Challenging toward Innovation

Relevant SDGs

8 Decent work and economic growth 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Background

Innovation is essential for solving a range of social issues including SDGs. Also, constantly creating new technologies, products and services is essential for companies to survive and develop. As new technologies such as AI and IoT rapidly evolve, so too does innovation need to keep up more than ever before.

Responsible Officer's Message

Under its corporate philosophy of Trustworthiness and Creativity, the Nikon Group will address a wider range of social issues and needs while further strengthening the opto-electronics technologies created so far. Since optics technology and image analysis technology give the ability of sight to AI, it is predicted the required fields will expand extremely quickly. Additionally, the cycle of innovation has rapidly shortened since the IT revolution. Promoting open innovation is essential in order to respond to such speed.
Based on social and market trends, Nikon will proactively pursue initiatives to create new products and services by combining technology assets cultivated over many years within the Group with technologies and business opportunities outside the Group.

Toshikazu Umatate
Senior Vice President
General Manager of Semiconductor Lithography Business Unit
Chairperson of the Technology Strategy Committee

Main initiatives and results in the year ended March 31, 2018

Launch of the Nikon Intraprenuer Program

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Nikon is promoting open innovation with the aim of continually achieving innovation while solving and improving on issues in society. Specifically, in addition to collaborating with various partners with the aim of expanding existing business areas Nikon is also operating a program to support ideas from both inside and outside the company. In the year ended March 31, 2018, Nikon launched a new program, the Nikon Intraprenuer Program (NIP), to train Nikon's first entrepreneurs within the company.


Optics Related Development and Production Systems Improvement

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Nikon is improving corporate systems to enhance efficiency and strengthen development and production related to Nikon's core optical technology. In February 2017, Nikon consolidated the optical component production functions into Tochigi Nikon, and in April of the same year Nikon integrated the optical design functions into the Optical Engineering Division. We established a system to respond to new markets and customer needs through opto-electronics and precision technologies.


Building an AI Platform for Research and Development

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Nikon's research and development is focusing on information processing technology so that AI can be used not only in products but also within the production process. As part of this Nikon established a platform structure in the year ended March 2018 to efficiently and effectively utilize AI. We plan to promote environmental improvements and technology developments based on this platform.

Nikon Sustainability Report

For more details, please see the Nikon Sustainability Report.