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1938 to 1969

Establishment and commercialization of practical fish finders

In 1938, Kiyotaka Furuno founded FURUNO ELECTRIC SHOKAI LTD., the predecessor of FURUNO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
While handling the works of outfitting electronics onboard vessels, he felt a strong urge to modernize fisheries, which led to his venture into developing fish finders. He successfully commercialized the world’s first practical fish finder in 1948.

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    Fish Finder
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    Fishing Radiotelephone
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    Radar for Vessels(FR-301)
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    Searchlight Sonar(FH-203)
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.

1970s

Global recognition of FURUNO

In 1972, FURUNO was awarded the NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association) Best Product Award in the fish finder category in the US.
FURUNO established its first overseas subsidiary in Norway in 1974, which was followed by the establishment of subsidiaries in the US (1978) and the UK (1979), foreshadowing its full-scale entry into the international business arena.

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1971
  • Developed the Omega receiver.
1972
  • Received NMEA's fiscal 1971 Best Product Award.
  • 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.

1980s

Great leap forward as a total marine electronics manufacturer

FURUNO became listed on the Osaka Securities Exchange in 1982. Based upon technological proficiency gained through its involvement in the fisheries industry, FURUNO ventured into other maritime market sectors such as merchant marine and recreational marine sectors, truly becoming a total marine electronics manufacturer.

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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.

1990s

Development Products

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    GMDSS
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    Integrated Bridge System(IBS) was developed.
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    Degital Mapping System
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.
1998
  • Developed of the radar plotter-fish finder combo.
1999
  • Developed the new Terrain Remote Monitoring System.

2000s

Challenge to the new fields of business

Utilizing its own ultrasound and radio wave technologies, FURUNO started making inroads into the fields of healthcare as well as Intelligent Transport System (ITS).

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    GPS Receiver (GN-80)
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    GPS Disciplined Oscillator
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    Automotive ETC System
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    Clinical Chemistry Analyzers
    (CA-400)
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    Ultrasound Bone Densitometers
    (CM-200)

For maritime market, FURUNO had developed navigation system products, such as Integrated Bridge System as well as network-compatible NavNet. In addition, FURUNO entered into solution business utilizing satellite communications services and others.

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    NAVnet
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    Voyager
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    Fish Finder with ACCU-FISH
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    SafeComNet
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.
  • 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".

2010s

Development Products

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    Weather Radar system
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    GNSS Displacement
    Measurement System
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    Clinical Chemistry
    Analyzer
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    Wireless LAN Radar
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    NavNet TZtouch2
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    Fish Size Indicator
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 world's first 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 New GNSS Displacement Measurement System "DANA" MG-87.
  • Developed the Clinical Chemistry Analyzer CA-800.
  • Developed the Fish Size Indicator model FCV-2100.
2017
  • Establishment of PT FURUNO ELECTRIC INDONESIA.
  • Establishment of FURUNO PANAMA,S.A.
  • Developed the New Doppler Weather Radar WR110.