FOR-A Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Operations

FOR-A is celebrating its 50th year in business this month. Through its new slogan, FOR-A is inviting broadcast and video professionals to “Find Your Next Innovation” during its yearlong celebration. The company has also updated the website to highlight the milestone and provide easier navigation for visitors.

“Since its founding in October 1971, FOR-A Company Limited has adopted cutting-edge technologies to provide a wide range of products to countless customers,” said Katsuaki Kiyohara, president and representative director of FOR-A Company Limited. “Rather than resting on our past success, we are using our 50th anniversary to rededicate ourselves to delivering affordable, high-end video solutions.”

FOR-A is associated with 12 group companies in Japan as well as six overseas subsidiaries across the globe, including FOR-A Corporation of America, which was launched in California in 1974. The company’s 50th anniversary logo evokes the concept of continually evolving without limits – and its blue color, a shade associated with the vastness of the sea and sky, conveys a sense of moving toward a brilliant future.

Throughout its history, FOR-A has been awarded three Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards. The company’s first product was the VTG-32, the world’s first production timer. In 1981, it introduced the FA-410P, which was considered the best time base corrector on the market at the time. Eight years ago, it introduced the world’s first 4K high-speed camera, which won numerous industry awards.

Today, FOR-A produces dozens of products for live production and archive, including video switchers, routing switchers, multi-viewers, signal processors, character generators, virtual studios, servers, specialty cameras, LTO servers, and IP-based solutions. Its current catalog features products that support 4K and 8K, 12G-SDI and video-over-IP workflows, and HD and SD solutions.

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