(Chairman of the Board, President and CEO)
|Revenue|| JPY 42.4 billion (FY 2018)|
(US$ 386 million)
| JPY -251 million (FY 2018)|
(US$ -2.2 million)
Number of employees
|3,419 (consolidated, as of September 30, 2018)|
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Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd. or NDK (日本電波工業株式会社, Nihon Dempa Kogyo Kabushiki-gaisha) is one of the world's largest quartz crystal companies, based in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
Using its synthetic quartz crystals, NDK produces crystal-related products such as crystal devices (e.g. crystal units, crystal oscillators, crystal filters) and ultrasonic transducers for medical use. In recent years, the company has begun to develop frequency synthesizers and low-power wireless modules.
Nihon Dempa Kogyo has developed a prototype crystal-based disease detector which diagnoses disease from breath. The system works by detecting trace amounts of odor-causing substances found in a person's breath.
NDK has sales offices in Japan, China, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, United Kingdom, and United States. NDK has production and engineering facilities in Japan, China, Germany, Malaysia, and the United States.
Main article: Belvidere, Illinois § 2009 explosion
NDK's Belvidere, Illinois facility was heavily damaged in 2009 when one of the crystal autoclaves ruptured violently, causing an explosion. The explosion scattered debris over a wide area, with a 7-foot support beam striking and killing Ronald Greenfield of Chesterfield, Indiana, who was refueling at a nearby truck stop. Debris also damaged a nearby automotive supply company, injuring one worker.   The rupture was in a crystal-growth autoclave that had undergone stress corrosion cracking and was inadequately inspected; recommendations from a previous incident were ignored. As a result, the autoclave became overstressed and failed completely. After an investigation, OSHA fined NDK $510,000 for a history of ignoring safety recommendations.  Demolition of the facility began in March 2015, with no plans to rebuild.