Fujifilm first penetrated into overseas markets primarily through its Imaging Solutions business. The company established a German subsidiary in charge of the comprehensive management of its European operations in 1966 and a manufacturing company in the Netherlands which was tasked with manufacturing color paper and color films in 1982.
Today, FUJIFILM Europe GmbH (Duesseldorf, Germany) acts as Strategic Headquarters for the region and supports its group companies in Europe by formulating marketing and corporate strategies. In addition, FUJIFILM Europe B.V. (Tilburg, The Netherlands) covers the logistics, finance and procurement control functions for the entire European market.
Fujifilm also operates a number of manufacturing sites throughout the region, among them FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V. in Tilburg, The Netherlands, as a flagship manufacturing base in Europe for the production of color paper and offset plates, as well as FUJIFILM Hunt Chemicals Europe N.V. (Kruibeke, Belgium), a manufacturer of chemicals for the photographic and graphic arts markets.
Nowadays Fujifilm entities operate in over 50 group companies in Europe and employ more than 5,000 people engaged in R&D, manufacturing, sales, and service support. Throughout Europe they serve a range of industries including medical, life science, graphic arts, electronic materials, chemical, optics, recording media, motion picture, and photographic technologies.