The US price may be different due to shipping and supply reasons (higher or lower).
Don't know what the plan for US Dist/after sales support is yet, but i will be at photokina and will be able perhaps to come back with better answers regarding that question.
Jobo is planning a 115V production of the unit, but according to them, it will be available later then the 220V machine.
What do you mean by late to the party?
Late by a few years, especially with the future demand situation for film. Isn't this also what's likely behind the silence from Plustek on the new 120 film scanner that's yet to appear?