History of Tamron

Derivation of Company Name

The present corporate name is derived from the name of Mr. Uhyoue Tamura, who was a prominently recognized optical designer and laid the technological foundations of the company.

Founder Late Mr.Takeyuki Arai

November
1950
* Taisei Optical Equipment Manufacturing is established in Urawa-city
* Manufacture of cameras and binocular lenses starts
October
1952
* Taisei Optical Equipment Manufacturing Inc.is established with capital of 2.5 million yen
1957
* 135mm F/4.5 is developed for 35mm single-lens reflex cameras
* The "T" mount, the world's first interchangeable lenses for 35mm single-lens reflex cameras, is developed
August
1958
* Tamron Brand is registered as trademark
September
1959
* Head office and main plant are established in Hasunuma, Omiya-city
1961
* Mass production of 95-205mm F/6.3 the first affordable telephoto zoom lens for single-lens reflex cameras, starts a zoom lenses
1966
* Production of test plates, ultra-precision lenses and prisms begins
* Production of "Tamron Adapt-A-Matic" range of interchangeable mount lenses, providing auto-focus capabilities for various single-lens reflex cameras begins
* Production of television broadcasting lenses for ITV begins
May
1969
* Hirosaki Plant is established in Aomori Prefecture
* Production of interchangeable lenses for single-lens reflex cameras, television lenses and photocopier lenses, etc., begins
April
1970
* The Company name is changed to Tamron Co., Ltd.
1976
* "The Tamron Adaptall Lens" range with built-in lightweight macro-mechanism and exclusive quick-focus system is introduced
April
1976
* Head Office transferred to Takinogawa, Kita-ku, Tokyo
April
1979
* U.S. subsidiary, Tamron Industries, Inc., is established in New York
* "Super-Performance (SP)" series is introduced
January
1981
* No. 2 Production Building is established at Hirosaki Plant
* Production of the 6X zoom video camera lens begins
September
1982
* Tamron Vertriebsges, GmbH. is established in Germany
1983
* Integrated video camera lens is developed
February
1984
* Optech Tamron Co., Ltd. is established in Namioka-machi, Aomori Prefecture
August
1984
* Tamron registers with the Tokyo stock Exchange for over-the-counter trading and capital is increased to 3,835,575,000 yen
December
1985
* Tamron Fine-Giken Co., Ltd. is established to produce molds and dies for precision moldings
January
1986
* Molding plant is established in Owani-machi, Aomori Prefecture
November
1990
* Tamron celebrates 40th anniversary
July
1992
* Tamron Mexico S.A.DE C.V is established in Mexico
August
1992
* SP AF35-105mm F/2.8 is awarded "European Lens of the Year 1992-1993"
* The smallest, lightest, AF 28-200mm F3.8-5.6 zoom lens for SLRs in the world is released
August
1993
* AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical is awarded "European Lens of the Year 1993-1994" winning the awarded two years in a low
November
1993
* AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical is awarded "the 1993 Grand Prize (Photographic Section) by Popular Science Magazine of the U.S."
July
1995
* Tamron enters the medium-format camera business after acquiring shares in the long-established Bronica Co., Ltd.
November
1995
* Hirosaki Plant achieve ISO9001 certification
May
1997
* Tamron Industries (Hong Kong) Limited is established in Hong Kong
July
1997
* Tamron Optical (Foshan) Co. Ltd. is established in Foshan, Quang Dong, Peoples Republic of China
August
1997
* SP AF90mm F/2.8 macro 1:1 lens is awarded "European-Lens-Of-The-Year 1997-1998"
July
1998
* Bronica Co., Ltd. is merged into Tamron Co., Ltd.
May
1999
AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 LD Aspherical [IF] Macro recieves the following prizes
* Camera Grand Prize '99 Journalists Club Special Prize
* European-Lens-Of-The-Year
* TIPA Best Lens in Europe
* the U.S. Popular Science Magazine '99 Grand Prize in the Photographic Section
June
2000
* Tamron France EURL. is established
August
2000
* AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 LD Aspherical [IF] Super II Macro is awarded "European-Lens-Of-The-Year 2000-2001"
September
2000
* 645 version rangefinder camera, RF645, is released
* SP AF24-135mm F/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical [IF] Macro is released to commemorate Tamron's 50th anniversary
* Head office achieves ISO 9001 certification
November
2000
* Tamron 50th anniversary of foundation commemoration is held
December
2000
* Tamron's Hirosaki Plant achieves ISO 14001 certification
May
2001
* RF645 is awarded "Camera Grand Prize 2001 Journalists Club Special Prize", "EISA / Best Professional Photo Product in Europe 2001-2002", "EISA/European Professional Camera of the Year 2001-2002"
July
2001
* AF28-200mm Super XR F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical [IF] Macro is awarded "TIPA/Best Lens in Europe 2001-2002"
September
2001
* TAMRON OPTICAL (FOSHAN) CO.,LTD. achieve ISO9001 & ISO14001 certification
October
2001
* Head Office achieve ISO14001 certification
August
2002
* AF28-300mm Ultra Zoom XR F/3.5-6.3 LD Aspherical [IF] Macro is awarded "European-Lens-Of-The-Year 2002-2003"
August
2003
* SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] Macro Zoom is awarded "European-Lens-Of-The-Year 2003-2004"
November
2003
* Namioka Plant and Owani Plant achieve ISO14001 certification
January
2004
* Namioka Plant and Owani Plant achieve ISO9001 certification
June
2004
* SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] Macro is awarded "CAPA/2003-2004 Lens Grand Prix in Japan"
January
2005
* AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] Macro is awarded "2004 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards Nikei Business Daily Awards for Superiority"
April
2005
* Head Office transferred to Hasunuma, Minuma-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture
May
2005
* AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Macro is awarded "TIPA / Best Consumer Lens of the Year 2005 in Europe"
October
2005
* TAMRON OPTICAL (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD. is established
August
2006
* SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] is awarded "European Consumer Lens of the Year 2006-2007"
November
2006
* TAMRON listed on the 1st Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange
August
2007
* AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO is awarded "European Consumer Lens of the Year 2007-2008"
November
2007
* New production plant of TAMRON OPTICAL (FOSHAN) CO., LTD. Begins Operation
August
2008
* AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO is awarded "European Consumer Lens of the Year 2008-2009"
August
2009
* AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (B003) receives the European Travel Lens of the Year 2009-2010
August
2009
* Acquires certification of ISO/TS16949, a quality management system for the automotive industry
August
2010
* SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (A005) is awarded "Best Product Zoom Lens 2010-2011"
May
2011
* 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (B008) receive the first Camera GP 2011 Lens of The Year, the European Zoom Lens of the Year 2011-2012
March
2012
* TAMRON (Russia) LLC., is established
April
2012
* 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC (Model B011) receive TIPA Awards 2012 Best Compact System Camera Entry Level Lens, Digital Camera Grand-Prix 2012 Summer Grand Gold Award (Interchangeable Lens for DSLR)
May
2012
* TAMRON OPTICAL (VIETNAM) CO., LTD. is established
August
2012
* SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007) receive the European Lens 2012-2013, Digital Camera Grand-Prix 2013 Grand Gold Award (Interchangeable Lens for DSLR)
March
2013
* TAMRON INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED is established
August
2013
* SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F004) receive the European Lens 2013-2014 and SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009) receive the European Zoom Lens 2013-2014
April
2014
* SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) receive TIPA Awards 2014 Best Expert DSLR Lens
August
2014
* 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (Model B016) receive the European DSLR Zoom Lens 2014-2015 and SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) receive the European DSLR Telephoto Zoom Lens 2014-2015
March
2015
* Kouyu Kosan Co., Ltd. stock acquisition, becoming a Tamron Co., Ltd. subsidiary
April
2015
* SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) receive TIPA Awards 2015 BEST CSC ENTRY LEVEL LENS
June
2015
* Kouyu Kosan Co., Ltd. merged into Tamron Co., Ltd.
August
2015
* SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012) receive the European DSLR Zoom Lens 2015-2016