Toshiba's operations in Orange County will feel little impact from a ban on Toshiba products contained in a recently approved federal budget bill, company officials said.
The Toshiba ban was part of a $600-billion spending bill approved by Congress in late December and signed into law by President Reagan.
The congressional action was in retaliation for a Toshiba subsidiary's illegal sale of grinding machinery to the Soviet Union in 1983 and 1984. The machinery, incorporating U.S. technology, can be used to make ultraquiet submarine propellers.
Sales of Toshiba products will be banned at U.S. military stores, such as post exchanges, beginning March 22. Congress could still change its mind and lift the ban before it goes into effect.