A global corporation with extensive R&D resources, a vast product
offering, and facilities around the world, Olympus began in 1919 (under
the name Takachiho Seisakusho) with one goal: to produce Japan's first
As a first testament to the blending of innovative ideas,
advanced technology, and manufacturing know-howa combination that
has nourished our growth and satisfied our customers for more than three
quarters of a centurythe company did, indeed, produce Japan's first
microscope, in only one year.
By 1921 we had begun to use Olympus as our brand name; by 1935 we had
opened a world-class optical research facility dedicated to creating the
finest possible camera lenses. From the world's first gastrocamera in
1950which initiated our involvement with medical systems and health
care equipmentto pioneering development of compact SLR cameras and
the world's first Microcassette® recorder, Olympus has continued to
create successful responses to market needs around the worldlike
clinical blood analyzers, powerful microscope systems, and breakthrough
At Olympus, our ideas have proliferated as rapidly as the technology
has evolved. We have channeled them both into the groundbreaking products
that our changing world requiresproducts like acoustic microscopes,
ultrasonic endoscopes, reagent AIDS detection, and digital voice recorders.
Or, like the Infinity Stylus, one of the best-selling cameras in history.
Today, 82 years after we made our first microscope, we remain as young,
as eager, as curious and as vigorous as we were in the beginning.