Milestones

Corporate history
Product history

1960

1960

Tokyo ITV Laboratory is founded

Tokyo ITV Laboratory is founded and starts to design and develop X-ray TV cameras for medical application as a subcontractor of Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd.

※ITV is short for industrial television

1962

NJS Corporation is established

NJS Corporation is established and starts to engage in leading-edge technology development besides X-ray TV

1970

1971

  • Our first original brand product, a tension analyzer, is launched

1975

  • LSI photomask pinhole inspection system, our first product for semiconductor industry market, is launchedthe world's first

1976

  • LSI photomask inspection system "1MD1" is launchedthe world's first

1977

  • LSI photomask inspection system wins the Ten Best New Products Award 1977 from Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun (The Daily Industrial News)

1979

  • Liaison office is established in San Mateo, CA
  • Photomask inspection system wins the Director-General of the Science and Technology Agency Award
  • First participation in SEMICON West as exhibitor

1980

1980

  • The Director-General of the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency Award
  • The Okochi Memorial Award
  • HQ is relocated to Tsunashima in the City of Yokohama, Kanagawa Pref.
  • Liaison office is established in Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Subcontract business is terminated, and original brand products account for 100% of sales

1981

  • LSI reticle inspection system "2RD1" is launched

1982

  • Reticle inspection system wins the Ten Best New Products Award 1982 from Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun

1985

  • Europe office is established in London, UK
  • Color laser scanning microscope "2LM11" is launchedthe world's first
  • LSI reticle inspection system wins the Director-General of the Science and Technology Agency Award
2LM11

1986

The company name is changed from NJS Corporation to Lasertec Corporation
  • Lasertec U.S.A., Inc. is established in San Jose, CA

1987

  • FPD large photomask inspection system "20MD" is launched

1988

  • Laser scanning microscope wins the 5th Kanagawa High-Tech Grand-Prix

1990

1990

  • Lasertec stock is registered by Japan Securities Dealers Association and listed on Japan's OTC market (securities code 6920)

1992

  • Daikichi Awamura becomes the company's president

1993

  • Automated LCD color filter inspection system "1CF20" and automated repair system "1RL20" are launched
  • Phase shift measurement system "1PM11" is launched
1CF20
1RL20
1PM11

1994

  • Korea branch is established
  • Phase shift measurement system "MPM100" is launchedthe world's first

1997

  • Kenichi Kosugi becomes the company's president
  • Confocal microscope "1HD200" is launched

1998

  • Confocal microscope wins the 15th Kanagawa High-Tech Grand-Prix

2000

2000

  • The first model of MAGICS-series mask blank inspection system "M1320" is launched

2001

  • Lasertec Korea Corporation is established in Seoul, Korea

2002

  • Lasertec HQ is certified ISO9001: 2000

2003

  • Yaichiro Watakabe becomes the company's president

2004

  • Lasertec stock is listed on JASDAQ

2005

  • Taiwan branch is established

2006

  • Consolidated sales reach 10 billion yen in FY2006
  • MATRICS-series photomask inspection system "MATRICS X653" is launched

2007

  • Lasertec is named "Best Under A Billion" by Forbes Asia

2008

  • New HQ and R&D center is established in Shin-yokohama
  • West Japan office is closed and merged with HQ
  • Europe branch is closed and replaced by US branch

2009

  • Osamu Okabayashi becomes the company's president
  • MAP-series photovoltaic cell conversion efficiency distribution measurement system is launched
  • SiC wafer inspection and review system "SICA61" is launched
MAP-series MP50
SICA61

2010

2010

  • Lasertec Taiwan, Inc. is established in Hsinchu, Taiwan
  • WASAVI-series transparent wafer inspection and review system "TROIS32" is launched

2011

  • Lasertec is named "Yokohama Kachigumi Enterprise" (with AAA rating) by the City of Yokohama for excellence in IP management

2012

  • Lasertec stock is listed on the second section of Tokyo Stock Exchange
  • Lithium ion battery-related systems including electro-chemical reaction visualizing confocal system "ECCS B310" are launchedthe world's first
  • Lithography process inspection system "LX330" is launched
ECCS B310
LX330

2013

  • Lasertec stock is listed on the first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange
  • Lasertec receives the Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office Award as a company utilizing patents effectively

2014

  • ECCS B310 wins the Ten Best New Products Award from Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun

2017

  • Lasertec China Co., Ltd. is established in Shanghai, China
  • EUV mask blank inspection and review system using EUV light (13.5nm) "ABICS E120" is launchedthe world's first

2018

  • Lasertec HQ is certified ISO14001: 2015 and OHSAS18001: 2007
  • ABICS E120 wins the Ten Best New Products Award "Japan Brand Prize" from Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun

2019

  • Lasertec Singapore Service Pte. Ltd. is established in Singapore
  • Actinic EUV patterned mask inspection system "ACTIS A150" is launchedthe world's first

2020

2020

  • Lasertec is selected among 100 Global Niche Top companies 2020 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • ACTIS A150 wins the Ten Best New Products Award from Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun