From the auditorium of Unoke Junior High School in Ishikawa Prefecture, located in the midwestern part of Japan, facing the Sea of Japan …
PFU was established as “Unoke Electronics Industries, Ltd.” by 7 people in 1960, as a startup. We will not forget the “ entrepreneurial spirit” our founders had at the time of establishment and continue to take on new challenges that are not bound by existing frameworks.
Became a member of Ricoh Group companies
Global shipments of image scanners passed the 14 million mark
Global sales of ScanSnap Series passed the 6 million mark and ScanSnap 20th anniversary
Global sales of Happy Hacking Keyboard Series passed 0.6 million mark and HHKB 25th anniversary
Cumulative sales of embedded computing products exceeded 1 million units
Consolidated offices in the Tokyo region and moved to Yokohama
Established Unified Management Center (A unique management center that integrates telephony, monitoring, technical assistance, and security operations)
China’s National Bureau of Statistics adopted 1700 of our business scanners and Chinese OCR software for its sixth national survey, which read about 740 million sheets of handwritten paper
Became a Fujitsu Limited wholly owned subsidiary by concluding a share exchange agreement
Strengthened image scanner sales network through the addition of branch offices globally
Established ProDeS Center (Product Design Service Center)
Established IP Communication Center (currently Unified Management Center), offering a maintenance call center service operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Strengthened image scanner business globally by dispatching PFU assignees and sales experts as expatriates
The scanner business was transferred from Fujitsu Limited to PFU Limited.
Started the ProDeS service (Product Design Service) business, which handles everything in-house, from planning and designing commercial equipment to manufacturing and maintenance according to customer requests.
Released 1st generation of ScanSnap product
Developed Happy Hacking Keyboard
Started the Embedded Computer and Self-Service Terminal business
Started multi-vendor support services
Established PFU Shanghai Co., Ltd.
Developed the DS/90 Series UNIX servers
Merged USAC and PANAFACOM and changed company name to PFU Limited
USAC Electronic Industrial
Developed the FACOM K260R
Developed the USAC 2001
Developed the FACOM K-10
Developed the USAC CAMARADE
Developed the FACOM VO which was first joint development with Fujitsu
Partnering between Fujitsu Ltd., Uchida Yoko Co., Ltd., and USAC Electronic Industrial Co., Ltd.
Developed Office Computer U720
First lineup of compact computer released in Japan
Changed company name to USAC Electronic Industrial Co., Ltd.
Developed billing machines
Signed business collaboration agreement with Uchida Yoko Co., Ltd.
Unoke Denshi Kogyo Partnership established (7 employees)
Developed the PANAFACOM A-30 minicomputer
Developed the PANAFACOM A-200UX UNIX workstation
Developed the PANAFACOM C-280 multi-function personal computer
Started working on UNIX
Developed the world’s first 16-bit microcomputer on a single chip
PANAFACOM Limited established