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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.
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.
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.
Main developed products
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).
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.