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Our photographic expertise has led our diversification into photoresist materials and inkjet printing inks. Our understanding of materials has inspired us to make fine-pore filters used in brewing and medicine.
Semiconductors are a 30-trilliion-yen-a-year business and three trillion yen of that is in the materials used to make semiconductors*. Several of these key materials — photoresist, slurry and developing chemicals — are products of Fujifilm. As semiconductors become more complex, we are extending our reach to meet industry needs. Acquisitions are accelerating our global expansion.
Since 1983 Fujifilm have manufactured and marketed the photoresist used to etch tiny circuits in chips. In 2004 we acquired Arch Chemical's Microelectronic Materials Division, which develops, manufactures and distributes specialty products for the semiconductor industry. In 2005 we bought a 50% stake in Planar Solutions, a leader in CMP (chemical-mechanical planarization) slurry technology used to polish silicon wafers flat. In 2006 we launched a manufacturing operation in China to make photo-developer chemicals for semiconductor processes.
As more people and businesses use inkjet printing, we are expanding our ability to satisfy global demand. Besides developing our own new dye and pigment technologies to make inks, we acquired Sericol, a top industrial ink maker, in 2005. Sericol's high-speed inkjet UV inks harden through exposure to UV light, giving very fast drying times that improve printing productivity. In 2006 we acquired Avecia, a leader in dye and pigment ink products for inkjet printers. And in 2007 we purchased Dimatix, the leading manufacturer of industrial inkjet printer heads. By integrating these areas of expertise, we are developing new higher-quality printing products and strengthening our position in the inkjet market.
Fujifilm microfilters are used in many industries. They provide ultra-pure water needed for making LCDs and other electronic components. They filter out yeast from the fermentation of alcoholic beverages, making possible unpasteurized draft beer in bottles and cans. And they are used in pharmaceutical processes — to remove dangerous particles from infusions of Ringer's solution, for example.
Our digital X-ray systems serve industry as well as medicine. X-rays can reveal interior defects, thereby allowing non-destructive testing (NDT) of products and structures. NDT is ideal for maintaining jet engines and checking the structural integrity of buildings. Fujifilm NDT systems are widely used in the aeronautics, automotive and electrical power generation industries.
Microfilm has an archival service life of about 500 years. Fujifilm microfilm scanning solutions and films help organizations save and manage information. For cultural treasures and historical documents, high-resolution microfilm enables space-saving archiving and allows more people to view these irreplaceable images safely. Our microfilm solutions include digital integration to let images be viewed on the Internet. Fujifilm has also integrated microfilm into electronic record-keeping systems for government and business.
Our inkjet printing papers are known for their vivid color rendition and image clarity. We also make pressure-sensitive paper used in multipart forms, and heat-sensitive paper used in tiny thermal printers. Our pressure measurement film reveals differences in applied pressure. It is commonly used to check the contact between teeth in dentistry, and to adjust artificial limb interfaces. Industrial applications include tire contact area measurement and automobile collision testing.