|Nōritsu Kōki Kabushiki-gaisha|
|Traded as||TYO: 7744|
|Hirotsugu Nishimoto (CEO)|
Noritsu printer-paper processors (called minilabs) are typically designated a model number beginning with "QSS" followed by a number which increases with each new model. As of August, 2007, the newest Noritsu minilab are the QSS-37 series. Noritsu film processors for both C-41 negative and E-6 slide films are typically designated QSF, followed by a letter/number combination.
Noritsu does not produce consumer photographic products such as film, photographic paper, and chemicals. Because of this, Noritsu works with Eastman Kodak, which produces film, photographic paper and chemicals, but not photofinishing equipment. Some Noritsu models have been re-branded and sold by Kodak as their own equipment. More recently, Noritsu has sold their digital minilabs under their own name, but with Kodak's software (called DLS for Digital Lab System) providing image processing and a user interface, rather than Noritsu's own software. Noritsu sold and supported Kodak's "Picture Maker" kiosks when they were first introduced in the mid-1990s. Noritsu equipment works with different brands paper and chemicals including Kodak, Fujifilm, and Trebla.
Noritsu printer-paper processors are designed for color photographic prints, but can be modified to print black and white.
Although Noritsu has typically produced minilabs that utilize traditional silver halide papers and photographic exposure systems, inkjet printing systems in partnership with Epson have been added to the product line since 2003. Noritsu refers to them as "digital dry printers".
In March 2006, Noritsu and Fuji announced a strategic alliance for Noritsu to manufactures all of Fuji's photofinishing hardware. Each company produces its own software.
North American subsidiary
Noritsu America Corporation is the North American company that sells, distributes and repairs photo-processing machines designed and manufactured by Noritsu Koki. Founded in 1978, the American company has a dedicated sales, technical-support, and field-support staff based in Buena Park, California.
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