iF DESIGN AWARD 2020 for the AGX-V Series Precision Universal Testing Machine


The Shimadzu’s Autograph AGX-V series precision universal testing machine has been awarded the iF DESIGN AWARD 2020 by iF International Forum Design GmbH, based in Hannover, Germany.
This award is one of the world’s most prestigious design awards and is given in recognition of outstanding industrial design.
This year, there were 7,298 entries from 56 countries around the world, and the Autograph AGX-V series received the award in the product category. The award follows in the footsteps of the award received last year for the LCMS-9030 quadrupole time-of-flight liquid chromatograph mass spectrometer.
The award ceremony will be held in Berlin, Germany, on May 4.

RedDot Design Award 2019


The Shimadzu Nexera Ultra High-Performance Liquid Chromatograph series and the UV-1900 UV-VIS Spectrophotometer have been awarded Red Dot Award 2019 winner prizes in the product design category of the Red Dot Design Award.

The Red Dot Design Award is one of the 3 major design awards in the world, alongside the German iF Design Award and the US IDEA Award. This year manufacturers and designers from 55 countries submitted the designs of more than 5500 products to the product design category. Based on the quest for "excellent design and innovation," experienced designers in various fields judge products based on innovation, functionality, quality, ergonomics, and durability. An actual Nexera series instrument and an explanatory panel showing the UV-1900 will be displayed in the Red Dot Museum in the city for the next year.


The Nexera Ultra High-Performance Liquid Chromatograph Series

A high-performance liquid chromatograph is a device that pressurizes a liquid and efficiently separates and detects analytes by the differences in interaction between the stationary and mobile phases. The "Nexera Series" reduces the installation footprint by 40% compared to existing models, while increasing the number of autosampler samples that can be measured by 1.5. By incorporating IoT and various sensing technologies, the instruments achieve ultra-high-speed and ultra-high-speed volume multi-sample analysis.

Statement by the Jury
The design of Nexera combines straightforward lines with open asymmetries, giving rise to a very clear arrangement of the modules.

In-house design:
Hyeri Kang
Ryo Takegawa

The UV-1900 UV-VIS Spectrophotometer


Spectrophotometers are devices that measure the intensity of light absorption and emission of chemical substances. The UV-1900 has introduced the ultra-high-speed scanning function that enables data acquisition at 29,000 nm/min (it takes about 3 seconds in the visible light range), the fastest level in the industry. It is the first Shimadzu spectrometers to use a color touch panel and the system also supports five languages including Spanish and Portuguese.

Statement by the Jury

The UV-1900 captivates with its distinctive design, which is characterised by light-dark contrasting and skilfully draws attention to the touchscreen.

In-house design:
Masakuni Tachi
Ryo Takegawa

iF Design Award 2019

The LCMS-9030 Quadrupole Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer Wins an iF DESIGN AWARD 2019

Shimadzu’s LCMS-9030 quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer has been awarded an iF DESIGN AWARD 2019. The iF DESIGN AWARD, which has been conferred by iF International Forum Design GmbH since 1953, is a prestigious international design award. On this occasion, there were 6,375 entries from 52 countries. The Shimadzu LCMS-9030 won in the Industry/Tools category. Previous winners of an iF DESIGN AWARD include the VESTA vacuum and pressurized sintering furnace from Shimadzu Industrial Systems Co., Ltd. in 2012; the Shimadzu PDA-5000 optical emission spectrometer in 2015; and the Shimadzu China Mass Spectrometry Center, a research and development facility at Shimadzu (China) Co., Ltd., a Chinese subsidiary of Shimadzu, in 2017.



This year's NRW.INVEST Award went to the US online retailer Amazon, the British systems house Computacenter, the Japanese high-tech company Shimadzu and the Chinese automotive supplier Yanfeng Automotive Interiors.


The Japanese company is the world's leading developer and supplier of analytical instruments, laboratory technology and medical devices. Founded in 1875, it settled in Düsseldorf as early as 1968 and has had its European headquarters in Duisburg since 1987. The Shimadzu European Innovation Center was opened there last year: an innovative think tank that combines academic scientific and technical know-how and develops innovative solutions specifically for customers. Shimadzu employs around 230 people in NRW.

RedDot Design Award 2018

IRSpirit - FTIR Spectrophotometer

The Fourier-transform infrared spectrophotometer IRSpirit determines the molecular structure and qualifies unknown samples based on an infrared absorption pattern that is unique to each substance. Taking into consideration that most laboratories have limited space, the device has a footprint smaller than an A3 sheet of paper and is accessible from both the front and the side. A wide range of accessories supports a variety of additional technical applications.

Statement by the Jury

IRSpirit captivates with a balanced geometry that, in combination with the black-and-white contrasting, emphasises its impressive compactness.

In-house design:

Hyeri Kang

AIM-9000 - Infrared Microscope

The infrared microscope AIM-9000 is used for material analysis in the micrometre range in conjunction with a special spectrometer. The instrument is equipped with a variety of automation functions that support the user at each step. This significantly reduces the time and effort required for preparation and the actual data analysis. The precise design language correlates with the high functionality and conveys the impression of a powerful measuring instrument.

Statement by the Jury

The cohesive design of the infrared microscope AIM-9000 achieves an aesthetic of clarity, which skilfully underlines its ease of use.

In-house design:
Kaoru Ihara Misa Nobori

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