Fujitsu Limited was founded in Tokyo as a telecommunications equipment company, under the name Fuji Tsushinki Manufacturing Corporation. It was a spin-off of the communications division of the Fuji Electric Company and a joint venture with the German Siemens Corporation. This is also where the name Fujitsu originated: Fu-ji-tsu is made up of Fuji Electric, Jimenzu (Siemens in Japanese) and Tsushin, the Japanese word for communication.
In 1972 Fujitsu began co-development with Amdahl Corporation, then a key player in the US market. In 1978 Fujitsu began a formal cooperation with Siemens to market Fujitsu mainframes in Europe.
In 1987 facilities in Augsburg opened as the most modern IT factory in Europe. The manufacturing plant has continued to be a core research, manufacturing and development facility for Fujitsu Technology Solutions and the Fujitsu Group.
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