Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Kyoto Isn't Just Temples & Shrines Says OMRON 京都はお寺と神社だけじゃないらしい

Well-known amongst people working in the medical field, the OMRON brand can be seen on everything from digital thermometers to blood pressure monitors to nebulizers for those with respiratory ailments.  What may not be known as much is that OMRON is just another example of global company coming right out of the heart and soul of Japan in Kyoto.

Established in 1948, the company got its name in part from its location in the Omuro district in Kyoto.  When founder Kazuma Tateishi developed the curling iron several years later as OMRON, the name stuck as the name for the company when it expanded its business to overseas markets.    

In addition to health care, OMRON has the following as its main businesses:

- Industrial automation (ex. safety door switches and temperature controllers)
- Electronic components (ex. sensors and switches)
- Automotive electronics (ex. electric power steering and automotive radio components)
- Social systems (ex. traffic signal controllers and ticket vending machines)

Located in 36 countries around the world, OMRON houses its North and South American head office out of Schaumburg, Illinois, located roughly 30 kilometers (19 miles) to the northwest of Chicago.

An interesting tidbit is that OMRON developed the world's first electronic ticket gate (turnstile), unmanned train station, and automatic cash dispenser in the late '60s and early '70s.  All this from a company in a city that is mainly known for its temples and shrines...





ここでちょっと小ネタなのですが、オムロンは世界で初めて自動券売機、無人駅、そしてATMを作った会社なんです。 1960〜70年代にかけて発明されました。

No comments:

Post a Comment