Tamron's course into the future
In this piece, we wrap up this series of twelve articles. This
time I would like to say something about the course Tamron is taking
into the future.
Tamron is a global manufacturer of optical equipment. It pursues
its business across a wide variety of different fields. Examples
include lenses for digital cameras at the top of the list, as well
as video camera lenses and lenses for photography, projection
In particular, lenses for digital cameras account for a big share
of Tamron's product range. However, stemming from our desire to
ensure stronger business operations by achieving a good balance in
the range of our products, we are continuing with business
promotional efforts so as to further boost business performance in
Additionally, even just from the point of view of the security
field, our interest is not limited to CCTV-based surveillance. To
differentiate one person from another using biometrics, lenses are
always needed for fingerprinting, vein pattern analysis, iris
identification, etc., and Tamron is focused on this field. Tamron
will continue to develop lenses for a wide range of fields into the
future. Preparing for the age of high
As one more example of a field that Tamron is currently engaged
in, we are developing lenses that will offer high definition
imagery. For example: mobile phones, which have become so widely
used these days. It would be reasonable to say that there are now no
mobile phones without a camera function in Japan. That is how
popular "camera-equipped mobile phones" have become.
As cameras become more widely used, it is only natural that the
demand for high image quality and high resolution will increase.
Faced with the expected increase in competition amongst camera
manufacturers in the move to greater resolution, it is important
that Tamron too should take steps to respond to that, and we are
currently aiming to succeed with technological innovations. This is
not limited to the design side. We want to stretch precision to the
limits of possibility, in the areas of plant processing and
This applies to security, too. Image sensors in CCTV cameras with
a 400,000 pixel resolution are still the norm. However, networking
based on IP, etc. is steadily gaining ground, and we expect that
eventually sharper imagery will be required. Responding to advances
in the security industry
Deputy General Manager
Industrial Optics Business
Tamron Co., Ltd.
Given this situation, Tamron, as a global optics manufacturer,
needs to make good use of the technologies it has amassed in the
development of all kinds of lenses, starting with lenses for digital
cameras, continuing with its development of lenses for CCTV cameras
that will be able to offer even higher resolution imaging.
Tamron has large plants in China and Aomori in Japan. When those
plants were built they were intended to be used for the mass
production of lenses for digital cameras, etc. However, even when
Tamron develops lenses for CCTV cameras, the excellent facilities
and advanced technologies in our plants can be utilized just as they
are, for that purpose.
Also, it is precisely because Tamron has an excellent development
environment that it has been so easy to accomplish the production of
the aspherical lenses that are so often used in CCTV cameras.
In the security industry, the move to high resolution imagery is
still lagging behind. However, when the time arrives when image
quality is given greater precedence, Tamron possesses the
preparedness to respond immediately. You could say that it is
precisely this preparedness that is Tamron's strength as a global
manufacturer of optical equipment.
At this point I wish to bring to a close for now this series of
articles that have been produced by Tamron's employees. Please
accept our sincere thanks for reading along with us. I trust that
there will be an opportunity to meet with all of you again. Until
then, I wish you well. This page is a translation of a revised and
edited version of an article that appeared in the December 2006
edition of Anzen to Kanri ["Safety and Management"] magazine,
published by NJP Corporation.