Fujitsu Quality Laboratory Opens Subsidiary in China
- Offering local quality and environmental assurance services for electrical and electronic components -
Kawasaki — Fujitsu Quality Laboratory Limited today announced the establishment of Chinese subsidiary Fujitsu Quality Laboratory (Suzhou) Ltd., which will offer local quality and environmental assurance services, including RoHS(1) compliance services, on electrical and electronic components procured from China by Japanese assembled product manufacturers. The new company began operations on January 7, 2009.
The services offered by Fujitsu Quality Laboratory (Suzhou) will make the quality monitoring of Chinese-made electrical and electronic components more efficient and help boost product quality. In the future, the company also plans to offer quality-improvement consulting services to Chinese electronic product manufacturers, assisting them in raising the quality and reliability of their goods.
Fujitsu Quality Laboratory was established in Kawasaki, Japan, in August 2006 to capitalize on Fujitsu’s 70 years of experience managing manufacturing quality. The company provides an array of quality-related services, including reliability assessments and failure analyses of components and materials for electronic product manufacturers, and consulting to improve quality and lower costs. With the increasing reliance on components made in China, there is a growing need for these services, as well as for supplier quality monitoring, in order to relieve the burden placed on product manufacturers and assist them in maintaining overall product quality.
To address this issue, Fujitsu Quality Laboratory has now established Fujitsu Quality Laboratory (Suzhou) in China’s Jiangsu Province, a manufacturing center for Japanese-affiliated companies, to provide local quality and environmental monitoring of electrical and electronic components to Japanese companies that are handling this on an individual basis. As Fujitsu Quality Laboratory (Suzhou) can provide comprehensive monitoring of a given supplier, the process of environmental and quality monitoring is considerably more efficient than the sole respective efforts of many Japanese product manufacturers.
In the future, Fujitsu Quality Laboratory also plans to offer quality testing, failure analysis, quality-improvement consulting and training, material analysis, and environmental analysis to Chinese assembled product manufacturers. Towards that end, Fujitsu Quality Laboratory signed an agreement in September 2008 with the Wuxi Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau(2), a mandatory inspection government agency charged with raising quality among Chinese manufacturers, and the Mechanical and Electrical Product Testing Center of Jiangsu Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, to establish a joint testing lab. The lab will be designed to help all Chinese electrical and electronic components manufacturers, including those affiliated with Japanese companies, to improve their quality and reliability.
Overview of Fujitsu Quality Laboratory (Suzhou) Ltd.
1. Name: Fujitsu Quality Laboratory (Suzhou) Ltd.
2. Headquarters: No.2, Keling Road, Gaoxin District, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China (located inside Suzhou Gaoxin Software Park)
Hiromasa Kimura, chairman (special advisor to Fujitsu Limited; representative director and president, Fujitsu Quality Laboratory Limited); Nobuo Kamehara, president (special advisor to Fujitsu Quality Laboratory Limited)
4. Lines of business:
- Quality assurance services: product inspection, reliability assessment, failure analysis, material analysis, troubleshooting, component-maker quality monitoring, quality-improvement consulting, training and education, and related services.
- Environmental assurance services: environmental analysis (corrosive gases, VOCs(3), asbestos), RoHS regulatory analysis and managed-system monitoring, training and education, and related services.
5. Established: January 7, 2009
6. Start of operations: January 7, 2009
7. Capital: US$ 1 million (100% subsidiary of Fujitsu Quality Laboratory Limited)
Overview of Fujitsu Quality Laboratory Limited
1. Headquarters: 4-1-1 Kamikodanaka, Nakahara-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan
2. Representative: Hiromasa Kimura, president (special advisor to Fujitsu Limited; representative director and president, Fujitsu Quality Laboratory Limited)
3. Lines of business: Product development, component reliability assessments (including fault prevention and countermeasures), failure analysis, development-process improvement based on supplier monitoring & CMMI(4), consulting, material analysis, environmental analysis, and training support.
4. Established: August 1, 2006
5. Capital: JPY 100 million (100% subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited)
6. Employees: 154
An acronym for the European Union directive “Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment,” which went into effect June 2007. Mandates registration, assessment, approval, and restrictions on certain substances.
2 Wuxi Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau:
Products being imported to or exported from China require permits and licenses from this agency, which conducts mandatory inspections (safety, environmental, and quality) on the articles in question. Products handled by the Mechanical and Electrical Product Testing Center of Jiangsu Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau include electrical and mechanical products in general. The center has jurisdiction over some 2,000 companies in the Jiangsu region. The agency’s Textile Products Department has established a joint testing lab inside the agency with Japan’s textile-testing body.
Location: No.10, Huaxia Middle Road, Dongting, Xishan District, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
Volatile organic compound. These organic compounds can vaporize and enter the atmosphere. Emissions of VOCs are regulated under the laws of most nations.
Capability Maturity Model Integration. A model for process-improvement maturity generally used as guidelines for assessing and improving system development processes. Developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute.
Fujitsu is a leading provider of IT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 160,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.3 trillion yen (US$53 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008. For more information, please see: http://www.fujitsu.com/
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