Toshiba to build $48M CT development, service centers in Japan
Toshiba Medical Systems plans to build CT system development and service locations at the location its parent company’s headquarters in Otawara, Japan, by the end of the year.

The company will spend approximately 5 billion yen ($47.8 million) to construct a three-story development building and a two-story service building that will have a combined 31,000 sq. meters of floor space. The company has the facilities slated to be open for service in early 2009.

Currently, basic planning and designs for new products are completed. The creation of blueprints and operating programs will be outsourced to software companies in China and India, according to Tustin, Calif.-based Toshiba.

The new service center, will offer training for doctors and technicians from hospitals that have installed the company’s equipment. In addition, the company said support functions for overseas call centers will be installed to create a structure that can respond to inquiries from hospitals globally.