Where the story began
Succeeding the manufacturing DNA and making ongoing contribution at the forefront of the age
Chairman of the Board
In postwar Japan still in technological infancy, our founder,Toshio Mikiya, Representative Director and Chairman, succeeded in the development of groundbreaking Air Micrometers, which measure sizes in units of 1/1,000 millimeters and founded Nitto Kohki to manufacture and market the invention in October 1956. In the process of research and development of Air Micrometers, the company also developed quick connect couplings "CUPLA" from the need to connect fluid pipes. Mr. Mikiya also witnessed the hardship experienced by workers in processing steel materials in the field and thus developed the ATRA portable drilling machine, which incorporates an electromagnet.
The root of the technology of Nitto Kohki that has successively developed unique products ahead of times goes back nearly 150 years or to 1864. Ancestors of the founder then manufactured various craft hardware with many contrivances and large locks for warehouses in addition to swordsmithing, which was the family business. In the Meiji and Taisho Eras, the Mikiya family invented many patented products in succession such as Okiya threshing machines, front-wheeldriven bicycles, and carbide lamps.
Such a DNA of manufacturing has steadily been succeeded from the founder, Toshio Mikiya to employees of Nitto Kohki, and with hydraulic engineering and mechanical engineering as the core technologies the company has explored new horizons of energy and labor saving equipment. We consider manufacturing high quality and highly functional products are essential for sustainable development and ongoing social contribution in the future.
Historical Development of Nitto Kohki
Until 1969 Since Establishment
|1956||October||Company founded in Kugahara, Tokyo; capitalized at 500,000YEN. (Initial manufacture of the "AIR MICROMETER" and "SP CUPLA")|
|1958||February||Portable Magnetic Base Drilling Machine "ATRA" introduced to the market.|
|1960||March||Toyama Sales Office(subsequently renamed Hokuriku Sales Office) opens.|
|December||Capital increased to 2 million YEN.|
|1961||April||Capital increased to 8 million YEN.|
|1962||January||Osaka Sales Office opens.(subsequently renamed Osaka Branch)|
|1963||February||Capital increased to 18 million YEN.|
|July||Headquarters, factory and R&D lab relocated to Nakaikegami, Tokyo. (present location)|
|November||Capital increased to 32 million YEN.|
|1965||October||Pneumatic Needle Scaler "JET CHISEL" receives the Prime Minister's Award for Superior Products.|
|November||Nagoya Sales Office opens. (subsequently renamed Nagoya Branch)|
|1966||February||"ATRA" receives an Honorable Mention Award at the Tokyo Superior Inventions Exhibition.|
|May||Sales and distribution organization, "Nitto-kai" established.
Fukuoka Sales Office opens.
|1967||March||"JET CHISEL" receives the Invention Award at the National Invention Exhibition.|
|May||Capital increased to 40 million YEN.|
|June||Hiroshima Sales Office opens.|
|September||Niigata Satellite Sales Office opens.(subseguently renamed Niigata Sales Office)|
|1968||February||"MINI-CUPLA" receives the Invention Prize at the Tokyo Superior Inventions Exhibition, organized by the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation.(JIII)|
|June||Capital increased to 60 million YEN.|
|September||Capital increased to 70 million YEN.|
|October||Los Angeles Representative Office opens.|
|November||Nitto School opens.|
|1969||April||Okayama Satellite Sales Office opens.(subseguently renamed Okayama Sales Office)|
|May||Shizuoka Satellite Sales Office opens.(subsequently renamed Shizuoka Sales Office)|
|July||Takamatsu Satellite Sales Office opens.(subsequently renamed Takamatsu Sales Office)
Sendai Satellite Sales Office opens.(subsequently renamed Sendai Sales Office)
|September||Capital increased to 91 million YEN.
Ryomo Satellite Sales Office opens.(subsequently renamed Kitakanto Sales Office)
|November||NITTO KOHKI U.S.A., INC. established.|
|1970||March||Capital increased to 300.3 million YEN.|
|August||New York Representative Office opens.|
|September||Pneumatic Belt Sander "BELTON" receives the Prime Minister's Award for Superior Products.|
|1971||November||Sapporo Satellite Sales Office opens.(subsequently renamed Sapporo Sales Office)
Handy Pneumatic Sander "FREE SANDER" receives the Prime Minister's Award for Superior Products.
|1972||February||Pneumatic Reciprocating Sander "LINE SANDER" receives JIII Chairman's Encouragement Award at the Tokyo Invention Exhibition.|
|1973||November||Successful commercialization of linear motor driven free piston pump.|
|1975||June||Linear motor driven free piston pump receives Strategic Technology Development Subsidy from Ministry of International Trade and Industry(subsequently renamed Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry).(METI)|
|1977||January||Happy Precision Engineering (subsequently renamed MEDOTECH CO., LTD.) becomes a member of the Nitto Kohki group.|
|June||Completion and commissioning of the Ujiie Plant(subsequently renamed TOCHIGI NITTO KOHKI).|
|1978||June||Capital increased to 325.85 million YEN.|
|December||Establishment of MEDO INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.|
|1979||January||Establishment of MEDO U.S.A., INC.|
|February||Establishment of NITTO KOHKI EUROPE CO., LTD.|
|1983||January||Development of industrial robots begins.|
|1984||February||Ujiie Plant becomes JIS (Japan Industrial Standards) certified plant.|
|October||"LA" type sewage blower receives METI Good Design Award.|
|1985||November||"BULK CUPLA" receives first authorization from High Pressure Gas Safety Association.|
|1989||February||"JET CHISEL" receives Invention Grand Prix Ikeda Special Award from the Japan Invention Promotion Association.|
|April||Linear Compressor awarded Science and Technology Agency Director's Prize.|
|June||MEDOMAN CO., LTD. begins operations as a member of Nitto Kohki group.|
|July||Singapore Representative Office opens.(subsequently renamed Singapore Branch)|
|September||NITTO KOHKI EUROPE CO., LTD. Representative Office established in Germany.|
|1990||May||Establishment of WESTAIR-NITTO SALES PTY., LTD. (subsequently renamed NITTO KOHKI AUSTRALIA) as a member of Nitto Kohki Group.|
|October||Capital increased to 340 million YEN.|
|November||Establishment of MIKIYA SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION.|
|1992||March||Establishment of NITTO KOHKI DEUTSCHLAND GMBH.
Capital increased to 768 million YEN.
|June||President Toshio Mikiya retires to become Chairman; replaced as President by Motoyuki Takata.(formerly Vice-President)|
|September||Establishment of WESTAIR-NITTO MANUFACTURING.(subsequently renamed NITTO KOHKI AUSTRALIA MFG.)|
|1994||October||Ujiie Plant receives TPM Superior Factory Award.|
|1995||May||Capital increased to 838 million YEN.|
|October||Stocks enter OTC market.
Capital increased to 1.85 billion YEN.
|November||Ujiie Plant obtains ISO9002.|
|1996||April||Three new divisions established: couplings, machine tools, and linear products.|
|1997||April||NITTO KOHKI (THAILAND) CO., LTD. established in Thailand as the company's first offshore production subsidiary.|
|December||Couplings and Machine Tools divisions obtain ISO9001.|
|1998||February||Linear Products Division obtains ISO9001.|
|April||Nitto Kohki's stock listed in the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.|
|1999||February||Establishment of NITTO KOHKI SERVICE CENTER CO., LTD.|
|2000||March||Nitto Kohki's stock listed in the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.|
|April||SHIRAKAWA NITTO KOHKI CO., LTD. (formerly Shirakawa Densei) begins operations as a member of Nitto Kohki group through M&A.
Bangkok Representative Office opens under the umbrella of Nitto Kohki Co., Ltd., Singapore Branch.
|May||Establishment of TOCHIGI NITTO KOHKI CO., LTD.|
|October||Ujiie Plant splits off into TOCHIGI NITTO KOHKI CO., LTD.
Shanghai Representative Office opens.
|2001||May||Mikawa Satellite Sales Office opens.(subsequently renamed Mikawa Sales Office)|
|August||All issues of MEDOMAN CO., LTD. stock sold.|
|October||Keiji Satellite Sales Office opens.
U.S. coupling manufacturer, BRECO COUPLINGS, INC. purchased.
|November||TOCHIGI NITTO KOHKI obtains ISO14001.|
|December||Joint venture, NITTO KOHKI-MIJIN CO., LTD., established in South Korea.|
|2002||February||British machine tool manufacturer, UNIVERSAL DRILLING & CUTTING EQUIPMENT LTD. purchased.|
|March||Kumamoto Satellite Sales Office opens.|
|May||NITTO KOHKI (THAILAND) CO., LTD. obtains ISO9001.|
|July||NITTO KOHKI COUPLING (THAILAND) CO., LTD. established in Thailand as a production center for Cupla.|
|October||Piezoelectric Pumps "BIMOR PUMP SERIES" operations purchased from a member of the Mitsubishi Chemical group.|
|2003||January||Operations start at NITTO KOHKI COUPLING(THAILAND)CO., LTD.|
|April||NITTO KOHKI BUTSURYU CO., LTD. established as a logistics company.|
|October||"BABY BELTON" receives Good Design Award.|
|2004||January||Nagoya Branch relocates to a brand-new building.|
|May||Headquarters / R&D lab obtains ISO14001.|
|June||Shenzhen Representative Office opens.
Saitama Office moves and renames Saitama Sales Office.
Osahiko Miyazaki(formerly Senior executive managing director) assumes the presidency.
|October||NITTO KOHKI COUPLINGS (THAILAND) CO,. LTD. obtains ISO9001.|
|2005||April||Green Procurement starts.
SHIRAKAWA NITTO KOHKI CO., LTD. receives TPM Challenge Award.
|June||Junji Suzukawa ( a member of the board of directors ) assumes the presidency.|
|July||Mikawa Office moves and renames Mikawa Sales Office.|
|August||The business of Couplings carried by BRECO COUPLINGS in the U.S.A. is incorporated into NITTO KOHKI U.S.A.,INC., Subsequent to it BRECO COUPLINGS is to be dissolved.|
|2006||August||Establishment of YUMEKOBO CO., LTD.|
|November||Kitakanto Sales Office inaugurates.|
|2007||February||Reconstruction of headquarters starts.|
|April||Himeji Satellite Sales Office moves and renames Hyogo Office.|
|May||Singapore Branch moves.|
|June||TOCHIGI NITTO KOHKI CO., LTD. celebrates 30th anniversary.|
|October||NITTO KOHKI-MIJIN CO., LTD. obtains ISO9001.|
|2008||March||Okayama Sales Office moves.|
|June||Naoyuki Kotake(formerly Senior executive managing director) assumes the presidency.|
|August||Construction of new headquarters' building completes.|
|October||NITTO KOHKI CO., LTD. merges YUMEKOBO CO., LTD. and NITTO KOHKI SERVICE CENTER CO., LTD.|
|2009||June||MEDOTECH CO., LTD. receives C-TPM Challenge Award.|
|July||TOCHIGI NITTO KOHKI CO., LTD. merges NITTO KOHKI BUTSURYU CO., LTD.|
|August||NITTO KOHKI (THAILAND) CO., LTD. and NITTO KOHKI COUPLING (THAILAND) CO., LTD. obtain ISO14001|
|November||Construction of new lab building completes.|
|2010||March||MEDOTECH CO., LTD. obtains ISO14001.|
|April||Final completion of new headquarters' building construction.|
|November||Matsumoto Satellite Sales Office moves.|
|2011||February||SHIRAKAWA NITTO KOHKI CO., LTD. obtains ISO14001.|
|April||Mito Satellite Sales Office moves.|
|July||Koriyama Satellite Sales Office is consolidated to Sendai Sales Office.|
|October||Sapporo Sales Office moves.|
|2012||February||NITTO KOHKI U.S.A. and MEDO U.S.A. move.|
|July||Niigata Sales Office moves.|
|August||Establishment of NITTO KOHKI (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.|
|October||Takamatsu Sales Office moves.|
|December||Establishment of NITTO KOHKI (SHANGHAI) Shenzhen Branch|
|2013||March||NITTO KOHKI (THAILAND) CO., LTD. and NITTO KOHKI COUPLING (HAILAND) CO., LTD. are dissolved|
|April||Establishment of NITTO KOHKI INDUSTRY (THAILAND) CO., LTD.|
|May||Fukuoka Sales Office moves.|
|December||Hiroshima Sales Office moves.|
|2014||March||Shizuoka Sales Office moves.|
|July||NITTO KOHKI EUROPE CO., LTD. moves.|
|October||Joint venture company, NITTO KOHKI-MIJIN CO., LTD., sold|
|2015||March||UNIVERSAL DRILLING & CUTTING EQUIPMENT LTD., sold|
|May||NITTO KOHKI DEUTSCHLAND GMBH moves.|
|July||Establishment of India Liaison Office.|
|December||Nagoya Branch moves.|
|2016||April||NITTO KOHKI CO., LTD. merges MEDO INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
Establishment of Mexico Representative Office.
|November||Merge NITTO KOHKI DEUTSCHLAND GMBH and NITTO KOHKI EUROPE CO., LTD.|
|2017||February||Hamamatsu Satellite Sales Office moves.|
|August||Merge NITTO KOHKI U.S.A., INC. and MEDO U.S.A., INC..|