|Machinery Relieves Workers from Backbreaking Drudgery
Taking a Risk for the Benefit of Many
Setting New Sights for Glass Technology
|Taking a Risk for the Benefit of Many|
|On November 22, 1918, America Japan Sheet Glass Co., Ltd. the forerunner of Nippon Sheet Glass, was founded with investment from Sumitomo General Head Office and Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Co., which provided the technology. Production began in 1920.
It was not smooth sailing at first. Sheet glass prices plummeted during the depression that followed the boom years of World War I, and were soon down to less than half of what they were only a year after the company started production.
America Japan Sheet Glass plunged into a business crisis as its cash flow rapidly dried up, and shareholders began a protracted discussion of how to turn the company around. Nobody had confidence in the future of the as-yet unproved sheet glass industry or the Colburn Process. In June 1922, a year after talks began, Sumitomo decided to rehabilitate the company. Once again, the deciding factor was Sumitomos business principle of undertaking projects to the benefit of mankind.
Making a fresh start with the full backing of Sumitomo and a new management, the companys earnings turned around as a result of both sound safety first management efforts under Sumitomos supervision and an economic recovery. Adopting the new name Nippon Sheet Glass in 1931, the company weathered the storms of World War II and its aftermath.
|In 1978, Nippon Sheet Glass commercialized the SELFOC® lens, which is self-focusing (although both ends of the lens are flat) and able to transmit images and light. The technology has been applied in a broad range of optical communication products.
a. SELFOC® has contributed to increasing the capacity of optical fiber communications with the introduction of SELFOC® Micro Lenses, coupling lenses for optical communications and key components of passive optical components.
b. SELFOC® Lens Arrays consist of several SELFOC® lenses to allow reproduction of same-size images. SELFOC® revolutionized the photocopier business.