What else does Nikon make?


For their year ending March 2012, Nikon's overall sales broke out like so (numbers are rounded):

  • Nikon Precision (semiconductor manufacturing equipment): 209 billion yen, or 24% of the company
  • Nikon Imaging (cameras and lenses): 596 billion yen, or 67% of the company
  • Instruments (microscopes, etc.): 58 billion yen, or 6% of the company

For their year ending March 2013, Nikon's overall sales broke out like so (numbers are rounded):

  • Nikon Precision: 179 billion yen, or 18% of the company
  • Nikon Imaging: 751.2 billion yen, or 74% of the company
  • Instruments: 53.8 billion yen, or 5% of the company

For the year ending March 2014, here were the numbers:

  • Nikon Precision: 205.4 billion yen, or 21% of the company
  • Nikon Imaging: 685.4 billion yen, or 69.9% of the company
  • Instruments: 65.7 billion yen, or 6.7% of the company

For the year ending March 2018, the numbers had shifted to:

  • Nikon Precision: 31.6% of the company
  • Nikon Imaging: 50.3% of the company
  • Instruments and other: 10.2% of the company
  • Healthcare: 7.9% of the company

For the year ending March 2020, the numbers had again shifted to:

  • Nikon Precision: 41% of the company
  • Nikon Imaging: 38% of the company
  • Instruments and other: 11% of the company
  • Healthcare: 10% of the company

Nikon is rather unique amongst the remaining well-known Japanese camera companies in that Imaging is such a dominant portion of their business. In all the other companies (Canon, Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, Ricoh, Sony) cameras and lenses are well less than half of those companies businesses, in many cases not even a tenth of the overall company. 

Nikon indicated in 2013 that they wished to enter the medical business in some form, and would probably use acquisitions to do so. In February 2015 they bought their first medical business acquisition, Optos.


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