Epson celebrates 80 years by opening a museum in Japan – Manila Bulletin

Epson celebrates its 80th anniversary by opening a museum in Japan

Seiko Epson Corporation, parent company of Epson Philippines Corporation, celebrates 80 years in business by opening the Epson Museum Suwa at its headquarters in Suwa, Nagano, Japan. The two-part museum, which includes the renovated Monozukuri Museum and the new Memorial Hall, will allow visitors to learn about Epson’s history and products from the past. Memorial Hall is located in what was the original administration building, which was completed in October 1945. This newly renovated historic building is now open to the public.

Epson Suwa Museum, Memorial Hall

Epson’s predecessor, Daiwa Kogyo, Ltd., was founded in May 1942. Over the next eight decades, the company has evolved while passing on its DNA as an innovator and manufacturer. Refinement of micro-machining and precision processing technologies developed by Epson for watches and their deployment in other areas have fueled the company’s growth.

The construction of Daiwa Kogyo Factory 1 Administrative Office was completed in 1945.
(The photo was taken in 1949)

Epson has renovated the original administration building from the founding era and will reopen it as Memorial Hall to allow visitors to step back in time to experience the history and product stories of a bygone era.

Memorial Hall’s exhibits span the period up to the 1970s, when the building was actually in use. From the technology and skill that goes into mechanical watches, to the world’s first quartz watch, to the compact EP-101 digital printer from which the Epson brand is derived, visitors will get a retrospective look at the efficiency , compactness and precision technologies developed by Epson since its creation.

Exhibition of original mechanical watches and manufacturing equipment
Exhibition of quartz watches reduced to a compact and portable size

Visitors to the Epson Suwa Museum can visit the renovated Monozukuri Museum and Memorial Hall.

Epson ticked off eight decades of relentlessly striving for creativity and challenge. The company is committed to solving societal problems by working to achieve sustainability and enriching communities.