Olympus Corporation (OTC PINK:OCPNY, OCPNF, TYO:7733) was established in 1919, formerly known as Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., changed to its current name in October 2003, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan , 35,174 full-time employees, produce and sell precision machinery and instruments worldwide.
Olympus Corporation (OCPNY):
Olympus Corporation (Olympus Corporation) is a Japanese company specializing in optics and imaging. Products include microscopes, cameras, tape recorders, endoscopes and other medical equipment. Olympus has approximately 70% of the global endoscope market.
Olympus is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, the US base is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and the European headquarters is located in Hamburg, Germany. The company is named after Mount Olympus, where the gods lived in Greek mythology.
Olympus’ operations are divided into four parts: Medical Business, Scientific Solutions Business, Imaging Business, and Others.
- Olympus provides video endoscope systems; gastrointestinal, colon, duodenal and bronchial endoscopes; ultrasound endoscopes and probes, endoscopic ultrasound observation devices and capsule endoscope systems; for endoscopy Post-processing products for cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of endoscope equipment; integrated document system for capturing information related to endoscopy, treatment and other auxiliary equipment; endoscopy equipment; used for gastrointestinal surgery, bronchial surgery, Endoscope products for urology, gynecology, orthopedics, neurosurgery and anesthesiology; ENT endoscope products; and surgical endoscope auxiliary equipment.
- Olympus also provides vertical, polarized, inverted, laser scanning confocal, stereo and macro fluorescence microscopes; box-type fluorescence imaging equipment, microscope digital cameras, life science imaging software, biological imaging systems and virtual slide systems; Metallurgy, semiconductor and flat panel display inspection, laser scanning and measuring microscopes; microscopic 3D measuring instruments and industrial microscope auxiliary equipment; and industrial video endoscopes and fiberscopes, industrial rigid endoscopes and auxiliary equipment, ultrasonic flaw detectors, eddy current and Phased array flaw detector and X-ray fluorescence and X-ray diffraction analyzer.
- In addition, Olympus also provides interchangeable lens cameras, compact digital cameras, digital camera accessories, lens barrel units, optical components, digital audio recorders, binoculars and related software applications. (Olympus announced in 2020 that the camera division will be sold to Japan Industrial Partners at the end of this year)
Olympus Corporation (OCPNY) History:
- In 1919, established TAKACHIHO SEISAKUSHO
- In 1920, produced the first commercial microscope “Asahi”
- In 1921, OLYMPUS was first adopted as the brand trademark.
- In 1935, the MIZUHO Optical Research Center was opened in the European headquarters to develop various optical lenses.
- In 1936, ZUIKO lenses were specially developed for cameras, and the first Olympus camera-Bellows-type Semi-OLYMPUS equipped with ZUIKO lenses was launched. Since then, all OLYMPUS camera lenses have adopted ZUIKO as the brand name.
- In 1948, OLYMPUS 35, Japan’s first 35mm camera equipped with a shutter system, was launched.
- In 1950, the first medical camera for intragastric photography was introduced and adopted by the Japanese Surgery Conference.
- In 1952, OLYMPUS FLEX twin lens reflex camera was released.
- In 1959, the OLYMPUS PEN half-frame camera was launched, and four years later, the world’s first half-frame single-lens reflex camera-Olympus Pen F was launched.
- In 1963, OLYMPUS Europa GmbH was formally established in Hamburg, Germany. Launched the world’s first half-frame single-lens reflex camera-OLYMPUS PEN F. In the same year, the GTF gastrocamera using fiber optic endoscope was developed.
- In 1968, OLYMPUS CORPORATION OF AMERICA was formally established in the United States.
- In 1969, the world’s first miniature recorder ZUIKO PEARLCORDER was launched.
- In 1972, the OM system and the OM-1 were released, further establishing OLYMPUS’s leading position in the development of single-lens reflex cameras.
- In 1974, a microscope equipped with a BH system was introduced. Developed a single-lens reflex camera with TTL metering function.
- In 1978, launched the OM-10 single-lens reflex camera and XA 35mm stylish lightweight camera
- In 1980, the acoustic guided microscope, ultrasonic endoscope, and optical reading system were introduced.
- In 1982, it was officially listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.
- In 1985, the electronic image internal viewing system was launched.
- In 1990, released the concept of all-in-one camera and launched the IS-1000 camera. Launched ultra-fine endoscope suitable for angiology.
- In 1991, the first camera of the OLYMPUS μ [mju:] series-μ [mju:]-1 was launched, and it has become the most popular camera series today. At the same time, the world’s smallest endoscopic camera OTF-F2 was launched.
- In 1992, released the lightest pocket dictator with speakers-Pearlcorder L400
- In 1993, a new generation of microscope BX series was launched, which combined ergonomic design and precise optical technology into one
- In 1996, launched solutions for digital cameras, scanners and printers at the 1996 Photokina Exhibition
- In 1999, C-2000 Zoom, the first digital camera with more than 2 million pixels, was launched. The first glasses-type display was launched.
- In 2002, developed the world’s first computer dedicated to analyzing DNA genes
- In 2003, launched the world’s first 4/3 system digital single-lens reflex camera E-1
- In 2007, it launched the E-510, the lightest and smallest single-lens reflex camera, E-510, the built-in anti-vibration technology (IS) camera. In the same year, it launched the Ultrasonic Motor (SWD) lens and the fastest autofocus camera E-3.
- In 2008, launched the professional SLR camera E-30
- In 2009, launched E-620, the lightest and smallest single-lens reflex camera with rotatable screen
- In 2010, launched the first M4/3 camera PEN E-P1
- In 2011, the E-5 successor to the E-3 was launched, using a thin low-pass filter to greatly improve the image quality. In the same year, a fraudulent accounting scandal broke out and internal personnel were reorganized.
- In 2012, launched the flagship M4/3 camera OM-D E-M5, with the first five-axis anti-shock technology
- On September 25, 2012, Olympus and Sony basically reached an agreement on capital and business cooperation. Sony will invest approximately 50 billion yen ($642 million) to become the largest shareholder holding more than 10% of the issued shares of Olympus.
- On April 16, 2013, Sony and Olympus jointly announced the establishment of Sony Olympus Medical Solutions (SOMS). The new company has a registered capital of 50 million yen and is 51% owned by Sony. Olympus holds 49%
- On June 24, 2020, Olympus announced the sale of its camera business to JIP (Japan Industrial Partners), focusing on medical equipment products in the future.
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