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