Hamamatsu builds $60m opto-semiconductor facility in Japan

A predicted production capacity of approximately $250m to meet demand has justified the construction price

Artist render of the finished facility

Hamamatsu Photonics has announced it will construct a new factory building at the Shingai Factory in Japan. The factory will support the company in coping with increasing sales demand for opto-semiconductors, X-ray image sensors and X-ray flat panel sensors.

The Japanese company 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-moulded 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.

The company expects a further increase in sales of these products over a diverse spectrum of fields. The new facility is predicted to produce a capacity worth approximately US$250 million. This has justified the $60m price tag to build and outfit the plant.

Construction of this new factory building will help build up the production system for opto-semiconductors, X-ray image sensors, and X-ray flat panel sensors

Construction of this new factory building will help build up the production system for opto-semiconductors, X-ray image sensors, and X-ray flat panel sensors. This will also consolidate our opto-semiconductor production processes that are currently located in different locations at the Shingai Factory and associated companies. August 2020 is the predicted completion date for the project.

Two floors in the 4,560 sqm building will be dedicated to cleanroom space, the second and third. The second will be a production room for opto-semiconductors. The third will be a production room for X-ray image sensors and flat panel sensors.

Production processes

These production processes will now all take place in the new factory building to 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 company will speed up product development. This will be accomplished by consolidating design, development and evaluation into a single area and streamlining supply system by way of production processes located on the same floor to respond to constantly growing demand.

Climate change

To ensure business continuity against natural disasters, which are increasing in recent years, more robust anti-disaster measures will be taken by incorporating earthquake and flood control measures into the building structure of the new factory based on our 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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