What is known today as Seiko Epson Corporation was originally founded in 1942 Japan as Daiwa Kogyo, Ltd. and produced watch parts for Seiko Instruments. It had humble beginnings as the original facility was a renovated miso warehouse. The company had much success and made its name with different innovations throughout the years, including the world's first quartz watch.
In 1964 when Seiko Group was selected to be the official time keeper of the olympics they developed an electronic printer, this was their first foray into the printer market. Through the next few decades the company made many new innovations like calculator printers and dot matrix printers.
In March 1993, Epson released the MJ-500 cartridge, which was the first cartridge to use Micro Piezo inkjet technology and did not heat the ink at the print head while spraying ink onto the page, for the Epson Stylus 800 printer. In 1994, Epson released the first high resolution color inkjet printer that utilized Micro Piezo head technology, the Epson Stylus Color (P860A). This printer utilized Epson's special DURABrite ink.