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An original with a long tradition

Since our founding in 1934, Fujifilm has diversified into new markets and built a strong presence around the globe. From our roots as a photographic film manufacturer, the company has steadily pursued innovative solutions – with the result that Fujifilm’s silver halide paper products still lead the market, delivering original Fujicolor quality.

Click through the different chapters to learn more about our corporate heritage and success.

1934

Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. is established. The new company inherited the photographic film operations which had been split off from Dainippon Celluloid Company Limited. The Ashigara factory (today the Kanagawa Factory in Ashigara) began operations, producing photographic film, photographic print paper, dry plates and other photosensitive materials.

1948

The beginning of colour reversal film, which creates a positive image on a transparent film. The pictures are mounted in a frame which can be used in a slide projector.

1958

The start of colour negative film, which creates a negative image on a transparent film. The Ashigara factory begins producing the first Fujicolor paper. This is the first amateur photographic paper used in combination with colour negative film.

1966

The Ashigara factory introduces the first professional Fujicolor paper.

1982

FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe begins producing the colour negative film and photographic paper of the Analogue EP2 generation. In the following years, Fujifilm steadily improves the papers, from a 3-min. development time to the 19-sec. development time of today’s FA02 paper.

2008

FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe proudly introduces new photo paper types: album photo paper, an amateur paper type and DPII, Pearl and Supreme HD for the professional line.

2009

FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe presents the first writable photo paper. This unique paper can be written on with a pen and used for calendars and postcards.

2010

Due to the great success of the Album Paper, FUJIFILM Manufacturing introduces Album HD Paper with richer colours, for use in the production of photo albums.

2013

After four years of increasing success and further development of the album papers throughout Europe, two additional album papers are created for worldwide application.

2015

Fujifilm introduces the Premium HDX Paper: a resilient, thicker album paper (215 µm) for the creation of high-end photo books.

2015

FUJIFILM Europe creates and introduces two unique photo papers called Creative Papers: Velvet and Textured Canvas.

2016

The initial success of the Creative Paper line is followed by the introduction of the photo papers Textured Linen, Textured Leather and Velvet Type S (a thinner version for the production of photo books).

2017

Fujifilm presents the latest photo paper addition to its album paper range: Album Paper XS (135 µm), a thinner photo paper designed to allow more pages in photo books.