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Latest update: 2016-12-06 14:33:09.0

KAHOKU Lighting Solutions Corporation

Manufacturer of specialized lamps marketed globally in the medical and semiconductor industries

The company has established an export sales department through which we are expanding our business in Europe, America, China, South Korea and other countries overseas. We built a manufacturing facility in Vietnam in 2012 and have enhanced price competitiveness and established a supply structure for the growing Asian market. We are now expanding on a global scale as a leader in our field, particularly in biochemical analytical (hemanalysis) equipment and semiconductor devices.

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[Company strength]
1. We are able to respond flexibly to customer demands for light sources, with exclusive and comprehensive halogen lamp development capabilities and production capacity.
2. We deliver strong quality competitiveness, with consistent product life and low field defect incidence rate.
3. We are able to respond effectively to major domestic and overseas customers, based on experience gained through our prior association with leading foreign corporations.


[Business description]
We manufacture and sell specialty lamps - particularly lighting sources used in medical equipment, semiconductor devices, inspection devices, projectors and entertainment devices. We develop these lamps to meet specific customer needs and distribute them directly to manufacturers as well as through sales agents.

[Industry]
Light bulb manufacturing

[Strength of products/technologies]
1. We have steadily accumulated technological expertise in the manufacturing of specialty lamps since our founding in 1927. We also have production knowhow that far surpasses our competitors. This stems in part from our past association with major global lamp manufacturers - Sylvania in the United States and Philips in the Netherlands - over a period of 43 years.
2. Lamps for medical equipment and semiconductor devices, in particular, require a high degree of reliability and precision, in terms of product life and positioning of the emission source, respectively. We have developed our own proprietary technologies to fulfill such requirements.


[Representative's message]
Our company spun off from Philips in 2006. We have been making strong efforts in recent years to expand the KLS brand overseas with the ultimate goal of becoming a leader in the global specialty lighting market. We pride ourselves on already having captured a leading position in the markets for biochemical analytical (hemanalysis) and semiconductor devices. And we are currently in the midst of developing aviation (airport) lighting, entertainment lighting and discharge lamps for industrial equipment on a global scale

[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
Our company has an export sales division with a staff of three, headed by the general manager. We employ a contract advisor in Europe, as well as two agencies each in the United States, China and the Republic of Korea. We are currently planning to establish an agency within the ASEAN region to strengthen our overseas rollout organization. And we have already established a manufacturing subsidiary in Vietnam and are boosting our price competitiveness and supply organization in the growing Asian market.

[Market share/Ranking]
We hold an estimated domestic market share of 70% in light sources for biochemical analytical (hemanalysis) devices and aim to hold a substantial share in international markets as well. We also supply products to some of the largest names in the semiconductor device industry.

[Awards and media coverage]
-Health and safety related: 1985 Minister of Labor Award for Effort, 2013 Miyagi Director of Labor Bureau Honorable Mention  
-Company related: 2012 Hitachi High Technologies Special Award (BCP Actions), 2013 Toshiba Medical Cost Reduction Award, 201

[Authorization/Certification]
ISO9001,14001

[Joint research and development]
Tohoku University (1995-1996: design of analytical devices for residual gas in lamps), Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University (2011- 2012: development of emitter incorporated discharge lamp cathodes)

[Factory (domestic)]
At head office location, Miyagi Prefecture

[Factory (overseas)]
DongAn Industrial Park ThuanAn District, Binh Duong, Vietnam

[Other sites]
Head office, Miyagi Prefecture; sales office, Saitama Prefecture

[Main Clients / Business History (domestic)]
Hitachi High Technologies Co., Ltd. (since 2003), Applied Materials Inc. (since 1997), Mishima Olympus Co., Ltd., Toshiba Medical Co., Ltd., Tokyo Electron AT Co., Ltd. and Philips Lighting, among others

[Main Clients / Business History (overseas)]
Applied Materials, Inc. (USA), Philips Lighting and Ushio America, along with substantial annual sales to other customers

[Exhibition History/Information]
2010 China Medical Equipment Exhibition in Shenzhen, China; 2014 Europe Entertainment Lighting Exhibit (planned)

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