Corporate Name of Metris NV to Be Changed to "Nikon Metrology NV"

October 30, 2009

Nikon Corporation (Michio Kariya, President, Tokyo) announces that the general meeting of shareholders of Metris NV (located in Leuven, the Kingdom of Belgium), a subsidiary of Nikon Corporation, approved a proposal to change the corporate name of Metris to "Nikon Metrology NV" at its meeting held on October 29, 2009. This change will become effective on November 10, 2009.

Metris was established in 1998. Thus far, it has offered original and advanced technology and products in the market for non-contact, three-dimensional measurement systems. Following a tender offer that began in June 2009, Metris became a wholly owned subsidiary of Nikon in October. To clarify the positioning of Metris within the Nikon Group, and, to establish substantially closer teamwork between Metris and the other companies of the Nikon Group, Nikon has decided to change the corporate name of Metris to Nikon Metrology NV.

Under the Nikon brand, Metris and Nikon will work to draw on their respective strengths in technology and marketing, and, thereby, offer products featuring innovative technology and a broad range of functions to customers throughout the world.

Outline of Nikon Metrology NV

Corporate name (Beginning on November 10, 2009) Nikon Metrology NV
Location Leuven, the Kingdom of Belgium
Representative Kenji Yoshikawa (Director and Chairman of the Board)
Primary activities Development, manufacturing, marketing and service related to measuring and inspection products
Paid-in capital €64.1 million (As of June 30, 2009)
Number of employees 478 (As of June 30, 2009)

The information is current as of the date of publication. It is subject to change without notice.