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Japanese firm will expand Columbia-based U.S. headquarters, Hogan announces

Japanese firm Shimadzu Corp. plans to expand its U.S. headquarters in Columbia by investing $20 million in a new products research center, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday from Tokyo during a 12-day trade mission to Asia.

The governor met with executives of Kyoto-based Shimadzu, which has operated a U.S. subsidiary, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, in Columbia since 1975 that employs 200 people and offers sales and technical support through a U.S. network of 50 locations.

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The planned Innovation Center will be developed over the next five years, focus on new product research, development and engineering, and create 25 additional jobs, Hogan said. The company hopes to better align itself with new technologies being developed in the Baltimore-Washington area.

"Shimadzu will be able to harness the groundbreaking research being done in our region and deliver the next generation of analytical and measurement instruments to a global marketplace," Hogan said in the announcement.

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A team of engineers and scientists will staff the new center and work on research in partnership with universities, government agencies and industry centers, said Shuzo Maruyama, president of Shimadzu Scientific Instruments.

The $3 billion Shimadzu Corp., founded in 1975, has three divisions: medical diagnostics, aerospace/industrial and analytical instruments. The U.S. subsidiary opened a 4,100-square-foot center in Columbia last year to better respond to consumer demands for new scientific instruments and software platforms and applications

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