifilm Optics Philippines Inc., the Japanese company invested a total of 2.3 billion yen or approximately P990 million which handles processing and assembling of optical lenses for digital cameras, surveillance cameras, and projectors.
The new facility is also holding an integrated production equipment such as lens polishing machine which polishes the surface of glass lenses with high precision at nano level and vacuum operation machine which process to coat the surface of glass lenses with multilayer thin films for anti-reflection.
Aside from polishing and coating processes, the local facility will also assemble multiple lenses and other parts to form product units. The opening of Fujifilm in the country is the company’s response to the wide range and diversifying needs of customers, said Fujifilm Corporation President Shigehiro Nakajima.
Nakajima said the company has transformed its business structure from photographic film focus since it experienced drastic decline of demand accounting only 5 percent of its peak in the year 2000.
“From photographic film business, we transform our business structure to new areas promoting future growth,” he mentioned.
Hence, the company now focuses on six new fields such as medical system and laboratory science, highly functional material, digital imaging, graphic art products, document solutions, and optical devices.
The 5.3-hectare facility located at Carmelray International Business Park in Canlubang, Laguna will be accounted for the company’s digital imaging and optical devices manufactuting.
Fujifilm Philippines initially employed 100 personnel in 2013 with production capacity of 2 million lenses in a year.
It is set to increase its production by 2014 and 2015 with a capacity of 12 million and 18 million, respectively.
As it increases its production, Fujifilm Philippines will also expand its number of employees to 300 by 2014 and up to 600 personnel by 2015.
Fujifilm Optics Philipines Inc. President Akinori Harada noted that 70 percent of the total manufactured products will be exported to Japan, China and other Asian regions.
The remaining 30 percent, meanwhile, will be distributed to Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) registered companies.
Moreover, Fujifilm Philippines is the sixth facility of Fujifilm Corporation within Asean. Other facilities were established in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
Aside from its facilities within Asean, it has also manufacturing site in China.
Meanwhile, Harada disclosed to the members of the press that they are looking forward for expansion of operation and facility in the Philippines as the newly opened facility covers only half a hectare from its 5.3 hectares land asset. PNA