How Fujifilm Is Innovating in New Businesses, Technologies

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2015-06-18
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How Fujifilm Is Innovating in New Businesses, Technologies

    by Chris Preimesberger
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    2 - New Innovation Hub Opens in Santa Clara
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    New Innovation Hub Opens in Santa Clara

    The Fujifilm Innovation Hub is located in the middle of Silicon Valley, where many of the best developers in the world reside. This strategy is similar to that of other global companies, such as Ericsson, BMW and Volkswagen, who also have built meeting places like this for idea-sharing and deal-making. The new Hub is where business partners discuss firsthand the core technologies that underlie materials and products developed by the FujiFilm Group, as well as breakthrough technologies, materials and products currently under development.
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    3 - FujiFilm's Creation Tree
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    Fujifilm's Creation Tree

    As indicated by this graphic, Fujifilm has "branched" into a number of businesses that industry analysts and investors probably never would have dreamed possible.
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    4 - It All Started from a Can of Film
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    It All Started from a Can of Film

    Dr. Bruce Novich, president of Fujifilm's Industrial and Corporate New Business Development Division, explains to guests that the core technology of many of Fujifilm's new businesses comes directly out of the same IP that went into creating its first product: camera film. "We saw these trends coming, and rather than fight them, we embraced other technologies that filled in closely behind them," Novich said.
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    5 - FujiFilm Still Busy With Consumer Imaging Products
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    Fujifilm Still Busy With Consumer Imaging Products

    While the company is looking ahead at new products and markets, it remains one of the largest digital camera makers in the world, with various types of cameras for various age groups and markets.
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    6 - Key Component for PC Touch-Screens
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    Key Component for PC Touch-Screens

    Fujifilm's IP, based mostly on its film patents, is used in most laptop and desktop touch-screens—a clear film layer, called Exclear, under the glass that helps the device register touches and gestures so that the user can navigate applications. This is a conductive film with low resistance containing microscopic wire mesh that can change its shape three-dimensionally. Toshiba is one major PC maker that has allowed Fujifilm to publicize its use of the layer; other major manufacturers also use the clear touch layer but prefer not to have their names used.
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    7 - Gas Separation Membrane
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    Gas Separation Membrane

    When natural gas is pumped out of the ground, along with it comes many other elements that render it impure for immediate use. Using Fujifilm's core tech, it has produced this gas purificator, which uses a membrane-separation method to block out methane, carbon dioxide and other unwanted gases.
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    8 - FujiFilm's Cosmetics Line
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    Fujifilm's Cosmetics Line

    It turns out that some of the core elements in Fujifilm's imaging business involve antioxidants, and what better building block for a cosmetics business? With researchers experimenting with antioxidants and chemicals aimed at brightening the skin, the company has invested in cosmetic and other health-related laboratories over the last decade. Of the 200,000 chemicals in Fujifilm’s catalog, 4,000 are antioxidants that could be used for cosmetic purposes. The brand, called Astalift, has been on the market for about five years.
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    Digital Tape Storage

    Fujifilm long has been a market leader in providing digital tape for data and video storage. Although the market has leveled out over the past few years, with digital storage becoming cheaper all the time, there is still a large market for cold-storage-type data archiving. Areal densities on tape continue to improve; the latest cartridges can hold as much as 125TBs of data; sources told eWEEK that 220TB disks aren't far off.
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    Optical Lenses

    One would figure that an imaging company would also be in the optical lens production business, and Fujifilm certainly is. It uses its aspherical lens processing, grinding and polishing technologies. The company is able to produce lenses for a wide range of uses.
 

Kodak ruled the world of film-based imaging for more than a century; Fujifilm was one of its top competitors. Kodak, as large and successful as it once was, filed for bankruptcy 10 years ago and changed its core business, focusing now on packaging, printing and professional services; Fujifilm is going strong and growing. How did this happen? In a word: innovation. When digital imaging came to mainstream use in the 1990s, Kodak was slow to move, choosing to continue developing its bread-and-butter products and services. Fujifilm looked around and found other use cases—such as X-ray film—for its core intellectual property and now is branching out in disparate new areas. The Tokyo-based company on June 16 opened its second Innovation Hub, which is in Santa Clara, Calif. (The first is in Tokyo.) At the new hub, the company showcases interesting use cases and invites thought leaders to join with the company in creating new products. In the Hub, markets represented include energy, environmental science, IT, transportation, bio-pharmaceutical and regenerative medicine. This eWEEK slide show offers key highlights from the June 16 grand opening. (Photos by Chris Preimesberger)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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