Messages from Management

Celebrating our 50th anniversary

Connected to our customers based on relationships of mutual prosperity,

FOR-A COMPANY LIMITED celebrates 50 years in business with you.

Founded in October 1971, FOR-A COMPANY LIMITED is now proud to celebrate 50 years in business. This is all thanks to your continued support and patronage, and for that I express my heartfelt gratitude.

Since its founding, FOR-A COMPANY LIMITED has adopted cutting-edge technologies to provide a wide range of products to countless customers. Rather than resting on our past success, we are using our 50th anniversary to rededicate ourselves to delivering affordable, high-end video solutions.

In our quest to remain your ideal business partner, we will continue to expand the capabilities of video technology, and deliver the industry's best hardware and software video solutions with "Find Your Next Innovation" as a theme. I sincerely thank you for helping us reach this landmark anniversary.

The Meaning Behind Our Logo

We designed our logo to evoke the concept of continually evolving without limits. FOR-A embraces technology and overcomes challenges hand-in-hand with our customers. The main color of the logo is blue, a shade associated with the vastness of the sea and sky, to convey a sense of moving toward a brilliant future.

The Meaning Behind Our Theme "Find Your Next Innovation"

This year will be a turning point in our business. In these uncertain times, our lifestyles reflect a new normal and FOR-A is responding by establishing a new business model through rapid digitization. We welcome a new era of innovation and productivity for our clients.

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

ProductsPRODUCT HISTORY

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

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

1980

Company

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.

Products

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

Company

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.

Products

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

Company

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.

Products

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

Company

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.

2014.1
FOR-A YEM Eletex Honored with 2013 Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award presented by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) for the development, standardization and productization of the HD serial digital interface.
2014.8
Acquired shares of and established Agiv (India) Private Limited, as an associated company of the FOR-A Group.

2017.1
FOR-A honored with 2016 Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award for its work on "Live Production Technology Beyond HD to Achieve Non-Interpolated Video for Instant Replay."
2017.1
Established FOR-A South East Asia Office in Hong Kong.
2017.8
Launched InSync Technology Products Ltd, a joint venture with InSync Technology (UK).
2018.1
Established Matsuyama Office (Japan).
2019.1
Made a strategic Investment in Variant Systems Group (USA).

Products

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".

2014
FA-505 Multi Channel Signal Processor introduced with up/down/cross-conversion and HDR & WCG support as well as FA-1010 features.

2015
HVS-2000 Flagship 7M/E Video Production Switcher released supporting 4K resolution.

2018.9
SOM-100 (integrated SDI/IP control and monitoring software)
Software solution for integrated control and monitoring in mixed SDI (baseband) and IP video environments.

2019.3
USF-10IP Series (IP Gateway)
Video-over-IP module for video and audio signal conversion between IP formats and between IP and SDI. Ideal for building a mixed baseband/IP system.

2020

Company

2020.3
Affiliated company Flovel Co., Ltd. honored with the 2019 Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award for its early efforts in the development of ultra-high sensitivity cameras and their contributions to the market.

Products

2020.3
MFR-4100/6100 (Routing Switcher)
Support from SD-SDI to 12G-SDI. Designed for solid performance and fault tolerance as a core system component.