About Roland

Company History

1970-   1980   1990   2000

-1970
1972
  • Established in Osaka with a capital stock of 33million yen
  • Sales offices open in Tokyo and Osaka
1973
  • MEG Electronics Corporation (presently BOSS Corporation), manufacturer of effects, is established in Osaka
  • First participation at the NAMM Show in the USA
  • The Hamamatsu factory is completed
  • First participation at the Gakki Fair in Japan
1974
  • Product Leader System is launched as an integrated system from development to production
1975
  • First participation at the Frankfurt Musikmesse
1976
  • Holds the “First Synthesizer Tape Contest” for multi-track recordings of synthesizers
  • Sales office opens in Nagoya
  • Sales partner is established in Australia
1977
  • Fuji Roland Corporation (presently Roland Corporation) is established in Matsumoto
  • The Takaoka factory (Hamamatsu) is completed
1978
  • Sales partner is established in the USA
1979
  • Representative office is opened in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as a base for expansion in the European market
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1980
1980
  • Sales office opens in Fukuoka
1981
  • Sales partners are established in Germany, the UK, Switzerland, Denmark and Canada
  • AMDEK Corporation (presently Roland DG Corporation), a company dealing with effects kits and computer peripherals, is established in Osaka
  • Sales offices open in Hiroshima and Sendai
1982
  • Sales partner is established in Belgium
  • Sales office opens in Yokohama
1983
  • Contributes significantly to the birth of MIDI*, a global standard for electronic musical instruments (*MIDI Musical Instrument Digital Interface)
  • Sales offices open in Sapporo and Omiya
1984
  • Opens the Roland Music School in Umeda, Osaka
1985
  • Participates in international exposition “Science Expo Tsukuba ’85” Techno Cosmos pavilion
  • Opens the Roland Music School in Shibuya, Tokyo
  • Roland DG headquarters is moved to Hamamatsu
1986
  • Sales partner is established in Italy
  • The Hosoe factory (present headquarters) is completed
  • Production company is established in Taiwan
1987
  • Advocates “ism” as a new way of music education with electronic musical instruments
  • Production company is established in Italy
  • Sponsors the first New Age Contest of amateur bands nationwide and the “Exploring the Future of Music” concert
1988
  • Classic-organ production company is set up in the USA
1989
  • Listed in the second section of the Osaka Stock Exchange. Capital stock reaches 7.6billion yen
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1990
1990
  • Sales partner is established in Spain
  • Participates in the “International Garden and Greenery Exposition” (Osaka) as a member of the Dairinkai
  • Distribution center (Hamamatsu) is completed in Hamamatsu
  • Sales partner is established in Hungary
  • Hamamatsu R&D Center is completed
1991
  • Kakehashi (presently Special Consultant) receives an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music
  • Sales partner is established in Brazil
1992
  • A new slogan is designated to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the company’s founding
1993
  • Headquarters is moved to Dojimahama, Kita-ku, Osaka
  • Miyakoda Testing Center (Hamamatsu) is completed
1994
  • Producer System is launched as a unique system for product development
  • First issuing of unsecured convertible bonds (amount issued: 5-billion yen)
  • The Roland Foundation is established
  • 301 Project is launched
1996
  • Becomes the first musical instrument manufacturer in Japan to be certified for ISO9002, an international standard for quality assurance
1997
  • Miyakoda factory (Hamamatsu) is completed
  • Sales partner is established in Taiwan
  • Sales partner is established in France
1998
  • Sales partner is established in Portugal
  • Listed in the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
1999
  • Is certified for ISO14001, an international standard on environmental management
  • Listed in the first sections of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Stock Exchange
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2000-
2000
  • Kakehashi (presently Special Consultant) is inducted into Hollywood’s Rockwalk
  • Roland DG Corporation is listed in the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
2001
  • Hamamatsu R&D Center is expanded
  • Production company is established in China
  • Roland Music Studios Corporation (presently Roland Music School) launches music schools nationwide
2002
  • Roland DG Corporation is listed in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
  • “Roland Museum” is completed at the Hamamatsu R&D
  • The Planet program is launched in the UK
2003
  • Distribution company is established in China
2004
  • Sales partners in Europe are reorganized; France and Belgium are consolidated
  • Sales partners in Spain and Portugal are merged under a new company
  • Nationwide implementation of the Roland Planet program begins in Japan
  • Sales partner is established in Malaysia
2005
  • Headquarters is moved to Hosoe-cho, Hamamatsu (presently Hosoe-cho, Kita-ku, Hamamatsu)
  • Sales partner of professional audio and video equipment is established in the USA
  • Atelier Vision Corporation is established
  • Realtime 301 Project is launched
  • Special Consultant Kakehashi receives an Honorary Professorship from the Central Conservatory of Music in China
  • Roland DG’s Miyakoda office is completed
2006
  • Nationwide implementation of the Roland Foresta program begins in Japan
2007
  • Sales partner is established in China
  • Established “Hamamatsu Electronic Arts Award” by Roland Foundation
2008
  • Tree planting begins in Indonesia
  • Acquires additional shares in a US music-production software-development company; the company becomes a part of the Roland group
  • V-LINK standard is proposed for connecting electronic musical instruments and video equipment, and is released to the industry free of charge
  • Special Consultant Kakehashi receives an Honorary Professorship from the University of Glamorgan, in the UK
  • Nationwide implementation of the Planet X program begins in Japan
  • Roland DG’s Miyakoda office is expanded
2009
  • Sales partner is established in Russia
2011
  • Contributes to establishing MIDI Visual Control as an international specification
  • Europe central warehouse is started operation
2012
  • Roland DG Corporation established manufacturing facility in Thailand
  • Founder Ikutaro Kakehashi receives Technical GRAMMY® Award for his contribution on MIDI standard
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