OHARA INC.

History of OHARA

As a pioneer in the development of the optical glass industry from its foundation to the present, we have supported the foundation of the optical industry. We will introduce the history that OHARA has taken so far by age group.

As a pioneer in the development of the optical glass industry from its foundation to the present, we have supported the foundation of the optical industry. We will introduce the history that OHARA has taken so far by age group.

1930s~1960s

Founder Jinpachi Ohara
Founder Jinpachi Ohara
Optical Glass Melting started
Optical Glass Melting started
Founded Obara Optical Glass
Founded Obara Optical Glass
OHARA glass was used in the Apollo 11 mission.
OHARA glass was used in the Apollo 11 mission.
1935Oct. OHARA Optical Glass Mfg. Co. Ltd. was established in Kamata, Tokyo as Jinpachi Ohara’s private enterprise
1936Nov. Optical Glass Melting started
1944Feb. Reorganized as a Joint-Stock Company.Sagamihara factory was built
1954May Platinum Pot Melting started
1958Oct. Production of Lanthanum Glass started
1959Nov. Appointed Chicago Aerial Industries(CAI) as an export agency
1961Jan. Production of Strip Glass by Continuous Melting Method started
1962Oct. Acquisition of stock of Ashigara Optical Incorporated(Kaisei-cho, Ashigara Kami Gun,Kanagawa)
1965Oct. Continuous Melting and Direct Pressing Production Method started
1967Jan. CAI was mergedinto bourns Inc. Bourns optical Glass was appointed as a distributor in U.S.A and Europe.
1969Jan.
Jul.
OHARA Glass reached the moon (Apollo 11).
OHARA glass was used in the Apollo 11 mission.

1970s〜1980s

Creation of Clay Pot Melting
Creation of Clay Pot Melting
Introduction of Automatic Press Machine
Introduction of Automatic Press Machine
1975Aug. Production of Low Refractive Index – Low Dispersion Glass “FK01” started
1976May Production of Glass Beads started
1979Feb.
May
Direct Pressing with Lanthanum Glasses started
Production of Penta Prism by Direct Pressing started
1981Aug. Ohara Corporation (USA) was established
1982Mar. OHARA Glass flew into the universe with Space-Shuttle “Columbia”
1983Mar. Volume Production of High Homogeneity Glasses started (±0.5∼±1.0X10-6)
1984Mar. Began Supplying “Cherenkov glass” to National Laboratory for High-Energy Physics.
1985Sep. New Company Name “OHARA INC.” introduced
1986Oct. TAIWAN-OHARA OPTICAL CO., LTD. (Taiwan) was established
1987Mar.
May
Production of High UV (365nm) Transmittance Glass started
OHARA Precision Corporation (Japan) was established
1988Jun.
Aug.
Volume Production of Aspherical Molded Lens Blanks started
Production of “Glass -Ceramics” started
1989Sep. Introduction of 18″ Interferometer (Zygo Mark IV)

1990s

Production of
Production of “Eco-Optical Glass” started
Production of Ultra Low Expansion Glass started
Production of Ultra Low Expansion Glass started
1990Jan.
Oct.
OHARA GmbH (Germany) was established
New Glass Type Desination System started
1991Sep.
Oct.
Nov.
Dec.
Production of “Eco-Optical Glass” started
Production of “Crystallized Beads” started
OHARA OPTICAL(M)SDN.BHD. (Malaysia) was established
Introduction of Super Precision Spectrometer
1992Jan.
Mar.
T.Q.C.(Total Quality control) was introduced
OHARA Measurement Service started
1993Mar.
Jun.
Production of Ultra Low Expansion Glass started
Production of “Fine Gob (FG) for precision glass molding” started
1994Nov. Production of Glass Ceramics for Hard Disk Substrates started
1995Nov. Starting of ACTIVE-21 movement
1996May
Oct.
OHARA DISK(M)SDN.BHD. (Malaysia) was established
OHARA Hard Disk Division was ISO9002 Qualified
1997Mar.
Jun.
Oct.
All 112 Recommended Glass Types were switched to Eco-Glasses
Production of “Glass Disk for Flying Height Tester (GD-FHT) ” started
Optical Glass Div. and Special Glass Div. were ISO9002 Qualified
1998April
Oct.
All OHARA Products got ISO9001 Qualified
Production of “Light High Refractive Index Eye-Glass ” started
1999Jan.
Jul.
Installed OHARA Glass in Suprime-Cam in Subaru telescope.
Production of “Glass Substrates for DWDM ” started

2000s

Listed on First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange
Listed on First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange
2000Jan.
April
Oct.
Production of “Low Photoelastic Glass” started
ISO14001 was qualified
Measurement service for refractive indices at Vacuum UV region started
2001Nov. UNIQUE OHARA OPTICAL CO., LTD. (China) was established
2002May
Jun.
Dec.
OHARA OPTICAL (HONG KONG) LTD.(China) was established
Large-scale Continuous Melting started
OHARA OPTICAL (ZHONGSHAN) LTD. (China) was established
2004Nov. “Production Renovation” was introduced
2005Oct. Listed on First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange
2006Jul.
Nov.
Became a member of “Nippon Keidanren,” Japan Business Federation
Production of “Eco-Glasses for optical fiber (for endoscope)” started
2007Jan.
Feb.
May
Sep.
Headquarters building completed
Production of “Low- fluorescence Glasses (for microscope)” started
2-for-1 stock split
OHARA Glass was mounted on the Lunar Orbit Explorer “KAGUYA (SELENE)”
2008Mar.
Jul.
Acquired own shares
Ohara Quartz Co.,Ltd. was established

2010s

Sales of “Lithium-ion Conductive Glass-ceramics (LICGC™)” began
Sales of “Lithium-ion Conductive Glass-ceramics (LICGC™)” began
Sales of Shock Resistance and High Hardness Clear Glass-ceramics NANOCERAM™ began
Sales of Shock Resistance and High Hardness Clear Glass-ceramics NANOCERAM™ began
2011Mar. NHG-OHARA OPTICS(XIANGYANG)CO.,LTD.(China) was established
2012Mar.
Aug.
Taiwan Ohara Optical Material Co., Ltd.(Taiwan) was established
OHARA Glass was Installed in Hyper Suprime-Cam in Subaru telescope.
2013May Sales of “Lithium-ion Conductive Glass-ceramics (LICGC™)” began
2014Feb.
Mar.
Withdrew from the business of glass-ceramics for HDDs, the Group.
“Ultra Low Expansion Glass-ceramics (CLEARCERAM™-Z)” was adopted in the TMT astronomical telescope.
2015Mar.
Oct.
Dec.
Mass Production and Supply of “Aspherical Glass Mold Lenses” began
80th anniversary of OHARA’s foundation.
Sales of Shock Resistance and High Hardness Clear Glass-ceramics NANOCERAM™ began
Non-Browning Optical Glass was released.
2016Jan.

Aug.
“Shock Resistant and High Hardness Clear Glass-ceramics (NANOCERAM™)” has been used as high-grade filters “WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR” for interchangeable lenses.
“Shock Resistant and High Hardness Clear Glass-ceramics (NANOCERAM™)” was used as high-grade filters “WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR” for interchangeable lenses.
2017May
Dec.
Sales of optical glasses designed for automotive cameras began for the first time in the world
“Ultra Low Expansion Glass-ceramics (CLEARCERAM™-Z)” was adopted to the Super Low Altitude Test Satellite “Tsubame” (SLATS).
2018Jun.

Sep.
Participation in NEDO project advanced/innovative storage battery material evaluation technology development (2nd term)
Operations of new “Aspherical Glass Mold Lenses” factory began

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