Hamamatsu Photonics constructing new factory to increase opto-semiconductor device production capacity

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Hamamatsu Photonics will construct a new factory building at its Shingai Factory in Hamamatsu City, Japan, in order 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 supplies 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-moulded opto-semiconductors that are mass-producible in large quantities, as well as for x-ray image sensors and x-ray flat panel sensors used in radiation inspection devices. The company 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 for opto-semiconductors, x-ray image sensors, and x-ray flat panel sensors. This will also consolidate its 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 they 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, the processes will speed up product development by consolidating design, development and evaluation into a single area, and will also streamline the firm’s 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 according the firm have been occurring more frequently in recent years, Hamamatsu will make anti-disaster measures more robust by incorporating earthquake and flood control measures into the building structure of the new factory. 

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.