FOR-A Timeline

1970

Company

1971.10
Established in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan by founder Keizo Kiyohara (current Chairman and Representative Director).
1974.2
FOR-A Corporation of America was established in California

Products

1971
VTG-32 (Video Timer)
World’s first production timer.

1977
FVW-900 (Video Writer)
Freehand on-screen drawing system via light pen.

1980

1985.9
R&D Center was opened in Sakura City, Chiba (Japan) for new product development and to expand manufacturing facilities.
1988.4
FOR-A Corporation of Canada was established in Toronto.
1989.9
Sakura R&D Center expansion was completed.

1981
FA-410P (Time Base Corrector)
Considered the best time base corrector on the market.
1986
MF-2000 (Digital Video Effects)
First digital video effects manipulation unit produced.

1990

1991.10
R&D Center opened in Sapporo City, Hokkaido (Japan).
1994.3
PC board assembly factory opened at Sakura R&D Center.
1995.4
FOR-A (UK) Limited was established in London (England).
1996.4
FOR-A Italia S.r.l. was established in Milan (Italy).
1998.3
Headquarters moved to Ebisu in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Japan).
1999.4
24/7 FOR-A service call center established for Japanese market.

1993
VWS-100 (Character Generator)
Successor model VWS-300 selected for official production display use at Nagano Olympic Games.

1997
digiWarp (Virtual Studio System)
Virtual studio system product addition to lineup.

1999
DCC-700H (Digital Color Corrector)
One of our first HD products produced at the start of digital broadcasting.

2000

2000.1
ISO certification of Sakura R&D Center was successfully completed.
2001.7
New headquarters building was completed in Ebisu in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Japan).
2004.10
FOR-A Corporation of Korea was established in Seoul.
2005.7
ISO 14001 certification of Sakura R&D Center was successfully completed.
2006.3
Adoption of solar power generation at Sakura R&D Center.
2007.5
FOR-A MFG Center opened in Sakura City, Chiba (Japan).
2008.4
FOR-A Latin America was established in Florida.
2008.4
FOR-A China Limited was established in Beijing.
2008.11
ISO 27001 certification of administrative headquarter and engineering headquarter was successfully completed.
2009.10
FOR-A IBE Campany Limited was established in Tokyo, Japan.

2001
HVS-3000 (2M/E Digital Video Switchers)
SD and HD versions developed simultaneously. Debuted to acclaim at IBC 2001.

2006
FA-9000 (HD/SD Frame Synchronizer)
Won the "STAR Award" of the TV Technology USA magazine.

2006
FRC-7000 (HD Frame Rate Converter)
Won the "STAR Award" of the TV Technology Europe magazine.

2007
MediaConcierge® (Media Management System)
Comprehensive content management systems with file base.

2008
HVS-5000 Series / HVS-300HS (Digital Video Switcher)
large-sized model, to Portable model, Further expansion of the lineup.

2009
FRC-8000 (Framerate Converter)
Won the "Best of IBC 2009" of the TVB Europe magazine.

2010

2011.4
FOR-A YEM Eletex Campany Limited was established in Tokyo, Japan.
2011.6
FOR-A Middle East-Africa Office established in Dubai (UAE).
2011.10
Katsuaki Kiyohara appointed President and Representative Director.
2012.11
Transferred all shares of Visual Graphics Inc. and acquired shares of TM Research Co., Ltd., establishing both as associated companies of the FOR-A Group.
2013.5
FOR-A Europe S.r.l. established in Milan (Italy).
2013.9
Acquired shares of and established Flovel Co., Ltd., as an associated company of the FOR-A Group.

2010
LTR-100HS (LTO-5 Video Archiving Recorder)
Won the "PICK HIT Award" of the Broadcast Engineering magazine.

2011
VFC-7000 "Flash EYE" (HD Variable Frame Rate Camera)
Won the "STAR Award" of the TV Technology USA magazine.

2012
World's first high-speed camera capable of filming at 4K resolution introduced.
Won the "Best of IBC", "STAR Award(NAB)", "BIRTV Award", "MPTE Award" and "Government Video Salute".
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