Seiko Epson Corporation, parent company of Epson Philippines, is celebrating its 80th year in business by opening the Epson Museum Suwa at its corporate head office in Suwa, Nagano, in Japan. The two-part museum consists of the renovated Monozukuri Museum and the new Memorial Hall. It will give visitors a chance to learn about Epson’s history and products from the past.
Epson’s predecessor, Daiwa Kogyo, Ltd., was founded in May 1942. Over the ensuing eight decades, the company evolved while passing on its DNA as an innovator and manufacturer. Refining the micro-machining and precision processing technologies Epson developed for watches and deploying them in other areas are what fueled the company’s growth.
The brand renovated the original administrative building from the founding era and will reopen it as a Memorial Hall to allow visitors to step back in time to experience the history and stories of products from a bygone era.
Exhibits in the Memorial Hall cover the period to the 1970s, the time during which the building was actually used. It will include technology and skills used in making mechanical watches, the world’s first quartz watch, and even the compact EP-101 digital printer from which Epson derived its name.
Visitors to Epson Museum Suwa can tour both the renovated Monozukiri Museum and Memorial Hall. Epson is still pursuing creativity and challenge as well as committing to solving societal issues in a sustainable way to enrich communities.