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Biggest ever Japanese Investment in Northern Ireland announced
Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Limited (FTEL), a subsidiary
of Japan's Fujitsu Limited, is to set up a £29.4 million engineering
centre for advanced communication technology products, which will
employ 400 skilled engineers over the next four years in Belfast,
Sir Reg Empey, MLA, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment,
Sir Reg announced the latest Fujitsu investment - the biggest
ever by a Japanese company in Northern Ireland - at a news conference
He said: "This is a massive stamp of approval from one of the
world's leading technology companies for Northern Ireland as a centre
of excellence in the development of knowledge-led products for communications
including the Internet."
"In addition to these investments, Fujitsu has a number of global
business groupings and through one of these, ICL, it now employs
over 1,100 people in Northern Ireland."
This expansion incorporates the company's existing software operation
in Belfast. This operation was established in early 1999, it currently
employs 30 people and was targeted to grow to 150.
The latest investment, the fourth by Fujitsu in Northern Ireland
since 1996, will create around 250 new jobs for a wide range of
disciplines within telecommunications development industry in addition
to the software operation. The investment has been backed by IDB
and the Training and Employment Agency.
Outlining the reasons for this investment, Dr Kazuo Murano, FTEL
Chairman and Fujitsu Board Member, said: "This strategically important
investment will provide us with the significant new engineering
resource we need to be able to develop smart products quickly for
the fast moving and very demanding global marketplace.
"Our decision to locate this project in Belfast was influenced
by the successful experience of doing business in Northern Ireland
since 1992. "Not only do Queen's University and the University of
Ulster produce some of the best qualified information technology/engineering
graduates in Europe, they have a genuine 'open door' approach which
encourages companies to use their expertise and excellent facilities
for R&D projects," Dr Murano added.
Sir Reg continued: "The planned engineering centre will be
responsible for developing and testing advanced communications products
for Fujitsu in North America and Europe."
"This will involve the new engineering centre in Belfast working
alongside Fujitsu Network Communications Inc, headquartered in Richardson
-Texas, and its operation in San Jose, California in developing
highly innovative products for the pivotally important North American
"It will further enhance Northern Ireland's communications 'cluster'
and consolidate our growing reputation as a region in the forefront
of communication technologies, now the most dynamic global industry,
and provide exciting career opportunities for graduates and other
highly skilled people."
"This investment will also help the current drive by the IDB,
the Department of Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment
and the Software Industry Federation to attract skilled expatriates
home to Northern Ireland by providing extensive career opportunities
with a major international telecommunications technology company."
NOTES TO EDITORS
Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Limited (FTEL) has been offered
Selective Financial Assistance of £3.9 million by IDB towards the
cost of this investment.
Established in 1991 FTEL is a European subsidiary of Fujitsu.
It is headquartered in Birmingham and employs 1,200 people in development
of the group's communications business in Europe.
FTEL has three operations in Northern Ireland - a product repair
and refurbishment facility at Antrim, a manufacturing facility at
Springvale Business Park and a software development centre in Belfast
city. Together they currently employ 145 people - 60 at Antrim,
55 at Springvale and 30 in the existing software engineering centre.
Fujitsu Limited is an internationally renowned Japanese group
with global business focused on the manufacture of semiconductor
devices and components, computers, computer peripherals and telecommunications.
It employs some 188,000 people worldwide. In the year ended March
1999 it had sales of US$43.3 billion and an operating profit of
US$1.1 billion. Its telecommunications-related subsidiaries generated
revenues of US$5.629 billion and profits of US$129million during
the same period. This represents some 13 per cent of Fujitsu's activities
and equates to it being the eighth largest telecoms manufacturer
in the world.
In addition, the company's United Kingdom subsidiary, ICL Limited,
has an extensive presence in Northern Ireland which includes:
- Kainos Software, a joint venture with QUBIS, Queen's University's
- the recently announced ICL-Microsoft Solutions Centre;
- a managed services and outsourcing operation;
- Synergy Centres, a multimedia, cyberskills and technology transfer
Unit owned jointly with the University of Ulster.
Fujitsu Network Communications Inc, a US business unit of Fujitsu
Limited, designs and manufactures fibre-optic transmission and broadband
switching platforms for delivery of voice, data and video services.
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