Nikon F3 SLR camera is marketed
Introduced as the preeminent SLR camera with electronically controlled aperture-priority AE. The design by Italian designer Giugiaro had a major impact on subsequent cameras.
Kurobane Kogaku K.K. (corporate name changed to Kurobane Nikon Co., Ltd. in 1988, merged with Tochigi Nikon Corporation in 2017) is acquired
NSR-1010G Step-and-Repeat System (stepper) for manufacturing VLSIs is marketed
The first domestically manufactured commercial stepper. As a next-generation ultra-LSI production device, it achieved a high level of integration, throughput and yield.
Nikon Americas Inc. is established in the U.S.
TITEX titanium ophthalmic frame is marketed
The world's first titanium frames. Stronger than conventional nickel alloy frames and some 50% lighter.
Acquires Ehrenreich Photo-Optical Industries, Inc. and renames it Nikon Inc.
Nikon's U.S. distributor EPOI was made a wholly owned subsidiary in order to fortify sales in the U.S. market.
Nikon Fieldscope is marketed
Zao Nikon Co., Ltd. (now Miyagi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd.) is established
OPTISTATION IC wafer inspection system is marketed
Used for visual inspection in the etch and lithography process of semiconductor manufacturing. It contributed to the stabilization of the production line and improved yields.
Nikon Precision Inc. is established in the U.S.
Established as a sales subsidiary in San Bruno, California to expand sales and services. Exports of IC steppers and scanners to the United States started the same year.
Nikon L35AF autofocus compact camera is marketed
Nikon's first compact camera. It was nicknamed the "one-touch" in the United States.
NT-1000 35mm film direct telephoto transmitter is marketed
The world's first 35mm film direct transmitter. It was co-developed with Kyodo News.
Kumagaya Plant is built
Technologies for optics, precision processing, electronics and materials were combined to create a core production plant for advanced technology products in order to meet growing demand for IC steppers and scanners.
Total Station DTM-1 surveying instrument is marketed
The first Nikon Total Station and the first fully digitized Nikon surveying instruments.
Nikon Hong Kong Ltd. is established in Hong Kong
Representative offices for camera sales in Hong Kong and Singapore were combined to create a base for Nikon's photographic products sales strategy in Southeast Asia. The photo shows Admiralty Centre Tower 2, where the office is located.
Nikon Systems Inc. is established
TRISTATION 600 and 600M three-dimensional coordinate measuring machines are marketed
The first three-dimensional coordinate measuring machine designed by Nikon and the first such machine in Japan to achieve spatial measurement accuracy within five micrometers.
Nikon F-501 autofocus SLR camera is marketed
The first Nikon SLR camera with autofocus operated from the camera body.
Nikon France S.A. (now Nikon France S.A.S.) is established in France
At the time, France had restrictions on foreign capital investment. The move laid the foundations for a sales organization in France.
NSR-L7501G large substrate exposure system is marketed
Nikon's first LCD steppers and scanners. The launch was quick to meet the increasing demand for liquid crystal display products.
Nikon Tec Corporation is established
NSR-1505EX excimer stepper is marketed
Nikon Photo Products Inc. (now Nikon Imaging Japan Inc.) is established
Corporate name is changed to Nikon Corporation
Nikon Precision Europe GmbH is established in West Germany (now Germany)
Nikon GmbH's semiconductor equipment division was established to fortify sales activities associated with semiconductor market expansion.
Nikon Precision Korea Ltd. is established in Korea
Established in Seoul to fortify stepper customer support in Korea. The photo shows Daesan building, where the office is located.
Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is established in Thailand
Established as Nikon's first full-scale overseas production base for camera-related products.
Mito Plant is built
Established as a base for production and technology development, mainly for high-precision machining businesses.
Nikon Kft. is established in Hungary
Nikon Instech Co., Ltd. is established
Nikon Geotecs Co., Ltd. (dissolved in 2003, business transferred to Nikon-Trimble Co., Ltd.) starts operations
Nikon Optical Co., Ltd. (dissolved in 2000, business transferred to Nikon Eyewear Co., Ltd. and Nikon-Essilor Co., Ltd.) starts operations
Nikon Life Co., Ltd., Nikon Logistics Corporation and Nikon Technologies, Inc., (merged to form Nikon Business Service Co., Ltd. in 2007) are established
Nikon Instruments S.p.A. is established in Italy
Presio FX and DX progressive addition lenses are marketed
Nikon s.r.o. is established in the Czech Rep.
NEXIV series CNC video measuring system is marketed
Non-contact high-precision measurement was made possible by image processing technology. The confocal-type microscope enabled measurement of two-dimensional field and height in the same field of view.
E2 and E2s digital still cameras are marketed
Developed with Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. (now FUJIFILM Corp.), these SLR-type digital cameras are equipped with the unique Reduction Optics System and are compatible with major F-mount lenses.
NSR-S201A lens-scanning KrF excimer stepper is marketed
The world's first lens scanning type KrF excimer stepper (KrF scanner) corresponding to design rules of less than 0.25 micrometers.
Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd is established in Singapore
Nikon Precision Taiwan Ltd. is established in Taiwan
Nikon Svenska AB (now Nikon Nordic AB) is established in Sweden
Nikon Research Corporation of America is established in the U.S.
Nikon Fieldmicroscope is marketed
A portable stereoscopic microscope that allows "as is" observation.
ECLIPSE E800 biological microscope for research is marketed
The optical system of the infinity optics (CFI60) system was revamped to make the parfocal distance of the objective lens 60 mm.
Guang Dong Nikon Camera Co., Ltd. is established in China
COOLPIX 100 and 300 digital cameras are marketed
Nikon's first compact digital camera.
"COOLPIX 100" could be inserted into a PC card slot to transfer data directly to the computer. Pen-touch operation was possible with the "COOLPIX 300".
Total Station GF-212 and 215C surveying instruments are marketed
Features a non-prism measuring function that enables measurement without a reflective prism by using a laser beam.
Nanjing Nikon Jiangnan Optical Instrument Co., Ltd. is established in China
D1 digital SLR camera is marketed
SLR-type digital camera with interchangeable lens that combines high-speed performance and overall picture quality. Priced with general users in mind, it contributed to the popularity of digital SLR cameras.