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$20 Million Investment in new Fujitsu Innovation Center

Fujitsu, world’s 3rd largest ICT provider, puts its know-how and technologies to work in Quebec

Fujitsu Canada, Inc.

Quebec City, QC, November 30, 2011

Quebec City is the site where Fujitsu Canada has launched the Fujitsu Innovation Center, the very first of its kind in Canada. The $20 million overall initiative will create 50 high quality jobs and could lead to the creation of other specialized jobs in the coming years, given its strong growth potential.

The setup of the Fujitsu Innovation Center was made possible because of major investments of some $14 million over three years by Fujitsu, headquartered in Tokyo, coupled with $6 million in financial assistance from Quebec’s Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Exports as part of the mobilizing ÉcoloTIC project. The project stems from the Stratégie québécoise de la recherche et de l’innovation 2010-2013, and its overall development is under the responsibility of Prompt.

"The Quebec government is proud to support Fujitsu with its expansion project. This is an excellent example of our commitment to support job creation and the deployment of a diversified economy in Quebec. Fujitsu's presence among us strengthens our Quebec information technology sector. Also, we have worked with our partners, including Fujitsu, to launch the Écolo TIC project, which will bring together businesses, research centers and universities to develop, test and demonstrate "green" digital technologies. This project ensures that Quebec will increasingly become a major player on the global technology stage," pointed out the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Exports and the minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region, Mr. Sam Hamad.

"The economy of the Capitale-Nationale region is doing very well. Fujitsu's decision to set up operations in Quebec City is proof of how attractive pour region is. It is a great demonstration of the vibrancy of our ICT industry, the quality of our workforce and the enviable business atmosphere our technology sector enjoys. The presence of the Fujitsu Innovation Center in Quebec City is part of that," commented Mr. Patrick Huot, MNA for Vanier.

A space for open collaboration

The Fujitsu Innovation Center is a collaborative space where business partners and customers are invited to work with Fujitsu specialists to put new ideas into practice and thus build innovative business solutions. “The work there is different from that of an R&D center,” explained Mr. Giroux, senior vice-president and director of Fujitsu’s Quebec City office. It starts where research ends. The work involves prototyping or demonstrations.” Fujitsu estimates that it will develop some 20 initiatives in cooperation with about ten partners in its innovation center by March 2014, innovation being one of the key elements of its development strategy.

The Fujitsu Innovation Center now gives Quebec City businesses access to Fujitsu’s products and technologies available worldwide, its experts’ know-how—especially in the area of cloud computing and Green IT —, the expertise of its major global partners and collaborators, and the capacity of its data centers and laboratories, where it invests $2.7 billion every year to design tomorrow’s concepts and products. The activities of the Fujitsu Innovation Center follow specific management practices that encourage open innovation.

“At Fujitsu, we harness the power of technology to serve the company so it can take on the major challenges it faces. Whether healthcare, insurance or geospatial, optics/photonics problems or, more broadly, the effective management of information resources, Fujitsu technologies and products provide major opportunities we must exploit,” stated Mr. Christian Giroux. The Fujitsu Innovation Center will also focus mainly on problems encountered in the industry sectors well represented in Quebec City.

Fujitsu chose Quebec City to set up an innovation center because the Quebec City office is one of Fujitsu’s key global offices thanks especially to its some 1,100 employees, and because its managers have been building productive business relationships for almost 40 years now in the Quebec City market. The city’s vibrancy and its unique character were also major factors in gaining the support of the Japanese managers.

About Fujitsu Canada

The Canadian affiliate of Fujitsu—the world’s 3rd largest provider of information and communication technology (ICT)—Fujitsu Canada leverage its experience and the power of ICT to contribute to the success of its customers and make them more competitive. What makes it special? The ways it exploits its global capacities for the benefit of local markets. Its commitment? Focus its activities on the customer’s needs to find the best fit solution for its expectations. Its products and services include: system development and integration, delegated management, cloud computing, consulting services, industry solutions, servers, storage devices, point of sale systems and mobile devices.
For more information, please see: fujitsu.com/ca

Press Contact - FCI

Irving Frydman
directeur national, Communications marketing


Phone: Phone: 905-286-3422
Fax: 1-800-263-8716
E-mail: E-mail: ifrydman@fujitsu.ca
Company:Fujitsu Canada

Date: November 30, 2011
City: Quebec City, QC
Company: Fujitsu Canada, Inc.