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History

1950 Founded Riken Lens Industrial Ltd at Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Started manufacture of UV cut lenses and filters for eye protecter
1953 Approved by JIS for manufacture of protective lenses
1955 Opened sales office in Osaka
1956 Moved head office and factory to Higashi Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
1960 Gained Ministry of Labour certification for development and manufacture of beam-type press safety device
1961 Capital increased to 5m Yen
1962 Opened sales office in Nagoya
1965 Capital increased to 10m Yen
1966 Opened sales office in Fukuyama
1967 Head office and factory moved to Higashi Oi, the present location
1972 Gained Ministry of Labour official approval for beam-type press safety device
Opened sales offices in Kumamoto and Utsunomiya
Set up factory in Utsunomiya, Tochigi prefecture
1976 Certified by JIS for the production of safety glasses
1978 Due to changes in industrial health and safety law and the standards set up for safety equipment, obtained government approval for beam-type safety device and started selling
1981 Capital increased to 40m Yen
Received JIS approval for production of light-shielding protection equipment
1985 Company name changed to Riken Optech Corporation
1987 Developed and produced laser protection glasses
1991 Capital increased to 215m Yen
1994 Jointly developed new type of load-monitoring equipment in technical partnership with US firm Helm Instruments, who make press load-monitoring equipment. Started selling Helm’s products.
2001 Started business collaboration with Omron Corporation jointly to develop new light beam safety device and started selling
2002 Product development of VF coating (anti-fog coat) for plastic lenses
2005 Set up Overseas Operationf Dept. for Safety & Automation System Division
2007 Safety Equipment Division achieved ISO 9001 quality management certification
2008 Safety & Automation System Division achieved ISO 9001 quality management certification
2009 Together with Swiss firm AEP, gained international manufacturing patent for real color liquid crystal filter (LCF) technology providing automatic face protection during welding. Started manufacturing and marketing products.
2011 In accordance with changes to press safety equipment standards as a result of changes in industrial health and safety law, gained government approval for AKAS(laser-style safety equipment for pess brake) and beam-type safety devices. Started selling.
Became sole agent in Japan and the whole of Asia for German safety device producer, Fiessler Elektronik, for the sale of AKAS laser-style safety equipment for press brake.
2013 Set up new office in Nagano prefecture
Moved Technical Development Section for Manufacturing Department, Safety & Automation System Division to new office in Nagano prefecture
2014 Moved Production Control Section and Quality Assurance Section for Manufacturing Department, Safety & Automation System Division to new office in Nagano prefecture