History of HORIBA 1990s

A second inauguration and global operations



Start of the Mid-Long Term Management Plan (MLMAP).

January, 1990

The state-of-the-art research and development center, ACTIVE ZONE 21, is completed.

HORIBA Instruments Incorporated
July, 1990

In response to the growing demand for environment measuring equipment in the United States, HORIBA transfers control of its U.S. operations to HORIBA Instruments Incorporated and plans for business



Crystal factory is completed in Arizona, USA.


Air pollution monitors and air pollution monitor cars are presented to the Academy of Science of China.

Tempe Facility in Arizona
March, 1991

The manufacture of liquid crystal displays is transferred to Tempe Facility in Arizona, the United States.

FUN HOUSE is opened
October, 1991

FUN HOUSE, a pension-style training facility in Shiga Prefecture, is opened.


Installation of chassis dynamometer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
October, 1992

HORIBA begins installing a chassis dynamometer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Commencement of HONEST
June, 1992

HONEST, a PC network that analyzes data on acid rain, is commenced.

Atsushi HORIBA elected president and representative director
January, 1992

Atsushi HORIBA is elected as president and representative director

July, 1992

HORIBA reaches an agreement with Nippon Roche K.K. to market blood cell counters.


CO2 and CH4 monitoring system delivered to the Meteorological Agency's Marcus Island observation station
March, 1993

CO2 and CH4 monitoring system delivere to the Meteorological Agency’s Marcus Island observation station, which is the 17th World Calibration Center of Background Pollution Monitoring Network (BAPMoN), a part of World Meteorological Organization’s Global Atmosphere Watch program.

HORIBA Europe GmbH opens in Sweden
July, 1993

HORIBA Europe GmbH opens an office in Sweden to strengthen HORIBA's presence in Northern European countries.

First cordless pH meter
August, 1993

HORIBA begins selling the world’s first cordless pH meter.

Receive ISO-9001 approval
October, 1993

HORIBA becomes the first Japanese maker of measuring and analytical devices to receive ISO-9001 approval.


April, 1994

ISO-9001 approval receives from the British Standards Institute (BSI).

First X-ray microscope analyzer
October, 1994

HORIBA develops the world's first X-ray microscope analyzer.


International standard automobile emission analyzer
February, 1995

HORIBA announces a new international standard automobile emission analyzer developed jointly by the Company’s operations in Japan, the United States, and Europe.


Beijing Representative Office (China)
February, 1996

The Beijing Representative Office (China) is established.

HORIBA acquires ABX SA
June, 1996

HORIBA acquires the specialist blood cell counter maker ABX SA (presently HORIBA ABX SAS), from the Swiss pharmaceutical giant, F. Hoffmann-La Roche SA.

November, 1996

HORIBA launches its Internet home page, GAIAPRESS, which focusses on the theme of preserving the global environment.


Castany ACT D-20 series of measuring devices

HORIBA releases its Castany ACT D-20 series of measuring devices, which feature shock resistant electrodes, water resistant designs, and multi-parameter measuring functions.

HORIBA Head Office
March, 1997

Construction of a new five-story head office building is completed.

June, 1997

HORIBA INSTRUMENTS Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) is established.

September, 1997

HORIBA acquires France manufacturer, JOBIN YVON SAS, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of optical equipment.

Clean room completed for microsensor production

Clean room for microsensor production is completed.

Inspection equipment for flat panel displays
November, 1997

Inspection equipment for flat panel displays including liquid crystal displays and plasma displays is developed. It is capable of detecting contrast defects in dots and lines.


Named as Registered Manufacturer by MITI
April, 1998

HORIBA is named as Registered Manufacturer by MITI. This system registers companies recognized as especially superior at quality control.

LC-270 CRP
April, 1998

LC-270 CRP, the world's first blood cell and inflammation measurement equipment is announced.

Dioxin formation observation equipment PG-222
June, 1998

Dioxin formation observation equipment PG-222 is announced. Dioxin is much in the news for its influence on the general public.

HORIBA acquires Atago Bussan Co., Ltd.
August, 1998

HORIBA aquires Atago Bussan Co., Ltd., a spectroscopic analysis equipment export-import and sales trading company.

HORIBA International
September, 1998

HORIBA International is founded as a management company to coordinate the former HORIBA Instruments Inc. in North America.

September, 1998

HORIBA/STEC Inc. is founded to strengthen the HORIBA Group's North American semi-conductor business.


IT-550 series of handy type radial thermometers
January, 1999

IT-550 series of handy type radial thermometers with narrow field of vision, water proofing and digital output are announced.

U-20 water quality monitoring system
March, 1999

U-20 water quality monitoring system with many revolutionary functions such as taking thirteen measurements is announced.

Engine exhaust measurement lab in Ann Arbor
April, 1999

Engine exhaust measurement lab is established in Ann Arbor, North America, where exhaust regulations are strict.