New Panasonic Welding Facility Opens in Ohio

CONTACT: Kristin Serna Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America PH: 847-495-6100 FAX: 847-495-6095 PFSAmarketing@us.panasonic.com

June 2007 - Buffalo Grove, IL - Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America (PFSA) will host an open house June 15, 2007 at their new welding facility near Columbus, Ohio. This event marks the official opening of the state-of-the-art facility that will provide application engineering and maintenance services to Ohio and surrounding states. Panasonic chose the area due to its central location in relation to their large customer base in the region. It also allows Panasonic to respond to customers' challenges faster, thereby increasing customer productivity, quality, and profit faster as well.

Yasu Kochi, PFSA Welding Solutions Manager, commented, "By having Panasonic's latest welding equipment in Ohio along with Panasonic expert application engineers, we can offer customers a truly convenient welding services solution." The lab is Panasonic's 31st internationally and contains the latest welding and robotics equipment, including TAWERS robots with internal cabling for maximum part access and flexibility.

The event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and presentations by Koichiro Masai, Matsushita Welding Systems Company (MWSC) President; Terry Kiyose, MWSC Director; Alex Shimada, PFSA President; Kenji Kudoh, Ohio Branch Manager; and local city officials. Topics of discussion are to include 80cm/min stainless steel TIG welding, high quality aluminum MIG welding, and industry trends. Guests of the event will also take a tour of the new facility and attend demonstrations of the latest advancements in robotic arc welding technology including the TAWERS-MIG, TAWERS-AL-MIG, and TAWERS-TIG robots.

The new facility is located at 400 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, OH.

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Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America, a North American source for electronic assembly equipment (SMT), software and technical support, provides total business systems solutions for electronic semiconductor and packaging companies in the global marketplace through one provider. PFSA is also a premier source for robotic and manual arc welding equipment to distributors, system integrators and end users.

For additional information: Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America, 909 Asbury Drive, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089. PFSAmarketing@us.panasonic.com PH: 847-495-6100. www.panasonicfa.com

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