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Short description: Japanese laboratory instruments manufacturer
Shimadzu Corporation
Native name
株式会社 島津製作所
TypePublic KK
TYO: 7701
OSE: 7701
IndustryPrecision Instruments
FoundedKyoto, Japan (1875 (1875))
FounderGenzo Shimadzu
Headquarters1, Nishinokyo-Kuwabara-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8511, Japan
Area served
Key people
Teruhisa Ueda, (President and Chief Executive Officer)[1]
ProductsScientific, medical , aircraft and industrial instruments
Revenue$ 3.5 billion (FY 2019) (¥ 385.4 billion) (FY 2019)[2]
$ 384.19 million (FY 2019) (¥ 41.8 billion) (FY 2019)[2]
Number of employees
13,182 (as of March 31, 2020)[3]
WebsiteOfficial website
Footnotes / references

Shimadzu Corporation (株式会社 島津製作所, Kabushiki-gaisha Shimadzu Seisakusho) is a Japanese public KK company, manufacturing precision instruments, measuring instruments and medical equipment, based in Kyoto, Japan. It was established in 1875.[6] The American arm of the company, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, was founded in 1975.[7]


Founding and early years

The company was established by Genzo Shimadzu Sr. (島津 源蔵, Shimazu Genzō) in 1875.[6] During the 1890s and 1900s, Shimadzu experienced rapid growth that occurred at the same time as higher education grew in Japan.[8]

X-ray devices, the spectrum camera, the electron microscope, and the gas chromatograph were developed and commercialized in advance of other Japanese companies. Shimadzu became a corporation in 1917.[8] The American arm of the company, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, was founded in 1975.[7]


The company also developed, in 2001, an ultra-high speed video camera, HyperVision HPV-1, which is capable of recording at 1,000,000 FPS,[9][10] while in 2016 it released the HyperVision HPV-X2, a camera that achieves ultra-high-speed continuous recording at 10 million frames per second at Full Pixel Resolution.[11][12] Other products developed by Shimadzu include head-mounted displays.[13]

The company had revenue of ¥264.048 billion yen ($2.8 billion USD) in FY 2012, with 10,395 employees as of March 31, 2013.[4][5]

Acquisition history

In 2019, Shimadzu's Medical subsidiary in USA acquired CORE Medical Imaging, Inc. to strengthen healthcare business in North America.[14]

In 2018, Shimadzu acquired Infraserv Vakuumservice GmbH of Germany in order to strengthen their turbomolecular pump sales and service capabilities in Europe.[15]

In 2017, Shimadzu acquired AlsaChim, a specialist for high-quality analytical isotope labeled standards.[16]

In 1989, Shimadzu Corporation acquired Kratos Group Plc. in U.K. to expand in surface analysis and MALDI-TOF segments.[17]




See also


  1. Official website
  2. 2.0 2.1 "FY2019 Operating Results&Financial Position". 
  3. "Corporate Profile". 9 February 2018. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Corporate Profile". 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Annual Report 2013". 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Goto, Kazuko (2012). "Craft and creativity: New economic spaces in Kyoto". New Economic Spaces in Asian Cities: From Industrial Restructuring to the Cultural Turn. Routledge. ISBN 9780415567732. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Swartz, Michael E. (2000-02-18). Analytical Techniques in Combinatorial Chemistry. CRC Press. pp. 278–279. ISBN 9780203909966. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Decade of the Great War. Koninklijke Brill. 2014. pp. 362–363. ISBN 978-90-04-27427-3. Retrieved 7 August 2020. 
  9. A page about HyperVision HPV-1 on official site
  10. Gareth Edwards (March 29, 2005). "Shimadzu's million-frame-per-second video camera". Engadget. 
  11. "A World's First - Journey to Unknown Realms of High Resolution and Ultra-High Speeds". Shimadzu. 
  12. Jesus Diaz (March 21, 2014). "Watch a ball breaking glass filmed at 10 million frames per second". Sploid. 
  13. "Shimadzu Data Glass 3/A". Archived from the original on June 29, 2007. 
  14. Official website
  15. Official website
  16. Official website
  17. Official website

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