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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Oct. 26) – Fuji Xerox Australia office products company is eyeing the Solomon Islands market.

[PIR editor’s note: Fuji Xerox is a subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film Co. of Japan, in which Xerox Corporation of the USA has a 25 percent interest. It distributes Xerox and Fuji Xerox products throughout the Asia Pacific region through operations in Japan, Australia, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam]

Steve Kealey, a representative from Fuji Xerox Australia who is responsible for the South, East and North Queensland regions - and a director of a several shops in Toowoomba and Cairns - is now in the country. He is assisted by Andrew Hanaria, who is a local management consultant based in Australia.

Both are here to assess the market opportunity for Fuji Xerox in the Solomons.

According to Mr. Hanaria, they are in the process of arranging training for local technicians and managers in their Sydney headquarters on the digital mode converting from the analog mode for adaptation to the changing technology environment.

"It is a healthy business practice for business and companies to have options and make choices as to what product suit their particular needs," Mr. Hanaria stated.

Fuji Xerox hopes to stay for a long time and therefore care must be taken in ensuring that proper market assessment is done, thus the main reason for them to be here.

Mr. Kealey said Fuji Xerox is an international company joint operation of Fuji Film Corporation of Japan and Xerox Corporation of America.

"Xerox’s range of products will be made available through our distribution agent in Honiara.

"Service reliability and quality product is their number one Brand name. "The quality reliability of the Fuji Xerox products surpass all in the market international experience with local back up.

"Fuji Xerox also has accessories made available through its local agent including quality papers. For better quality determines the price in our case," Mr. Kealey stated.

Mr. Kealey and Mr. Hanaria will be spending a week in Solomon Islands.

October 27, 2005

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