Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Ushio To Sell Medical Equipment Abroad
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Ushio Inc. (6925) is launching full-fledged sales of medical equipment overseas, aiming for combined annual domestic and foreign sales of 5 billion yen in this field in five years.
- The device uses ultraviolet rays to treat skin disorders.
The company makes systems that use ultraviolet rays to treat skin disorders like psoriasis. Until now, it has sold about 250 such systems in Japan and 50 or so in China.
Ushio will start supplying prototypes to Indonesia, Taiwan and Myanmar in fiscal 2013. Within a year or two, it plans to broaden the targeted region to include Thailand, India, Singapore, Laos and Cambodia.
The systems will initially be delivered to local university hospitals and research organizations to encourage use by hospitals in the region. They will also be introduced to medical representatives through Southeast Asian academic conference announcements.
With demand anticipated in Europe, the U.S. and Africa, the company plans within the next few years to develop products with the UV rays adjusted for skin properties in those markets.
Ushio, a leader in light sources for exposure equipment used in semiconductor manufacturing, hopes to use its optical technology to cultivate medical fields.
(The Nikkei, Sept. 17 morning edition)