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March 15, 2013

Medical Equipment Production Facility in Brazil Begins Operation

Otawara, March 15, 2013 - Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation (TMSC; headquarters: Otawara, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan; president and CEO: Satoshi Tsunakawa) has started operation of a newly established medical equipment production facility in Campinas, São Paulo State, Brazil. An opening ceremony was held in Campinas on March 13th.

TMSC established Toshiba Medical do Brasil Ltda (headquarters: Barueri, São Paulo, Brazil; president: Gerardo Schattenhofer) in 1974 and has been involved in the sales and service of Toshiba medical equipment in the South American region through this subsidiary. The healthcare market in South America, centered around Brazil, is expected to undergo steady expansion due to continuing advances in healthcare technology and improvements in healthcare infrastructure. In order to further strengthen our presence in the Brazilian healthcare market, we must adapt ourselves to local circumstances, including governmental policies which tend to favor domestically produced medical equipment.

For the above reasons, we have recently established a production division within our Brazilian overseas subsidiary and have now launched a new production facility. The facility will receive PPB (Processo Produtivo Básico) approval from the Brazilian government and will begin the manufacture of CT systems and diagnostic ultrasound systems as Brazilian domestic products at this facility. It should be noted that Toshiba will be the first international manufacturer to receive PPB approval for the domestic production of ultrasound systems . At our new production facility, we will promote the local procurement of parts within Brazil and will manufacture medical equipment under the highest quality control standards comparable to those in Japan. We are committed to producing safe and reliable medical equipment with excellent cost-performance to satisfy growing demand not only within Brazil but also throughout the entire South American region.

[Outline of the new production facility]

LocationCampinas, São Paulo State
Systems producedCT systems: Activion 16, Alexion/Advance Edition, Alexion/Access Edition
Ultrasound systems: Aplio 300, Aplio 400
Area of the facilityApproximately 2500 m2

About Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation

Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a leading worldwide provider of medical diagnostic imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, X-ray and vascular, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and MRI systems, as well as information systems for medical institutions. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation has been providing medical products for over 80 years. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toshiba. Visit Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation's web site at

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Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 550 consolidated companies, with 202,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.1 trillion yen (US$74 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at

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