2New 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.
3Fujifilm’s Creation Tree
4It 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.
5Fujifilm Still Busy With Consumer Imaging Products
6Key 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.
7Gas Separation Membrane
8Fujifilm’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.
9Digital 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.
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.