Epson has always been ahead of its time. Quite literally. Founded in 1942 as a small watchmaking factory – Daiwa Kogyo Ltd. (later Seiko) – the company went on to become the official timekeeper for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, recording and printing athletes’ results.
This process inspired our printers, the first of which was launched in 1968 as the electronic printer (EP). The EP was quickly followed by the EP-101 (our first commercial printer, the world’s smallest, and the EP’s “son”). Epson was born.
In 1990, Epson Europe BV was established in Amsterdam, and became the European headquarters of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation. Today, we’re proud to operate in 94 countries worldwide, delivering products built on our signature piezoelectric technology, while innovating to enhance the lives of every Epson customer.
Epson’s journey has been fuelled by firsts, a desire to innovate and a need to push boundaries. In fact, we’ve been doing just that for the last 50 years… and will continue to do so tomorrow. It’s not just our ambition; it’s our mission.
Daiwa Kogyo Ltd. (the predecessor of Seiko Epson Corporation) is established.
The Olympic Games in Tokyo selects The Seiko Group as its official timekeeper.
Epson launches the world’s first miniprinter, the EP-101.
The Seiko Quartz Astron 35SQ, the world’s first analogue quartz watch, goes on sale.
The Epson brand is established.
Suwa Seikosha Co., Ltd. and Epson Corporation merge to form Seiko Epson Corporation.
Epson receives the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
The Olympic Winter Games in Nagano selects the Seiko Group as its official timekeeper.
Epson is listed in the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the fourth largest stock exchange in the world.
Seiko Quartz Astron 35SQ, the world’s first quartz wristwatch, receives the prestigious IEEE Milestone Award.
Epson wins Best Photo Printer and Best Photo Projector in TIPA Awards.
So far, our journey has given us the experience to learn and evolve, bringing fresh ideas and revolutionary products to market. Thanks to these award-winning innovations, we’re able to support consumers and businesses in the government, medical, finance and retail sectors across the globe.
As well as understanding its customers’ needs, and its ability to fulfil them, Epson has been recognised by leading industry bodies.
Our technology has won awards from TIPA and BLI, among others – and has been named as some of the most innovative in the world.
The amount Epson invests in research & development, every day
The number of live patents Epson currently holds
Where Epson was ranked by Thomson Reuters in its list of global innovators
Epson’s profound commitment to its future extends far beyond printing and projection. We care deeply about the world around us – and as a leading company, we see it as our duty to play an active part in the responsible and sustainable management of global resources.
Environmental Vision 2050
By 2050, our goal is to reduce our CO2 emissions by 90% across the life cycle of all our products and services.
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