History

1979

Established OPTEX CO., LTD.

1980

Developed and marketed world's first automatic door sensor using far infrared rays.

1984

Completed Headquarters building.

1985

Founded locally established OPTEX (U.S.A.), INC. in California.

1986

Opened Tokyo Sales Office.

1989

Established SICK OPTEX CO., LTD. a joint venture with west Germany's Erwin Sick GmbH.

1990

Completed Research and Development Center and established,
Established O'PAL OPTEX CO., LTD.

1991

Founded locally established OPTEX (EUROPE), LTD.in U.K.
Open stock to the public market (to Japan Securities Dealers Association).

1994

Founded locally established OPTEX (H.K.), LTD. in Hong Kong.
ISO 9001 certified by LRQA(Location : HEADQUARTERS & R&D CENTER).

1995

Started production on commission in China.

1997

Founded locally established OPTEX ELECTRONICS (TAIWAN), LTD. in Taiwan.
ISO 14001 certified by JET(Location : HEADQUARTERS & R&D CENTER).

1998

Digital Event Recording System "WONDER TRACK" was launched in the digital CCTV system market.
Digital Event recording system wins the first prize at France's EXPO PROTECTION security instruments fair.

1999

Digital Event Recording System wins the U.S.A. ISC WEST Grand Prix-the largest security instrument fair in the world.
Received the Commissioner of the Patent Office Award.

2000

Outdoor PIR sensor BX-80 received a Product Achievement Award in the Intrusion detection / Prevention Section at U. S. A. ISC NY.

2001

Our shares went on sale on Section 2 of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Our British subsidiary, OPTEX (EUROPE), LTD. acquired SECURITY ENCLOSURES LTD. as a subsidiary.

2002

Photoelectric sensor division spun off, OPTEX FA CO., LTD. established.

2003

Sales begun of world's first all-in-one color vision sensor (CVS 1).
Established OPTEX KOREA CO., LTD. in Korea and OPTEX SECURITY SAS in France to build the direct marketing frameworks.
Our shares went on sale on Section 1 of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

2004

Completed New Headquarters building in Otsu Shiga-pref.
Business expansion planned by obtaining customer traffic counting and management systems technology and combining it with OPTEX's expertise in this field, leading to the acquisition of GIKEN TRASTEM CO., LTD. as a Group subsidiary.
To market automatic door products, OPTEX TECHNOLOGIES INC. reestablished in California in U.S.A.
To grasp market needs and expand exports to Eastern Europe and Russia, OPTEX SECURITY Sp. z o.o. established in Warsaw, Poland.

2005

Safety driving support system "DT-01" was released in safety transportation system market.
Established OPTEX (DONGGUAN) CO., LTD. in China to reinforce the cost competition power and build the marketing frameworks to the Chinese market.

2006

OPTEX (DONGGUAN) CO., LTD. opens a sales office in Shenzhen, China.

2007

OPTEX FA CO., LTD acquired JAPAN F.A.SYSTEMS CO.,LTD.
OPTEX CO., LTD acquired FARSIGHT SECURITY SERVICES, LTD., a Remote Video Response service provider in the UK.
To expand automatic door sensor business, OPTEX TECHNOLOGIES INC. has established its East Coast office in North Carolina in U.S.A.

2008

OPTEX CO., LTD acquired OPTEX TECHNOLOGIES B.V. to expand the business of automatic door sensor in Europe.
OPTEX CO., LTD acquired ZENIC INC. to provide technical collaboration with image processing technology.

2010

Entered the LED lighting fields introducing our LED light control system, which realizes industry-leading levels of energy saving.
OPTEX CO., LTD. acquired FIBER SENSYS INC. to obtain products, technologies and distribution route of fiber - optics intrusion detection systems.
OPTEX (DONGGUAN) CO., LTD. opens a sales office in Shanghai, China.

2011

Established OPTEX SECURITY, LLC in Russia as a sales office for security products.

2012

OPTEX CO., LTD. acquired RAYTEC LIMITED. to obtain and to expand products, technologies and distribution route of lighting systems for security business.
Established OPTEX PINNACLE INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED as a joint venture company in Haryana, India and OPTEX DO BRASIL LTDA. in Sao Paulo, Brazil to expand business and enhance customer support in newly developing countries.

2013

Established Sensor Vision Co., Ltd. in Japan and Guangzhou Optex Industrial Automation Control Equipment Co., Ltd. in Guangdong province, China by Optex FA Co., Ltd. for the business expansion in the fields of Factory Automation.
The discrimination technology of human body by laser scanning received an award of Director-General, Kinki Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry at the invention award ceremony of Kinki region organized by Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation.

2014

Selected to “Global Niche Top Companies Selection 100”, organized by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Positioned OPTEX (EUROPE), LTD. as EMEA HEADQUARTERS as a management office for Europe, Middle East, and Africa to promote localization of the strategy development of each area, and to expand business globally.

2015

Positioned OPTEX INCORPORATED as AMERICAS HEADQUARTERS as a management office for North, Central, and South America.
Embarked on the solution business by filtering the data by sensors utilizing cloud.

2016

Started consignment manufacturing in Vietnam to strengthen the global supply system.
OPTEX CO., LTD. acquired CCS Inc. and Gardasoft Vision Limited to expand the business of LED lighting for the Machine Vision industry and enhance the development of new business field.
Established OPTEX(THAILAND) CO., LTD. in Thailand to expand the business of security and automatic door sensor segment in the Southeast Asia region.

2017

Acquired 100% ownership of OPTEX FA CO., LTD.
We switched over to a new system with Optex Group Co., Ltd. as the holding company, and launched the business company Optex Co., Ltd.
We started offering “Optex Sensor Connect,” which is an optical sensor and data provision solution we have developed in line with our full entry into the IoT business.
The Optex vehicle detection sensor ViiK for coin-paid parking lots was awarded Best Selection in the JPB Award 2016.
We opened a representative office in Germany to strengthen our sales activities in the security market in the DACH Area (Deutschland, Austria and Switzerland).
Optex lighting for evacuation areas and routes during a disaster received the Biwako Environmental Business Design Award “Award for Excellence.”

2018

The Optex e-Smooth Sensor, which is an automatic door sensor that controls unnecessary opening, received the highest award of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in the KENTEN Award, and was also certified as a Shiga Low Carbon Brand.