History & Milestone

Since 1928 -NACHI-FUJIKOSHI was founded with the express aim of becoming a domestic manufacturer of cutting tools and machine tools in the trend towards industrial modernization. The Company’s business activities expanded greatly in the first 20 years since its founding.

Kohki Imura Kohki Imura
(Born in 1889 in Shimabara, Nagasaki Prefecture)
Establishes a company oriented toward technological development.
1928 FUJIKOSHI STEEL INDUSTRY CO., Ltd. was founded in Toyama City by the founder, Kohki Imura.
1929 NACHI hacksaw blades were chosen as a superior example of Japanese manufacturing technology and were personally inspected by the Emperor Showa.

The NACHI trademark was adopted from the name of the Emperor’s ship.

1934 The company gained recognition as an all-round domestic manufacturer of precision cutting tools.

installed the latest European and American machinery.

1937 established FUJIKOSHI Technical High School.
1938 Higashi-Toyama Steel Mill started operation.

established integrated manufacturing system covering materials through to final production.

1939 begun production of bearings.

Machine Tools Dept. established to supply own company plants with internally manufactured machinery.

1940 Business further expanded to 18 plants in Japan and number of employees increased to 36,000.

established FUJIKOSHI Hospital.

Since 1945 – NACHI-FUJIKOSHI attained the position of a “total machinery manufacturer” as the result of an active management policy during the high economic growth period in the 1950’s to 1960’s

1945 three-wheeled cyclesexpanded product line-up to include hand tools, food industry machinery, bicycles, and motorcycles.
1953 developed Christmas tree type broaches for jet engines.
1955 begun marketing with large OEM customers in Europe and America.
1958 begun production of hydraulic equipment.
1962 Company restructured along divisional lines (cutting tools, bearings, machine tools and special steels).

established NACHI AMERICA INC.

1963 changed Company name to NACHI-FUJIKOSHI CORP

developed bearings and its materials for the Bullet Train “Shinkansen”.

Since 1964 – NACHI-FUJIKOSHI is aiming at becoming a mechatronics manufacturer in keeping with technical innovation and internationalization.

1964 begun production of industrial furnaces.
1967 Office opened in Germany.
1969 developed hydraulic industrial robots.

established Machine Tool Division and Hydraulic Equipment Division.

1972 begun local production in Brazil.
1975 Offices opened in Australia, United Kingdom, Singapore and Canada.
1976 begun local production in U.S.A. and Spain.
1979 developed first motor-driven robots for spot welding in the world.

begun local production in Singapore.

1984 established Robot Division and Precision Machinery Division.

awarded the PM (Productive Maintenance) Prize.

1988 Fujikoshi Guesthouseopened FUJIKOSHI Guesthouse “Muhenkaku” to commemorate the Company’s 60th anniversary.

begun local production in Korea and Taiwan.

1989 established NACHI TECHNOLOGY INC., U.S.A.
1990 begun production of handling robots.
1991 acquired National Broach & Machine Co. (brand name Red Ring).

awarded the Deming Application Prize.

Since 1993 – NACHI-FUJIKOSHI has been steadily promoting the NACHI Business in keeping with globalization and changes in the industrial structure.

1993 Masamichi Honda was appointed as President.

management restructured due to Japan’s deflationary economic environment and appreciating yen.

1994 cooperated with Koyo Seiko., Ltd. in the area of bearings.
1997 obtained ISO 9001 certification in 1995 for each division and overseas plant.
1998 NACHI Techno SquareKensuke Imura was appointed as President.

setup new corporate brand mark at the 70th anniversary.

established NACHI Techno Square in the Toyama plant.

1999 set up new management system in keeping with the philosophy “Prospective Selection and Integration”.

changed eight-division structure to three main manufacturing divisions and three strategic divisions.

concluded technical assistance agreement with TISCO (India) for the manufacture of bearings.

comprehensive business tie-up with Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. in the area of cutting tools.

2000 expanded overseas supply systems (Thai plant and others) to enhance sales bases.

cooperated with Daido Steel Co., Ltd. in the material field.

announced mid-term management plan “NACHI Business Plan 03”.

2001 built a new factory for broaches, high speed steel wire materials, and hydraulic pumps.

cooperated with Daihen Corporation in the robotic field. obtained ISO14001 Certification.

introduced Meister system.

2002 established Marketing Strategy Headquarters and Development Headquarters.

formed Gear Production Alliance in the gear-processing field.

cooperated with Erasteel S.A. (France) in the high speed steels field.

introduced performance-based salary system.

expanded stock Ownership Plan.

2003 The 75th anniversary.

built QA Lab, Kohki Hall and Development Office in NACHI-BUSINESS Galaxy.

integrated the ultra-precision machining field into machine and cutting tool business.

formed a joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. in bearing business.

created a mid-term management plan, “Prospect of NACHI Business 2006”.

begun recruitment on an as-needed base.

Since 2004 – NACHI-FUJIKOSHI expanded the production and distribution system both domestically and abroad and uphold the NACHI brand in world markets.

2004 removed Tokyo Head Office to Shiodome, Tokyo.

increased the share capital.

established FUJIKOSHI Associé Co., Ltd. to strengthen training.

built new bearings factories in the Toyama Plant (Japan), Czech and China.

consolidated hydraulic equipment business into the Higashi-Toyama Plant and established a new hydraulic valves factory.

divided manufacturing of hydraulic equipment with DAESUNG-NACHI HYDRAULICS CO.,LTD.

set up NACHI Material Association.

entered into the field of seismic isolator business.

2005 renewed the Nachi-Fujikoshi Museum and Café Across (2004), and expanded NACHI COMPLEX with NACHI-BUSINESS Galaxy.

designated new brand names for each products group.

organized business locations in America, Europe and ASEAN respectively.

built a new factory for large-sized robots.

launched a new HR project encouraging each employee to improve their skills.

2006 set up NACHI Major Dealers Meeting.

strengthened the business for industrial machines.

established a new broaches factory and a new materials factory.

founded a rep.office in India.

expanded the engineering business for machining in both domestic and overseas market.

expanded FUJIKOSHI Hospital.

2007 set up International Trade Headquarter, expanded overseas business.

formed a business alliance with Sankyo Tateyama Aluminium, Inc. in magnesium business.

built a new gear cutting tools factory, machine parts processing factory, hydraulic motor factory and YAMAGATA factory.

established “R&D Material”.

developed the business on the industrial machinery sector by releasing the new platform robot.

2008 set up ASEAN Business Center in Thailand.

built three new factories for precision bearings, bearing heat-treatment, automotive solenoid valves.

focused on environmental and energy saving business.

expanded the engineering business.

integrated production of bearings in Europe into Czech.

built Nachi-Fujikoshi Selva introduced anti-takeover measures.

2009 Hiroo Honma was appointed as President.

developed new management framework.

started up the internal control system.

expanded the bearing factories in Thailand and Brazil.

assigned a representative in Turkey and expanded the business in emerging countries.

established Central Japan Hydraulic Center to penetrate the energy and infrastructure markets.

built NACHI Logistics Center.

integrated production of tools in the US into Indiana.

2010 shifted dynamically to emerging countries. set up Robot Business Center in China.

enhanced the structure for production, sales and services in China, ASEAN, India and South America.

enhanced the structure for development.

introduced the palletizing robots and penetrated the distribution infrastructure markets.

developed transparent conductive oxide coater and high speed seam welding robots together with the alliance companies.

Since 2011 – Aim for long-term growth with new markets, business areas and management structure in this era of change.

2011 announced 2020 long-term vision and 2013 midterm business plan. revised corporate philosophy, corporate mission, and operating principles. introduced executive management system.

revamped and strengthened manufacturing operations from four to eight divisions according to products.

established production network in India, expanded full-scale into machinery production business.

global simultaneous launch of extremely high speed spot welding robot in Japan and abroad.

2012 established production network as the core of operations for China in jiangsu Zhangjiayang China.

bolstered sales, production, and procurement systems in China, and advanced entrance into automotive and industrial machinery markets.

established bearing production facilities in India, accelerated entrance into industrial machinery and automotive markets, introduced integrated process type gear machining equipment to the market and entered industrial machinery market.

2013 fully started production of tools, hydraulics, automotive hydraulics, and robots in China, expanded lineup of high-performance drills and enlarged market share, world’s fastest lightweight compact robot MZ07 released simultaneously around the world.
2014 established 2016 midterm business plan as a milestone in 2020 long-term vision.

established Production Technology Headquarters to develop overseas factories and integrate production technologies.

established Sales Strategies Headquarters to plan and promote sales strategies globally.

re-established local production of broaches and precision tools in the U.S.

2015 established production of round tools, such as carbide drills, in the U.S.

established new bearing production center in Mexico.

2016 newly established the forging of bearings and turning factories in Thailand to achieve an integrated production system.

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