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August 17, 1988

OMRON TATEISI TO STRENGTHEN ITS OFFICE EQUIPMENT DIVISION

By CBR Staff Writer

Omron Tateisi, best known for its point of sale terminals outside Japan, has decided to strengthen its office automation equipment division, to bring its sales up to 10% of its total revenue within a year or two, and the first step will be to develop information systems that apply its experience in the factory automation field: the first product to be developed is a system that will collect data from electronic cash registers and terminal and dump it directly into a mainframe; the company also plans to develop a local network system for the exchange of data and images, for small and medium-sized retailers; Omron also plans to start selling Sigma workstations more aggressively, in particular offering a computer-aided design system based on the Sigma workstation, which it hopes will bring it in $15m of business altogether; it has already sold around 500 workstations to users such as Tohoku University and the Tokyo Industry University; currently a mere 3% of Omron $2,121m annual sales comes from the office automation market – 65% is currently control components, 23% is point-of-sale kit.

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