Olympus Corporation (オ リ ン パ ス 株式会社 Orimpasu Kabushiki-gaisha) (TYO: 7733) is a Japanese company specializing in the production of optics, photographic equipment, high-quality optical equipment for biomedical research and other technical solutions.

The company is headquartered in Tokyo (Japan). There are offices in the USA (Center Valley, Pennsylvania) and Europe (Hamburg, Germany).

Olympus Corporation was founded by Takeshi Yamashita on October 12, 1919. The company was originally called Takachiho Seisakusho and specialized in the manufacture of microscopes and thermometers.

  • In 1921 the Olympus trademark was registered.
  • In 1923, the thermometer business was sold and the company focused on microscopes.
  • In 1934, the company began developing optics for cameras. Two years later, the company began producing optics under the Zuiko brand and its first Semi-Olympus I camera.
  • In 1942, the company focused on optical products and was renamed Takachiho Optical Co., Ltd.
  • In 1947, the company was renamed Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.

In 2003, it was decided to bring the company name in line with the trademark and the company was renamed Olympus Corporation. The company's modern name was taken from the mountains of Olympus, home of all the gods in Greek mythology.

  • October 12, 1919 Registered as Takachiho Seisakusho
  • May 28, 1942 Renamed Takachiho Optical Co., Ltd
  • January 1, 1949 Renamed Olympus Optical Co., Ltd
  • October 1, 2003 Renamed Olympus Corporation
  • In 2004, Olympus Corporation was reorganized:
  • production and sales of binoculars, digital voice recorders, film and digital cameras were spun off to Olympus Imaging Corp.
  • the manufacturing and sales of medical systems were spun off to Olympus Medical Systems Corp.


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