HISTORY OF ATAGO

Century Month Current events
1940 Sep "Amamiya Seiki Corporation" established by Kiheiji Amamiya in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.
Releases ABBE Refractometers, chromatometers, and spectroscopes.
1951 Sep Construction and opening of a new office in Yushima.
1953 Apr Develops "Hand-Held Refractometer"
1956 Nov "Corporate name is changed to ""ATAGO Optical Instrument Co., Ltd."
Construction and opeing of Yorii Factory in Yorii".
1957 Apr Develops new ABBE Refractometers, serving as the foundation for ATAGO's future development.
1960 Feb Develops "Densitometers"
1960 Apr Headquarters relocates to Yushima.
1967 Feb Reaches the record of "One million-hour" of operation mark without an accident.
1967 Aug Develops "Densitometers Quick - with IC technology"
1971 May Develops In-Line Refractometer
1974 Oct Develops "Hand-Held Refractometer N1" with high contrast and brighter view.
1974 Sep Reaches the record of "Two million-hour" of operation mark without an accident.
1975 Nov Corporate name changed to "ATAGO CO., LTD.", and the headquarters is relocated to Itabashi, Tokyo.
1976 Aug Develops the world's first "Digital Refractometer DBX-25"
1976 Oct Awarded “Tokyo Science Technology Achievement Awards” for the development of the optical measurement instruments.
1976 Oct The Emperor and Empress of Japan (Crown Prince and Princess at that time) in a fruit examination station looking at an ATAGO instrument.
1977 Oct Prince Takamatsumiya of Japan makes a visit to Yorii Factory.
1977 Nov Awarded the Medal of Yellow Ribbon from the Prime Minister of Japan, Takeo Fukuda, for the contributions in the optical industry.
1979 Jun Develops "Digital Refractometer DBX-50"
1981 Jun Develops "Digital Refractometers (RX Series)"
1983 Oct Develops "In-Line Refractometer PRM-100"
1984 Jan Commendation from the Small and Mid-sized Business Center.
1984 Apr Kiheiji Amamiya is awarded the "Orders of the Sacred Treasure" by the Emperor.
1985 Aug Reaches the record of "Three million-hour" of operation mark without an accident.
1985 Sep Kiheiji Amamiya is named as CEO, and Shigeo Amamiya as President.
1986 Feb Develops the world's smallest "Digital Refractometer PR-1"
1986 Mar Develops "Digital Specific Gravity Refractometer (SG Series)"
1986 Oct Awarded the Good Design Prize for the new "Digital Refractometer PR-1".
1987 Aug Governor of Saitama Prefecture Yawara Hata makes a visit to Yorii Factory.
1990 Jun Develops the water-resistant "Hand-Held refractometer P-1"
1990 Dec A gymnasium is donated, "ATAGO Memorial Hall" (50 million yen) to the town of Yorii on the company's 50th anniversary.
1991 Mar Awarded SME's prize for outstanding business achievements.
1991 Jun Develops the small water-resistant "Digital Refractometer Palette Series"
1993 Jun Develops "Digital Refractometer RX-2000", allowing for the measurement of solid sampless for the first time in the world.
1993 Aug Develops "Digital Differential Refractometer DD-7"
Develops "Digital Salt-Meter ES-421"
1997 Jun Awarded the "Metropolitan Industry Grand Prize" for honorable community business outreach.
1998 Jan Completes the ISO 9001 certification requirements.
1998 Jun Develops "Multi-Wavelength ABBE Refractometer DR-M2"
2000 Oct Develops "Digital Refractometer RX-5000α " featuring a Peltier system for maintaining a constant measuring temperature without the use of an external waterbath.
2001 Mar Awarded Commendation from the Chairman of the Saitama Labor Association Federation.
2001 Aug Establishes "ATAGO U.S.A. Inc." in North America.
2002 May ATAGO received recognition as superior company from the Itabasi revenue office.
2003 Mar Develops "Automatic Polarimeter AP-100"
2003 Apr Launches the world's smallest digital Hand-held "Pocket" refractometer , the PAL-1, featuring water-resistant design.
2003 May The company’s logo is registered as a trademark for the establishment of its brand image.
2003 Aug Awarded the prize "Special Award for Good Design" for the "Pocket" Refractometer PAL-1.
2003 Sep ATAGO has been presented in a TV program named"Tokyo's Vitality! Japan's spirit ! Little Gulliver" in Tokyo MX TV Station
2003 Oct Awarded the "Itabashi Product Technology Grand Prize" for the Fully Automatic Polarimeter AP-100.
2004 May Develops "Near-infrared Ray Powder Moisture Meter PMM-1000"
2004 May ATAGO has been presented in a TV program named"Tokyo's Vitality! Japan's spirit ! Little Gulliver" in Tokyo MX TV Station
2004 Jun Reaches the record of "Five million-hour" of operation mark without an accident.
2004 Sep ATAGO U.S.A., Inc. relocates to larger office facilities to meet business growth and demand.
2004 Oct Releases 80 types of scales as part of "Pocket Refractomer PAL series".
2004 Oct Awarded the "Excellence Prize for Tokyo Venture Technology Awards" for digital hand-held "Pocket" Refractometer, PAL-1.
2005 Feb Establishes "ATAGO INDIA Instruments Pvt. Ltd."
2005 Jul Develops the "MASTER-α " hand-held refractometer with ATC and a new water resistant body design.
2005 Sep Develops the "Automatic Digital Refractometer RX-007α (alpha)"
2005 Oct Courageous Business Management Award for Excellence
2005 Nov Awarded the prize "Person of Food Industry Technology Merit" for the "Pocket" Refractometer PAL-1.
2005 Dec ATAGO has been introduced by a TV program named"World business satellite" in TV Tokyo Station.
2005 Dec ATAGO INDIA branch relocates .
2006 Jan ATAGO celebrated 65th years aniversary with all employees. (Company trip to Australia)
2006 Sep Shigeo Amamiya is named as CEO, and Hideyuki Amamiya as President.
2006 Oct Awarded the prize "Special Award for Good Design" for the MASTER-Series.
2006 Nov ATAGO increases the capital to 96 million yen.
2006 Nov ATAGO Web site was selected for "The Web Design Annual 2007", published by Nikkei BP, as one of the good designed Web site. Our Web site evaluated the good design as well as the identity of the Web site.
2007 Feb MASTER-Series were awarded "Invention Prize from Japan Invention Promotion Association" !
2007 Mar Obtained a patent on Hand-held Refractometer MASTER series.
2007 May ATAGO CO.,LTD. was selected as "Top 300 Lively Small and Mid-sized Manufacturers 2007"!
2007 Jul ATAGO's promotion of blood donation was assessed and commended by Governor of Saitama prefecture.
2007 Aug ATAGO CO.,LTD. has been rated the top grade "aaa" on the Japan SME Rating presented by STANDARD & POOR'S !
2007 Nov MASTER-Series were awarded "Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office Award for Encouragement" !
2008 Jan ATAGO Co., Ltd. was selected as "Top 40 of Genki-100 bai cooperation in Saitama".
2008 May The National Museum of Nature and Science has registered ATAGO products in the "History of Japanese Industrial Technology" database.
2008 May Establishes "ATAGO Fund".
2008 Sep ATAGO CO.,LTD. has been rated top grade “ aaa ” on the Japan SME Rating presented by STANDARD & POOR'S for the second straight year.
2008 Oct Establishes “ATAGO Kansai Branch” in the City of Kobe, Hyogo-ken, Japan.
2009 Apr Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Award
2009 Aug ATAGO Hand-held Refractometers Selected by the Tokyo Tryout Order Program 2009
2009 Oct PAL series " Kanto Bureau of Business Industry Chief Award "
2009 Nov PEN series " Invention Association Chairman Encouragement Award 2009 "
2009 Nov PEN series " Excellence Award at the 2009 Itabashi Product Technology Contest "
2009 Dec ATAGO (THAILAND) Co.,LTD. is now opened !
2010 Feb ATAGO BRASIL Ltda. is now opened !
2010 Oct ATAGO ITALIA s.r.l. officially opened !
2010 Nov Acidity Meter " Excellence Award at the 2009 Itabashi Product Technology Contest "
2011 Mar ATAGO Has Been Accredited for JCSS Calibration
2011 Mar ATAGO CHINA Guangzhou Co., Ltd, is now opened !
2011 May Opening of Fukaya Factory
2011 Oct ATAGO Receives Good Design Award for Fukaya Factory
2012 Jul The headquarters is relocated to Minato-ku, Tokyo.
2012 Nov Governor of Saitama Prefecture Kiyoshi Ueda makes a visit to Fukaya Factory.
2013 Jan Establishes "ATAGO Kyushu Branch" in the City of Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken, Japan.
2013 Sep ATAGO dedicated an offertory chest to the Atago Jinja in Minato-ku, Tokyo.
2013 Oct Recognition by Minato-ku: "Businesses Promoting Better Work-life Balance".
2014 Jan ATAGO RUSSIA is now opened !
2014 Mar ATAGO was selected as one of the 100 "Global Niche Top Companies" by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
2014 Mar ATAGO CO.,LTD. has been rated top grade “ aaa ” on the Japan SME Rating presented by STANDARD & POOR'S for the second straight year.
2015 Mar ATAGO CO.,LTD. has been rated top grade “ aaa ” on the Japan SME Rating presented by STANDARD & POOR'S for the second straight year.
2016 Mar ATAGO CO.,LTD. has been rated top grade “ aaa ” on the Japan SME Rating presented by STANDARD & POOR'S for the second straight year.
2016 Aug Portable Refracto-Polarimeter selected by the Tokyo Tryout Order Program 2016
2017 Mar ATAGO CO.,LTD. has been rated top grade “ aaa ” on the Japan SME Rating presented by STANDARD & POOR'S for the second straight year.
2017 Apr Donation to "Grand Head Shrine of Atago Shrine Kyoto"
2017 Aug Donation to "Atago Shrine Fukuoka"
2018 Mar ATAGO CO.,LTD. has been rated top grade “ aaa ” on the Japan SME Rating presented by STANDARD & POOR'S for the 7th straight year.
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