Keyence Corporation
Native name
TypePublic (K.K)
TYO: 6861
TOPIX Large 70 Component
Nikkei 225 component (TYO)
FoundedMay 27, 1974; 47 years ago (1974-05-27)
HeadquartersOsaka, Japan
Key people
Takemitsu Takizaki
(Founder & Honorary Chairman)
Yu Nakata
ProductsFA sensors, measurement systems, machine vision, barcode readers, laser markers, and digital microscopes
RevenueIncrease US$4.958 billion (2018)
Increase US$2.756 billion (2018)
Increase US$1.982 billion (2018)
Number of employees
6,602 (2017) [1]

Keyence Corporation (キーエンス, Kīensu) is a direct sales organization that develops and manufactures automation sensors, vision systems, barcode readers, laser markers, measuring instruments, and digital microscopes.

Keyence is fabless - although it is a manufacturer; it specializes solely in product planning and development and does not manufacture the final products. Keyence products are manufactured at qualified contract manufacturing companies.[2]


Keyence Corporation is a global company with a network of 16 international organizations that specializes in factory automation. Keyence Corporation earns over US$3.416 billion in yearly sales and employs more than 6600 employees worldwide.[3] As a direct sales company, Keyence salespeople visit customers on site with demonstration cases to show products live.[4]

Keyence's range of products are part of the manufacturing and research processes in a variety of industries, including the electronics, semiconductor, automotive, food and packaging, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries.[5]


Keyence is a fabless manufacturing company that sells a broad range of products, from the photoelectric sensor and proximity sensors to measuring instruments for inspection lines to high precision microscopes used in research institutes. These products are used by more than 200,000 customers globally.[6] Products are shipped from Keyence's warehouses in Japan, U.S. (Chicago), UK, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea, or from 148 agents in 31 countries.

Automation sensors

Industrial safety

Machine vision systems and vision sensors

Industrial Laser Markers

Industrial Inkjet Printer

Measurement systems and sensors

Advanced microscopes

Static eliminators

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)

Company culture and reputation

Keyence Japan is consistently listed in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun's yearly ranking of the "Top Ten Most Excellent Companies in Japan." The company maintains a strong ROE (12.32%) and a conservative equity ratio (95.54%), and it is also known as one of the top companies in Japan in terms of salaries, the average annual salary for full-time employees (average age: 35.3 years old) in FY2015 being JPY17,560,000 (US$171,000 as of September 2016).[7] A 350-million-year-old ammonite fossil is displayed at the entrance of the Japanese headquarters; other fossils of long-dead creatures line the corridors and meeting rooms. Relics are supposed to convey a tacit message to employees: keep aiming high or you'll become a fossil.[2]

Outstanding Structure Award - 2000

In 2000 the headquarters building was awarded the Outstanding Structure Award by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering in recognition of the most remarkable, innovative, creative or otherwise stimulating structure.


  1. ^ プロフィール : 株式会社キーエンス Archived 2007-11-03 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Keeping The Seats Warm".
  3. ^ Keyence Japan Archived 2007-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Nikkei Asia
  5. ^ Keyence Corp. of America Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
  6. ^ "Global Network & Local Offices | KEYENCE America".
  7. ^ (株)キーエンス 企業情報 Yahoo!ファイナンス