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JRC celebrates its 100-year anniversary

8 December 2015

Japan Radio Company (JRC) is pleased to announce the reaching of its 100-year anniversary in 2015. A momentous and proud occasion for the company, having delivered a century of innovations, knowledge and trust.

With the passing of the private radio law in Japan in June 1915, the company was founded in December of the same year as the Japan Radiotelegraph Manufacturing Company. Within year one the first product was developed, a radiotelegraph unit which was installed on a rescue vessel. It was not until the 1940s that the company changed its name to JRC, and today’s known logo came into effect, which is this year exactly 70 years old. In 1953 JRC was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the company continued to be heavily involved in unique and challenging projects. From the first generation satellite communication terminal in the 1970s for Marisat (today known as Inmarsat) to the world’s smallest and lightest Solid State S-band scanner in 2015. The R in JRC so to say could be easily associated with Radar instead of Radio. Since our humble beginning in 1915 as a radio manufacturer, the company has grown to become a global leader of marine radar systems with many world firsts, having sold close to 400,000 units. To put this astronomical figure into perspective, JRC has, ever since Neil Armstrong set his first step on the moon in 1969, sold 1 marine radar every hour up to this very date. The JRC group now comprises of 10 subsidiaries and 5 affiliated companies including most recently the partnership with Alphatron Marine with headquarters in the Netherlands. With the marine industry’s own unique and ever evolving dynamics, together we can embrace the challenges and opportunities presented to us.


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