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Corporate History

Fujifilm was established in 1934 with the aim of producing photographic films. Over the decades we have diversified into new markets and built a strong presence around the globe.

1934 Jan. Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd., established, based on a government plan to establish a domestic photographic film manufacturing industry. The new company inherited the split-off photographic film operations of Dainippon Celluloid Company Limited.
Feb. Ashigara Factory (currently the Kanagawa Factory Ashigara Site) began operating, producing photographic film, photographic print paper, dry plates, and other photosensitive materials
1938 June Odawara Factory (currently the Kanagawa Factory Odawara Site) established
1944 Mar. Business operations obtained from Enomoto Kogaku Seiki Manufacturing Co., Ltd., and Fuji Photo Optical Co., Ltd. established
1946 Apr. Natural Color Photography Co., Ltd. (name changed to Fuji Color Photo Co., Ltd., in June 1953 and subsequently transformed into Fujicolor Service Co., Ltd.), established
1958 Aug. Established Fuji Photo Film do Brasil Ltda. as a subsidiary in Brasil
1963 Oct. Fujinomiya Factory established
1965 Apr. Name of Fuji Color Photo Co., Ltd., changed to Fujicolor Service Co., Ltd., and marketing operations of Fuji Color Photo Co., Ltd., split off to establish Fujicolor Trading Co., Ltd.
Dec. Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. (currently FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc.) established in New York State to comprehensively manage business in North America
1966 June Fuji Photo Film (Europe) GmbH (currently FUJIFILM Europe GmbH) established in Düsseldorf to comprehensively manage business in Europe
1972 Dec. Yoshida-Minami Factory established
1982 Aug. Netherlands-based Fuji Photo Film B.V. (currently FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V.) established as the Fujifilm group's principal manufacturing company in Europe
1987 Mar. Germany-based Fuji Magnetic GmbH (a recording media manufacturing company, currently FUJIFILM Recording Media GmbH) established
1988 July U.S.-based Fuji Photo Film, Inc. (currently FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc.) established in South Carolina as the Fujifilm group's principal manufacturing company in the United States
1993 Oct. Acquired 51% of outstanding shares in Chiyoda Medical Co., Ltd.
1995 Oct. FUJIFILM Imaging Systems (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., established in Suzhou, China
1996 June Hong Kong-based Hong Kong Fuji Photo Logistics, Ltd. (currently FUJIFILM Hong Kong Limited), established
1997 Dec. Acquired German-based Eurocolor Photofinishing GmbH & Co. KG
2001 Oct. U.S.-based Enovation Graphic Systems, Inc. (a graphic arts materials marketing company, currently FUJIFILM Graphic Systems U.S.A, Inc.), established
2003 Apr. Acquired additional shares in Process Shizai Co., Ltd., (currently FUJIFILM Graphic Systems Co., Ltd.), transforming that company into a consolidated subsidiary
2004 Apr. Chiyoda Medical Co., Ltd., merged into FUJIFILM MEDICAL CO., LTD.
Apr. FUJIFILM Battery Co., Ltd., merged into FUJIFILM AXIA Co., Ltd.
Oct. FUJIFILM IMAGING Co., Ltd., established. Fujicolor Imaging Service Co., Ltd., and FUJIFILM AXIA Co., Ltd., merged into the new company, which also took over the domestic marketing operations of four major photographic product distributors to unify the Fujifilm group's domestic imaging solutions marketing operations
Nov. Acquired microelectronic materials business of U.S.-based Arch Chemicals, Inc., along with 100% of shares in joint venture FUJIFILM ARCH Co., Ltd. (currently FUJIFILM Electronics Materials Co., Ltd.)
2005 Feb. Acquired U.K.-based Sericol Group Limited (currently FUJIFILM Sericol Limited), a company with expanding operations in screen printing inks, packaging printing inks, and industrial-use inkjet printer inks
2006 Jan. Transformed Sankio Chemical Co., Ltd. (currently FUJIFILM FINECHEMICALS CO., LTD. ), into a wholly owned subsidiary
Feb. Acquired Avecia Inkjet Limited (currently FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants Limited)
Apr. FUJIFILM Advanced Research Laboratories established
July Acquired U.S.-based industrial inkjet printhead manufacturer Dimatix, Inc. (currently FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.)
Oct. Fujifilm group shifted to a holding company structure centering on the holding company FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, which controls both the group's two largest companies — FUJIFILM Corporation and Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

You can see the history after October 2006 on the FUJIFILM Holdings website.