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Hamamatsu Photonics expanding to meet demand

4th July 2019
Alex Lynn

Hamamatsu Photonics will construct a new factory building at the Shingai Factory (Shingai-cho, Minami-ku, Hamamatsu City, Japan) to cope with increasing sales demand for opto-semiconductors, X-ray image sensors and X-ray flat panel sensors. The new factory building will be completed in August 2020.

Hamamatsu Photonics has been supplying opto-semiconductor products for a wide range of applications and fields such as medical diagnosis and treatment, industrial instrumentation, automotive and scientific measurement.

Recently, there has been increasing demand for plastic-molded opto-semiconductors mass-producible in large quantities as well as for X-ray image sensors and X-ray flat panel sensors used in radiation inspection devices. Hamamatsu expects a further increase in sales of these products over a diverse spectrum of fields.

Construction of this new factory building will help Hamamatsu build up its production system for opto-semiconductors, X-ray image sensors, and X-ray flat panel sensors. This will also consolidate Hamamatsu’s opto-semiconductor production processes that are currently located in different locations at the Shingai Factory and associated companies.

These production processes will now all take place in the new factory building where Hamamatsu can streamline production efficiency and create a more robust supply system through labour-saving and automation. To boost X-ray image sensor and X-ray flat panel sensor production, it will speed up product development by consolidating design, development and evaluation into a single area and will also streamline its supply system by way of production processes located on the same floor to respond to constantly growing demand.

To ensure business continuity against natural disasters which are increasing in recent years, Hamamatsu has plans to make anti-disaster measures more robust by incorporating earthquake and flood control measures into the building structure of the new factory based on business continuity planning.

At the same time, the new factory building is designed to actively incorporate eco-friendly measures such as LED lighting, heat-insulated walls, solar power plant and rainwater reuse systems.

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