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atect: Shaping Tomorrow’s Innovations

Article - June 7, 2024

As a dynamic Japanese company excelling in semiconductor materials, sanitation equipment and pioneering powder injection molding technology atect is committed to innovation and sustainable growth

In the 55 years since it was first established, manufacturing company atect Corp. has produced buttons for clothes, made objects from plastic molds and even worked on the development of submarines. 

Today, however, it is best known for its work around three main pillars: the semiconductor industry, the manufacturing of sanitation testing equipment and, more recently, the powder injection molding (PIM) business.

Company president Makoto Ohnishi explains the boom in the sanitation testing equipment industry: “As society grows, people start to seek more diversity in products and foods, meaning there is more variety, a high mix volume, which involves more inspections. The population in Japan may be declining, but we still want to make our lives richer. More types of food therefore come in low volume, presenting opportunities for increased testing and for suppliers to diversify their services to ensure customer satisfaction.”

Atect’s PIM business, meanwhile, uses a new manufacturing method that combines metal, fine ceramic powder and organic binders to produce sintered products with exceptional precision and processing resistance. This, according to Mr. Ohnishi, differentiates Atect from other competitors, and means the company can expect “big league growth” in the sector. A commitment to research and development and the Japanese concept of kaizen, or continuous improvement, will also prove instrumental here.

Looking to the future, Mr. Ohnishi hopes to expand the company both internationally and at home, with new hubs appearing in Hokkaido, Kyushu and Kumamoto.

Equally important, and moving beyond merely increasing sales, is employee wellbeing. 

“I believe,” Mr. Ohnishi states, “that a company that doesn’t seek the happiness of its employees should not exist. To make this happen, I want to find a business to support this philosophy. In five years, PIM will no longer be a new business, so I want to find the seed of the next new business. Being an incubator that develops businesses will elevate our profile in the years to come.”