A Brief Technical History of KYOWA

Kyowa was founded in 1946 as a trading company that specialized in selling precision mechanical components.  Kyowa grew rapidly, along with the Japanese economy. The company moved into manufacturing, starting with production of automobile ball joints that were guaranteed to operate for 50,000 km with no oil. As the company experimented with different designs, it developed expertise in moving from prototypes to production. This marked the start of its prototype manufacturing business.

From 1972 until 1987, Kyowa Industrial Co., Ltd. operated as a dedicated manufacturer of special machine tools. We designed, manufactured and sold our own leading edge, high productivity equipment in Japan, as well as the United States and Korea.

We enjoyed a strong reputation with manufacturers in many industries in Japan and overseas. Our success at that time was built, in part, on our strong technical foundation. Today, we enjoy continued success that stretches back to and draws on our own history as a manufacturer. As a full-service manufacturer of light weight precision machined aluminum castings, we help our customers build exceptional products.

founders

Mr. Yoshio Suzuki, Founder, and his son, Mr. Yasuji Suzuki, who later led the company.

early factory

Kyowa Factory (circa 1960)

Selected Corporate Milestones

1946 Oct. Started business as a trading company.
1954 June Initiated new manufacturing and production capabilities while maintaining our trading business.
1968 Jan. Relocated facilities to our current location in Gun-nan Industrial Park.
1972 Jan. Established new business in special-purpose machining.
1983 Mar. Completed construction of our Technical Center.
1984 Apr. Established Kyowa Enterprise Co., Ltd.
1987 Dec. Received Environmental Excellence Award at the Gunma Prefectural Environmental Awards Competition. (Green space total area 4,050m2)
1996 Apr. Adopted TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) system.
1996 Oct. Celebrated our 50th anniversary.
2000 May Expanded facilities for prototype development.
2000 Oct. Obtained ISO9002 certification.
2002 Oct. Received TPM Excellence Award.
2003 July Renewed certification for ISO9001: 2000.
2004 Jan. Completed new expansion of facilities for production of large-scale prototype products.
2005 May Obtained ISO14001 certification.
2007 Apr. Completed new plant expansion for prototype development.
2010 July Renewed certification for ISO9001: 2008.
2010 Nov. Received Excellent Company Award at Good Company Awards program of the Medium and Small Business Research Institute of Japan.
2014 Sep. Received grant under a program to support investments in energy efficiency (2013FY).
2014 Oct. Received the “Special Award” at the 5th Annual Business Innovation Awards 2014.
2015 Feb. Received the “Manufacturing Excellence Award” at Gunma Prefecture’s Excellent Company Awards for FY 2014.