Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet printers and 3LCD projectors to sensors and other microdevices. Epson's history began in 1942, when predecessor company Daiwa Kogyo was founded as a manufacturer of watch parts. Under the company climate of creativity and challenge, Epson expaned on its traditional strengths to develop the compact, energy-saving and high-precision technologies. In 1964, the compact tabletop quartz clock, Crystal Chronometer QC-951, nad printing timer were created for using in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The machines played important roles at the event and inspired the company to expand super-micro processing and precision technologies into printing industry.