The “One Company” group unites to take on the global market

May 2000

  • HORIBA provides support for global environmental issues at the United Nations headquarters.

Tsuichaumon Finds People

June 2000

  • Tsuichaumon  (“light-right”) is released.

July 2000

  • HORIBA TECHNO SERVICE is established to strengthen product maintenance and service divisions.

June 2001

  • World’s first planar sensor for blood analysis with MEMS technology is developed.

November 2001

  • Ultrahigh-Sensitivity sensor with zoom, using a chemical CCD is developed.

FG-1000 series

December 2001

  • Industry’s first dedicated gas monitor for semiconductors and liquid crystal processing is developed.

Launch of isquare

May 2002

  • World's first radiation thermometer with the feel of a digital camera that can instantaneously record images and temperature is launched.

HORIBA Instruments (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

July 2002

  • HORIBA Instruments (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. is established.

The new company is positioned as an important sales, production and supply base in China for the HORIBA Group.

First On-Board Measurement System that Measures Emissions During Driving
  • World's first on-board emissions measurement system is developed.

XGT-1000WR - Fluorescent X-Ray Testing Equipment

November 2002

  •  XGT-1000WR - fluorescent X-ray testing equipment for hazardous elements is developed.

Dr. Masao Horiba's Award


  • HORIBA creates the Dr. Masao Horiba's award.

In recognition of its fiftieth year in business, HORIBA creates the Dr. Masao Horiba's Award (currently the Masao Horiba Awards), a research grant for outside researchers, in honor of the company's founder. The award provides assistance to researchers and engineers inside and outside of Japan engaged in research and development that is anticipated to lead to groundbreaking analysis and measurement technologies. The purpose of the award is to further bolster the value of analysis and measurement technologies in scientific and technical fields.

HORIBA Global Eco-Drive Road Relay

January 2003

  • Road relay conducts to measure global car exhaust data and commemorate fifty years in business.

May 2003

  • HORIBA commemorates fiftieth anniversary with Hi! Tech Expo.

F-50 Series pH Meters
  • F-50 series pH meters (5 types) are launched as the first product commemorating HORIBA's 50th anniversary.

“HORIBA Group is One Company” administrative policy


  • HORIBA Group renames subsidiaries to include HORIBA in their name to promote Group cohesion and synergies.

  • HORIBA starts the “HORIBA Group is One Company” as an administrative policy.

July 2004

  • HORIBA introduces an integrated management system (IMS).

December 2004

  • New DNA bosensor using CCDs is developed.

Joint project with Toyama University and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) .

HORIBA wins awards


  • HORIBA joins an experimental project at EXPO 2005 to measure CO2.

  • Automotive Test Systems division wins the 2005 Proter Prize.

  • HORIBA wins the second France-Japan Investment Award in technology section.

August 2005

  • HORIBA enters market for automobile safety and security with launch of "Doraneko" drive recorder

HORIBA STEC’s Aso Factory

October 2005

  • HORIBA STEC’s Aso factory is completed for a main mass production plant of the HORIBA Group.
  • HORIBA aquires SCHENCK-development test systems.

Mid-Long Term Management Plan (MLMAP)


  • HORIBA starts the New Mid-Long Term Management Plan (MLMAP).

  • HORIBA automatic water contamination analyzer (UV Meter) becomes the first product to receive approval of State Environmental Protection Administration of China.

March 2006

  • HORIBA's founder, Masao Horiba receives Analytical Chemistry Prize.

The first Non-American to receive the Prize and be inducted into The Pittcon Heritage Award and Pittcon Hall of Fame.

Second Chinese Plant Completed in Shanghai

September 2006

  • Second Chinese plant is completed in Shanghai to step up production in China.

HORIBA Technology Center Established in Silicon Valley


  • Atsushi Horiba, President & CEO, is appointed to the Presidency of the Japan Analytical Instruments Manufacturers Association (JAIMA).

  • HORIBA Technology Center is established in Silicon Valley, the United States.

New Reagent Plant Completed at HORIBA ABX (France).

September 2008

  • New reagent plant is completed at HORIBA ABX (France).

The FUN HOUSE training center is expanded.

February 2009

  • The FUN HOUSE training center is expanded for training personnel to improve their products and organizational skills.

The Biwako Plant is completed.

May 2009

  • The Biwako Plant is completed, a logistics and inventory hub for the HORIBA Group.

Omoshiro Okashiku (Joy and Fun)

Omoshiro Okashiku - Joy and Fun

The company motto displayed above sums up the directive to everyone at HORIBA Group, which is to bring enthusiasm and excitement into our work to make our trade fulfilling and enjoy our lives.