Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (SSI) is the American subsidiary of Shimadzu Corporation, headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. Founded in 1875, Shimadzu is a $3 billion multinational corporation with three major divisions: Medical Diagnostics, Aerospace/Industrial, and Analytical Instruments. The Analytical Division is one of the world´s largest manufacturers of analytical instrumentation and environmental monitoring equipment. In addition to Japan, Shimadzu products are manufactured in China, the Philippines, the U.K., and in Portland, Oregon. International sales, service, and technical support facilities are located in Germany, Singapore, Australia, China, Brazil, and Turkey, with numerous regional offices and distributors worldwide.
In 1975, SSI corporate headquarters was established in Columbia, Maryland to provide analytical solutions to a wide range of laboratories in North, Central, and parts of South America. In the U.S., SSI has a network of more than 50 locations providing local and regional sales, service, and technical support.
A more detailed listing of Shimadzu history, can be found here at our global site.
Innovative Research & Development
At Shimadzu, research and development represents the cornerstone of progress. From its inception, the Shimadzu Corporation has been investing resources to develop advanced technology to provide solutions for science, medicine, industry, and the environment. Many of our patented innovations have resulted in new discoveries and increased productivity, and have improved the quality of life the world over.
Today, Shimadzu continues the tradition as a global leader in the development of solutions for the world's technology hurdles. In 2000, we established the Genomic Research Center in the U.K. and started contract biological analysis and trials for CO2 fixation technology. In 2001, we established life sciences laboratories in Kyoto and Tsukuba to carry out medium and long-term R&D for biological instruments and reagents. At the Technology Research Laboratories, which consists of five research centers located throughout Japan, we conduct research and development that results in original cutting-edge technology.
In addition, we actively pursue joint research opportunities with universities, large corporations like Bristol Myers Squibb, and government agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Koichi Tanaka Mass Spectrometry Research Laboratory (located in Kyoto, Japan)
Headed by Koichi Tanaka, awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, this laboratory conducts research for the development of new mass spectrometry techniques and equipment for analyzing biological macromolecules such as proteins. The aim is to broaden the scope of mass spectrometry by actively pursuing researchers and by participating in joint research projects with leading universities, research institutes, and corporations. Under the guidance of Mr. Tanaka, the spirit of discovery and foundation for success continues at Shimadzu. If you would like to read more about Mr. Tanaka and his Nobel Prize winning research, click here.
Customer Training and Education Center
The Shimadzu Customer Training and Education Center (CTEC) serves as the primary educational facility for our customers. State-of-the-art interactive teaching media is employed in classroom sessions, and highly qualified instructors train customers in the operation and maintenance of their Shimadzu instruments. Course development is based on both theoretical and practical applications. We welcome and encourage colleague discussions and provide the opportunity to interact with Shimadzu product specialists.
To meet the increasing demand for more localized availability, Shimadzu offers convenient on-site training. Interactive PC-based programs have also been developed for selected courses.
To learn more and see a list of classes, please click here.
Product Service and Support
The goal of the Shimadzu product support staff is to ensure our customers' success with their instruments. Highly trained field service technicians, strategically located throughout the country, are equipped to enable fast and efficient response to any situation. They are supported by experienced product engineers and applications specialists at the Shimadzu Technical Support Center in Columbia, MD.