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 is a Japanese multinational computer hardware and IT services company headquartered in the Shiodome City Center complex in Minato, Tokyomarker.. Fujitsu's central focus is on providing IT-driven business solutions, but the company and its subsidiaries also offer a diversity of products and services in the areas of personal computing, telecommunications and advanced microelectronics.


With over 185,000 employees worldwide, including subsidiaries and affiliates in 70 countries, Fujitsu is the world's fourth largest IT services provider and the largest in Japan.

The slogan "The possibilities are infinite" can be found below the company's logo on major advertisements and ties in with the small logo above the letters J and I of the word Fujitsu. This smaller logo, (∞), represents the symbol for infinity.

History

The company was established on June 20, 1935 under the name Fuji Tsūshinki Seizō ( , Fuji Telecommunications Equipment Manufacturing), a spinoff of the Fuji Electric Company, this in turn being a joint venture between the Furukawa Electric Company and German conglomerate Siemens founded in 1923. Despite its connections to the Furukawa zaibatsu, Fujitsu escaped the Allied occupation of Japan mostly unscathed.

In 1954 Fujitsu manufactured Japan's first computer, the FACOM 100, and in 1961 the transistorized FACOM 222. In 1967, the company's name was officially changed to the contraction Fujitsū ( ).

In 1955, Fujitsu founded Kawasaki Frontale ( , Kawasaki Furontāre) as a Fujitsu soccer club. Kawasaki Frontale has now been a J. League football club since 1999.

In 1971 Fujitsu signed an OEM agreement with the Canadian company, Consolidated Computers Ltd (later Consolidated Computer Inc.) to distribute CCL's world leading data entry product, Key-Edit. Fujitsu joined both ICL who earlier began marketing Key-Edit in the British Commonwealth of countries as well as in both western and eastern Europe; and CCL's direct marketing staff in Canada, USA, London (UK) and Frankfurt. Mers Kutt, inventor of Key-Edit and founder of CCL, was the common thread that led to Fujitsu’s later association with ICL and Gene Amdahl.

In 1990 Fujitsu bought 80% of International Computers Limited (ICL), which ultimately became Fujitsu Services in 2002. Fujitsu Services' business is helping its customers realize the value of information technology through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed service contracts. It serves customers in the private and public sectors across Europe including retail, financial services and Government.

In July 1991, ICL (Fujitsu) acquired more than half of the Russian company KME-CS (Kazan Manufacturing Enterprise of Computer Systems, Kazanmarker, Tatarstan, Russiamarker). The agreement was signed between Peter Bonfield (President of ICL) and Mintimer Shaimiev (President of the Tatarstan Republic).

From February 1989 until mid-1997 Fujitsu built the FM Towns PC variant. It started as a proprietary PC variant intended for multimedia applications and computer games, but later became more compatible with regular PCs. In 1993, the FM Towns Marty was released, a gaming console compatible with the FM Towns games.

Amdahl became a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu in 1997 and with it the DMR consulting group, based in Canada.

In 1998 Fujitsu was headquartered in Nakahara-kumarker, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecturemarker and maintained an office in Chiyoda, Tokyomarker.

The active partnership with Siemens AG was revived in 1999 in the form of Fujitsu Siemens Computers, which became one of Europe's largest IT hardware suppliers, and was owned 50/50 by Fujitsu and Siemens. However, on April 1, 2009 Fujitsu bought out Siemens' stake in the Fujitsu Siemens Computers joint venture for approximately EUR450m. Fujitsu Siemens Computers became Fujitsu Technology Solutions from this date.

Shiodome City Center, which became Fujitsu's headquarters, opened in 2003.

In 1992, Fujitsu introduced the world's first 21-inch full-color plasma display. It was a hybrid, based upon the plasma display created at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and NHK STRL, achieving superior brightness. Many people will be familiar with Fujitsu through such consumer products - they are sold through a subsidiary joint venture company Fujitsu General, along with air conditioners.

On March 2, 2004, Fujitsu Computer Products of America lost a class action lawsuit over hard disk drives with defective chips and firmware.Fujitsu also signed a partner agreement with Al-Manteq Co (which are distributers of Fujitsu products in Libya. Libya being one of the most rapidly increasing economies in the world.

In October 2004, Fujitsu's Australian subsidiary bought the Australian arm of Atos Origin, a systems implementation company specializing in SAP.

On April 1, 2006, Fujitsu Software Corporation merged with Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation.

In October 2007 Fujitsu launched its new $10 Million facility in Noida, Indiamarker.

In October 2007 Fujitsu's Australia & New Zealand subsidiary bought Infinity Solutions Ltd, a New Zealand IT hardware, services and consultancy company.

In January 2009 Fujitsu reached an agreement to sell its HDD business to Toshiba. Transfer of the business is supposed to conclude at the end of the fiscal 1st quarter of 2009.

List of Fujitsu products

Computing Products Division
  • Lifebook notebook computers.
  • Stylistic Tablet PC's
  • Mobile Phones.
  • Tablet personal computers, pen based computers. With rotating screen and plastic pen.
  • Scanners - for various purposes of copying print in to digital files.
  • Ethernet switches
  • KVM switches
  • Servers SPARC Enterprise, PRIMEPOWER, PRIMEQUEST, PRIMERGY high end UNIX, Linux Windows products.
  • ETERNUS storage for enterprise environments.
  • Hard drives for notebook computers, work stations and enterprise servers.
  • Hard drives for notebook computers with Full Disk Encryption (FDE)
  • Mag EraSURE degaussers for disposal of magnetic computing media.
  • Point-Of-Sale Applications


In popular culture

In the movie Back to the Future Part II, in a fictional future, in 2015 most companies are Japanese-owned. In 2015, Marty's employer is Fujitsu, and he is fired by company owner Ito Fujitsu, who the characters had nicknamed "The Jits". When the film was shown in Japan, audiences did not understand the joke since Fujitsu is not a person's name, it is only a company name; therefore this was the Japanese equivalent to Marty being fired by "Mr. General Motors".

In the video game Street Fighter Alpha 2, Rolento's stage features a large billboard of a woman in a green bikini holding the keyboard and monitor of a Fujitsu computer.

In the movie Scary Movie 4 there is dialogue between Cindy and the ghost boy. The parody has them speaking in Japanese, but in reality they are just using Japanese brand names, and other popular Japanese terms. The scene ends with Cindy yelling "Fujitsu" while telling the ghost boy to "wait."



Australian spokesman

The key media figurehead for Fujitsu General in Australia is Mark Taylor, a now-retired former captain for the Australian Test Cricketing Side. He has done several advertisements for Fujitsu and has advertised such deals as Fujitsu Free Money and such air conditioning units as the Fujitsu Inverter System. Mark Taylor has been advertising Fujitsu General's products for a few years now and has become the Australian icon of the Company.

See also



References

[http://www.reuters.com/article/innovationNews/idUSTRE50D5LN20090114CEO BILALL TAGHDI

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