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  • 1954
    Company is established under the name "Chichibu Eikosha Co., Ltd."
  • 1954
    Start assembly of self-timers and slow governors for use in Canon cameras.
  • 1958
    Begin production of autonomous exposure meters for cameras.
  • 1959
    Develop M-type magnetic head.
  • 1964
    Change name to Canon Electronics Inc.
    Open the Kagemori plant.
  • 1965
    Establish our Tokyo business office.
  • 1960
    Develop magnetic heads for open reels and for broadcast VTRs.
  • 1964
    Begin production of FL-lens shutter units for SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras.
  • 1965
    Develop magnetic head for use with Philip's-type cassettes.
  • 1971
    Open the Osaka Business Annex.
  • 1978
    Establish Amsterdam liaison office.
  • 1971
    Start production of magnetic heads for stereo cassette decks.
  • 1974
    Start production of Card readers.
  • 1975
    Start production of shutters and main units for Canon AE-1 cameras.
  • 1976
    Begin production of printers for calculators.
  • 1978
    Begin production of R&P combination magnetic heads.
  • 1979
    Start production of 5.25 inch floppy drives.
    Start production of magnetic heads for metal tape.
  • 1981
    Company listed on second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • 1984
    Open our Misato plant.
  • 1989
    Establishment of Canon Electronic (Malaysia) SDN BHD.
  • 1980
    Start production of magnetic heads for use with floppy disks.
    Start production of magnetic drive units for copiers.
  • 1981
    Start production of main precision mechanical units for Canon new F-1 cameras.
    Start production of shutter units for the Canon Autoboy Super.
    Start production of K-series compact calculator printers.
  • 1982
    Start production of amorphous combination magnetic heads.
    Start production of serial-impact dot matrix printers.
  • 1984
    Start production of 3.5 inch floppy drives.
  • 1985
    Start production of magnetic heads for 8-mm VTR imaging.
    Start production of word-processor printers.
    Start consignment production of micro devices.
  • 1986
    Start production of main unit for the Canon EOS.
  • 1988
    Start production of shutter unit for the Q-PIC floppy-disk camera.
    Start consignment production of laser-beam printers (LBPs).
  • 1989
    Start production of optomagnetic disk drives.
  • 1993
    Misato plant receives ISO-9002 certification.
  • 1995
    Misato plant receives BS-7750 certification.
  • 1996
    Open plant in Krantan, Malaysia.
    Start IMS operations, and take over micro production from Canon Inc.
    Misato plant receives ISO-14001 certification (Change from previous certification)
  • 1997
    A product-specific business division structure is introduced.
  • 1998
    Listing upgraded to first section on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
    Open the new B wing at the Misato plant.
    Extend the Ikebukuro office.
  • 1999
    Start to reconceptualize as "high-earnings" business.
    Open our Akagi plant (for consignment assembly of LBPs).
    Take over control of production of laser scanner units from Canon Inc.
    Akagi plant receives ISO-14001 certification (6/10/99).
    Chichibu plant receives ISO-14001 certification (7/27/99).
    Open the Shibaura front office and the Shibaura R&D Center, (Close the Ikebukuro office.)
  • 1990
    Start consignment production of the Canofile CF-250.
    LBP production passes the 1 million mark,
  • 1991
    Start production of drum units for Canon 8-mm video cameras
    Start production of shutters and main units for Canon's New F-1 SLR camera.
  • 1992
    Start production of 8-track read heads for train-station applications.
    Start production of the MP-60 and MP-90 reader printers.
  • 1993
    Start production of linear encoders.
    Start production of PCMCIA-compliant FD cards (external units).
    LBP production passes the 3 million mark,
  • 1995
    Start production of scanner cartridges.
  • 1996
    LBP production passes the 5 million mark.
    Start production of magnetic heads for APS cameras.
  • 1997
    Develop TMF ultrasensitive magnetic sensors.
    Start production of Visualizers.
  • 1998
    Start production of polygon mirrors.
    Start production of CAM miniature step motors.
    Start production of Film-Scanners.
    Start production of digital document cameras.
  • 1999
    Develop and begin sales of presentation software.
    Start production of flat-bed scanners.
2000 to present
  • 2000
    Take control of Handy Terminal business from Canon, Inc. (Birth of our HT division)
    Establish uniform production system for laser scanner units (business-machine components).
  • 2001
    Integrate the three Chichibu facilities into a single production site.
  • 2002
    Liquidate two Chichibu subsidiaries and restructure their operations.
  • 2003
    Achieve zero debt.
    Achieve "Privacy Mark" certification.
  • 2004
    Implement share sell-off. .
    Shibaura front office becomes "Tokyo Headquarters."
    Renovate the Misato plant.
    Extend the Akagi plant's B Wing.
  • 2005
    Changes the stock trading unit from 1.000 shares to 100 shares.

  • 2006
    Open our Akagi mold plant.
    Consolidated sales revenue exceeds ¥100 billion for the first time.
    e-System Corporation becomes a Canon Electotonics consolidated subsidiary.
  • 2007
    Sales revenue exceeds ¥100 billion for the first time.
    Effect a 3-for-2 split of its common shares.
    Receive the second Monozukuri Nihon Award.
  • 2008
    ASIA PACIFIC SYSTEM RESERCH CO.,LTD becomes a Canon Electronics consolidated subsidiary.
    Receive "Yellow Ribbon Medal" for the mold making master.
    Establishment of Canon Electronics Vietnam Co.,Ltd.
  • 2009
    Hold "Canon NEXT Solution FAIR 2009 in Chichibu".
    ASIA PACIFIC SYSTEM RESERCH CO.,LTD becomes a wholley owned subsidiary.

  • 2010
    e-System Corporation becomes a wholley owned subsidiary.
  • 2000
    Develop and start sales of the PR210 presentation scanner.

  • 2002
    Develop miniature injection molding machines.
  • 2003
    Develop 3D modeling machinery.

  • 2005
    Start production of plastic lenses.
    Start production of Food Waste Disposer.
  • 2006
    Production of plastic lenses passes the 1 hundred million mark.

  • 2007
    Begin sales of ScanFront 220P network scanner.

  • 2008
    Launched the ultimate business card management service, "UltimaBlue".
    Begin sales of security management software "SML".

  • 2009
    Image FOMULA ScanFront 220e/eP wins "BLI Pick of the Year"Award.
    Compact Document Sucanner P-150(DR:150) has been released.
    Handy Terminal KT series wins Canon President Award of the Year 2009 [Bussines Puroducts prize].