Optex reaches landmark 45 years

Tokyo, Japan and Maidenhead, Berkshire (UK)

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Sensor manufacturer Optex has reached a landmark 45th year at the forefront of the industry, recognised for its continuous commitment to the development and creation of intelligent sensing and detection technologies and solutions.

Founded on 25 May 1979 in a coffee house in Kyoto, Japan, by electronics engineer Toru Kobayashi and three of his colleagues, Optex was born with a clear vision: to build a global sensing technology business with precision and intelligence at its heart.

This vision remains at the core of the business and has been pivotal to its huge growth over the last four and a half decades. Today the Optex Group comprises almost 2,000 employees across 42 companies across the world. Its EMEA headquarters in the UK and the Netherlands are supported by offices and representatives in more than 15 countries in the region, including France, Poland, Germany, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

Since its humble beginnings, Optex has pioneered several significant innovations. It began with launching the world’s first far infrared automatic door sensor, which in turn led to the development of the first wireless outdoor security sensors. The introduction of Optex Redscan sensors, transformed the reliability and accuracy of intrusion detection systems by utilising Lidar (laser technology) for security detection.

“Optex never stands still and continues to anticipate and innovate to meet the ever-changing needs of the market and of our customers”, says Toru Kamimura, CEO of Optex Co Ltd, core company of the group based in Japan. “We are very proud of what we have achieved to date and thankful to our employees and partners, as well as our customers for their unwavering support, who have been crucial to our global expansion into new regions and territories.

“Over the last 45 years, we have continued our journey of solving the everyday problems of our customers with our broad range of detection systems, developed with quality and reliability at heart, perfectly suited for diverse applications ranging from critical infrastructure sites to private homes and everything in between. Our continued focus and investment in rigorous testing, research and development are testament to the company’s commitment to maintaining excellence in everything we do. The journey continues as we explore new technologies and the power of sensor data to create a safe, secure and comfortable society.”


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