HISTORY

1938

FURUNO ELECTRIC SHOKAI LTD. founded in Nagasaki, Japan.

1948

Commercialized the world’s first practical fish finder.
Established FURUNO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD. in Nagasaki
Began manufacturing and selling of the fish finders.

1951

Established SUISAN ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, CO.,LTD.

1955

Established FURUNO ELECTRIC CO., LTD. by taking over operations from FURUNO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD. (Capitalized at 8 million yen)

1958

Started selling overseas. (Argentina, Australia, China)

1959

Developed the radar for vessels.

1961

Developed the world’s first net sonde.
Capital increased to 120 million yen.

1964

Relocated headquarters from Nagasaki to Nishinomiya Factory in Hyogo pref.

1965

Developed the world’s first net recorder.

1966

Entered into non-marine market.

1967

Developed the full automatic sonar, facsimile receiver and direction finder.

1971

Developed the Omega receiver.
Received NMEA’s fiscal 1971 Best Product Award.

1972

1972

Developed the Japan’s first Doppler Sonar and Scanning Sonar.

1973

Developed the autopilot system, satellite positioning equipment and simple radio telephone.

1974

Developed the radio navigation system and full-circle scanning sonar.
Developed the gyrocompass
Established FURUNO NORGE A/S in Norway.

1976

Developed of the ultra-compact radar and half-circle scanning sonar.

1978

Established FURUNO U.S.A., INC. in the U.S.

1979

Completed Miki Factory
Established FURUNO (UK) LTD. in the U.K.

1980

Developed the world’s first current indicator, VideoPlotter and compact facsimile receiver.

1981

Developed the scientific sounder.

1982

Listed on the Second Section of the Osaka Securities Exchange.

1983

Increased capital to 6,200 million yen.

1984

Moved to the First Section of the Osaka Securities Exchange.
Developed the facsimile receiver and the bottom mapping system.
Acquired management control of KYORITSU RADIO CO., LTD. and KYORITSU RADIO SERVICE CO., LTD.

1985

Developed the marine radar, color net recorder, bottom sonar, ARPA.

1986

Developed the world’s first bird radar.
Developed the GPS navigation system.

1987

Developed the fishery monitoring radar.
Developed the automated bonito pole-and-line fishing system.
Developed the world’s first video LORAN.
Established FURUNO DANMARK A/S in Denmark.
Established FURUNO SVERIGE AB in Sweden.

1989

Completed FURUNO INT Center.

1990

Developed the equipment for the research submersible SHINKAI 6500 system
Increased capital to 7,535 million yen
Launched Spirit of Furuno 21, a fishing boat-type testing vessel.
Established FURUNO FRANCE S.A. in France.

1991

Developed of the wireless marine horn, radar for fishery and digital mapping system.

1992

Developed of the kinematic GPS and GPS for aircraft.
Established FURUNO ESPANA, S.A. in Spain.

1993

Succeeded in commercializing teleterminal DGPS.

1994

Developed the Golf Distance Meter and Integrated Navigation Display.

1995

Developed the integrated bridge system.
Developed the GPS-time server.

1997

1998

Developed of the radar plotter-fish finder combo.

1999

Developed the new Terrain Remote Monitoring System.

2000

Developed of the satellite compass.

2001

Developed the NavNet Series.

2002

Developed of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Voyage Data Recorder (VDR).
Developed the Fully-automated Clinical Chemistry Analyzer.
Established FURUNO NAVINTRA OY (now FURUNO FINLAND OY) after acquiring.
Finnish company NAVINTRA
Began in-house production of the pulse magnetron.

2003

Developed the GPS-steered Time & Frequency Generator.
Began in-house production of the electronic toll collection(ETC) system.
Won a long-term supply contract for the NavNet series of network-compatible navigational equipment from the US Coast Guard.
Established FURUNO SOFTECH (DALIAN) CO., LTD. in Dalian, China.

2004

Developed the Tanken-Maru system, a fish finder for recreational fishing boats.
Established FURUNO POLSKA Sp. z o.o. in Poland.
Opened the FURUNO European Distribution Centre (FEDC) in the Netherlands.

2005

Developed the world’s first dual-frequency searchlight sonar.
Opened FURUNO DONG GUAN FACTORY in China.
Established FURUNO DEUTSCHLAND GmbH in Germany.
Established FURUNO EURUS LLC in Russian Federation.
Established the FURUNO INS Training Center (INSTC) in Denmark.

2006

Developed the fish finder FCV-620.
Purchased a 49% stake in French company SIGNET S.A. and convertible bonds.
Established FURUNO EUROPE B.V. in The Netherlands.

2006

Developed the S-VDR (Simplified Voyage Data Recorder) VR-3000S.
Developed of the Ultra sensitive GPS receiver “GM-83”.

2007

Developed of the AIS (Automatic Identification System) receiver FA-30.
Announced multi function display NavNet 3D series.
Established FURUNO SHANGHAI CO., LTD. in China.

2009

Furuno acquired eRide Inc.
Established FURUNO HELLAS LTD. in Greeca.
Established FURUNO BROADBAND SERVICE CENTER ApS in Denmark.
Product launch of the Ku-Band VSAT FV-100 and INMARSAT FleetBroadband FELCOM250/500.
Commencement of mobile satellite communications service for ocean-going fleets “SafeComNet”.

2010

Acquisition of RICO (PTE) LTD in Singapore.
Developed the Clinical Chemistry Analyzer CA-270.

2011

Established the FURUNO INS Training Center (INSTC) in Singapore.
Established FUNOTEC (DALIAN) CO., LTD. in China.

2012

Developed the NavNet TZtouch TZT9 and TZT14.
Launched a FURUNO NavSkills Computer Aided Training(NavSkills CAT).
Establishment of FURUNO (CYPRUS) LTD.

2013

Establishment of FURUNO KOREA CO., LTD.
Developed the BLACK BOX NETWORK SOUNDER DFF1-UHD.
Developed the Multi-GNSS Receiver Chip eRide OPUS 6 and eRide OPUS 7.
Developed the Weather Radar system WR-2100 and WR-50.

2014

Establishment of FURUNO ITALIA S.R.L.
Developed the New Ultrasound Bone Densitometer CM-200 light.
Developed the wireless LAN Radar DRS4W.

2015

RICO (PTE) LTD changed name to “FURUNO SINGAPORE PTE LTD”.
Developed the TruEcho CHIRP WITH UNIQUE FISH SIZE INDICATOR FCV-1900G.
Developed the New Ultrasound Bone Densitometer CM-300.

2016

Establishment of FURUNO CHINA CO., LTD.
Developed the Clinical Chemistry Analyzer CA-800.