- Responding to increasing market demand for semiconductors - Gigaphoton to further expand production capacity by 2.5 times with new production facility

July 29, 2022

 Gigaphoton Inc. (President and CEO: Katsumi Uranaka) (hereafter “Gigaphoton”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd. (President and CEO: Hiroyuki Ogawa) and a manufacturer of light sources used in semiconductor lithography and headquartered in Oyama, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. Gigaphoton started constructing a new production facility in July to further increase its production capacity. Together with the additional production capacity after having expanded the existing facilty in April this year, Gigaphoton will boost its total production capacity by 2.5 times from FY2020. By investing about JPY5.0 billion in the new production facility, Gigaphoton plans to complete the construction of the new production facility in June 2023. 

The image of the new production facility


 Over the last few years, global demand for semiconductors has increased sharply. Major semiconductor manufacturers, Gigaphoton’s customers, are strengthening their supply chains, further accelerating their investment in semiconductor manufacturing equipment. In response to expanding demand for semiconductor manufacturing equipment worldwide, Gigaphoton expanded the development facility on its premises in April and has begun to consolidate its R&D operations since June this year. In this way, it has been increasing production lines of its existing production facilities. By adding the production lines and streamlining and optimizing its production processes, Gigaphoton plans to approximately double its production capacity in September this year compared to FY2020. With the addition of the new production facility, Gigaphoton will strive to increase its total production capacity further, to the level of about 2.5 times that of FY2020. 

 Up to the present, Gigaphoton has already delivered over 2,000 excimer laser light sources for semiconductor lithography worldwide. While promoting a stable supply of lithographic light sources, which are indispensable for semiconductor manufacturing, Gigaphoton is strengthening customer support for machine operations and serving the semiconductor industry, thereby boosting sales.

 DANTOTSU Value is defined as customer value creation that generates a positive cycle of improvement of earnings and ESG resolutions in Komatsu’s new mid-term management plan, entitled “DANTOTSU Value – Together, to “The Next” for sustainable growth”. Through this DANTOTSU Value, Komatsu will strive to create new values in order to take steady steps forward to the next stage for the workplaces of the future and pass on a sustainable future to the next generation. 

Outline of the new production facility
Location: 400 Yokokurashinden, Oyama-shi, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
Architectural structure and size: Iron structure, and three floors above ground, including a top-floor penthouse.
Floor area: 7,537.23 m2 (91,130.07 square feet)
Investment: About JPY5.0 billion



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