Nikon India forays into instruments business for automotive sector

One of the global pioneers in imaging and optical sensing, Tokyo-based Nikon corp. India business unit has opened their Instruments business technical centre in Bangalore. This is the DSLR major’s second business unit after Gurugram in India.


Both the centres will cater to the automotive market in India wherein they claim they already work with most of the major auto players in India. “This facility has equipments which will allow organizations to acquire data to do 3d printing. For the last 3 years we served our B2b customers from our Gurugram centre but with the growing demand of customers, we felt the need to increase our assistance,” says Manu Sharma, GM, Nikon Metrology.


He says that most of their systems are into inspection and product development which will help support design initiatives of different automotive segments and enhance their quality control methods, “Each of these machines has significance for each level of the manufacturing process. Some allow you to take information which is surface based and even acquire the data from below the surface.”


Nikon has always been synonymous with DSLR cameras but Kazuo Ninomiya, MD, Nikon India wants to change the image. He says that they are going to increase their instruments business footprints in India. “We have established our presence in Imaging but now we want to support manufacturing automotive equipment parts and healthcare. We want to contribute to Make in India and Skill in India.”


He says that although their B2B business in India has a smaller foothold with their centres in India, they want to cater to governments demand under Make in India and even help build skilled workforce in collaboration with educations institutions across the country in their technology domain. “We get started at industrial clusters in various parts of India. We have had some success in automotive clusters in western and Eastern India. There are many more on the horizon,” says Ninomiya.


Ninomiya points out that their products and services will also help automotive companies building vehicles for foreign markets. “Automobile companies are making products for markets outside OF India that’s where they need to further optimize non-contact measurements with high speed and quality data.”


He also mentioned that in 2017-18, they plan to continue their momentum with the marketing spends of around Rs. 90 cr along with hopes of managing a 55% market share in D-SLR market along with a 50% share in CDSC market.


Source: Economic Times