Corporate History

1942-1979

Corporate History

Milestone Products

1942

May

Daiwa Kogyo Ltd. (the predecessor of Seiko Epson Corporation) is established.

 

1956

 
June

Seiko Marvel:
An originally-designed mechanical watch that became the basis for Epson's watch business.

1959

May

Daiwa Kogyo and the Suwa Plant of Daini Seikosha Co., Ltd. (now Seiko Instruments, Inc.) merge under the same name Suwa Seikosha Co., Ltd.

 

1961

December

Shinshu Seiki Co., Ltd. (name changed to Epson Corporation in 1982), is established.

 

1963

 
September

Printing Timer:
The first electronic recording system in Olympic history.

Seiko Crystal Chronometer QC-951:
The world's first portable, high-accuracy, battery-operated quartz timer.

1964

October

The Seiko Group is selected as the official timekeeper for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The compact tabletop quartz clock, Crystal Chronometer QC-951, and printing timer play important roles at the event.

 

1968

August

Tenryu (Singapore) Pte., Ltd. (now Singapore Epson Industrial Pte. Ltd.), the first overseas manufacturing affiliate is established.

September

EP-101:
The world's first miniature digital printer, from which the Epson brand was born.

1969

 
December

Seiko Quartz Astron 35SQ:
The world's first analog quartz watch that revolutionized horological history.

1970

 

SAM-D: The rare-earth bonded magnet that paved the way for Epson's magnet business.

1971

 
April

CMOS IC:
The watch chip that launched Epson's semiconductor business.

1973

 
October

Seiko Quartz LC V.F.A. 06LC:
The world's first digital quartz watch with a six-digit LCD.

1975

April

Epson America, Inc., the first overseas sales subsidiary, is established.

June

The Epson brand is established.

 

1977

 
June

Epson EX-1:
The first dedicated accounting computer to carry the Epson name.

1978

 
July

Melody IC SVM7910:
The world's first melody IC, taking full advantage of technology used in quartz watches.

1980-1989

Corporate History

Milestone Products

1980

 
October

MX-80:
Ahead of its time: A small, lightweight computer printer.

1981

 
August

Camera Auto-Dating Module for Photographs:
The camera date module that became the de facto standard in its class.

1982

October

Epson Electronics (Singapore)Pte. Ltd. Is established.( now Epson Singapore Pte. Ltd.)

July

HX-20:
The world's first hand-held computer.

December

TV Watch:
The world's first television-watch, with an active-matrix LCD.

1983

May

Epson Sales Japan Co., Ltd. is established as a Japanese marketing company.

May

SSR-H Series:
A precision assembly robot - Epson's first commercialized factory automation product.

1984

 
August

ET-10:
The Televian - the world's first liquid crystal pocket color TV.

October

SQ-2000:
The first commercial Epson inkjet printer.

1985

January

Shonai Denshi Kogyo Co., Ltd. (now Tohoku Epson Co., Ltd.) is established as a domestic manufacturer.

November

Suwa Seikosha Co., Ltd. and Epson Corporation merge to establish Seiko Epson Corporation.

 

1987

 
April

SG-615:
The plastic SMD crystal oscillator that became a de facto standard.

1988

 
January

Seiko AGS Quartz Watch:
The world's first automatic power generating quartz watch.

August

EVF Liquid Crystal Panel Module:
The world's first color liquid crystal panel module for video cameras.

1989

 
January

VPJ-700:
One of the world's first compact, full-color liquid crystal video projectors.

1990-1999

Corporate History

Milestone Products

1990

January

Epson Europe B.V., Epson's European regional headquarters, is established in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

TM-930:
A printer for PC-POS systems that created a new market.

1992

October

Complete elimination of CFCs from manufacturing processes is achieved at all factories and affiliates in Japan. Epson receives the 1992 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 

1993

 
March

Monsieur:
The ultraminiature robot that propelled itself into the Guinness Book of Records.

Epson Stylus 800:
The first inkjet printer equipped with Micro Piezo technology.

July

SED1560 Series:
An LCD driver with on-chip, energy-saving power supply logic scores a big hit.

August

ECM-A0662:
The monochrome STN panel module at the forefront of LCD modules for mobile phones.

1994

April

ISO 9000 series certification for quality management system is acquired by all Epson plants in Japan.

April

HM-3000:
A high-speed IC test handler that makes full use of Epson's robotics technologies.

May

Epson Stylus Color:
The world's first 720 dpi color inkjet printer.

December

ELP-3000:
A liquid crystal data projector offering high brightness and high resolution.

1996

 
April

Epson Stylus Photo:
A six-color photo inkjet printer.

1997

 
January

SG-8000 Series:
The world's first programmable quartz oscillators with on-chip P-ROM & PLL circuits.

April

Seiko Super P-1:
The world's first backside progressive addition lens.

1998

February

The Seiko Group is chosen as the official timekeeper for the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano.

April

Epson (China) Co., Ltd. is established in Beijing as Epson's regional headquarters in China.

September

TM-H5000:
Featuring fast, quiet printing and copy functionality: Epson's first hybrid printer.

1999

 
November

ECM-A1192:
The low-power consumption STN transflective color LCD panel module that conquered the mobile phone market.

December

Seiko/ Credor Spring Drive:
A spring-drive watch with quartz accuracy.

2000-2009

Corporate History

Milestone Products

2000

May

ISO 14001 certification obtained for environmental management systems at all the Company's 68 major business sites around the world.

May

Epson Stylus Pro 9500:
A large-format pigment-ink printer combining super photo quality with outstanding lightfastness.

November

MD19SBT:
MD-TFD active matrix color LCD panel module with ultra-low power consumption.

2002

June

Epson receives the Corporate Innovation Recognition Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE).

 

2003

June

Epson is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

May

Monna Lisa 160B:
An inkjet digital textile printer.

2004

November

Seiko Quartz Astron 35SQ, the world's first quartz wristwatch, receives prestigious IEEE Milestone Award.

March

Epson PictureMate Personal Photo Lab:
A compact easy-to-use portable photo printer.

2005

April

The global tagline 'Exceed Your Vision' is introduced to strengthen brand promotion worldwide.

May

Epson Telford Ltd. (ETL) received the 2004 Premier Award from the Business Commitment to the Environment(BCE).

August

In Japan, Epson wins a Prime Minister's Award for "monozukuri" (the art and science of manufacturing").

October

Epson Toyocom Corporation (now Miyazaki Epson Corporation) is established.

Epson sigened a comprehensive cooperation agreement with Shinshu University in Japan.

September

EMP-TWD1:
The DVD player-projector that opened up the home-theater market.

2006

July

Epson signs a comprehensive cooperation agreement with Tohoku University in Japan.

May

Photo Fine Vistarich:
An LCD with ultra-wide viewing angles.

July

EMP-6100:
A dust-proof projector that keeps particulate matter at bay.

2008

 
August

GS6000:
A Large-Format Printer with Stunning Image Quality for Signage and Displays.

September

Epson Stylus Photo PX700W:
An all-in-one inkjet printer with a slim body packed full of advanced functionss.

2009

March

Group company Orient Watch Co., Ltd. becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary.

June

C3 Series:
Compact 6-Axis Robots.

October

ULTIMICRON Series:
A high-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD panel for electronic viewfinders.

2010-

Corporate History

Milestone Products

2010

 
January

EB-450Wi:
A wall-mounted, ultra-short throw lens projector with Interactive Functionality.

June

SurePress L-4033A:
An industrial inkjet digital label press.

October

L100 & L200:
High-capacity ink tank inkjet printers.

2011

 
June

M-G350:
Precise, Stable Inertial Measurement Unit(IMU).

September

TM-T88V-I Series:
Web-based intelligent receipt printers for shops and restaurants.

November

BT-100:
Binocular, See-through Smart Glasses.

2012

 
August

SS700S:
Runsense Sports Monitor.

2013

September

Epson announces PrecisionCore technology.

 

2014

 
August

RIPS:
Office inkjet printers featuring a replaceable ink pack system.

2015

June

Epson Acquires 100% Stake in For.Tex.

September

Epson announces Corporate Governance Policy.

December

Epson develops the PaperLab, an in-office paper recycler that uses Dry Fiber Technology.

 

2016

March

Epson establishes its Epson 25 Corporate Vision.

June

Seiko Epson transitions to a company with an audit & supervisory committee.

December

Epson establishes two new sites dedicated to the R&D of industrial inkjet textile printing in Como, Italy; the Innovation Research Lab and the Printing Research Center.

 

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