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From a single memory product and two employees 25 years ago to 2,000 products and more than 4,000 employees today, Kingston has evolved into the most trusted name in memory and Flash products in 125 countries around the world. Kingston’s unwavering commitment to quality and reliability continues as we celebrate the 25-year milestone and the partnerships that have contributed to the company’s success.

1987 — the year Kingston started

2012 — the celebration of our accomplishments and pursuit of new achievements

25 years of  Steady growth Design and testing innovation Outstanding people Excellence Quality Legendary reliability

25 years of 
Steady growth
Design and testing innovation
Outstanding people
Excellence
Quality
Legendary reliability

Take care of your partners and employees; they will deliver quality and service to your customers.

John Tu
David Sun
Kingston Founders

Explore milestones in Kingston history
  • 1987

    Kingston Technology grew out of a severe shortage of surface-mount memory chips in the high-tech marketplace in the 1980s. Determined to find a solution, founders John Tu and David Sun combined their unique engineering expertise and designed a revolutionary new Single In-Line Memory Module (SIMM) that utilized readily available, older through-hole components. This meeting of minds gave birth to a new technology, a new industry standard and on October 17, 1987, a new company.

  • 1989

    Kingston differentiates itself from its competitors with 100-percent testing, resulting in quality assurance and a leadership position in the market.

  • 1990

    Kingston branches out into its first non-memory product line, processor upgrades.

  • 1992

    Kingston is ranked #1 by Inc. magazine as the fastest-growing privately held company in America.

  • 1993

    Kingston expands into networking and storage product lines

  • 1994

    Kingston introduces DataTraveler® and DataPak™ portable products. Kingston achieves the rare feat of becoming ISO 9000 certified on its first assessment attempt. Forbes magazine lists Kingston as number 367 on its list of "The 500 Largest Private Companies in the U.S." Kingston is listed with revenue of $489 million.

  • 1995

    Kingston joins the Billion-Dollar Club as the company's 1995 sales exceed $1.3 billion. Ads run in the Wall Street Journal, Orange County Register and LA Times with the headline "Thanks a Billion!" and a listing of all Kingston employees.

  • 1996

    On August 15, Softbank® Corporation of Japan acquires 80 percent of Kingston for a total of $1.5 billion. Kingston and Toshiba co-Market memory upgrades for Toshiba PCs. This was the first time that a PC OEM and a memory manufacturer teamed up to create a co-branded module. In December, John Tu and David Sun allocate $100 million for employee bonuses as a result of the acquisition.

  • 1997

    Kingston opens its European headquarters in the United Kingdom.

  • 1998

    Kingston is ranked #2 by Fortune Magazine of the "100 Best Companies to Work for in the United States".

  • 1999

    In July, John Tu and David Sun buy back the 80 percent of Kingston owned by Softbank for $450 million.

  • 2000

    Forbes magazine lists Kingston as number 141 on its list of "The 500 Largest Private Companies in the U.S." Kingston is listed with revenues of $1.5 billion for 1999.

  • 2001

    Kingston is honored by Industry Week as a "Top 5 Global Manufacturing Company".

  • 2002

    In January, Kingston makes Fortune's list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the fifth year in a row. In July, Kingston launches a patented, industry-leading memory tester.

  • 2003

    In April, Kingston receives the "Diverse Supplier Award for Best Overall Performance" from Dell. In June, Kingston is honored for "Excellence in Fairness" by the Great Place to Work Institute. In October, Kingston launches "Green Initiative" for module manufacturing.

  • 2004

    iSuppli ranks Kingston as world's number-one memory module manufacturer for the third-party memory market. In August, Kingston increases Flash memory cards' warranty to "lifetime".

  • 2005

    iSuppli ranks Kingston as the world's number-one memory module manufacturer for the third-party memory market for a second consecutive year. In July, Kingston is granted a U.S. patent on a dynamic burn-in tester for server memory. In September, Kingston opens the world's largest memory module manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China.

  • 2006

    iSuppli ranks Kingston as the world's number-one memory module manufacturer for the third-party memory market for a third consecutive year. In March, Kingston introduces the first fully secure, 100% privacy USB drive with 128-bit hardware-based encryption and later in the year, 256-bit hardware encryption. In April, Kingston launched Fully-Buffered Dimms (FBDIMMs), breaking the 16GB barrier. In September, Kingston receives Intel's Outstanding Supplier Award for Exceptional Support, Quality and Timely Delivery of FB-DIMM Products.

  • 2007

    iSuppli ranks Kingston as the world's number-one memory module manufacturer for the third-party memory market for a fourth consecutive year. Forbes lists Kingston as #83 on its list of "The 500 Largest Private Companies in the U.S." Inc. ranks Kingston as the #1 Fastest Growing Private Company By Revenue.

  • 2008

    iSuppli ranks Kingston as the world's number-one memory module manufacturer for the third-party memory market for a fifth consecutive year. In August, Inc.com's "Top 100 Inc.5000 Companies" ranks Kingston #2 in both Gross Dollars of Growth and Overall Revenue. In November, Forbes lists Kingston as #79 on its list of "The 500 Largest Private Companies in the U.S."

  • 2009

    Kingston reports revenues of $4.0B for 2008, the third-highest in company history. Volume increased 41% in memory units shipped from 2007. iSuppli ranks Kingston as the world's number-one memory module manufacturer for the third-party memory market for a sixth consecutive year. In August, Inc.com's "Top 100 Inc.5000 Companies" ranks Kingston #5 in Private Companies by Revenue. In October, Forbes lists Kingston as #97 on its list of "The 500 Largest Private Companies in the U.S.," and #1 in the computer hardware category.

  • 2010

    Kingston reports revenues of $4.1B for 2009, the second-highest in company history. iSuppli ranks Kingston as the world's number-one memory module manufacturer for the third-party memory market with 40.3% market share, up from 32.8% in 2008 and 27.5% in 2007.

  • 2011

    Kingston reports revenues of $6.5B for 2010, the highest in company history.

  • 2012

    Celebrating 25 years.