From selling trouser presses to...

It was the year 1930 when Kazuma Tateisi, founder of Omron Corporation, first started his business of manufacturing and selling trouser presses in Kyoto. From the beginning, he faced sluggish sales and excess stock. In an attempt to overcome financial difficulties, he worked on promoting its sales. However, this effort did not turn things around. Yet, from this hardship he learned many things, such as the importance of developing distribution channels, forging business contracts, implementing product demonstrations and advertising for promotion of sales—all still very important to business today.

...A multi-billion company

After trying his hand at a knife-grinder and trouser press, Tateisi, a brilliant inventor and determined salesman, launched Tateisi Electric Manufacturing Co. in 1933 based on a need by hospitals for faster X-ray timers. The 3-employee factory grew into Omron Corporation, today a US$5.5 billion global leader in sensing and control components with more than 35,000 employees spread out across 36 countries.
“Anticipating social needs and filling them with pioneering technology” best describes the role Omron has played over its 70 year history. Omron has left a string of developments that have revolutionized our lives, including several `world firsts’: Non-contact proximity switch, automatic traffic signal, ticket vending machine and fully automated train station system, and automatic cancer cell diagnostic equipment. Omron makes significant contributions in a wide variety of fields, including industrial automation, home appliances, office equipment, automobiles, social and financial systems, and healthcare.

Exciting facts about Omron:

Q) Where does the name Omron come from?
A) Omron comes from Omuro, the name of an ancient temple that once stood in Japan.
Q) Do Omron employees do anything special each year on the anniversary of Omron’s founding?
A) Yes! Annually on May 10th, Omron's Foundation Day, Omron employees around the world spend the day volunteering for various causes.
Q) Who invented the first online cash machine in the world?
A) Omron did! In 1971, Omron unleashed the world’s first online cash dispenser.