KYOCERA to Acquire 100 % Ownership of Melles Griot KK
Kyocera Optec Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Kyocera Corporation, is a leading optical components provider focusing on development, production and sales of optical lenses and devices for the growing automotive market as well as for the factory automation (FA) and medical markets. Particularly in the FA market, it is expected that efforts to further streamline and automatise production processes will intensify worldwide. Moreover, demand is expected to grow for optical components which are incorporated into production equipment such as “machine vision” and “robot vision” that help image-recognition, positioning, measurement, and product inspection. Melles Griot KK possesses development and manufacturing technology for large calibre lenses and high precision lenses used in FA devices. The Kyocera Group aims to strengthen its product lineup and expand its optical component business by maximizing synergies between the companies. In the semiconductor processing equipment market, Melles Griot KK’s products are used in the front-end processes, while Kyocera Optec provides products for the back-end processes. By combining the two companies’ strengths, Kyocera will be able to offer products covering the whole manufacturing process.