Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Corporate History of Nikon

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Corporate History


1917 Three of Japan's leading optical manufacturers merge to form a comprehensive, fully integrated optical company known as Nippon Kogaku K.K.
1918 Optical glass production and research launched


1921 MIKRON 4x, 6x, ultra-small prism binoculars marketed
1925 JOICO Microscope marketed


1932 Nikkor adopted as brand name for camera lenses


1945 With the end of World War II, production shifted to cameras, microscopes, binoculars, surveying instruments, measuring instruments and ophthalmic lenses
1946 Pointal opthalmic lenses marketed
Nikon brand name adopted for small-sized cameras
1947 Tilting Level E and Transit G surveying instruments marketed
1948 Nikon I small-sized camera marketed
Model I profile projector marketed


1950 The New York Times introduced superior features of Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses
1952 Nikkor Club established to promote photography culture
1954 Model SM stereoscopic microscope marketed
1957 Nikon SP small-sized camera marketed
1959 Nikon F, Nikon's first SLR camera, marketed


1963 NIKONOS all-weather camera marketed
1966 Photoslit lamp microscope marketed
1968 Rotary encoder RIE digital measuring instrument marketed
Photo gallery Ginza Nikon Salon opened


1970 Photo gallery Nikon House opened in New York City
1971 Nikon F2 SLR camera marketed
Laser Interferometric X-Y Measuring System, a high-precision coordinate measuring instrument for IC use, marketed
1972 Nikon sunglasses marketed
1974 105cm Schmidt-type telescope installed at Tokyo Astronomical Observatory
1975 FB Line opthalmic frames marketed
1976 Nikon Orma plastic lens marketed
CF system microscopes Biophot, Metaphot marketed
1979 Auto Refractometer NR-1000, an automatic eye refractive index measuring machine, marketed
Nikon sunglasses designed by Hanae Mori and G. Giugiaro marketed


1980 Nikon F3 SLR camera marketed
Nikon 10cm refractive equatorial telescope for astronomical observation marketed
Nikon SLR cameras delivered to NASA for use on the space shuttle
Development of dental root implant utilizing bioactive glass announced
NSR-1010G Step-and-Repeat System (stepper) for VLSIs marketed
1981 TITEX titanium opthalmic frames marketed
Nikon Fieldscope marketed
All-solid-state electrochromic device (ECD) successfully developed
ND-250/160 electronic distance meters marketed.
1982 OPTISTATION IC wafer inspection system marketed
1983 Nikon L35AF, Nikon's first autofocus compact camera, marketed
1984 Successful development of magneto-optical disk-drive systems announced
NT-1000 35mm film direct telephoto transmitter marketed
1985 Total Station DTM-1 surveying instrument marketed
1986 TRISTATION three-dimensional coordinate measuring machine marketed
Nikon F-501*1 autofocus SLR camera marketed
NSR-L7501G large substrate exposure system marketed
1987 SX-5 X-ray stepper marketed
1988 NSR-1505EX excimer stepper marketed
Corporate name changed to Nikon Corporation.
Nikon F4 SLR camera marketed
1989 Digital imaging equipment showroom Visucomland established


1990 CP-3000 full-dolor printer marketed
ESEM-20 environmental scanning electron microscope marketed
1992 NIKONOS RS, world's first underwater autofocus SLR camera, marketed
Nikon ism Hearing Aid introduced
CD-180EB critical dimension measuring SEM marketed
1993 Selpeed, the world's first EC (electrochromic) sunglasses, with lenses that change color in response to brightness, marketed
Nikon 35Ti Quartz Date super-high-quality compact camera marketed
1995 E2/E2S digital still cameras marketed (jointly developed with Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.)
NSR-S201A lens-scanning KrF excimer stepper marketed
Mass-production technology developed for light intensity modulation direct overwrite magneto-optical disks
1996 Development of practical applications for linear-type ultrasonic actuator
Nikon Fieldmicroscope marketed
Nuvis Advanced Photo System compact camera marketed
ECLIPSE series biological microscopes featuring CFI60 system marketed
Nikon F5 top-of-the-line SLR camera marketed
Nikon PRONEA 600i*2 Advanced Photo System SLR camera marketed
1997 COOLPIX 100 digital camera marketed
1998 Successful demonstration of feasibility of electronic optical system for EB steppers
1999 Nikon D1 professional digital SLR camera marketed
In-House Company System inaugurated
Surveying instruments business reorganized as independent company


2000 Nikon-Essilor Co., Ltd., joint venture with Essilor International of France, started operations
Vision Nikon 21 business strategy defined
Stamper for manufacture of optical discs marketed
Entry into CMP system business announced
2001 Sport optics business reorganized as independent company
D1x digital SLR camera marketed
Executive Officer System introduced
D1H digital SLR camera marketed
2002 Nikon Imaging (China) Co., Ltd. established as a new digital camera production base
D100 consumer digital SLR camera
2003 Ohi West Building completed
New Brand Symbol for the Nikon Group introduced
Nikon-Trimble Co., Ltd., joint venture with Trimble Navigation Ltd. of the U.S., established
D2H digital SLR camera marketed
2004 Nikon F6 SLR camera marketed
2005 D2X digital SLR camera marketed
D2HS digital SLR camera marketed
2006 NSR-S609B ArF immersion scanner marketed
D2Xs digital SLR camera marketed
2007 Defined Our Aspirations: Meeting needs. Exceeding expectations.
2008 D3 digital SLR camera marketed