Today, the Internet and ICT (information and communication technology) are indispensable to people's lives. Since its inception, our company has contributed to the construction of information and telecommunications networks by developing products centered on "Optical fiber". The information content continues to grow at an alarming rate, and the importance of the information and telecommunications market continues to grow. In addition to developing new technologies for "Optical fiber" our company is also developing millimeter-wave communication modules for 5G fifth-generation mobile communications and wireless systems for energy harvesting sensors equipped with dye-sensitized solar cells as IoT wireless communication technologies.
Our company has contributed to the establishment of the electric power supply network, which is the foundation for Japan's development, by developing the "Electric wire and cable", the main artery for energy transmission, since 1885. The electric vehicle battery is expected to become a part of the electric power supply network in the future electric power demand optimization plan. Our company is currently developing a "High current charging and high voltage harness" to meet the rapid charging needs of electric vehicles. We are also conducting research and development on "High-temperature superconductor" which is expected to contribute to the realization of a highly efficient energy society in the future.
Smartphones and other electronic devices are now indispensable to people's lives. Our company has contributed to the advancement of electronics equipment by developing internal wiring components such as "FPC (Flexible Printed Circuit)" and "Connector". We will continue to develop new products for electronic devices. We are also developing stretchable wiring materials "Stretchable membrane" and "Wafer And Board level device Embedded Technology" that contribute to the miniaturization of wearable products, which are expected to become popular in the future.
Our company has contributed to the automotive market by producing wire harnesses for automobiles since the 1950s. Currently, the automobile market is said to be in a period of change only once every 100 years, and the role of high-performance electronic systems is becoming increasingly important not only in automatic driving, in which car manufacturers around the world are competing to develop technologies, but also in connected cars and electric vehicles, which are expected to become widely used. In addition to supplying power to all electronic equipment and wiring harnesses for automobiles that support communications networks, our company will apply Fujikura's optical communications, power transmission, and electronic materials technologies to develop new technologies and products that contribute to next-generation electronic and electrical systems, thereby opening up new markets.
Our company is developing for the industrial equipment market in addition to the traditional market. Our company has developed a high-power "Fiber laser" for industrial equipment by applying a wide range of optics-related technologies cultivated over the years in the field of optical fibers for communications. It has many advantages over conventional solid-state lasers, and is rapidly spreading in various fields such as marking, fine processing, welding, cutting, and measurement. We will contribute to the industrial equipment market by changing the conventional processing "Fiber laser".
Our company is developing for the medical device market in addition to the traditional market. We will contribute to the medical equipment market with optical application sensing technology that applies a wide range of optical technologies cultivated in optical fibers for communications. Our company possesses a number of optical applied sensing technologies that enable us to propose products that meet customer needs, such as "Image fiber" "Miniature CMOS image sensor module for Endoscope" and "Optical fiber sensor". We are also developing "High-temperature superconductor", which is expected to be used in MRI equipment, and "Wafer And Board level device Embedded Technology" for micromedical devices.