APPEX has over the past 50 years grown from a local based optical vendor to a company with a solid domestic and international foundation.
We will continue to strength then our activities within our areas of core competence in the years moving forward to the benefit of our customers and business partners

Business Activities

  • Sales & service of domestic and imported capital equipment
  • Design, production, sales & service of semiconductor and related equipment for mass production as well as R&D
  • Sales & service of vacuum components (vacuum pumps, leak detectors, gauges, vacuum systems etc)
  • Design, production and sales of high precision parts
  • Sales & service of optical lenses and related parts & accessories
  • Strategic consulting for the Japanese high-tech industrial markets

Company Profile

EstablishmentJanuary 1975
Location〒106-0031 3-23-7. Nishiazabu Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
TEL 03-3478-3536 FAX 03-3402-4838
Business ContentsDevelopment,Production, Sales and Solutions of High Tech Equipment
Capital¥66 Million(January 2021)
Sales¥4.5 Billion(Fiscal Year ending June 2022)
Number of Employee144(January 2021)
Board of DirectorsPresident and Representative Director Yasushi Matsumoto
Director Haruhito Mikami
Director Hirokazu Tsunokawa
Director kenichi Tsunoda
Auditor Takashi Imai
Business Partners【Overseas】
Milestone Systems A/S (Denmark)
DELO Industrial Adhesives (Germany)
Cn1 Co., Ltd (Korea)
UniJet (Korea)
Applied Materials Japan, Ikegami Communication Systems, Canon Inc, Canon ANELVA Corp, Canon Marketing Japan, Kyoshin Communication, SONY Semiconductor, SONY Finance International, Toshiba, JVC-Kenwood, Hitachi Kokusai Denki, Bridgestone, Sumitomo-Mitsui Financial & Lease, Mitsubishi Electric, Mitomo, Carl Zeiss Microscopy, Hakuto, Contact Corp, others

Connecting Japan and the world

APPEX’ negotiation skills connect domestic customers
and overseas manufacturers.
Setting up activities in Japan requires many aspects to be considered and analyzed. Language, requirements to products and organization, habits, demand and cost projections are just some of them. APPEX offers its long experience in acting as bridge between Japan and overseas to propose a suitable set-up and business plan for small and medium sized high-tech companies.

International Negotiation Skills get high Marks
from Domestic Customers

APPEX’ experience in dealing with manufacturers from France, Germany, Holland, Denmark, USA, Korea, Taiwan is highly appreciated by our domestic customers

Embracing a wide area of Equipment Design

Mechatronic Engineering: Design of sub-assemblies or complete systems for semiconductor and related process equipment for R&D and mass production
Electrical Engineering: Electrical design & lay-out, testing etc
Design of software: Design & programing of system specific and interface (user/system) software

Development Power

We support and provide development assistance for control systems and semiconductor equipment and can offer our expertise in cases where customization or localization is required

We have experience with semiconductor process equipment such as CVD, etching, thin film deposition, MEMS, Alignment systems, semi and full automatic leak detection systems, wafer transport systems, FOUP handling, specially designed vacuum pumping systems, high precision cooling equipment etc

Flexible Production and Service Facilities

APPEX operates 3 locations in Japan equipped with facilities to support the various activities:

  • Ichikawa Factory: Cleanroom for semiconductor manufacturing and testing, full production facilities incl production management system, green purchasing and ISO14001 certified
  • Shin Yokohama Technical Center: Service facility for vacuum and optical products. ISO14001 certified
  • Arai Factory: Support facility for nationwide field service activities

Company History

January 1975Company founded in Tokyo, Japan as Eiraku APPEX
April 1976Appointed distributor for Canon broadcasting lenses
March 1977Appointed official service provider for Canon broadcasting lenses
November 1979Established Kawasaki Factory
April 1980Appointed official service provider for Canon semiconductor equipment
April 1983Started field service for Canon semiconductor equipment
August 1983Changed name to APPEX Corp
May 1986Inaugurated Arai Factory for halogen lamp production
January 1988Produced first semiconductor equipment for CVD-process
August 1993Signed service agreement with Alcatel Vacuum Technology, France
June 1995Inaugurated Ichikawa Factory
April 1996Appointed distributor for Alcatel Vacuum Technology
April 1998Initiated field service for Ultratech steppers
May 2000Initiated activities for Alcatel Deep Etching Equipment
September 2001Inaugurated demonstration room for Alcatel Deep Etching Equipment
June 2005First deep etching equipment produced locally for Alcatel
May 2007Opened Osaka office
December 2007Inaugurated Shin Yokohama Technical Center for vacuum and optics sales and service activities
September 2008Appointed distributor of Advanced Laser Separation International (ALSI)
August 2010Appointed distributor of UniJet, Korea
October 2010Appointed distributor of Nanoplas, France
October 2010Appointed distributor of Milestone Systems A/S, Denmark
April 2011Appointed distributor of PSM,Korea
August 2012Appointed distributor of Fogale Nanotech, France, for optical and semiconductor products
June 2013Initiated service for Carl Zeiss Microscopy
September 2013Appointed distributor of Obducat AB,Sweden
September 2013Appointed distributor of TRUMPF Huettinger GmbH + Co.KG
August 2015Appointed distributor of DELO Industrial Adhesives, Germany
May 2016Appointed distributor of AiSTRIX of Asahi Net, Inc., Japan
December 2017Appointed distributor of Semi-TS, Korea