HOYA Corp. history, profile and corporate video
HOYA Corp. engages in the manufacture and sale of imaging products, electronics, and medical-related equipment. Its operations are carried out through the following segments: Information Technology, Life Care, and Other. The Information Technology segment includes electronics and imaging-related products. The Life Care segment offers health care and medical-related products. The Other segment comprises of information system design and new business operations. The company was founded on November 1, 1941 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.“
1941 Nov. The brothers Shoichi and Shigeru Yamanaka established an optical glass production plant in the city of HOYA, Tokyo, and production of optical glass began.
HOYA´s First Plant
1944 Aug. The plant incorporated with capital of 1.2 million yen.
1945 Oct. HOYA launched crystal products.
1961 Oct. HOYA listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
1967 Apr. The company launched progressive multifocal lenses.
1972 Dec. HOYA Started Sales of soft contact lenses.
1973 Feb. The Company listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchanges.
1974 Jan. The company began production of IC substrates. The company introduced online ordering system for eyeglass lens.
1984 Aug. The company was renamed Hoya Corporation, and the current Head Office building is completed.
1986 Oct. The company established R&D Center bldg. in the city of Akishima.
1987 Jun. HOYA launched intraocular lenses (IOLs) as well as aspherical molded-glass lenses.
1989 Apr. HOYA established HOYA Europe B.V. of the Netherlands(currently HOYA Holdings N.V.) and HOYA Corporation USA to reinforce global management.
HOYA Holdings N.V., of the Netherlands.
1991 Mar. HOYA launches glass disks for HDDs.
1993 Oct. First Group’s Philosophy of Environment issued.
1995 Jun. HOYA invited first outside director.
1996 Aug. HOYA formed an alliance with IBM to develop a next-generation glass disk for HDDs.
1997 Apr. HOYA reorganized Group operations and introduced “internal company system.” Hoya establishes HOYA Holdings Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, as the third regional area HQ after HOYA Holdings N.V. and HOYA Holdings, Inc., the area HQs for Europe and North America, respectively.
2001 May HOYA launches HOYALUX Summit Pro and NuLux lenses that use EYRY, a high-index, plastic lens material.
Oct. HOYA begins manufacturing soft intraocular lenses.
2003 Jun. HOYA establishes a company-with-committees system.
Jul. HOYA transfers its global financial management operations to an area HQ in Europe.
2005 Nov. HOYA common stock splits four-for-one.
2007 Aug. As a result of the Tender Offer, PENTAX became a consolidated subsidiary of HOYA.
2008 Mar. HOYA and PENTAX merged.
2009 Mar. HOYA terminated the Crystal business.
Oct. To focus on the global market, the eyeglass division relocated its headquarters from the Netherlands to Thailand, home to a cutting-edge production facility.
2010 Jan. HOYA Healthcare Co. Ltd. was absorbed by HOYA Corporation and became Eye Care Division.
Jun. HOYA sold the hard disk glass media manufacturing operation.
Oct. HOYA spined off the specialty glass business for imaging sensor into its wholly owned subsidiary, HOYA CANDEO OPTRONICS.
Dec. Disclosed its consolidated financial statements in accordance with first-time adoption of IFRSs for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010 on its web site.
(Voluntarily filed its consolidated financial statements under IFRS from the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011.)
2011 Oct. HOYA sold PENTAX Imaging Systems business to Ricoh Company, Ltd.
2012 Apr. Eyeglass business expanded its direct presence in Brazil by acquiring 100% shares of OPTOTAL HOYA LIMITADA.
Oct. Next generation High Definition (HD+) Endoscopic platform debuted.
Nov. HOYA, SEIKO and EPSON; Agreements executed in the field of optical products business.
2013 Feb. HOYA acquired eyeglass lens development and manufacturing business from Seiko Epson Corporation.
Jun. HOYA acquired 30% of the shares of Seiko Optical Products Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of SEIKO Holdings Corporation responsible for the sales of the eyeglass-related products.
Nov. HOYA acquired the majority shares of Wassenburg, a leading company in the field of endoscope reprocessing.
2014 Mar. Hoya completed the acquisition of a 50% stake in Seiko Optical Products that became a consolidated subsidiary.”
*Information from Forbes.com and Hoya.co.jp
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