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Corporate History

Fujifilm was established in 1934 with the aim of producing photographic films. Over the decades we have diversified into new markets and built a strong presence around the globe.

1934Jan. Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd., established, based on a government plan to establish a domestic photographic film manufacturing industry. The new company inherited the split-off photographic film operations of Dainippon Celluloid Company Limited.
Feb. Ashigara Factory (currently the Kanagawa Factory Ashigara Site) began operating, producing photographic film, photographic print paper, dry plates, and other photosensitive materials
1938June Odawara Factory (currently the Kanagawa Factory Odawara Site) established
1944Mar. Business operations obtained from Enomoto Kogaku Seiki Manufacturing Co., Ltd., and Fuji Photo Optical Co., Ltd. established
1946Apr. Natural Color Photography Co., Ltd. (name changed to Fuji Color Photo Co., Ltd., in June 1953 and subsequently transformed into Fujicolor Service Co., Ltd.), established
1963Oct. Fujinomiya Factory established
1965Apr. Name of Fuji Color Photo Co., Ltd., changed to Fujicolor Service Co., Ltd., and marketing operations of Fuji Color Photo Co., Ltd., split off to establish Fujicolor Trading Co., Ltd.
Dec. Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. (currently FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc.) established in New York State to comprehensively manage business in North America
1966June Fuji Photo Film (Europe) GmbH (currently FUJIFILM Europe GmbH) established in Düsseldorf to comprehensively manage business in Europe
1972Dec. Yoshida-Minami Factory established
1982Aug. Netherlands-based Fuji Photo Film B.V. (currently FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V.) established as the Fujifilm group's principal manufacturing company in Europe
1987Mar. Germany-based Fuji Magnetic GmbH (a recording media manufacturing company, currently FUJIFILM Recording Media GmbH) established
1988July U.S.-based Fuji Photo Film, Inc. (currently FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc.) established in South Carolina as the Fujifilm group's principal manufacturing company in the United States
1993Oct. Acquired 51% of outstanding shares in Chiyoda Medical Co., Ltd.
1995Oct. FUJIFILM Imaging Systems (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., established in Suzhou, China
1996June Hong Kong-based Hong Kong Fuji Photo Logistics, Ltd. (currently FUJIFILM Hong Kong Limited), established
1997Dec. Acquired German-based Eurocolor Photofinishing GmbH & Co. KG
2001Oct. U.S.-based Enovation Graphic Systems, Inc. (a graphic arts materials marketing company, currently FUJIFILM Graphic Systems U.S.A, Inc.), established
2003Apr. Acquired additional shares in Process Shizai Co., Ltd., (currently FUJIFILM Graphic Systems Co., Ltd.), transforming that company into a consolidated subsidiary
2004Apr. Chiyoda Medical Co., Ltd., merged into FUJIFILM MEDICAL CO., LTD.
Apr. FUJIFILM Battery Co., Ltd., merged into FUJIFILM AXIA Co., Ltd.
Oct. FUJIFILM IMAGING Co., Ltd., established. Fujicolor Imaging Service Co., Ltd., and FUJIFILM AXIA Co., Ltd., merged into the new company, which also took over the domestic marketing operations of four major photographic product distributors to unify the Fujifilm group's domestic imaging solutions marketing operations
Nov. Acquired microelectronic materials business of U.S.-based Arch Chemicals, Inc., along with 100% of shares in joint venture FUJIFILM ARCH Co., Ltd. (currently FUJIFILM Electronics Materials Co., Ltd.)
2005Feb. Acquired U.K.-based Sericol Group Limited (currently FUJIFILM Sericol Limited), a company with expanding operations in screen printing inks, packaging printing inks, and industrial-use inkjet printer inks
2006Jan. Transformed Sankio Chemical Co., Ltd. (currently FUJIFILM FINECHEMICALS CO., LTD. ), into a wholly owned subsidiary
Feb. Acquired Avecia Inkjet Limited (currently FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants Limited)
Apr. FUJIFILM Advanced Research Laboratories established
July Acquired U.S.-based industrial inkjet printhead manufacturer Dimatix, Inc. (currently FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.)
Oct. Fujifilm group shifted to a holding company structure centering on the holding company FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, which controls both the group's two largest companies — FUJIFILM Corporation and Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
Oct. Acquired Daiichi Radioisotope Laboratories Ltd., which was transformed into a wholly owned subsidiary (currently FUJIFILM RI Pharma Co., Ltd.)
Dec. Acquired U.S.-based Problem Solving Concepts, Inc., a manufacturer of medical imaging information systems for cardiology
2007Feb. Headquarters functions of FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, FUJIFILM Corporation, and Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. relocated to the Tokyo Midtown Building
July Established FUJIFILM Business Expert Corporation and concentrated the administrative and human resource operations
2008Jan. Acquired Germany-based IP Labs GmbH, a developer of online photo service systems
Mar. Established FUJIFILM India Private Limited as a subsidiary in India
Mar. Toyama Chemical Co., Ltd. became a consolidated subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation through an acquisition of shares conducted
Nov. Acquired U.S.-based Empiric Systems, LLc, a manufacturer of radiology information systems
Dec. Acquired FUJIFILM-RU, an independent Russian distributor of its medical and imaging products, from Marubeni Corporation
2009Apr. Fujinon Toshiba ES Systems Co., Ltd. integrated into FUJIFILM Medical Co., Ltd.
May Acquired and transformed FUJIFILM Hungary Co., Ltd., the distributor in Hungary, into a subsidiary (FUJIFILM Hungary Ltd.)
June FUJIFILM Drug Discovery Research Laboratories established
2010Jan. FUJIFILM USA, Inc. and FUJIFILM Graphic Systems U.S.A. Inc. integrated to establish FUJIFILM North America Corporation
Feb. FUJIFILM Pharma Co., Ltd. established