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Hamamatsu Photonics opens new facility in China

15 Jan 2014

Japanese tech giant expanding manufacturing and R&D activities, starting production of pollution detectors.

Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. has announced the completion of a new building at its Beijing Hamamatsu Photon Techniques, Inc., subsidiary to expand both manufacturing capacity and research and development activities in China.

Operations at the new “Building No. 2”, located at the Langfang Factory, are scheduled to begin in February. A dedication ceremony for the new building was held on 11 January 2014.

Hamamatsu says that he new facility will improve the manufacturing capacity of its two other existing factories at Beijing Hamamatsu Photon Techniques. It will be used for glass processing and scintillator manufacturing, which were previously located at the Yongqing Factory.

This development will allow the Yongqing Factory to be used as a specialty facility for glass melting and other processes. The new Building No. 2 will also be used for the manufacturing of non-PMT (photomultiplier tube) products, which will be transferred to the new building from Building No. 1. This move will allow Building No. 1 to be dedicated entirely to PMT manufacturing.

Pollution detectors

Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun last week reported that Hamamatsu Photonics is to start production of specialized measurement devices in China for the detection of airborne PM 2.5 pollutants.

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Matthew Peach is contributing editor to optics.org.

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