Company History
  • 1919

    Establishment
    Founded ASAHI Optical Joint-Stock Company *antecedent of ASAHI Optical Co., LTD

  • 1938

    Establishment
    Incorporated ASAHI Optical Co., LTD *antecedent of PENTAX Co., LTD

  • 1970

    Listing
    Listed on the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

  • 1971

    Listing
    Listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

  • 1977

    Establishment
    Established PENTAX GmbH in Germany *antecedent of PENTAX Europe GmbH

  • 1979

    Establishment
    Established PENTAX U.K. Limited

  • 1979

    Establishment
    Established PENTAX Precision Instrument Corporation in USA *antecedent of PENTAX Medical Company

  • 1981

    Establishment
    Established PENTAX France S.A. *antecedent of PENTAX France S.A.S.

  • 1995

    Establishment
    Established direct operations in Canada

  • 1998

    Establishment
    Established ASAHI Optical Medical Division Singapore Branch *antecedent of PENTAX Medical Singapore PTE. LTD

  • 2002

    Renaming
    Renamed to PENTAX Corporation from ASAHI Optical Co., LTD

  • 2004

    Renaming
    PENTAX Precision Instrument Corp merged into PENTAX USA Inc., and renamed PENTAX of America, Inc.

  • 2004

    Operating Division
    PENTAX Medical Company became an unincorporated operating division of PENTAX of America, Inc.

  • 2005

    Acquisition
    PENTAX Europe GmbH acquired SISTEMAS INTEGRALES DE MEDICINA, S.A.(Spain)

  • 2005

    Acquisition
    PENTAX of America Inc acquired operating assets of Kay Elemetrics Corp.

  • 2006

    Establishment
    Established PENTAX Netherland B.V.

  • 2007

    Acquisition
    PENTAX Europe GmbH acquired PENTAX Italia S.r.l

  • 2007

    Establishment
    Established PENTAX Global Repair Center (PGRC) in Cebu, Philippines

  • 2008

    Establishment
    Established PENTAX MEDICAL Singapore PTE. LTD

  • 2008

    Acquisition
    HOYA Corporation acquired PENTAX Co., LTD

  • 2010

    Establishment
    Established PENTAX France LifeCare S.A.S.

  • 2011

    Establishment
    Established PENTAX Medical Brasil Materiais E Equipamentos Ltda.

  • 2011

    Establishment
    Established Pentax Medical (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

  • 2012

    Establishment
    Established PENTAX Medical Bulgaria EOOD (Service Center in Bulgaria)

  • 2012

    Establishment
    Established PENTAX Medical India Private.Limited.

  • 2012

    Establishment
    Established PENTAX Medical Singapore, PTE. LTD., Hong Kong Branch

  • 2012

    Establishment
    Established PENTAX Medical Singapore, PTE. LTD., Taiwan Branch

  • 2012

    Acquisition
    HOYA Corporation acquired Digital Endoscopy GmbH

  • 2013

    Joint Venture
    HOYA Group set up a joint venture with Wassenburg Medical Devices in the field of endoscopy

History of Innovation
  • 1977

    PENTAX's First
    Entered Endoscopy Market FB-17A―PENTAX's First Bronchofiberscope

  • 1979

    PENTAX's First
    FG-28A―PENTAX's First Upper GI scope (Fiber)

  • 1984

    PENTAX's First
    FB-15H―PENTAX's First Bronchofiberscope (Waterproof)

  • 1987

    PENTAX's First
    EPM-3000 and 00 series scopes―PENTAX's First Monochrome Video Processor and Video Scopes

  • 1988

    World's First
    EB-1900 ― World's First Video Bronchoscope

  • 1990

    World's First
    FG-32UA―World's First Ultrasound Upper GI Fiberscope (Electronic Convex)

  • 1993

    World's First
    VNL-1530―World's First Video Naso-Pharyngo-Laryngoscope

  • 1997

    PENTAX's First
    EPK-700 and 30K series scopes―PENTAX's First Color Video Processor and Video Scopes

  • 2001

    World's First
    EG-3630UR―World's First Ultrasound Upper GI Videoscope (Electronic radial array type)

  • 2004

    World's First
    FB-19UV―World's First Ultrasound Bronchofiberscope (Electronic Convex)

  • 2005

    World's First
    SAFE-3000 and EB-1970AK―World's First Autofluorescence Video Processor and Video Bronchoscope

  • 2006

    World's First
    ISC-1000 and Confocal GI Endomicroscopes―World's First Confocal Imaging System (flexible endomicroscope)

  • 2007

    World's First
    EPK-i and 90i series scopes―World's First Mega-pixel Video Processor and Video Scopes

  • 2007

    PENTAX's First
    i-scan Surface Enhancement (SE), Contrast Enhancement (CE), and Tone Enhancement (TE)―PENTAX's First Image Enhancement Endoscopy (IEE) Product

  • 2008

    World's First
    EB-1970UK―World's First Ultrasound Video Bronchoscope

  • 2010

    World's First
    VNL-1590STi―World's First HD Video Naso-Pharyngo-Laryngoscope

  • 2011

    World's First
    EB-1990i―World's First Mega-pixel Video Bronchoscope

  • 2012

    World's First
    EPK-i7000―World's First Video Processor with HD Video Recording Function

  • 2013

    PENTAX's First
    i-scan Optical Enhancement (OE)―PENTAX's First New Technology of Combining Bandwidth-Limiting Light with Digital Image Processing