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History

Our long tradition of introducing efficient, precise products will continue into the future - with the continued development of some of the most advanced micromechantronics capabilities for ultra fine, high precision processing.

Epson Timeline

May 1942

Daiwa Kogyo Ltd. (the predecessor of Seiko Epson Corporation) is established on the shore of Lake Suwa in Nagano, Japan.

May 1942 in Nagano, Japan

Oct 1964

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.

The Seiko Group is selected as the official timekeeper for the Olympic Games

Sept 1968

EP-101, the world's first miniprinter, is launched, from which the Epson brand was later born.

EP-101, the world's first miniprinter

1969

The analog quartz watch is introduced.

The analog quartz watch is introduced.

1970

The SAM-D samarium-cobalt rare-earth bonded magnet becomes the progenitor of Epson's (known as Suwa Seikosha Co., Ltd.) magnet business.

The SAM-D samarium-cobalt rare-earth bonded magnet

Apr 1971

The introduction of the complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuit that acted as a catalyst for the development of Suwa Seikosha Co., Ltd's semiconductor business.

The introduction of the complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuit

Jul 1975

In 1975, Epson (Son of EP or Electronic Printer) was formally established as the next generation of printers based on the EP-101.

In 1975, Epson (Son of EP or Electronic Printer)

Jun 1977

The debut of the Epson EX-1, a dedicated accounting computer billed as the world's smallest office computer.

The debut of the Epson EX-1

Jul 1978

The SVM 7910 electronic sound-generating device is introduced and is the world's first melody IC. Later used in the Seiko Electronic Melodia, a quartz alarm clock that could produce three types of electronic sounds.

The SVM 7910 electronic sound-generating device

1980

MX-80 serial impact printer is introduced and becomes the "de-facto" industry standard for dot matrix printers.

MX-80 serial impact printer

Jul 1982

The world's first hand-held computer, the HX-20, was created and became an astonishing bestseller, with one-quarter of a million units sold.

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The world's first hand-held computer, the HX-20

Dec 1982

The first television watch is introduced and is recognized by the 1984 Guinness Book of Records as the world's smallest television.

The first television watch

1983

The SSR-H series of industrial robots is introduced and is widely used for assembling watches and printers, and for packaging semiconductors.

The SSR-H series of industrial robots

Aug 1984

The portable liquid crystal color TV (ET-10) is introduced.

The portable liquid crystal color TV (ET-10) is introduced

Oct 1984

SQ-2000, the first commercial Epson inkjet printer, is released.

SQ-2000, the first commercial Epson inkjet printer, is released.

1985

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

Suwa Seikosha Co., Ltd. and Epson Corporation merge

1987

The SG-615 plastic SMD crystal oscillator is introduced and becomes the industry standard.

The SG-615 plastic SMD crystal oscillator

Dec 1988

Epson makes 'CFC Free Declaration' and begins initiatives to eliminate CFCs by the end of FY1993.

Epson makes 'CFC Free Declaration'

Jan 1989

The first Epson brand 3LCD projector, the VPJ-700, is introduced - giving the world a new application for liquid crystal displays.

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The first Epson brand 3LCD projector, the VPJ-700

1990

The TM-930, a terminal module printer for use with PC-POS, makes its first appearance and creates a new market.

The TM-930, a terminal module printer for use with PC-POS

1992

Seiko Epson receives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award in recognition of its contribution to eliminate ozone-depleting substances from all manufacturing processes.

Seiko Epson receives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award

Mar 1993

Epson introduces the Stylus 800, the first inkjet printer equipped with MicroPiezo technology.

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Stylus 800, the first inkjet printer equipped with MicroPiezo technology

May 1994

Epson successfully develops the world's first 720dpi color inkjet printer, the Epson Stylus Color.

the world's first 720dpi color inkjet printer

Dec 1994

Epson revolutionizes data projection with its acclaimed compact, high brightness, and high resolution projector - the ELP-3000.

Mhigh resolution projector - the ELP-3000

1996

Epson develops six-color, photo quality printer (EPSON Stylus® Color Photo).

Epson develops six-color, photo quality printer

1998

An Epson color inkjet printer is selected by NASA for STS-95 mission (Epson Stylus Color 800).

Epson color inkjet printer is selected by NASA for STS-95 mission

1998

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

The TM-H5000, Epson's first hybrid printer

May 2000

The Epson Stylus Pro 9500 large-format inkjet printer is introduced and uses newly developed ColorFast ink to produce high-quality output on sheets of paper as large as B0+.

Stylus Pro 9500 large-format inkjet printer

2002

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

Corporate Innovation Recognition Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc

2003

Epson introduces new innovation to the home theater market with the Livingstation LS57P2 & LS47P2 rear projection LCD TV.

LS47P2 rear projection LCD TV

2003

Epson expands its line of home entertainment products by introducing the Powerlite Home Cinema 10, 200 and 500 Projectors.

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Powerlite Home Cinema 10, 200 and 500 Projectors

Mar 2004

Printing goes mobile with the introduction of PictureMate - a compact, easy-to-use portable photo printer.

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PictureMate - a compact, easy-to-use portable photo printer

2004

Epson Introduces the RD-1, the world's first rangefinder digital camera.

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Epson Introduces the RD-1, the world's first rangefinder digital camera

Sept 2005

The EMP-TWD1, a 1,200-lumen projector is introduced and is capable of projecting crisp images even in bright spaces. It is also equipped with a built-in, high-definition DVD player.

The EMP-TWD1, a 1,200-lumen projector

2006

Epson introduces the EMP-6100, a dust-proof projector that keeps particulate matter at bay.

EMP-6100, a dust-proof projector

2008

Epson enters the document camera market with the launch of the DC-10s.

Epson enters the document camera market with the launch of the DC-10s

2008

Epson enters the sheet-fed document scanner market with the launch of the affordable and compact GT-S50 and GT-S80 desktop scanners.

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GT-S50 and GT-S80 desktop scanners

2008

Epson introduces the WorkForce line of all-in-one printers engineered for small business and home office.

May 1942 in Nagano, Japan

2009

The ULTIMICRON, a high-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD panel for electronic viewfinders, is developed.

The ULTIMICRON, a high-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD panel

2010

SurePress L-4033A enters the market and is the first product to apply MicroPiezo technology to industrial label printing.

SurePress L-4033A

2011

The TM-T88V-i series of receipt printers is introduced – allowing wireless printing from any computer, smartphone or tablet, regardless of the operating system.

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The TM-T88V-i series of receipt printers

2011

Epson introduces the WorkForce Pro line of inkjet printers for high-volume office and workgroup printing.

WorkForce Pro line of inkjet printers for high-volume office and workgroup printing

2012

The Epson IProjection app launches to Apple App Store and Google Play store.

The Epson IProjection app launches to Apple App Store and Google Play store

2012

Epson introduces Moverio Smart Glasses, the world's first Android-based, see-through wearable display.

Epson introduces Moverio Smart Glasses, the world's first Android-based, see-through wearable display

2013

Epson introduces the F2000 Direct to Garment Printer.

Epson introduces the F2000 Direct to Garment Printer.

2013

Epson introduces the Omnilink mobile POS System.

Epson introduces the Omnilink mobile POS System

2013

Epson Announces PrecisionCore, a new printhead technology that merges Epson's expertise in high-precision MEMS manufacturing with breakthroughs in material science.

PrecisionCore, a print head technology merges Epson's MEMS with breakthroughs in material science

Jan 2014

Epson unveils its newest innovative products at CES: the Moverio BT-200 next generation smart glasses, the LabelWorks LW-600P app-enabled label printer, and Pulsense wearable technology for activity monitoring.

Epson's newest innovative products, the Moverio BT-200 next generation smart glasses, the LabelWorks label printer, and Pulsense wearable technology

June 2014

Epson unveils the all new WorkForce Series powered by PrecisionCore®. These groundbreaking business all-in-ones and printers feature innovative printhead technology for performance beyond laser.

The New WorkForce Printer Series powered by PrecisionCore
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