Corporate Timeline

  • 1981

    1. AMDEK Corporation was established in Osaka as a subsidiary of the Roland Corporation with the goal of expanding further upon a wealth of electronic music technology, beginning with the manufacture of electronic music instrument kits.
  • 1982

    1. Released the CMU-800 Computer Music, which allowed the user to compose and automatically perform music using a computer.
    2. Released the DXY-100 pen plotter, which could be connected to a computer to produce architectural drawings and schematics.
    3. Established a factory in Takaoka-cho, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka.
    • CMU-800
      CMU-800
    • DXY-100
      DXY-100
  • 1983

    1. Changed the corporate name to Roland DG Corporation (DG stands for Digital Group).
    2. Released the DXY-800 A3-size pen plotter.
  • 1985

    1. Established a subsidiary in Belgium.
    2. Moved the company headquarters to Takaoka-cho, Hamamatsu.
    3. Released the DPX-2000 A2-size pen plotter.
    • DPX-2000
      DPX-2000
  • 1986

    1. Released the first of the CAMM-3 series of 3D milling machines, the PNC-3000.
    2. Released the DPX-3300/2200 A1/A2-size flatbed pen plotters.
    • PNC-3000
      PNC-3000
  • 1987

    1. Released the first of the CAMM-2 series of engraving machines, the PNC-2000.
    • PNC-2000
      PNC-2000
  • 1988

    1. Moved the company headquarters to a new office in Okubo-cho, Hamamatsu.
    2. Released the first of the CAMM-1 series of cutting plotters, the PNC-1000.
    3. Established a subsidiary in Australia.
    • PNC-1000
      PNC-1000
  • 1990

    1. Established a subsidiary in the U.S.A.
    2. Released the Sketchmate RP-11P, an A4 size pen plotter aimed at the hobby market.
    3. Released the STIKA SCP-85, a combination of hand scanner and cutting plotter.
  • 1992

    1. Established a factory in Shin Miyakoda, Hamamatsu.
  • 1994

    1. Shifted market focus from CAD to signage.
    • PNC-4125
      PNC-4125
  • 1995

    1. Released the Color CAMM PNC-5000, the world’s first thermal transfer technology color printer/cutter.
  • 1996

    1. Released the STIKA STX-7 compact cutting plotter and MODELA MDX-3 3D milling machine, targeting the hobby and crafts markets.
    • MDX-3
      MDX-3
  • 1997

    1. Released the CAMMJET CJ-70, the world’s first wide-format inkjet printer/cutter, capable of printing water-based pigment ink.
    2. Released the PICZA PIX-3 compact 3D scanner for the hobby and crafts markets.
    3. Shifted from line production to cell production system.
    4. Moved the company headquarters to Shin-Miyakoda, Hamamatsu.
    • PC-60
      PC-60
  • 1998

    1. Released the world’s first 6-color, 1440-dpi wide-format inkjet printer, the Hi-Fi JET FJ-50.
    2. Focused our business on Color and 3D solutions.
    • FJ-50
      FJ-50
  • 1999

    1. Received ISO 9001 certification.
    2. Introduced the Digital Factory concept.
    3. Hi-Fi JET FJ-50/40 becomes first wide-format inkjet printer to receive the TOYO INK Standard Color certification.
    • CJ-500
      CJ-500
  • 2000

    1. Received ISO 14001 certification.
    2. Commenced production with Digital YATAI (digitized cell production system).
    3. Released the MODELA Pro MDX-500 professional 3D milling machine.
    4. Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Second Section.
    5. Released the METAZA MPX-50, a photo impact printer capable of transferring photographs and illustrations onto metal and acrylic.
    • MDX-500
      MDX-500
  • 2001

    1. Hi-Fi JET PRO FJ-500/400 receives the DIC Standard Color certification.
    2. Released the LPX-250 3D laser scanner.
    3. Released the SOLJET SC-500 inkjet printer/cutter, capable of printing solvent ink (SOL INK).
    4. Released the EGX-300, a multi-purpose desktop-size engraving machine.
    • FJ‐600
      FJ‐600
  • 2002

    1. Established a subsidiary in the U.K.
    2. Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section.
    • SC-540
      SC-540
  • 2003

    1. Released the VersaCAMM SP-300, an inkjet printer/cutter designed to enhance on-demand production of small jobs.
    • ECO-SOL INK
      ECO-SOL INK
  • 2004

    1. Introduced the DVE business concept.
    2. Released the SOLJET SJ-1000EX grand format inkjet printer, capable of 2,600mm print width.
    3. Launched the Roland@Net service to provide software upgrades via the Internet.
    4. Released the new Roland VersaWorks RIP software.
  • 2005

    1. Established a subsidiary in Spain.
    2. Established a new Miyakoda factory.
    3. Released the JWX-10 jewelry wax modeling machine.
    4. Opened a branch office in Germany.
    5. Founded Roland DG Academy in Japan.
    6. Released the new eco-solvent ink ECO-SOL MAX that is both user and eco-friendly.
  • 2006

    1. Established a subsidiary in Italy.
    2. Implemented D-shop (Digital cell production system)
    3. Released the Hi-Fi EXPRESS FP-740 dye-sublimation inkjet printer.
  • 2007

    1. Implemented IMS (Integrated Management System), incorporating ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
    2. Released the VersaCAMM VP series inkjet printer/cutter, capable of in-house production of promotional materials.
    3. Developed the Roland Intelligent Pass Control, which delivers smooth gradations and flawless solid colors.
    4. Developed the Roland Color System Library, which optimizes color fidelity.
    • VP-540
      VP-540
  • 2008

    1. Founded Roland DG Creative Center in Japan.
    2. Released the VersaUV LEC-300, UV-LED inkjet printer/cutter, capable of multi-layered printing on a wide variety of substrates.
    3. Launched Roland DG Care.
    4. Released the new SRP PlayerPro 3D CAM software.
    5. Expanded Miyakoda factory.
    6. Established a subsidiary in Denmark.
    • LEC-300
      LEC-300
  • 2009

    1. Released the SOLJET PRO Ⅲ XC-540MT, the world’s first inkjet printer/cutter, capable of printing metallic silver ink
    • XC-540MT
      XC-540MT
  • 2010

    1. Launched "Imagine. Roland DG" global branding campaign.
    2. The total number of wide-format color inkjet printers shipped exceeded 100,000.
    3. Released the first of the DWX series of dental milling machines, the DWX-30.
    • DWX-30
      DWX-30
  • 2011

    1. Released the VersaSTUDIO BN-20, the world’s first desktop-size inkjet printer/cutter, capable of printing metallic silver ink.
    2. Released the VersaUV LEJ-640, hybrid UV-LED inkjet printer, capable of printing on a wide variety of flexible roll media and rigid substrates.
    3. Released the VersaUV LEF-12, desktop-size UV-LED inkjet printer.
    4. Established the first foreign manufacturing subsidiary in Thailand.
    5. Released the iModela iM-01 digital hobby mill.
    • LEF-12
      LEF-12
  • 2012

    1. Released the METAZA MPX-90M, direct part marking device for the medical industry.
    2. Established a subsidiary in China.
    3. Established a subsidiary in Korea.
    4. Established a shared services subsidiary in Spain.
    5. Held a Creative Awards contest recognizing the creativity of Roland DG users worldwide.
    6. Released the VersaArt RA-640, aqueos inkjet printer, targeting emerging markets.
    7. Released the SOLJET PRO 4 XR-640, inkjet printer/cutter, featuring an advanced eight-channel print head and new ECO-SOL MAX 2 inks.
    8. Implemented the GlobalOne structural reform initiative.
    • XR-640
      XR-640
  • 2013

    1. Formed a subsidiary in Brazil.
    2. Released the SOLJET PRO 4 XF-640, the company’s fastest inkjet printer to date.
    3. Held the first-ever SE Awards of the World contest.
    • XF-640
      XF-640
  • 2014

    1. Established a subsidiary in the Netherlands, a holding company providing fund management of group companies in Europe.
    2. Formed a subsidiary in Russia.
    3. Released the monoFab series, the company's first 3D printer, the ARM-10, and a new milling machine, the SRM-20.
    4. Released the Texart RT-640, dye sublimation transfer printer for exclusive use in textile printing.
    5. Launched medical instrument traceability and maintenance support system project run in conjunction with Hamamatsu University School of Medicine.
    • ARM-10
      ARM-10
  • 2015

    1. Sold the 420,000th vinyl cutter.
    2. Released the company’s first wet mill, the DWX-4W and a new dry mill, the DWX-51D simultaneously.
    3. Released the Texart XT-640, dye sublimation transfer printer for exclusive use in textile printing.
    • DWX-4W
      DWX-4W
    • DWX-51D
      DWX-51D

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