Having been appointed president and CEO of ULVAC in July 2017, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the unfailing and generous support provided by our customers, employees, and business partners.
Back in 1952, ULVAC was still a fledgling venture that had just been founded by young engineers aspiring to contribute to industrial and scientific advancement through the use of vacuum technologies with the financial support of six angel investors.
While continuing to cherish the entrepreneurial spirit that it has embraced since its establishment, ULVAC remains committed to creating new value by pursuing cutting-edge innovation for our vacuum technologies. To this end, our company works hand-in-hand with manufacturers in a wide range of industries to deliver products that are employed in not only liquid-crystal flat-panel displays, semiconductors, and electronic components, but also the types of machinery used in the automotive, food, pharmaceutical, and other general industries.
Currently, we are expanding our investment in the development of systems for the manufacture of OLED panels for smartphones and liquid crystal panels for large-screen televisions.
Furthermore, the demand for large-scale data processing is continuing to grow as autonomous cars begin transporting people and an ever increasing range of devices interact via the Internet of Things (IoT). In line with these developments, the advanced memories, sensors, communication devices, power devices, battery.
Owing to this fast-changing world with its rapid advancements in technological innovation, the business opportunities for us to effectively apply our vacuum technologies are expanding.
The share of ULVAC’s consolidated sales that is accounted for by overseas sales has already reached 60%, and this has mainly been led by the East Asian market. While continuing to grow our business in Western and Southeast Asian countries, we intend to further expand our global business operations by venturing into emerging markets.
The ULVAC Group employs a unique business approach to offer comprehensive solutions for a wide range of industries by mobilizing its rich variety of vacuum technologies. Examples of products that employ these technologies include vacuum equipment, components, materials, and analytical instruments, as well as a broad range of customer solutions.
ULVAC responds to ongoing changes dynamically and harnesses the new business opportunities that they present by leveraging the group’s collective strength and capacity for innovation to swiftly cater to customer needs in a variety of fields. In doing this, we aspire to act as the driving force behind industrial and scientific advancement with the aim of ushering in a flourishing future.
I hope that we will be able to count on the continued support of all our stakeholders going forward.