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Pump up the volume: Osaka Vacuum aiming to be a vacuum specialized manufacturer

Article - September 7, 2022

Since 1950, Osaka Vacuum has been supplying pump systems that satisfy customers’ advanced needs for production processes, analysis, and R&D.


“Vacuum technology is an essential technology in many industries; not just semiconductor manufacturing where our technology is tailored to aid in front end processing.”
Kazuyuki Kasaoka, President and CEO, Osaka Vacuum, Ltd.

Osaka Vacuum developed the world's first compound turbo molecular pump for the advancement of the electronics industry, an innovation that burgeoned the company’s reputation. After that, the company soon started developing the semiconductor market to support the revolution in the electronics industry during the 90s and early 2000s. “This trajectory shows our company’s growth,” says Kasaoka Kazuyuki, President and CEO of Osaka Vacuum. “However, whilst we started as a device manufacturer, our strategy today is to focus on our vacuum pumps and their component parts.”

Its products include various pump applications, with the turbo-molecular pump currently the company’s main product for the overseas semiconductor and electronic parts manufacturing market.

“We develop new products as an extension of our business,” explains Mr. Kasaoka. “We listen to our customer's needs and respond to them, and so whenever we have a peak in sales, this allows us to advance our research and development.”

As a business that recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, looking back on the company’s rich history and reflecting on its past will help guide the company’s future direction, believes Mr. Kasaoka. “Our founder, my father, didn’t leave a document outlining the company’s philosophy. By looking back at 70 years on historical case studies, we documented our philosophy and produced the 70th anniversary document. The document was written with the purpose of passing the company’s philosophy and culture down to the next generations as a vacuum specialized company.”