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TechShop, Inc.
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Eastwick
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Fujitsu and TechShop Establish TechShop Japan, a Member-Based, Open-Access Workshop for DIYers
First TechShop location in Asia will support innovation and creativity through member-based do-it-yourself (DIY) workshops that are driving the international Maker Movement
Tokyo and San Jose, CA , September 30, 2015 --

Fujitsu Limited and TechShop, Inc., a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio, announced today that they have established TechShop Japan Limited (TechShop Japan) and revealed details on location and timing of the first facility of its kind in Asia.

A driving force behind the Maker Movement (1), TechShop is equipped with professional-quality laser cutters, 3D printers, sewing machines, and metal and woodworking tools, making it easy for people to give form to their ideas. It also acts as an innovation hub, bringing together companies, ranging from startups to major corporations, as well as entrepreneurs, creators, students, investors, and local communities to engage and interact.

TechShop Tokyo, slated to open in the Ark Mori building in Minato-ku in early 2016, will be the first TechShop location to open in Asia. This is the outcome of a strategic partnership between TechShop and Fujitsu, aimed at promoting the maker movement. This location will utilize the same professional-quality tools and the latest information and communication technology (ICT) in an expansive facility. It aims to create an open, community-based ecosystem where members can collaborate to refine ideas and pursue their business goals.

Reason for Establishing TechShop
Japan Fujitsu and TechShop, having a common vision of a society in which diverse people share knowledge and expand their imaginations to make new things, began a strategic partnership in 2014. The two companies are now taking this partnership a step further by establishing TechShop Japan, which aims to help create new projects and to support and expand businesses in Japan through open innovation.

About the Company

  • Company name: TechShop Japan Limites Date established: October 1, 2015
  • Head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo (workshop: Ark Mori Bldg, 3F, 1-12-32, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
  • President and Representative Director: Shoichi Arisaka
  • Capital: JPY 100 million
  • Shareholder: Fujitsu Limited (100%)
  • Lines of business
    • Operating a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop (equipped with laser cutters, 3D printers, metal and woodworking tools, and sewing machines)
    • Education, sales, events, conference-room rentals, etc.
    • Small-lot production and sales, contract manufacture, support for launching businesses

Facility
TechShop Japan is to open in early 2016 in the Ark Mori Building, Minato-ku Tokyo. Prior to that, around mid-October 2015, a website will be launched describing TechShop Tokyo’s services and facilities and providing information for prospective members. Along with providing training and services on par with TechShop in the US, TechShop Japan will build on the latest Fujitsu ICT and manufacturing support.

“At Fujitsu we believe that anyone, when provided with an empowering environment, can generate innovation. By establishing and operating TechShop Japan, Fujitsu will provide an environment in which people can get together and generate open innovation. Fujitsu will contribute both as an ICT company and a manufacturer, creating an environment that fosters the co-creation of ideas utilizing our latest ICT and helping to bring prototypes to mass production. Making full use of a variety of work tools and people’s creativity, Fujitsu will support the generation of innovation for society.”

—Hiroyuki Sakai, Executive Vice President, Fujitsu Limited

“TechShop’s mission is to help drive global innovation by engaging, enabling and empowering everyone to build their dreams. By helping to establish TechShop Japan today with TechShop Tokyo, we’re realizing that global mission and I’m proud to see the maker movement – with its focus on innovation and accessibility and opportunity for all – embraced and executed with the support of our partners at Fujitsu.”

— Mark Hatch, CEO, TechShop

For More Information
December 8, 2014 press release: TechShop and Fujitsu Partner to Empower Maker Movement

Glossary and Notes
1. Maker Movement. Defined by the journalist Chris Anderson, author of Makers, as digital manufacturing using digital files, CAD, and 3D printers.

About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 159,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.8 trillion yen (US$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio that provides access to a vibrant community of creative makers and millions of dollars' worth of facilities, equipment, tools and software in each location. Based in San Jose, Calif., with locations globally, TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and training for people of all ages and skill levels to build whatever they can dream.For information on memberships and course listings, visit www.techshop.com, email info@techshop.com or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at @TechShop and on Facebook as TechShop Incorporated.

TechShop currently offers a number of investment opportunities. For more information, or to RSVP for one of our upcoming live webinars, visit invest.techshop.com.

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