Epson Turns 70
Thursday 17th May: Epson tomorrow announces its 70th anniversary, celebrating as many years in business. Epson began life in 1942 as a watch components manufacturer named Daiwa Kogyo in the Japanese city of Suwa, Nagano Prefecture. Since then, Epson has grown to become a globally recognised brand and leader in imaging and innovation.
The company started with nine employees operating in a modified storehouse used for miso – a traditional Japanese seasoning used in some soup and noodle dishes. The Epson brand was created in June 1975 and the foundation of Seiko Epson took place in November 1985.
Along this journey, milestone products and industry firsts include:
- 1968 – EP-101: The world’s first compact, lightweight digital printer and the origin of Epson’s printer business – representing a breakthrough in printer size
- 1969 – Seiko Quartz Astron 35SQ: 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
- 1987 – SG-615 crystal oscillator: The quartz device industry’s first crystal oscillator to come in a plastic Surface Mount Device (SMD) package
- 1994 – ELP-3000: A projector with dramatic reductions in size and weight, and the ability to connect to a PC with just one cable
- 1996 – Epson Stylus Photo: Offering high image quality and print speed to help bring casual colour printing to the home and office for the first time
Epson’s origins as a watch manufacturer are indicative of its commitment to products of quality and precision,” says Tony Petford, Managing Director at Epson UK Limited. “Over the last seven decades, we’ve pioneered some of the most exciting imaging technologies, coupled with strong energy-saving credentials. As the industry continues to change, we’re looking forward to showcasing future products and innovations.
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.