Chigasaki, Japanwww.ulvac.com/
Invested through
  • Triodos Global Equities Impact Fund
  • Triodos Impact Mixed Fund - Defensive
  • Triodos Impact Mixed Fund - Neutral
  • Triodos Impact Mixed Fund - Offensive
Asset ClassesListed equity
Impact strategyImpact Equities and Bonds
Bloomberg ticker6728 JP
ISIN codeJP3126190002
Industry groupSemiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment
Aligned with SDGs
  • Good health and well-being

Ulvac is a Japanese company operating in the IT equipment sector. The company provides the equipment, components and materials needed for the creation and use of vacuum environments essential to the development of many technologies. Ulvac sells its equipment to a broad base of major customers with sales generated mainly in Asia (50%) and Japan (35%). The company was founded in 1952 and employs around 6,000 employees worldwide.

Investment rationale

The company started with melting and molding aluminum parts in a vacuum environment. In a vacuum environment melting temperatures are significantly lower which helps reducing energy use for heating up materials. Over time not only energy efficiency but also clean and sterile environments became important features of vacuum environments. Currently Ulvac develops and manufactures machines and other equipment to create vacuum environments for the manufacturing of flat panel displays, semiconductors, solar panels, batteries and other parts for electric vehicles, and other industrial applications. For the food and pharmaceutical industry Ulvac offers machines and equipment to produce and package food and medicines in a clean and sterile environment. The company also offers cryogenic pumps and pumps that create super dry environments.