|In midrange and low-end servers, Fujitsu completely renewed its server
product lineup, releasing a new series that serves both the UNIX and Windows NT
operating systems environments. The variety and flexibility of our lineup gives
customers one-stop shopping solutions.
The Japanese personal computer market repeated its phenomenal growth of the previous fiscal year with sales of 7.5 million units, a 30% increase in fiscal 1996. Fujitsu vigorously worked to expand sales by releasing notebook personal computers developed in pursuit of small size and light weight. Sales of personal computers thus grew for companies and individuals alike, reaching two million units shipped. Overseas, Fujitsu released its notebook personal computers in the U.S. in July 1996. To market and service Fujitsu's personal computers, a new company was established in the U.K. for the European market. In October 1996, our new lineup of notebook personal computers received a warm welcome when it was released simultaneously in the U.S. and Europe under the same brand name. The company's efforts in fiscal 1996 were rewarded with shipments of more than 2.8 million personal computers worldwide. That put the company in the number 8 position worldwide. To climb to the number 3 slot by the year 2000, Fujitsu will continue to strengthen its development, manufacturing and sales infrastructures around the globe.
Hard Disk Drives
The increased demand for personal computers brought with it the need for large numbers of hard disk drives. To meet the demand, the company has increased production at its Thailand Plant and has started operating new plants in the Philippines and Vietnam. The three plants produce one million units per month, which are distributed worldwide and put us at number 7 in the world. We plan to be number 3 by the year 2000.
Services and Software
The services and software business, which has grown steadily every year, now has 37% of sales in the information processing group. In services, Fujitsu focused on systems integration, out-sourcing and maintenance services, working to strengthen its position in these areas. Systems integration holds the most important position in the solutions business, as it is the key to building successful large-scale networks. For example, Fujitsu implemented the world's largest client-server system, which integrates about a hundred servers, 10,000 personal computers and the associated software.
Fujitsu's out-sourcing service, which
handles customers' computer system jobs by proxy, expanded smoothly. To keep pace
with the rapid expansion of this business, Fujitsu started construction of a
second systems center following last year's establishment of Japan's largest
systems center. In maintenance services, the company established an integrated
support center to assist the operation of client-server systems, providing
one-stop solution services around the clock, 365 days a year.
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