FujiFilm buys stake in local software company

Talks began in October 2006

FujiFilm Holdings Australasia has announced it has a 35 percent stake in local software company Whitech which specialises in electronic point of sale, photographic, digital-kiosk, and home-ordering solutions.

The developer has been in talks with FujiFilm for the past nine months with the delay caused by approval delays from FujiFilm's Japan office.

FujiFilm Holdings CEO Mike Machida said the acquisition is part of the company's ongoing global business development and expansion strategy.

"We have maintained a strong business relationship with Whitech throughout the development of the FujiFilm Digital Printing Model, so the acquisition is a natural progression," Machida said.

FujiFilm markets Whitech's suite of Photo.Teller software through its Digital Photo Centre (DPC) kiosks which are used to order photographs in retail stores.

FujiFilm Holdings Australasia director Dave Marshall said the Whitech (DPC) kiosk software can also be customised for each retailer's needs to accommodate all workflow management and output capabilities.

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