From local manufacturer to multinational player
It all started in a little town called Hoya (now Nishitokyo City) on 1 November 1941. Two brothers, Shoichi and Shigeru Yamanaka, had the ambitious plan to manufacture optical glass. Although this was the most technologically advanced industry in Japan at the time, few could have predicted that the fledgling Toyo Optical Glass Manufacturing would become what is now the multinational Hoya Corporation.
Passion for optical glass
After World War II ended, the company also began producing crystal for household use. Later, it started making lenses for cameras, memory disks, photo masks for LCD panels, medical endoscopes and intraocular lenses. Despite the diversity in its products, the passion for optical glass has remained the driving force.
Today, Hoya has two divisions – Life Care and Information Technology. Hoya employs a multinational workforce of over 34,000 people and has more than 150 offices and subsidiaries around the world. This global presence enables Hoya to exchange technological insights and innovative ideas across the company and across borders and keeps Hoya at the forefront of a highly competitive industry.