Corporate History

  1. 1917–
  2. 1980–
  3. 2000–
  4. 2010–

2000–

2000
Nikon-Essilor Co., Ltd., a joint venture with Essilor International of France, is established

2000
Vision Nikon 21 business strategy is formulated; corporate philosophy is defined as "Trustworthiness and Creativity"

2000
Nikon Precision Singapore Pte Ltd (merged with Nikon Singapore Pte. Ltd. in 2013) is established in Singapore

2000
FX-21S LCD scanner is marketed

Nikon's original Multi-Lens Projection Optical System was adopted to correspond to an increase in the size of liquid crystal displays.

2000
Optical-infrared Subaru Telescope employs Nikon's Faint Object Camera And Spectrograph (FOCAS) and High Dispersion Spectrograph (HDS)

2000
Nikon Tsubasa Inc. is established

2000
Nikon Holdings Europe B.V. is established in the Netherlands

2000
Nikon Instruments Inc. starts operations in the U.S.

2001
Sport optics operations are reorganized into an independent company; Nikon Vision Co., Ltd. is established

2001
Nikon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. starts operations in Malaysia

2002
Nikon Instruments Europe B.V. starts operations in the Netherlands

2002
Nikon Imaging (China) Co., Ltd. is established in China

Established to fortify the cost competitiveness and production capacity of imaging products, including digital cameras.

2002
Nikon Precision Shanghai Co., Ltd. is established in China

Established in Shanghai to fortify steppers and scanners customer support in China. The photo shows Xin Jin Qiao Tower, where the office is located.

2003
New Brand Symbol for Nikon Group is introduced

The new brand symbol displaying the light motif.

2003
Nikon-Trimble Co., Ltd., a joint venture with Trimble Navigation Ltd. (now Trimble Inc.) of the U.S., is established

2003
Nikon Instruments (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. is established in China

2003
Nikon Polska Sp. z o.o. starts operations in Poland

2004
Hikari Glass Co., Ltd. becomes a wholly owned subsidiary

2004
Yokohama Plant Yokosuka Branch (now Yokosuka Plant) is built

2004
Nikon F6 SLR camera is marketed

Introduced as the preeminent film SLR camera, it combined Nikon F series tradition with advanced features.

2005
Nikon Instruments Korea Co., Ltd. starts operations in Korea

Established to fortify sales, marketing and after-sales service for instruments products, including microscopes and measuring instruments, in Korea. The photo shows Yuk-In building, where the office is located.

2005
Nikon Imaging (China) Sales Co., Ltd. starts operations in China

Established to fully develop Nikon's imaging business, including digital cameras, in China. The photo shows Raffles City building, where the office is located.

2006
NSR-S609B ArF immersion scanner is marketed

The first IC Stepper and Scanner model incorporating Immersion Lithography Technology and the first to break the barrier of NA 1.0 in air to achieve NA 1.07.

2006
Nikon Imaging Korea Co., Ltd. starts operations in Korea

Established to fortify sales and enhance after-sales service for imaging products, including digital cameras, in Korea. The photo shows the Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry building, where the office is located.

2006
Nikon Australia Pty Ltd starts operations in Australia

2007
BioStation CT cell culture observation system is marketed

Equipped with a microscope in the incubator, it has expanded the possibilities of live cell observation.

2007
Nikon Life Co., Ltd., Nikon Logistics Corporation and Nikon Technologies, Inc. are merged to form Nikon Business Service Co., Ltd.

2007
Tochigi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd. is established

2007
Nikon International Trading (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. starts operations in China

2007
Nikon India Private Limited starts operations in India

Established to fortify sales and enhance after-sales service for imaging products, including digital cameras, and to enhance technical support and after-sales service for industrial instruments, including video measuring systems, in India.

2007
D3 digital SLR camera is marketed

It boasts a number of innovative features, such as a high sensitivity of ISO6400 at normal settings and a 51-point autofocus system.

2008
Sendai Nikon Precision Corporation (merged with Miyagi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd. in 2009) is established

2008
Nikon (Russia) LLC. starts operations in Russia

2009
Nikon and Essilor International Joint Research Center Co., Ltd., a joint venture with Essilor International of France, is established

2009
FX-101S LCD scanner is marketed

Supporting 10th-generation mother glass (about 3 meters square), it enables effective mass-production of large panels of over 60 inches.

2009
Nikon Mexico S.A. de C.V. starts operations in Mexico

Established to fortify sales and enhance after-sales service for imaging products, including digital cameras, in Mexico. The photo shows Reforma 222 building, where the office is located.

2009
Mito Nikon Precision Corporation is merged with Tochigi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd.

2009
Sendai Nikon Precision Corporation is merged with Miyagi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd.

2009
Metris NV becomes Nikon Metrology NV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nikon Corporation in Belgium

Nikon's purpose is to achieve strong technological capabilities and synergies in product lineup, as well as being well placed geographically.

2009
NSR-S620 ArF immersion scanner is marketed

Corresponds to a production process using double patterning.