List of the top or longest running businesses/companies/firms founded, started or launched in 1981; incl. corporations and public/private enterprises. Alphabetical. sortable by column.
A.J. Morgan EyewearOphthalmic Goods A.J. Morgan Eyewear produces sunglasses, readers and other eyewear.
AbiomedSurgical and Medical Instruments and Apparatus, Biotechnology Abiomed is a manufacturer of medical implant devices, including the AbioCor artificial heart and Impella. It is headquartered in Danvers, Massachusetts and has an additional office in Aachen, ...more
AdaptecComputer, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing Adaptec, Inc., a company based in Milpitas, California, produced computer storage products until it sold its storage-business operations to PMC-Sierra in 2010.
Advanced EnergySemiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Electronic Components, NEC Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. is an American company that develops power and control technologies for the manufacture of semiconductors, flat panel displays, data storage products, solar ...more
Air New OrleansAirline Air New Orleans was an airline based in Birmingham, Alabama that was conceived as a regional airline to provide service to cities throughout the Southeastern United States from Texas to Florida. ...more
Air VanuatuAirline Air Vanuatu is an airline with its head office in the Air Vanuatu House, Port Vila, Vanuatu. It is Vanuatu's national flag carrier, operating to Australia, New Zealand and points in the South ...more
Alaska AirlinesAir Transportation, Scheduled Alaska Airlines is the seventh largest US air carrier. It is based in Seattle, Washington. The airline's origins date back to McGee Airways, formed in 1932, offering flights from Anchorage, AK ...more
AlertonBuilding automation, HVAC Alerton is a United States company based in Redmond, Washington. Founded in 1981, Alerton is a manufacturer of building automation systems for heating, ventilation and air conditioning HVAC ...more
Alvis plc Alvis Ltd. was created when United Scientific Holdings plc acquired the Alvis division of the nationalised vehicle manufacturer British Leyland in 1981. United Scientific maintained its own name ...more
Amarillo Design Bureau Amarillo Design Bureau is a company which specializes in tactical and strategic board wargames. The company is a successor to Task Force Games, and is owned and operated by Steve and Leanna ...more
Amblin EntertainmentTelevision Broadcasting, Film industry, Film Amblin Entertainment is an American film and television production company founded by director and producer Steven Spielberg and film producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall in 1981.
APC by Schneider Electric APC by Schneider Electric, formerly known as American Power Conversion Corporation, is a manufacturer of uninterruptible power supplies, electronics peripherals and data center products. In ...more
Analysis Group Analysis Group, Inc., founded in 1981, is one of the largest economic consulting firms based in North America. The firm provides economic, financial, and strategic analysis and expert testimony ...more
ArmorGroup ArmorGroup International is a British company providing private security. It was founded in 1981 and was listed on the London Stock Exchange until 6 June 2008. ArmorGroup provides protective ...more
Arriva Fox County Arriva Fox County is a bus company operating services in Leicestershire. It is a subsidiary of Arriva.
Aspen Technology Aspen Technology, Inc. -- known as AspenTech -- is a provider of software and services for the process industries. Headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts, USA, AspenTech has 30 offices around ...more
Aston Manor Brewery Aston Manor Brewery is a former brewery and current bottling company in Aston, Birmingham, England. Having been started as a beer brewery, the company now produces exclusively cider and perry, ...more
Aten Technology, Inc. ATEN Technology manufactures KVM switches and remote connectivity solutions to manage servers and other computer networking devices. Starting in 1981, ATEN has been selling KVM products to ...more
Atlantic Entertainment GroupFilm Atlantic Entertainment Group, also known as Atlantic Releasing Corporation was an independent film production and distribution company founded by Tom Coleman and Michael Rosenblatt in 1974. ...more
ATRAerospace ATR is a French-Italian aircraft manufacturer headquartered on the grounds of Toulouse Blagnac International Airport in Blagnac, France. It was formed in 1981 by Aérospatiale of France ...more
ams AGSemiconductor industry, Semiconductor ams AG, formerly known as austriamicrosystems AG and still known as AMS, is a multinational semiconductor manufacturer. The headquarters are located in Unterpremstätten. The main fields of ...more
Bandhua Mukti Morcha Bandhua Mukti Morcha or Bonded Labour Liberation Front is a non-governmental organisation in India working to end bonded labour. Based in New Delhi, it was founded in 1981 by Swami Agnivesh who ...more
Bedford-St. Martin's Bedford/St. Martin's is an American publishing company specializing in humanities college textbooks. Bedford/St. Martin's is part of the Bedford, Freeman, and Worth Publishing group owned by the ...more
Bitstream Inc.Software development Bitstream Inc. is a now-defunct type foundry that produced digital typefaces. Founded in 1981 by Matthew Carter and Mike Parker among others, it claims to be the oldest such company. It was ...more
BlackbaudSoftware, Prepackaged Software Blackbaud Inc. is a supplier of software and services specifically designed for nonprofit organizations. Its products focus on fundraising, website management, CRM, analytics, financial ...more
Bloomberg L.P.Mass media, Media, Financial Services Bloomberg L.P. is a privately held financial software, data and media company headquartered in New York City. Bloomberg L.P. was founded by Michael Bloomberg in 1981 with the help of Thomas ...more
Bridgehead Coffee Founded in 1981 in Toronto by two United Church ministers and two lay people, Bridgehead is a small fair trade coffeehouse chain which now has fifteen outlets in Ottawa, Canada. In addition to ...more
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Cambrex CorporationPharmaceutical Preparation, Biotechnology Cambrex Corporation is a global, innovative life sciences company that provides products and services to accelerate the development and commercialization of small molecule active pharmaceutical ...more
Canada PostPostal Service Canada Post Corporation, known more simply as Canada Post, is the crown corporation which functions as the country's primary postal operator. Originally known as Royal Mail Canada, rebranding ...more
Candie'sClothing Candie's is a clothing brand started in 1981. Originally a Charles Cole "El Greco" line of shoes, the brand was purchased by Iconix Brand Group in 1993. Since 2005, Kohl's Department ...more
Carlisle CollectionClothing The Carlisle Collection is a U.S. fashion design company founded in 1981 by William Rondina, to offer elegant classic clothing and accessories for women by private appointment. Based in New York ...more
China Flying Dragon AviationAirline China Flying Dragon Aviation is an airline based in Harbin, Heilongjiang, People's Republic of China. It operates short-haul passenger and cargo charter flights, as well as maritime ...more
Chiron CorporationBiotechnology Chiron Corporation was an American multinational biotechnology firm based in Emeryville, California that was acquired by Novartis International AG on April 20, 2006. It had offices and ...more
Cirrus LogicSemiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Semiconductor industry Cirrus Logic Inc. is a fabless semiconductor supplier specializing in analog, mixed-signal, and audio DSP integrated circuits. They are presently headquartered in Austin, Texas. Their audio ...more
Coconut Records Coconut Records is a German record label formed in 1981 by producers Tony Hendrik and Karin Hartmann. Acts that have been signed to Coconut have included Bad Boys Blue, C. C. Catch, Haddaway, ...more
Cognex CorporationComputer data storage, Instruments and Related Products Manufacturing for Measuring, Displaying Cognex Corporation is a manufacturer of machine vision systems, software and sensors used in automated manufacturing to inspect and identify parts, detect defects, verify product assembly, and ...more
The Collegiate Licensing Company The Collegiate Licensing Company is an American collegiate trademark licensing and marketing company. Founded in 1981 by Bill Battle in Selma, Alabama, CLC is the largest and oldest collegiate ...more
ComputacenterComputer, Information technology, IT service management Computacenter plc is the parent company of a group of European companies that provide computer services to public- and private-sector customers. It is a UK company based in Hatfield, ...more
Comverse TechnologySoftware Comverse Technology, Inc., originally founded in Israel, was a technology company located in Woodbury, New York in the United States, that developed and marketed telecommunications software. The ...more
Corporate AirAirline Corporate Air is an airline based in Billings, Montana, United States. It was established in 1981 and operates primarily domestic scheduled cargo services, Feeder service on behalf of FedEx ...more
Corsair InternationalAirline Corsair S.A. trading as Corsair International, is an airline based in Rungis, France. It is the second largest French airline after Air France and operates international scheduled and charter ...more
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Critical Air Medicine Critical Air Medicine is a charter air ambulance service operating from San Diego, California. Critical Air, Inc, the Texas-based rotor-wing operations division of Critical Air Medicine was sold ...more
Crouch Vale BreweryAlcoholic beverage The Crouch Vale Brewery is an independent brewery based in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, England. Its name is derived from its proximity to the River Crouch, and having been established in 1981, ...more
CyntechPetroleum industry Cyntech is a Calgary-based company servicing energy and petro-chemical industry. Cyntech provides tank services, foundation anchor solutions, and pipeline stabilization products. Cyntech has ...more
Dairy Crest Dairy Crest Group plc is a leading British dairy products company. Its brands include Cathedral City Cheddar cheese, Country Life butter and milk, Utterly Butterly, Vitalite, Clover and Frijj. ...more
Dassault SystèmesSoftware, Computer-aided engineering Dassault Systèmes S.A. is a French software company that specializes in the production of 3D design software, 3D digital mock-up and product lifecycle management solutions. The company ...more