Kyocera to Acquire Optical Component Manufacturer Melles Griot
Kyocera Corp. recently announced that it will acquire all shares of Melles Griot KK.
Kyocera Corp. recently announced that it will acquire all shares of Melles Griot KK, a Japan-based manufacturer specializing in optical components that is currently a subsidiary of U.S.-based IDEX Corp. Melles Griot is expected to become a wholly owned Kyocera Group company effective in September 2016. Kyocera’s two main objectives are to strengthen product lineup and expand sales network for the factory automation (FA) device market and expand sales in the semiconductor processing equipment market.
Particularly in the FA market, it is expected that efforts to further streamline and automize production processes will intensify worldwide. Moreover, demand is expected to grow for optical components that are incorporated into production equipment such as “machine vision” and “robot vision” that help image-recognition, positioning, measurement, and product inspection. Melles Griot possesses development and manufacturing technology for large caliber 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’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’s goal isto be able to offer products covering the whole manufacturing process.