The history of Nichia Corporation&Subsidiaries
|Stage-I 1956 to 1965 High Purity Calcium Salts|
|1956||Nichia Chemical Industries Ltd. founded in Aratano-Cho, Anan City.|
|1964||Kaminaka plant, present Nichia headquarters, begins operation.|
|Stage-II 1966 to 1972 Phosphors for Fluorescent Lamps, Phosphors for color TVs, Calcium Salts|
|1966||Production of phosphors for fluorescent lamps begun.|
|1970||Production of phosphors for color TVs begun.|
|1972||Headquarters relocated from Aratano-Cho to present location, Kaminaka-Cho.|
|Stage-III 1973 to 1992 Phosphors for Fluorescent Lamps, CRTs, X-ray Intensifying Screens|
|1974||Tokushima plant begins operation.|
|1977||Production of phosphors for tri-band fluorescent lamps begun.|
|1979||Tokyo Sales Office opened.|
|1983||Osaka Sales Office opened.|
|1986||First R&D building completed at headquarters.|
|1987||Capital participation into Unilux Co., Ltd., Taiwan (present Nichia Taiwan Corp.).|
|1988||Nichia America Corporation founded.|
|1989||Nichia Malaysia SDN. BHD. Founded.|
|Stage-IV 1993 to present Phosphors, LEDs, Laser Diodes, Battery Materials|
|1993||Nichia Chemical Europe GmbH founded in Nuremberg, Germany.
World's first high luminosity 1cd blue LED successfully developed.
|1995||Blue LEDs won "Nikkei Best Products Award."
Tatsumi Plant begins operation.
World's first high luminosity 6 cd pure green LED successfully developed.
World's first success in room temperature pulsed rasing of InGaN-based blue-violet (410 nm) laser diode.
|1996||Pure green LED receives "Nikkei Excellent Product Award".
White LEDs successfully developed.
Production of secondary battery materials begun.
|1997||Nagoya Sales Office opened.
Shanghai Office opened in China.
Second R&D building completed at headquarters.
|1998||Tokyo Technical Center (Current Yokohama Research Center) opened.|
|1999||Nichia America Corporation Detroit Sales Office opened.
Nichia Europe B.V. founded in the Netherlands.
|2000||Nichia Chemical Pte Ltd. founded in Singapore.
Third R&D building completed at headquarters.
Seoul Office (present Nichia Korea Corporation) opened.
Nichia Shanghai Corporation founded.
Tokyo Technical Center relocated to Yokohama-City.
|2002|| License Agreement signed with CITIZEN ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
License Agreement signed with ASAHI RUBBER INC.
Hong Kong Office (present Nichia Chemical Hong Kong., Ltd.) opened
|2003||Warm White LED for lighting receives "Technical Innovation Award" at LightFair 2003, New York City.
Nichia Chemical Hong Kong., Ltd. founded.
|2004||Nichia India Office (present Nichia Chemical India Pvt., Ltd.) opened.
Nichia Korea Corporation founded.
Nichia Chemical Europe GmbH. founded in Frankfurt.
Nichia America Corporation California Sales Office (present Los Angeles Sales Office) opened.
|2005||Nichia Shanghai Opto-Device Corporation founded.
Micro White, white LD fiber light source for special lighting developed.
|2006||Tokyo Technical Center renamed YOKOHAMA TECHNOLOGY CENTER. New company premises completed.
Nichia Chemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd. founded.
Micro White receives Nikkei BP Technical Award.
Naruto Plant begins operation.
|2008||Nichia Chemical (India) Pvt Ltd. founded.
Nichia Chemical (India) Pvt Ltd. Bangalore Sales Office opened.
|2009||NICHIA RUS LLC founded.
Nichia America Corporation Atlanta Sales Office opened.
Nichia Taiwan Corporation Shenzhen Office opened in China.
|2010||Nichia Chemical Pte Ltd. Melbourne Office opened in Australia.
Nichia Corporation Beijing Office opened.
Nichia Shanghai Corporation Beijing Sales Office opened.
|2011||Nichia Shanghai Corporation Shanghai Sales Office opened.
Nichia Chemical (India) Pvt Ltd. Mumbai Sales Office opened.
Nichia Shanghai Corporation Guangzhou Sales Office opened.
Nichia Taiwan Corporation Nichia Shenzhen Corporation founded.
Nichia America Corporation San Jose Sales Office opened.
STEC (present SUWA TECHNOLOGY CENTER) opened in Japan.
|2014||Nichia Chemical Pte Ltd. Sydney Office opened in Australia.
NICHIA CHEMICAL (THAILAND) CO.,Ltd. Ho Chi Minh Office opened in Vietnam.
|2016||NICHIA CHEMICAL Pte Ltd. Jakarta Office opened in Indonesia.|
|2017||Direct Mountable Chip LED receives “Highly Commended” at Lux Awards 2017 in London.|
|2018||NICHIA selected as one of the 2017 Top 100 Global Innovators.
Optisolis™ Ultra High CRI LED receives Best Lighting Technology 2018 at LpS Award in Austria.
|2019||NICHIA selected as one of the 2018-19 Top 100 Global Innovators.|
|2020||NICHIA selected as one of the 2020 Top 100 Global Innovators.|