Taking Up the Challenge of Innovation

Relevant SDGs

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

Reason for Priority

Social issues are becoming more profound and complex, and it has been acknowledged that we cannot maintain society as it is in the future. Therefore, innovation is needed to transform social systems and lifestyles. Corporations are expected to establish innovation management and take on the challenge of solving social issues in partnership with society.


Under our corporate philosophy of "Trustworthiness and Creativity," the Nikon Group will address a variety of social issues and needs, leveraging opto-electronics and precision technologies, our core technologies.
Under our Medium-Term Management Plan announced in May 2019, we set out "Digital Manufacturing," "Vision Systems / Robotics," and "Healthcare" as the areas of long-term growth for the Nikon Group, and we identified the Material Processing Business within the Digital Manufacturing area as a central theme during the period of the Medium-Term Management Plan. In recent years, the environment surrounding the manufacturing industry has changed significantly, including the transformation of manufacturing due to AI and IoT and labor shortages and the accompanying increasing need for automation due to the return of production to developed countries. In addition, there are mounting expectations about robots that will cooperate and collaborate with human beings in a post-COVID-19 society. In this environment, the Nikon Group will further enhance the value of the technology that we have cultivated in the past through research and development. We will also actively embrace technologies and ideas from inside and outside the company through such means as open innovation to bring about innovation that creates new value.

Toshikazu Umatate
Representative Director and President
Chairperson of the Technology Strategy Committee

Main initiatives and results in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020

Commencement of collaboration with various companies through open innovation


The Nikon Group is proactively engaged in open innovation, which resulted in the launch of collaborations with a variety of companies in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020. Specifically, in the Material Processing Business, which is involved in Digital Manufacturing, we concluded a comprehensive business alliance with DMG MORI CO., LTD. in order to accelerate business development. We also invested in XTIA, Ltd. to develop optical processing machines. In the Imaging Products Business, we invested in wrnch, Inc., which is involved in computer vision and deep learning. In the Healthcare Business, we established "Nikon BioImaging Lab" in Boston to provide support for drug discovery research.

Nikon Research Report begins publicatio


We are commencing publication of Nikon Research Report to introduce the results of our research and development based on Nikon's core technologies of "opto-electronics" and "precision," technologies incorporated in new products and those evaluated by organizations such as academic societies. This first issue ー "Nikon Research Report Vol.1 2019" ー contains technical explanations of products released and announced in the fiscal year ended March, 31, 2019 as well as the research and development papers that were positively evaluated by external organizations in the same year.

Relevant Information

Nikon Sustainability Report

For more details, please see the Nikon Sustainability Report.