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Levex Co., Ltd.

We provide position sensors for niche markets such as those used in steel mills and collision experiments. 

We develop and produce linear position sensors, hydraulic servo pumps, aqua drive systems, and corrugated-cardboard printing inspection equipment. Our particular area of expertise is environmentally durable position sensors used in steel mills and high-speed high-accuracy small position sensors used for automobile collision examinations, for which there are very few competitors. We also produce position sensors used for machine tools. Our hydraulic servo pumps are bidirectionally rotatable and used for position control in FA. Since we are a fabless company and thus have no factory, we are able to take advantage of our low fixed costs with respect to production costs. 

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[Company strength]
We deal with position sensors for niche markets, particularly those for which there are very few competitors. For example, the position sensors used in domestic and overseas steel mills require a life span of over 5–10 years, and are therefore produced by a limited number of manufacturers and have comparatively stable prices. Since we are a fabless company and thus have no factory, we are able to take advantage of our low fixed production costs. We are a development firm in which more than 70% of the employees are engineers who graduated from technical colleges or universities, and have high technical capabilities. 

[Business description]
We are engaged in the development, production and sales of linear position sensors, hydraulic servo pumps, aqua drive systems, and corrugated-cardboard printing inspection equipment. Our particular area of expertise is environmentally durable position sensors used in steel mills, high-speed high-accuracy small position sensors used for automobile collision examinations, and position sensors used for machine tools. Our hydraulic servo pumps are bidirectionally rotatable and used for position control in FA.

[Industry]
Manufacturing

[Strength of products/technologies]
We develop magnetic linear position sensors, for example, a small-sized position sensor that has a single coil and a rod diameter of 0.2 mm at a minimum. We also develop environmentally durable high-accuracy position sensors, for example, a resolver-type position sensor that has a rod diameter of 120 mm at a maximum and a resolution of 1 µm by utilizing the phase difference from the excitation voltage. Thus, we have quite a few domestic and overseas patents. We serve a wide variety of industries in Japan and abroad by providing original products incorporating our unique technologies, for example, bidirectional servo pumps in which the flow rate is controlled without using any valves.

[Representative's message]
Our company was initially engaged in seeds-oriented development, not commonly seen in small to medium enterprises, and it took a long time to arrive at our current business. We have established our product lineup, developed new customers, and have already applied for or acquired patents for these products domestically and abroad. We are working to increase the sales of these proprietary products to generate high profits. We are also developing new materials to reduce the cost of our sensors and make it easy to enter new markets by taking advantage of low costs.

[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
We hired experienced salespersons last year to develop sales channels in the domestic market. We also signed a contract with a local trading company in Korea to boost overseas sales. In particular, we are expanding our sales channels to manufacturers of aqua drive systems or construction machinery.

[Market share/Ranking]
Our position sensors for collision examinations are used by almost every domestic automobile manufacturer. Our high-accuracy bidirectional pumps have a leading share in the industry as we are one of three companies, each having a one-third share of the market for resolver-type position sensors. 

[Awards and media coverage]
[Award]
JAXA “Space Development Venture High-Tech Program”: Jury’s Special Award/Venture First Prize
The Resona Foundation for Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion “Excellent SME New Technology/New Product Award”: Prize of Excellence

[Media]
Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, “Company Introduction” (January 20, 2012)
Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun, “Position Sensor” on the front page (March 6, 2013)
Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun, “Water Hydraulic Equipment” on the front page (November 27, 2013)


[Joint research and development]
7 registered overseas patents, 6 registered domestic patents
14 patent applications including overseas ones
5 registered trademarks
1 design registration


[Main Clients / Business History (domestic)]
High-volume delivery of small-sized displacement sensors used for automobile collision examinations to Toyota Motor and Nissan Motor, and environmentally durable high-resolution position sensors for equipment such as AGC and AWC to JFE Steel and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal. 

[Main Clients / Business History (overseas)]
High-volume delivery of environmentally durable high-resolution position sensors for equipment such as AGC and AWC to Hyundai Steel and POSCO of South Korea.

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