History

1970sTackled the challenges of measurement technologies and ultrafine process technologies

MJC began with just three employees providing electronic equipment maintenance services. Soon the company focused on semiconductor testing and precision measurement, and began product development using electronic measurement technologies and ultrafine process technologies. Japanese technologies helped MJC develop and launch the first probe cards and manual wafer probers.

Nov. 1970
Establishes Towa Electric in Tokyo's Meguro Ward to provide maintenance services for synchroscopes, facsimiles, industrial semiconductors and vacuum test systems.
Development around the time MJC was established
July 1971
Relocates the head office to Musashino City, Tokyo.
Begins R&D on semiconductor equipment.
Headquarters
Nov. 1973
Begins developing and marketing semiconductor testing systems and precision measuring units.
Probe card tester from the period
Apr. 1975
Changes its name to MICRONICS JAPAN CO., LTD. (MJC).
Mar. 1976
Develops its first probe card.
Patented cantilever probe card with novel layout
Aug. 1977
Completes its first manual prober.
MJC's first manual prober

1980sEstablished probing technologies

MJC opened a probe card production base in Aomori, Oita and Kumamoto prefectures that formed the foundation for its success as a probe card manufacturer. Utilizing probing technologies in semiconductors, MJC created and launched testing equipment for liquid crystal displays (LCDs) that would become a world standard.

May 1981
Opens the Hiraka Factory in Hiraka Town (now Hirakawa City), Aomori Prefecture.
Jan. 1985
Opens the Oita Sales Office (now the Kyushu Sales Office) in Oita City.
Mar. 1985
Opens the New Hiraka Factory (now the Aomori Factory) in Hiraka Town (now Hirakawa City), Minamitsugaru District, Aomori Prefecture.
Apr. 1985
Opens the Aomori Sales Office.
New Hiraka Factory (now the Aomori Factory)
Aug. 1985
Opens the Oita Factory in Oita City.
Dec. 1985
Completes its first LCD testing system.
July 1986
Opens the Kumamoto Sales Office (now the Kumamoto Branch) in Kumamoto City.
MJC's first LCD testing system
Mar. 1987
Opens the Kumamoto Factory in Kumamoto City.
Aug. 1989
Opens an R&D center in Tokyo's Mitaka City as a hub for R&D (integrated with the headquarters and Aomori Matsuzaki Factory in September 2012).

1990sTransformed itself into a global multinational company using probing technologies

MJC established a presence as a global leader in cantilever probe cards and an LCD testing system. In 1997, MJC listed its shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's over-the-counter (OTC) market (now JASDAQ).

Jan. 1992
Begins development of a package probe (final test socket).
June 1994
Opens the Kansai Sales Office (now the Kansai Branch) in Kobe's Chuo Ward.
Apr. 1997
Registers its shares on the Japan Securities Dealers Association OTC market.
Package Probes (Test Sockets)
June 1997
Opens the Oita Technology Laboratory after integrating the Oita Factory and Oita Sales Office.
Oita Technology Laboratory
Dec. 1998
Relocates the Kumamoto Factory and Kumamoto Sales Office (now the Kumamoto Branch) to Mashiki Town, Kamimashiki County, Kumamoto Prefecture and changes the name to the Kumamoto Technology Laboratory (integrated with the Oita Technology Laboratory in September 2012).
Mar. 1999
Opens the San Jose Branch Office in San Jose, California, U.S.A.
Kumamoto Technology Laboratory

2000sTackling new challenges using MEMS and systems technologies

MJC commercialized a proprietary microelectromechanical system (MEMS) probe card that has made it possible to measure in batch simultaneously for the first time in the world. This technology has also led to a number of other novel technologies, such as automated optical inspection (AOI) equipment for LCDs and semiconductor built-in self-tests (BISTs). MJC also expanded its locations outside Japan in association with increasing overseas sales.

July 2000
Opens the Aomori Matsuzaki Factory in Hiraka Town (now Hirakawa City), Aomori Prefecture.
Jan. 2003
Establishes MJC Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. as a subsidiary in China.
Aomori Matsuzaki Factory
Nov. 2003
Establishes MDK Co., Ltd. as a subsidiary in South Korea (merged with MEK Co., Ltd. in June 2011).
May 2004
Opens the Ibaraki Technology Laboratory in Makabe District (now Chikusei City), Ibaraki Prefecture (integrated with Aomori Factory in November 2011).
July 2004
Establishes Taiwan MJC Co., Ltd. as a subsidiary in Taiwan.
Nov. 2004
Commercializes AOI equipment for LCDs.
Dec. 2004
Lists on the JASDAQ Securities Exchange.
AOI PIXQUIRE for LCDs
Jan. 2005
Successfully commercializes the world's first 8-inch full wafer contact probe card.
U-Probe, the world's first full contact wafer probe card
Mar. 2005
Establishes CHINA MJC CO., LTD. as a subsidiary in China.
May 2005
Commercializes a semiconductor BIST tester.
May 2005
Obtains KES Environmental Management System certification.
The first BIST tester for NAND developed for the tester business
June 2006
Establishes MJC Electronics Corporation as a subsidiary in the United States.
Oct. 2006
Establishes MJC Techno Co., Ltd. as a subsidiary in Mitaka City, Tokyo.
May 2007
Expands facilities at the Aomori Factory.
Establishes MJC Europe GmbH as a subsidiary in Saxony, Germany.
Oct. 2008
Establishes MEK Co., Ltd. as a subsidiary in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province South Korea.
South Korean subsidiary MEK Co., Ltd.

2010sPursuing new growth based on a robust corporate structure

MJC will continually pioneer new applied fields for its core technologies, while strengthening its corporate structure in pursuit of sustainable growth.

Jan. 2010
Acquires ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification for all of its domestic factories.
Apr. 2010
Develops a thin-film photovoltaic (PV) cell testing system and a wafer testing system for PV cells.
Apr. 2010
Becomes listed on the JASDAQ market of the Osaka Securities Exchange following the merger of the JASDAQ Securities Exchange and the Osaka Securities Exchange.
Apr. 2011
Establishes MJC Microelectronics (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. as a subsidary in Jiangsu Province, China.
July 2013
MJC shares are listed on the TSE's JASDAQ market following the merger of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange.
MMK, a subsidiary
Feb. 2015
Establishes a business tie-up between Taiwan-based GPM and its LCD system business.
Nov. 2015
Changes stock market listing to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Stock market listing changed to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Dec. 2016
Establishes MJC Electronics Asia Pte. Ltd.as a subsidiary in Singapore.
Oct. 2017
Absorbs and mergers with MJC Techno Co., Ltd.
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