Shimadzu Corporation (株式会社島津製作所 Kabushiki-gaisha Shimazu Seisakusho) (TYO: 7701) is a manufacturer of precision instruments, measuring instruments and medical equipment, based in Kyoto, Japan.
The company was established by Genzo Shimadzu (島津 源蔵 Shimazu Genzō) in 1875. X-ray devices, the spectrum camera, the electron microscope, and the gas chromatograph were developed and commercialized in advance of other Japanese companies. In 2002, Koichi Tanaka, a longstanding employee, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing a method of mass spectrometric analysis of biological macromolecules. The company also developed an ultra-high speed video camera, HyperVision HPV-1, which is capable of recording at 1,000,000 FPS.
Other products developed by Shimadzu include head-mounted displays.
Shimadzu is the world's only producer of a "Direct-Conversion" Flat Panel Detector for Cardiac, Angiography and General Radiography examinations.