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Latest update: 27/04/2017 14:01:07

Light Optical Works. Ltd.

We offer a newly developed liquid-circulation cooling pillow using small heat exchangers. It has a wide range of applications.

We develop and manufacture optical apparatuses including rifle scopes and binoculars, and products using small heat exchangers. We have share of a bit more than 25% in North America in the rifle scope field. We have newly developed the Cocomin liquid-circulation cooling pillow and the Thermicool Mat in the field of daily necessities. They help with a sound sleep without air conditioning even in summer. They have become popular and are used in hospitals and homes. We are further developing products with heat exchangers that are smaller in size and higher in performance, and with a warming function. 

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[Company strength]
Scopes for long-range shooting such as hunting and competitive shooting requires many features. The optical design and lens manufacturing technology must realize a high resolution that vividly projects a distant target. The structure must bear the strong shock at the time of shooting. The hardware design technology must facilitate high-precision adjustment functions such as focusing, parallax, etc. Our company has accumulated this technology as our original know-how for more than a century. We are also flexibly adopting the newest technology. 
We can manufacture products that are far ahead of our competitor’s products. We conduct integrated planning, development, and manufacturing, so we have an advantage in providing a quick response to realize what the customer calls for. 


[Business description]
We develop and manufacture optical apparatuses including rifle scopes and binoculars, and products using small heat exchangers. We have a share of a bit more than 25% in North America in the rifle scope field. We manufacture the Cocomin liquid circulation cooling pillow and the Thermicool Mat using newly developed small heat exchangers.

[Industry]
Optical apparatus and electric machinery and apparatus manufacturing

[Strength of products/technologies]
Our liquid-circulation cooling pillow was developed using a small heat exchanger. It is used in hospitals and homes as an innovative cooling sheet (pillow) that can maintain the same temperature. It has become popular because it helps with a sound sleep without air conditioning even in summer. We are further developing the product with a heat exchanger that is smaller in size and higher in performance, and with a warming function. There will be a wide range of applications and possibilities for small-sized heating and cooling devices and sheets, as well as pillows.  

[Representative's message]
My father was struck by a cerebral hemorrhage and was sick in bed for about three years. He could not control his body temperature, and it often exceeded 40 degrees. I constantly had to ask the nurse to change his ice pillow, but I felt uneasy asking the busy nurse to change the pillow so frequently. This experience was the origin of the idea for a pillow that is kept cool forever at a predetermined temperature. This pillow has now become highly popular. Its compact cooling/warming functionality can be applicable in a wide range of fields including industrial use, and we would certainly like to contribute to the requirements of such companies. 

[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
Support for customers will be provided by our affiliate Thermic-Techno, which we established as a company specializing in sales. However, technical matters are often involved at the beginning of a transaction, so our engineers in the development department will also respond directly. We are also planning to introduce film sheet manufacturing facilities in order to provide quick responses to customer requests.

[Market share/Ranking]
Rifle scopes: A little more than 25% of the North American market. 
Liquid-circulation cooling pillows: 100% (since it is a brand-new product).


[Awards and media coverage]
[Awards]
Certified as a “New Business Pioneer” in the 1st Shinshu Venture Business Promotion Project in 2013 by the Governor of Nagano prefecture; 300 of Japan’s Vibrant Monozukuri (Manufacturing) SMEs selection by the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, June 2007.

[Media]
Nihon Keizai Shimbun; Shinano Mainichi Shimbun; Nagano Nippo; World Business Satellite (TV Tokyo); Ohayo-Nippon, Street Corner Information Office (NHK); SmaSTATION (TVAsahi); Good morning ASAHI (Asahi Broadcasting); Asaichi-Scoop! (Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting), and other reports.  


[Joint research and development]
Shinshu Satellite Research Group: Design and parts supply for a satellite-side receiving optical system required for visible light communications.

[Transaction form]
Orders for trial manufacturing and development, OEM contracts, joint development, and so on.

[Transaction terms]
Based on our terms and conditions.

[Main Clients / Business History (domestic)]
Major optical equipment manufacturers (OEM production).

[Main Clients / Business History (overseas)]
Optical equipment manufacturers in the USA, Australia, and Europe (OEM production). 95% of our optical equipment is provided to overseas manufacturers.

[Exhibition History/Information]
The 27th Tokyo Business Summit 2013; HOSPEX Japan 2013; HOSPEX Japan 2014 (scheduled). 

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