NuFlare Technology, Inc.(“NuFlare Technology”) was founded in August 2002 as a spinoff of the Semiconductor Equipment Business Division of Toshiba Machine Co., Ltd. Since then, we have been active in the development, manufacture, sale, and maintenance of electron beam mask writers, mask inspection systems, and epitaxial growth systems, all devices essential in the drive toward shrinking physical dimensions and increasing sophistication of semiconductor devices. “Nu” in the English name of the company represents both the Greek word for “new” and the first syllable of the name of the place where the company is based, Numazu (Numazu City in Shizuoka Prefecture). The name of the company reflects its aspiration to set off new technological flares towards the world from Numazu.
Guided by its vision “NuFlare, Beyond the Leading Edge,” NuFlare Technology seeks to create new value and contribute to the sustainable development of society through its leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing equipment. By an analogy to social structure, its structural outline can be described as follows: The semiconductor manufacturing equipment industry, which is located at the bottom of an upside-down pyramid, underpins the semiconductor industry, which, in turn, supports many different business areas (those related to automobiles, aviation, space, medicine, energy, home electronics, PCs, mobile devices, and so on). It is with a sense of great responsibility, spirit, and pride as part of the foundations for all these industries and business areas that we carry out our business activities.
At the same time, in today’s increasingly internationalized society, the environment surrounding us is undergoing rapid changes and we are now faced with a wide range of problems of global scale, such as shifting demographics, aging populations, global warming and abnormal weather phenomena associated with it, development of alternative energy, and network bloat. NuFlare Technology cannot be insulated from these international situations, which have unavoidable impacts on our business activities. We believe that we can achieve sustainable growth by responding proactively to these challenges. Our belief is that by supporting the semiconductor industry through its business activities, NuFlare Technology can be of help in resolving issues such as: (1) environmental and energy problems, (2) medical problems in aging societies, and (3) needs arising from increasingly networked societies (big data, IoT, etc.). We always pursue our ideal of “one small company, one giant contribution.”
Under such social circumstances, we take corporate social responsibility (CSR) management very seriously in order to respond flexibility to many different changes as a responsible member of society and achieve sustainable growth, as well as to proactively carry out our responsibility by putting utmost priority on objectives such as “protecting life, safety, and compliance” and “promoting environmental management.” In particular, we actively fulfil our responsibilities with regard to the following three areas.
We shall continue to make contributions to society, together with our stakeholders, through continuation of our business activities in the semiconductor manufacturing equipment industry. By incorporating into our management the CSR principles represented in ISO26000, GRI Guidelines, etc., rather than regarding CSR as mere obligations imposed on individual companies, we shall seek to identify possible areas of contribution, target stakeholders, associated business risks, and the like, identify issues to work on, and proactively endeavor to resolve them. Our stakeholders' understanding in connection with these efforts and their continued generous support and cooperation in the future would be most truly appreciated.
Fumiaki Shigemitsu, President
NuFlare Technology, Inc
＊NuFlare, Beyond The Leading Edge：The Vision of NuFlare Technology
＊IoT (Internet of Things) : Internet-based mutual exchange of information between various devices
＊ISO26000：An international standard providing guidelines for social responsibility
＊GRI Guidelines：Guidelines on social sustainability reporting established by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)