America Japan Sheet Glass Company, a joint venture between Libbey Owens Sheet Glass and Sumitomo, obtains technology from the Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Company of the United States to produce flat glass using the Colburn process.
After years of growth and establishing a new manufacturing plant, the company changes its name to Nippon Sheet Glass., Ltd. Over time, NSG perfects the Colburn process and expands its capabilities.
Through developing advanced glass chemistries and defining new manufacturing processes, NSG is the first company to successfully achieve a Gradient Index (GRIN) distribution in a glass rod.
NSG patents this GRIN technology by introducing a new self-focusing lens and trademarks the brand SELFOC® Unlike conventional optics which manipulates light via curved surfaces, the SELFOC lens focuses light and transmits images via a simple, flat surface. NSG’ new technology revolutionizes optics.
NSG America is incorporated to sell SELFOC Micro Lenses in North America. NSG America recognizes the potential of the SELFOC lens and pioneers its entry into the medical, office equipment and telecommunications marketplaces. Demand skyrockets and NSG America becomes the undisputed market leader and the preeminent global micro-lens supplier.
NSG Europe is established to spread world wide sales of the SELFOC Micro Lens. Aggressive sales and marketing campaigns around the world make NSG the lens of choice in the telecommunications marketplace and helps enable the vast growth of the industry.
NSG Micro Optics Philippines is established. A large manufacturing facility in Laguna, Philippines opens to meet the high volume manufacturing needs of the communications industry. In this ISO certified plant, NSG is able to supply all products in high volume and at a low price.
NSG Group sells its subsidiary, EPITAXX, then world-leading supplier of high speed Avalanche Photodiodes (APD), to JDS Uniphase. NSG continues to maintain its III-V compound semiconductor wafer growth capability after the sale.
NSG America introduces Original Opti-Sourcing Services, a strategic partnership program in which NSG offers its global network of optical resources including optical design, process engineering, global manufacturing and supply chain management services to assist customers in the development of optical components.
NSG re-develops photodiodes and avalanche photodiodes based on its own III-V compound semiconductor capability for internal use to support Original Opti-Sourcing™ Services. This technological investment provides a solid foundation for Go!Foton’s current photodiode business.
NSG Group completes the acquisition of Pilkington Plc. to become the largest flat glass business in the world.
NSG Telecommunication Device business becomes Go!Foton Group through a management buyout transaction.
Go!Foton Group is a leading supplier of optical materials and components for various applications with a focus in the optical communication industry.