The history of Epson America and our parent company, Seiko Epson Corporation, began with a heritage in watchmaking that led to the invention of the world's first quartz watch. Over a century later, Epson's innovation continues to provide the world with numerous technology "firsts".
Our long tradition of introducing efficient, precise products will continue into the future - with the ongoing development of some of the most advanced micromechantronics capabilities for ultra fine, high precision processing.
Daiwa Kogyo Ltd. (the predecessor of Seiko Epson Corporation) is established on the shore of Lake Suwa in Nagano, Japan.
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.
EP-101, the world's first miniprinter, is launched, from which the Epson brand was later born.
The analog quartz watch is introduced.
The SAM-D samarium-cobalt rare-earth bonded magnet becomes the progenitor of Epson's (known as Suwa Seikosha Co., Ltd.) magnet business.
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.
In 1975, Epson (Son of EP or Electronic Printer) was formally established as the next generation of printers based on the EP-101.
The debut of the Epson EX-1, a dedicated accounting computer billed as the world's smallest office computer.
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.
MX-80 serial impact printer is introduced and becomes the "de-facto" industry standard for dot matrix printers.
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.Learn More
The first television watch is introduced and is recognized by the 1984 Guinness Book of Records as the world's smallest television.
The SSR-H series of industrial robots is introduced and is widely used for assembling watches and printers, and for packaging semiconductors.
The portable liquid crystal color TV (ET-10) is introduced.
SQ-2000, the first commercial Epson inkjet printer, is released.
Suwa Seikosha Co., Ltd. and Epson Corporation merge to establish Seiko Epson Corporation.
The SG-615 plastic SMD crystal oscillator is introduced and becomes the industry standard.
Epson makes 'CFC Free Declaration' and begins initiatives to eliminate CFCs by the end of FY1993.
The first Epson brand 3LCD projector, the VPJ-700, is introduced - giving the world a new application for liquid crystal displays.Learn More
The TM-930, a terminal module printer for use with PC-POS, makes its first appearance and creates a new market.
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.
Epson introduces the Stylus 800, the first inkjet printer equipped with MicroPiezo technology.Learn More
Epson successfully develops the world's first 720dpi color inkjet printer, the Epson Stylus Color.
Epson revolutionizes data projection with its acclaimed compact, high brightness, and high resolution projector - the ELP-3000.
Epson develops six-color, photo quality printer (EPSON Stylus® Color Photo).
An Epson color inkjet printer is selected by NASA for STS-95 mission (Epson Stylus Color 800).
The TM-H5000, Epson's first hybrid printer is released. Featuring fast, quiet printing and copy functionality.
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+.
Epson receives the Corporate Innovation Recognition Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE).
Epson introduces new innovation to the home theater market with the Livingstation LS57P2 & LS47P2 rear projection LCD TV.
Epson expands its line of home entertainment products by introducing the Powerlite Home Cinema 10, 200 and 500 Projectors.Learn More
Printing goes mobile with the introduction of PictureMate - a compact, easy-to-use portable photo printer.Learn More
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.
Epson introduces the EMP-6100, a dust-proof projector that keeps particulate matter at bay.
Epson enters the sheet-fed document scanner market with the launch of the affordable and compact GT-S50 and GT-S80 desktop scanners.Learn More
The ULTIMICRON, a high-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD panel for electronic viewfinders, is developed.
SurePress L-4033A enters the market and is the first product to apply MicroPiezo technology to industrial label printing.
The TM-T88V-i series of receipt printers is introduced – allowing wireless printing from any computer, smartphone or tablet, regardless of the operating system.Learn More
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.