Milestones

  • Technical specialized
    trading company
  • Transition to Manufacture
  • Globalization
  • Innovation & New Growth
Main Frame Computer
1963
  • Tokyo Electron Laboratories, Inc. is established in Akasaka, Minato-ku with capital of five million yen as an affiliate of Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc.
1964
  • TEL acquires importing and selling rights for diffusion furnace manufactured by Thermco Products Corp. (U.S.) and begins sales
1965
  • Concludes an agency agreement with Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. (U.S.) to sell Fairchild's IC testers in Japan
1966
  • Importing and selling of the first IC testers
1967
  • Pan Electron Inc. is established and becomes Japan's first stocking distributor for imported electronic parts
  • San Francisco office opens
1968
  • A joint venture with the Thermco Products Corp. (U.S.), named TEL-Thermco Engineering Co., Ltd., is established within the TBS building
  • TEL-Thermco Engineering Co., Ltd. begins domestic production of diffusion furnaces
  • Osaka branch opens
1969
  • Yokohama office opens
  • Teltron Co., Ltd. is established and begins car stereo OEM export sales

1960's

The site of TEL's birth: The TBS Akasaka Office

TEL-Thermco Engineering Co., Ltd. begins domestic production of diffusion furnaces

Single Chip Micro Processor
1970
  • MEC Engineering Inc. is established
  • TEL-Thermco Engineering Co., Ltd. offices are relocated to Yokohama. Complete domestic production of diffusion furnaces
  • Agency agreement concluded with Cobilt Division of Computervision Inc. (U.S.)
1971
  • TEL Engineering Inc. is established
  • MEC Engineering Inc. begins line printer sales
1972
  • Tokyo Process Development Inc. is established and begins import and sales of analytical equipment (equipment for pollution prevention)
  • Pan Electron Inc. begins import and sales of microprocessors as an agent of Intel Corp.
  • TEL America, Inc. is established
1973
  • Agency agreement concluded with Computervision Inc. (U.S.) and import of CAD/CAM systems begun
  • Yamanashi office opens
  • European office established
1974
  • Receives award from Faichild Semiconductor Corp. for expanding sales of IC testers
1975
  • Withdraws from production and export of consumer electronic goods
1976
  • TEL-Thermco Engineering Co., Ltd. develops the world's first high-pressure osidation furnace
1977
  • Agency agreement concluded with KLA (U.S.)
  • First SEMICON Japan event held
1978
  • Tokyo Electron Laboratories, Inc. renamed Tokyo Electron Ltd.
  • Japan's first IC test center established
  • Agency agreement concluded with Varian Associates Inc. (U.S.)

TEL-Thermco Engineering Co., Ltd. develops the world's first high-pressure osidation furnace.

First SEMICON Japan event held

1970's

Personal Computer
1980
  • Listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
  • Agency agreement concluded with AMD (U.S.)
  • TEL receives Noda Institute of Economic Research Excellent Management Award
1981
  • TEL-GenRad Ltd. established, making possible domestic production of in-circuit board tester
1982
  • TEL Establishes Central Research Laboratory within the Yamanashi Regional Office
  • TEL-Varian Ltd. established, making possible domestic production of ion implantation devices
  • TEL MEC, Inc. started to develop the CLEAN TRACK system
1983
  • TEL-Lam Ltd. is established
  • TEL-Thermco engineering Co. Ltd. offices relocated from Yokohama to Shiroyama Town, Tsukui District, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Ranked 4th on the Nikkei Excellent Companies Ranking
  • Kyushu office opens
1984
  • Listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
1985
  • Yokohama VLSI design center established as a first for a semiconductor trading company
  • Tohoku office opens
  • Ranked 4th on the Nikkei Excellent Companies Ranking
1986
  • Completion of Central Research Laboratory in the Hosaka Industrial Estate in Nirasaki City, Yamanashi Prefecture
  • Shipping of first vertical diffusion furnace manufactured by TEL-Thermco Engineering Co., Ltd.
  • TEL-Lam Ltd. becomes 100% subsidiary company and changes company name to TEL Yamanashi Ltd. the following year
  • Export of semiconductor production equipment begins
  • TEL Tohoku Electronics Ltd. is established
1987
  • TEL Kyushu Ltd. is established
  • Fuchu office opens
1988
  • TEL-Thermco Engineering Co. Ltd. becomes 100% subsidiary company and changes company name to TEL Sagami Ltd.
1989
  • Attains top sales among semiconductor production equipment manufacturers
  • Varian-TEL Ltd. is established in California, U.S.A.

1980's

Listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

TEL Varian Ltd. established, making possible domestic production of ion implantation devices

Completion of Central Research Laboratory in the Hosaka Industrial Estate in Nirasaki City, Yamanashi Prefecture

Mobile Phone
1990
  • TEL marks a major move into development and marketing of FPD production equipment
  • Tokyo Electron FE Ltd. is established
  • Tokyo Electron Device Ltd. is established
1991
  • Top sales among semiconductor production equipment manufacturers attained for three consecutive years
  • Tokyo Electron Sapporo Ltd. is established
  • Tokyo Electron Saga Ltd. is established
1992
  • TEL Engineering Inc. is established
1993
  • Tokyo Electron FE Korea Ltd. is established
  • Sales of FPD Production equipment Coater/Developer begins
1994
  • Tokyo Electron Europe Ltd. is established
  • TEL America, Inc. company name is changed to Tokyo Electron America, Inc.
  • First single-wafer CVD system shipped
1995
  • New corporate slogan "Customer Satisfaction" established
  • Tokyo Electron Oregon, Inc. is established as the first overseas development and production site
  • Tokyo Electron Kyushu opens the Ozu office
  • All Tokyo Electron FE Korea Ltd. stocks acquired and Tokyo Electron Korea Ltd. is established
1996
  • Tokyo Electron Taiwan Ltd. is established
  • Tokyo Electron Massachusetts, Inc. is established
  • Tokyo Electron Phoenix Laboratories, Inc. is established
  • Tokyo Electron Texas, Inc. is established
1997
  • Tokyo Electron Miyagi Ltd. is established (Matsushima Office)
1998
  • Completion of the Process Technology Center for the 300mm wafer in the Hosaka District, Yamanashi
  • Separation of the functions of the Board of Directors and the executive body
    Compensation Committee, Ethics Committee, and Chief Business Ethics Director are established
  • Stock option system introduced
  • Tokyo Electron Arizona, Inc. is established
  • Tokyo Electron EE Ltd. is established
  • Tokyo Electron Israel Ltd. is established
1999
  • TEL receives Tokyo Stock Exchange's Fourth Annual Award for Excellence in Disclosure
  • Category of industry on the Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section changed from "Wholesale Trade" to "Electric Appliances"
  • Disclosure of compensation of individual representative directors

Completion of the Process Technology Center for the 300mm wafer in the Hosaka District, Yamanashi

TEL receives Tokyo Stock Exchange's Fourth Annual Award for Excellence in Disclosure

1990's

Digital Consumer Electronics
2000
  • SEMI creates "SEMI Akira Inoue Award" in recognition of Akira Inoue's activities for environmental measures in the semiconductor industry
  • Attainment of 1,000 coater/developer "CLEAN TRACK™ ACT™ 8" shipped
  • TEL shares selected for inclusion in the Nikkei 225 index
  • Acquisition of Supercritical Systems Inc.
  • Establishment of Nomination Committee
2001
  • Formulation of the corporate message "People. Technology.
    Commitment."
  • Acquisition of Timbre Technologies Inc.
  • TEL Awarded Excellence in Corporate Governance (ECG) by ISS
2002
  • Participation in Albany NanoTech Program for industry-academia joint research promotion and support
  • Tokyo Electron (Shanghai) Ltd. is established
  • Tokyo Electron Software Technologies Ltd. is established
2003
  • TEL Receives Prime Minister's Award for its Contribution to Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration
  • Tokyo Electron (Shanghai) Logistic Center Ltd. is established
  • TEL Technology Center, America, LLC is established
  • Executive Officer System introduced
2004
  • U.S. holding company, Tokyo Electron U.S. Holdings, Inc., is established
2005
  • TEL receives Tokyo Stock Exchange's Tenth Annual award for Excellence in Disclosure for the second time since 1999
  • TEL awarded the Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon in recognition of provision of support after the Sumatra Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster
2006
  • "TEL Value" formulated as codes of conduct
  • Tokyo Electron Korea Solution Ltd. is established
  • TEL Venture Capital Inc. is established in U.S.
  • TEL Epion Inc. is established (Epion Inc. (U.S.) acquired)
  • Shipping of the 10,000th vertical-type thermal processing equipment
2007
  • The in-house human resource development organization "TEL UNIVERSITY" is established
  • Shipment of the wafer prober reaches 20,000 units
2008
  • TEL receives "Intellectual Property Achievement Award"
  • Tokyo Electron India Private Ltd. is established
  • Overall ranking No.2 in the FY2007 Prism Ranking (ranking of excellent companies)
2009
  • Entry into photovoltaic (PV) production equipment business (acquisition of Swiss Oerlikon Solar)

2000's

SEMI creates "SEMI Akira Inoue Award" in recognition of Akira Inoue's activities for environmental measures in the semiconductor industry

Participation in Albany NanoTech Program for industry-academia joint research promotion and support

TEL Receives Prime Minister's Award for its Contribution to Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration

Big Data
2010
  • Tokyo Electron Miyagi Ltd. is established (Taiwa Office)
2011
  • Tokyo Electron Scholarship to be established at Peking University
  • TEL Probus-SiC™ wins grand prize at "Semiconductor of the Year 2011"
  • TEL named one of the World's Most Sustainable Companies
2012
  • Tokyo Electron Singapore PTE Ltd. is established
  • TEL NEXX, Inc. is established (NEXX Systems, Inc. acquired, ownership transfer completed in October 2018)
  • TEL FSI, Inc. is established ( FSI International, Inc. acquired)
  • TEL Magnetic Solutions Ltd. is established (Magnetic Solutions Ltd. acquired)
  • The Synapse™ Series wafer bonder/debonder equipment wins Award for Excellence at "Semiconductor of the Year 2012"
  • TEL to conduct technology development for STT-MRAM production equipment under new Tohoku University Center for Academic-Industrial Collaboration
2013
  • Tokyo Electron 50th anniversary
  • TEL joins the UN Global Compact
  • Concluded merger agreement with Applied Materials, Inc.
2014
  • Sells a portion of its shares in Tokyo Electron Device Ltd., which thereby changed from a consolidated subsidiary to an equity method affiliate
  • Withdrawal from photovoltaic (PV) production equipment business
  • Single Wafer Cleaning System, CELLESTA™ -i MD wins grand prize at "Semiconductor of the Year 2014"
  • TEL ships 250th Triase+™ EX-II™ TiN Metallization System
2015
  • TEL makes Thomson Reuters' 2014 Top 100 Global Innovators List
  • Merger agreement with Applied Materials, Inc. dissolved
  • Establishment of Tokyo Electron Corporate Governance Guidelines
  • Complete construction of TOKYO ELECTRON House of Creativity at Tohoku University
  • Re-emergence as New TEL (Vision, Medium-term Management Plan formulated and new Corporate Logo created)
  • TEL joins Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)
  • The EXIM™ Sputtering System for next-generation devices wins Award for Excellence at "Semiconductor of the Year 2015"
2016
  • Tokyo Electron Miyagi ships 5,000th etch process chamber
  • TEL receives Prime Minister's Award in citation of merit for Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration
  • TEL chosen for the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index
2017
  • TEL cited as "Most Honored Company" in the 2016 All-Japan Executive Team Rankings
  • TEL chosen for the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index for two years in succession
  • Chosen for the FTSE Blossom Japan Index and the MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index
  • Tokyo Electron Technology Solutions Ltd. is established
  • Chosen for the Forbes Japan 100 Most Influential People for Japan

Tokyo Electron Miyagi Ltd. is established (Taiwa Office)

Re-emergence as New TEL (Vision, Medium-term Management Plan formulated and new Corporate Logo created)

Tokyo Electron makes Thomson Reuters' 2014 Top 100 Global Innovators List

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