History

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Pioneers create history

Hoya Corporation was founded in the city of Hoya, Tokyo, 1941, by Shoichi and Shigeru Yamanaka, two visionary brothers. Originally a small manufacturer of optical lenses, the company saw opportunities in the emerging fields of healthcare and information technology.

Today, Hoya technology can also be found in medical camera lenses, Blu-ray players, smartphones, computers and televisions. For more than 75 years we have been driven by our dedication to innovate and use cutting-edge technology for providing the very finest eyeglass lenses to the market.

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1941 – Founded by Yamanaka brothers.

1958 – Hoya ventures into the eyeglass business with the manufacturing of lens press material.

1962 – Hoya's first original lens, “NEO”, is launched and its UV protection and anti-glare characteristics as well as a new curve design without comma aberration, are well received.

1970 – Hoya opens its first U.S. office in San Francisco.

1974 – Hoya's opens its first overseas lens manufacturing plant in Patumthani, Thailand.

1984 – The company is renamed Hoya Corporation and shifts its main business focus from “glass” to “light (optics)”.

1987 – Hoya launches it’s first intraocular (IOLs) lenses.

1991 – Hoya begins producing glass disks for computer hard drives.

2001 – Hoya launches HOYALUX Summit Pro and NuLux lenses that use EYRY, a high-index, plastic lens material. Hoya's first soft intraocular lenses are launched.

2007 – PENTAX becomes a consolidated subsidiary of Hoya.

2008 – The companies merge. Hoya now operates in three fields: Information Technology, Eyecare and PENTAX (lifecare and imaging).

2010 – Hoya Healthcare Co. Ltd. becomes Eye Care Division of Hoya Corporation. The company now operates in the business fields of Electronics, Imaging, Healthcare and Medical.