While in Japan recently, I made a stop at Nichiyu Giken. Talk about a diverse company. Their slogan is “from the ocean to outer space,” and they mean it. My purpose in visiting with them was to discuss their medical indicator strips, but hearing about the company background really opened my eyes.
Nichiyu Giken reaches the stars by manufacturing products that enable space travel. The company’s pyrotechnic division (wouldn’t that be an interesting title on your business card) is involved in the launch of rockets for various types of observation, commercial and science satellites. Specifically, the products play a role in the ignition systems for rocket motor, satellite separation, antenna expansion and solar battery paddle expansion applications.
On the ocean front, Nichiyu Giken develops products that get dropped to the ocean floor to detect the types of materials that are present. And in between, the company offers products that can predict the potential of a lightning strike before it occurs.
Back to medical-device applications, Nichiyu Giken has developed a temperature-sensing chemical tape that lets the operator know whether a device can be handled or not. Another tape determines whether a device has been sterilised. This technology has been extended to sterilisation bags.
Nichiyu Giken currently serves Japan and various regions of Europe with its medical products, with the United States in its sights.