The name “EIKI” results from the phonetic spelling of the combination of the Japanese words for “picture” (the sound “ei” as in “the letter A” or the word “face”) and “machine” (the sounds “k” and “I” as in the word “key”). Think of “A-key to better communication”, and you’ll think of EIKI.
Founded in 1953 in Osaka, Japan to manufacture technology for classroom instruction, Eiki Industrial Co., Ltd., quickly recognized it possessed special expertise in the engineering of 16mm Film Projectors, and set out to design and build the best classroom film handling equipment possible through a process of continual improvement. The EIKI Company has been responsible for many innovative breakthroughs, perhaps the most dramatic being the modularization of the 16mm projector.
Since inception the projector has become not only more sophisticated, but also more complicated and costly to manufacture and maintain. Most manufacturers considered the technology “mature”.