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 Eyewear Ophthalmic Goods
A.J. Morgan Eyewear produces sunglasses, readers and other eyewear.
Adaptec Computer, 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 Energy Semiconductor 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 Orleans Airline
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
Alerton Building 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 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
Amblin Entertainment Television 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, 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 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, 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 Group Film
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
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 AG Semiconductor 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 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