Epson Company to Mark Its 70th Anniversary

- TOKYO, Japan, May 14, 2012 -

Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson") will mark its 70th year in business on May 18, 2012.

Epson's journey began in 1942 with the establishment of a watch components manufacturer named Daiwa Kogyo in the city of Suwa, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. The company started with only nine employees in a modified miso storehouse. For 70 years and through major changes in attitudes and lifestyles, Epson has continued to create products that enrich people's lives and offer greater convenience, demonstrating its unwavering commitment to monozukuri, which translates as the art and science of manufacturing.

Epson's ability to provoke dramatic improvements in people's lives and businesses comes from its origins as a watch manufacturer, where it developed the compact, energy-saving and high-precision technologies*1 that enabled products such as the world's first quartz watch,*2 color inkjet printers*3 that made printing photos at home possible, and projectors*4 that revolutionized the way presentations are made.

Epson will continue to refine these technologies to ensure that it remains an indispensible presence in society going forward. It aims for a future in which:

  • Everything is printed using Epson's printing technology
  • Epson's projection technologies allow people to be entertained or convey ideas anywhere;
  • Epson creates new sensing devices for all kinds of products by combining its quartz fabrication and semiconductor technologies;
  • Epson supports manufacturing process innovations and healthy lifestyles.

Going forward, Epson will continue to refine its technologies with the aim of creating revolutionary products and services that allow it to deliver surprise and delight to customers worldwide.

*1 Residing at the heart of Epson's strength are technologies that save energy, time, and labor, reduce product size, weight, and environmental impact, and provide outstanding precision and accuracy.

*2 The Seiko Quartz Astron 35SQ was released in 1969 and was the first quartz timepiece small enough to fit on a wrist instead of a table, giving people access to the correct time, anytime and anywhere.

*3 Launched in 1994, the Epson Stylus Color was the first affordable high-quality, color inkjet printer, expanding the role of the printer not only in offices but also in the home for printing photos.

*4 The ELP-3000 3LCD projector went on sale in 1994. Dramatic reductions in size and weight and the ability to connect to a PC with just one cable made this model a must-have for PC-based presentations.

About Epson
Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet printers and 3LCD projectors to sensors and other microdevices. Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and industry.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 75,000 employees in 97 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates.