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80 Years of Innovation

Photo of balloons containing Fujitsu's innovative products: Fujitsu's 80th anniversary

June 20th 2015 marked Fujitsu’s 80th anniversary.

Working closely with our customers, we have been delivering innovation to improve people’s lives for the past 80 years.  Today, innovation continues to be at the heart of everything we do as we continue to create new value for business and society.  This is at the heart of Fujitsu’s vision.

This year, on our 80th birthday, we were named one of FORTUNE Magazine's 'World's Most Admired Companies' for the third consecutive year. We operate in over 100 countries and are still at the forefront of innovation research. We're solving problems, introducing new innovative technology, and making society a better place for everyone.

Innovating for people

A brief history of Fujitsu

In 1935, Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and Siemens AG of Germany establish Fuji Electric Company, Ltd. to spur domestic production of generators and electric motors in Japan.

We've been making computers since 1950 - Fujitsu's FACOM100 was Japan's first relay-type automated electronic computer.

Fujitsu's fifth president, Kanjiro Okada, then made a crucial decision to bet the company's future on computers. The corporate slogal was "Infinite Growth", representing a series of business reforms aimed at making Fujitsu a leader in the computer industry.

In 1967 Fujitsu opened its first office outside Japan - in New York. Fujitsu Laboratories was established in the UK in 1968, and continues to provide innovative solutions to complex problems today.

Nowadays, when we think of computers, the first thing that comes to most people's minds is the personal computer. When people originally talked about computers, they usually meant mainframes and other large computers designed for business use. Fujitsu's original focus was also on these large business computers. Things changed, however, with the advent of Microsoft's Windows operating system.

You can see some of our old computers at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park. The museum traces the history of computing in the UK from the first machines (you can see the rebuilt Colossus in action) through to the most recent machines, with plenty of examples of Fujitsu's innovations from the last 80 years. Our mainframes (ICL) are on display in the museum and on the website.

The first commercially-available electronic computers in the world were manufactured through the 1950s in West Gorton, Manchester, a site that subsequently became ICL (from 1968) and then Fujitsu (from 2002). During this time, the Company pioneered many significant developments in mainframe computing, from standard operating systems and peripherals through to the first multi-processor systems. VME, introduced in 1974, was the first mainframe operating system to receive ‘open’ accreditation (1991) and is still in use with many Fujitsu customers today.

From 2000 onwards Fujitsu released the world's fastest mainframe (the GS21 600 in 2002), obtained ISO14001 certification for environmental management (2004), launched the most advanced palm-vein biometric technology (2005), and created the world's fastest supercomputer (K, 2011).

Find out more about Fujitsu's history here.

Our company has survived for over 80 years because of our collaborative approach with customers, partners and governments around the world who have helped us deliver technological innovations and world firsts. We continue to shape tomorrow with our customers and partners, thinking about the bigger picture of a connected society, because technology doesn’t drive innovation, people do. Igniting this spirit of innovation in our people will help us stay at the forefront of technology over the next 20 years.