Company:Shimadzu Corp.

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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
Akira Nakamoto, (CEO and President)
ProductsScientific, medical , aircraft and industrial instruments
Revenue$ 2.8 billion (FY 2012) (¥ 264.048 billion) (FY 2012)
$ 80.6 million (FY 2012) (¥ 7.578 billion) (FY 2012)
Number of employees
10,395 (as of March 31, 2013)
WebsiteOfficial website
Footnotes / references

Shimadzu Corporation (株式会社 島津製作所, Kabushiki-gaisha Shimadzu Seisakusho) is a Japan ese public KK company, manufacturing precision instruments, measuring instruments and medical equipment, based in Kyoto, Japan. It was established in 1875.[3] The American arm of the company, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, was founded in 1975.[4]


Founding and early years

The company was established by Genzo Shimadzu Sr.島津 源蔵 (Shimazu Genzō) in 1875.[3] X-ray devices, the spectrum camera, the electron microscope, and the gas chromatograph were developed and commercialized in advance of other Japanese companies. The American arm of the company, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, was founded in 1975.[4]

Recent developments

In 2002, Koichi Tanaka, a longstanding employee, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing a method of mass spectrometric analysis of biological macromolecules.

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,[5][6] 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.[7][8] Other products developed by Shimadzu include head-mounted displays.[9]

Shimadzu is the world's only producer of a "Direct-Conversion" Flat Panel Detector for Cardiac, Angiography and General Radiography examinations.[10]

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.[1][2]

Foreign representations


Shimadzu Corporation in India is represented by KAV Marketing and Engineering in New Delhi, India .




See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Corporate Profile". Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Annual Report 2013". Archived from the original on March 27, 2014. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 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. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Swartz, Michael E. (2000-02-18). Analytical Techniques in Combinatorial Chemistry. CRC Press. pp. 278–279. ISBN 9780203909966. 
  5. A page about HyperVision HPV-1 on official site
  6. Gareth Edwards (March 29, 2005). "Shimadzu's million-frame-per-second video camera". Engadget. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  7. "A World's First - Journey to Unknown Realms of High Resolution and Ultra-High Speeds". Shimadzu. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  8. Jesus Diaz (March 21, 2014). "Watch a ball breaking glass filmed at 10 million frames per second". Sploid. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  9. Shimadzu Data Glass 3/A
  10. Safire FPD technology

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