History of Foster

1949

3.5inch speaker with brand name Pearl

Jun.1949
Mr. S.Nishimura and Mr. H.Shinohara established Shinano Onkyo Institute in Shibuya, Tokyo to start manufacturing loudspeakers. Mr.S.Nishimura assumed of President.

May.1953
The institute was organized Shinano Onkyo Co., Ltd.
Trade name, "Foster" registered.

May.1959
Renamed Foster Electric Co., Ltd.

1960

G-205 Speaker loaded into SONY Transistor radio TR-55

Mar.1960
Akishima factory constructed.

Feb.1962
Started the sales of microphones.

May.1962
Company's stock listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Market.

1965

FM multistereo tuner

Feb.1965
Established Foster Electric Co.,(H.K.)Ltd.

Aug.1966
Mr. H.Shinohara assumed of President.

Fed.1969
Established Foster Electric Co.,(Taiwan)Ltd.

Jul.1969
The head office moved to Akishima, Tokyo.

1970

MMF-2 (Dynamic wireless microphone)

Dec.1970
Established Foster Transportations Ltd.

Jul.1972
Established Foster Electric(Singapore)Pte. Ltd.

Oct.1972
Established Foster Electric(U.S.A), Inc.

Oct.1973
Established Foster Electric(Europe)GmbH in West Germany.

1975

PR Microphones, Headphones, Speakers

May.1976
Established Foster Electronics Ltd.

1980

Products for enterprise audio equipment
1985

Data converters

Nov.1986
Merged with Tonegen Co., Ltd. Foster Electric Co., Ltd.

Sep.1987
Started manufacturing loudspeakers in U.S.A.

Apr.1988
Established Guangzhou Panyu Jiu Shui Keng Foster Electric Factory.

Jun.1989
40th anniversary of the company's founding.

1990

Speaker systems with Kenaf cone paper

Mar.1991
Established P.T.Foster Electric Indonesia.

Jul.1994
Mr. M.Takada assumed of President.

1995

Loudspeakers with hybrid diaphragm(Pearl mica)

Oct.1995
Established holding company in U.S.A. Corporate restructuring into one from three subsidiaries.

Feb.1997
Established Detroit Office.

Nov.1997
Established the warehouse in El Paso, U.S.A. The factory was built in Bintan, Indonesia.

Jun.1999
50th anniversary of the company's founding.

Sep.1999
Transferred to the 1st section from the 2nd section in Tokyo Stock Exchange Market.

2000

Sub woofers Speaker systems for Home theater

Apr. 2001
Established Taipei Office.

Oct. 2001
Established Foster Electric Co.,(Guangzhou)Ltd.

Oct. 2002
Established Shanghai Office.
Established Chubu Sales Office(Aichi).

Apr. 2003
Merged with Fostex Corp.

2005

Biocellulose Clip-on Headphones / In the ear Headphones


Closed type Headphones

Jun. 2005
Mr. Y.Higashi assumed of President.

Jan. 2006
Established Foster Electric (Vietnam)Co., Ltd.

May. 2006
Established Foster Electric Co., (Changzhou) Ltd.

Oct. 2006
Established San Jose Office.

Nov. 2007
Established Foster Electric Co., (Nanning) Ltd.

Apr. 2008
Established Foster Electric IPO (Thailand) Ltd.

Jun. 2008
Established Foster Electric (Da Nang) Co.,Ltd.

Mar. 2009
ESTec corporation was added to the consolidated subsidiary.

Jun. 2009
Mr.Y.Miyata assumed of President.

2010

Hi-Fi Speaker Systems


micro audio transducer

Jan. 2010
Established Foster Electric Co.,(Heyuan)Ltd.

Mar. 2010
Established Foster Electric(Bac Ninh)Co.,Ltd.

Mar. 2011
Established Foster Electric Co.,(Chongzuo)Ltd.

Dec. 2011
Established Foster Electric Co.,(Gaozhou)Ltd.

Mar. 2012
Established Myanmar Foster Electric Co.,Ltd.

Nov. 2012
Headquarters moved to 1-1-109, Tsutsujigaoka, Akishima City, Tokyo

Feb. 2013
Established Foster Electric (Quang Ngai)Co.,Ltd.

Jan. 2014
Took over the micro audio transducer business from Star Micronics.

Apr. 2014
Mr.H.Yoshizawa assumed of President.

Dec. 2014
Established Foster Electric(Thilawa)Co., Ltd., in Myanmar

2015

bobbins for voice coils

Aug. 2015
Opened “Anfelit” Fostex showroom.

Jan. 2017
Joined “United Nations Global Compact(UNGC)”

Oct. 2017
FSK (THAILAND) CO., LTD was added to the consolidated subsidiary.

May. 2018
Established Nanjing Office.