Frequently asked questions

The name "Wacom" was derived by partially replacing the English name WORLD COMPUTER with "WA," which means "harmony"in Japanese. The name was created to express our goal of attaining development in which people and computers are in harmony.
Our overseas subsidiaries are
Wacom Technology Corporation,
Wacom Europe GmbH,
Wacom China Corporation,
Wacom Korea Co., Ltd.,
Wacom Australia Pty. Ltd.,
Wacom Hong Kong Ltd.,
Wacom Singapore Pte. Ltd.,
Wacom Taiwan Information Co., Ltd., and
Wacom India Pvt. Ltd. (India)
Our head office is located in Toyonodai, Kazo-city, Saitama, Tokyo. Branch Office is located in Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo and we have domestic operations offices in Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka. Our factory is located on the site of our head office in Saitama and we have several EMS (Electronic Manufacturing Service) bases located overseas.
His Biography is shown below.
Masahiko Yamada (Born in 1958)
[Biography]
April, 1986Graduated from Tohoku University, Faculty of Engineering and joined Wacom.
March, 1991Appointed as General Manager , Overseas Sales Division.
April, 1992Appointed as President , Wacom Technology Corporation (U.S.A.).
June, 1996Appointed as Director, Division Manager of Electronic Systems and Devices (ESD).
April, 1999Appointed as Executive Director, Division Manager of ESD.
June, 2003Appointed as Executive Director, Senior Executive Officer.
April, 2004Appointed as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer.
June, 2004Appointed as President & CEO.
April, 2015President & group CEO (present post)
Wacom's business fields are pen tablets, components, CAD software for electrical design. Each product is developing its own brand.
Please refer to "Company Introduction" in Wacom at a glance.
Regarding each product in detail, please refer to Our Business in our corporate web site.
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A pen tablet is a type of computer input device, such as a keyboard mouse, etc, which consists of a battery-less cordless electronic pen and a tablet.
Electronic pen functions on a tablet are the same as a mouse. In addition, a pen tablet allows users to input drawings, diagrams and characters in a similar way to writing and drawing in pencil on paper.

1. A strong technological capability which has enabled Wacom to achieve numerous patents and gain know-how including patents related to the core pen tablet technology, recognized around the world as being from Japan.
2. The brand with the world's leading share of pen tablet sales and the top domestic share of CAD (Computer Aided Design) systems for electrical design. It has also gained the top share in the world for digital pen and multi-touch components incorporated into notebook PCs plus digital pen components incorporated into smart phones.
3. Global business development. Wacom has built partnerships with global leaders of operation systems, application software, and hardware vendors for many years, while optimum research, development and sales organizations have been established in different regions around the world.
The domestic share in the pen tablet market has reached 94.3%. (Survey by BCN Inc. in 2014)
The Company's estimated global market share is approximately 88%.
Pen tablets for professional users are used in the Computer Graphics (CG) industry driving movie production, represented by Hollywood movies, digital painting, coloring and compositing processes in animation studios around the world and for creating realistic images in video game production, as well as designs for printing and apparel. Display products are also used in industrial design processes, such as automotive, electronic records in the medical field, as well as classroom teaching by a projector and screen combination instead of a blackboard. On the other fields, pen tablets are used in private and public situations such as paperless conference systems, respond screens in TV quiz shows, credit card transactions by digital signatures in financial institutions, police stations, courts, and meteorological agencies.

Pen tablet for general users (there are differences by region, in Europe and U. S.) is used for digital photo retouching, digital scrapbooking, and replacement of a PC mouse. In Japan, manga productions, comics and blogs are the main usages. Also note taking, editing, and writing to screen presentations are also used for business purposes.

Please refer to "Company Introduction" in Wacom at a glance.
This method refers to the patented pen input and pen tablet technology, the only one of its kind in the world, which enables battery-less and cordless input operation.

(Mechanism)
The tablet forms a magnetic field on its surface (electromagnetic field), in which the electronic pen moves. When it moves, electricity runs through the coil inside the pen. The tablet then receives inductive signals generated by the magnetic field formed on the pen side (induction).By repeating the process a number of times in a short time, the pen's path is smoothly read by the tablet. The digital pen is capable of detecting the force exerted on it and the tilted angle, thereby enabling differences in line widths and color gradation to be displayed. Another notable feature is that an eraser function, which allows users to easily correct drawings, can be added to the pen.
Adopting a simple structure which integrates pen and touch input signal processing into a single controller/sensor system (a sensor board dedicated to the pen is not necessary) , Wacom's Active ES pen achieves superb performance such as high pen pressure sensivity and accuracy expressing intricate details. Wacom's Active ES pen technologies will lead the way to the era of digital stationery.

Benefits of Wacom’s Active ES pens
1. Newly-developed controller IC processes pen and touch signals at the same time
2. High performance achieved thanks to the expertise on multi-touch and pen input
3. Expertise in the development and production of digital pens facilitates high levels of perfection
4. Mass manufacturing capability takes advantage of automated production lines
5. Pen ID for use via the cloud
Finger touch screen operation is suitable for moving icons and selecting menu options instead of a mouse but is not suitable for the production of content, such as painting and note taking. On the other hand, a digital pen also has mouse functionality and comes to life when creating content. Each function of pen and finger touch is complementary and the possibility that finger touch can replace digital pens is extremely low.
When Wacom celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2013, we set out on a journey with a new corporate vision: a world alive with creativity. We aspire to serve our customers and society with an open and creative spirit.
In 2007, Wacom unveiled a new brand concept, "Open up. Sense more.", which expresses our attitude to life and our aim of creating new ideas beyond the stereotype, watching the world with an unconventional perspective and emotion. With this concept Wacom intends to create new ideas and solutions.
Wacom enhances global organizations and optimizes business models of key functions, such as product management, development, manufacturing, and its SCM (Supply Chain Management).
(Product management)
New professional products are planned in the US. which is the world's most advanced computer graphics market, consumer products are focused on Europe, which covers the widest range of use patterns and the most competitive market and Japan, where consumers are keen for and demand highly sophisticated products by Wacom global product management members.
(Product development)
Japan is in charge of developing the technology and design hardware products due to the country's strong infrastructure for technological development, as well as its geographic location, being close to our main manufacturing bases in China and Taiwan. The development of driver software for PCs and smartphones is mainly performed in the US, where Wacom is close to all the global OS developers, such as Microsoft, Google, and Apple.
(Manufacturing)
Wacom focuses on developing optimal manufacturing models for cost competitiveness and product quality leadership. All critical components continue to be made by Wacom and all high-volume manufacturing is done by EMS (Electronics Manufacturing Services) located in China and Taiwan under the guidance of the QA assurance division to ensure the highest product quality. Wacom also has SCM bases in China.
Wacom will continue to provide simple, natural and intuitive digital tools that inspire people to explore new ideas and make this world a more creative place, and also intends to expand in both the pen tablet and components businesses. With the spread of tablet devices, that support digital pen as a standard, Wacom expects that it will be able to develop new markets for products and parts with a digital pen. Wacom also expects to accelerate market expansion from graphics users to general users by the release of new products for the consumer and components markets. With growing demands from society for electronic information due to the paper-less, film-less and enhanced information management, Wacom expects greater expansion of business uses for the LCD pen tablets as well as new products for digital signature, e-Books, and tables which are non-PC IT equipment.

In the regions, from US. and Europe to Asia, especially markets in China, India and Latin America, expansion is expected.
Wacom's dividend payout policy is to maintain stable payouts to ensure future business development and reinforce the financial base. The payout ratio is targeted to be more than 40% on a consolidated basis and increased in the long-term in order to attract global investment to the Company.

Wacom doesn't adopt any shareholder special benefits plan on the standpoint of fairness among the shareholders. Wacom aims to execute continuous payouts with dividends and the flexible repurchase of own shares.
The stock code is 6727 of Tokyo Stock Exchange.
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