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Latest update: 09/03/2017 10:40:20

SAW & SPR Tech Co., Ltd.

A startup from Shizuoka University specializing in ultrasonic and optical technologies

We manufacture and sell electronic equipment adopting ultrasonic waves and optics and we also offer technical consultation services. President Shoko Shiokawa, who was a professor at Shizuoka University, and several other members established this company in 2004 using the outcomes of their research as technological seeds. We mainly present lectures covering the commercialization of products and carry out joint development projects to convert our technological seeds into practical services in the fields of measuring instruments and optic fibers adopting surface acoustic waves and surface plasmon resonance. In 2009, we started manufacturing and selling our own product, the world’s first water repellency and hydrophilic property testers based on droplet oscillation contact angle measurement. We have an excellent record in the fields of research and development of new materials, cleaning and quality control.


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[Company strength]
Our corporate philosophy is that the research outcomes from universities should not be left unused but should be developed for practical use to contribute to society. The results achieved by the students and researchers are the strong point of our technological development initiatives. We believe that our products have an extensive potential market where they could be widely used. There is a tremendous demand for maintenance-free products in terms of dirt and stains as well as superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic properties of parts and components, which provides us with a huge opportunity.

[Business description]
Our company was founded in 2004. We offer technical consultation services and are also engaged in the joint development of measuring equipment through the application of surface acoustic waves (SAW) and surface plasmon resonance (SPR). In 2009, we started manufacturing and selling portable contact angle measuring devices (water repellency and hydrophilic property testers). Based on the results from 17 years of research at Shizuoka University, we are developing innovative and high-value-added products useful for people’s lives.

Electronic equipment manufacturing, sales and technical consultation

[Strength of products/technologies]
Making surfaces superhydrophobic or superhydrophilic will greatly facilitate maintenance activities against stains caused by rainfall and processing. We have developed water repellency testers that are capable of efficiently measuring highly stable water repellency using meters that determine the contact angle based on the characteristic frequencies of droplets. All of our water repellency testers are compact and easy to use. They are the optimum tools for on-site examination of your products. Our goal is to remove all stains and dirt and make everything maintenance-free.

[Representative's message]
In recent years, we have taken part in domestic exhibitions at an annual pace of three times or more. In addition, we actively participate in business intermediary sessions and conventions held by the Shizuoka Industrial Development Organization as well as activities sponsored by the Greater Tokyo Initiative (also known as the “TAMA Association”) to open up sales channels to companies in neighboring prefectures. However, since we are very close to the limit of our present capacity, we plan to conduct our business activities focusing on the domestic market while keeping future overseas development in mind.

[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
Our Engineering and Development Departments respond to technical and various other inquiries from existing and potential customers. Our staff visit the customers’ premises to solve a problem if necessary. We carry out advertising and PR activities through our web site and through direct mail invitations to exhibitions and demonstrations at exhibitions. Overseas business expansion is our future mission.

[Market share/Ranking]
At present, our market share is less than one percent.

[Awards and media coverage]
Our “SH-SAW Solution Sensor” won the Poster Award at the 1st Joint Workshop on Chemical Sensors, Bio Sensors and Measuring Technologies.

Our water repellency tester was reported by Nihon Keizai Shimbun (October 16, 2009).
Our low-price water repellency tester was reported by Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun (December 23, 2009).

[Joint research and development]
We carry out joint research activities with the following institutes and enterprises:
Medical & Biological Laboratories Co., Ltd., Toshiba Corporation, Japan Radio Co., Ltd., Riso Kagaku Corporation, Seiko Giken Co., Ltd., Fuji Kogyo Co., Ltd., and the Faculty of Engineering, Shizuoka University.

[Main Clients / Business History (domestic)]
We have delivered water repellency and/or hydrophilic property testers to many customers including Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Sumitomo Chemical Company, Ltd., Aida Chemical Industries Co., Ltd., Pola Chemical Industries, Inc., Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Rohm Co., Ltd., Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., Takeda Printing Co., Ltd., Hino Motors, Ltd., Aisin AW Co., Ltd., Tamron Co., Ltd., Nissei Denki Co., Ltd., Granopt Co., Ltd., Rohm Hamamatsu Co., Ltd., National University Corporation Shizuoka University, Pearltone Co., Ltd., and Kao Corporation.

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