ShinMaywa Industries celebrated its 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Company in November 2019 and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the business in February 2020.
The origins of ShinMaywa date back to 1920 and the establishment of an Aircraft Department by Kawanishi Machinery Company, our forerunner. However, the turning point in our business came when we were banned from manufacturing aircraft after the war.
Cherishing the sincere hope that "someday we will make aircraft again," we began to diversify our business for the sake of survival. With our "engineering sprit" brought into full play in businesses other than aircraft manufacturing, ShinMaywa has grown in parallel with various developments in the society, developing products that would eventually lay the foundation for our current mainstay businesses.
Founding days (pre-history)
Japan's first aircraft manufacturer, Nippon Aircraft Manufacturing Company was founded by Seibe Kawanishi, the founder of our former entity Kawanishi Aircraft Company Limited, and Chikuhei Nakajima, the founder of Nakajima Aircraft Co., Ltd. (now Subaru Corporation)
This company was dissolved soon after, but Seibe later founded Kawanishi Machinery Company, appointing his second son Ryozo as its top manager. In response to young engineers' ardent zeal for "another chance to manufacture aircraft," Kawanishi established an Aircraft Department within the company a few years later, setting about the independent design and manufacture of aircraft.
Being fascinated by the aircraft business, Ryozo established Kawanishi Aircraft Company by takin over the Aircraft Department business of Kawanishi Machinery Company. His new company produced a series of aircraft that have become legendary in aviation history.
Kawanishi Type-1 completed.
Kawanishi Machinery Company has expressed their participation in the Pacific Ocean crossing flight plan. The following year, "Kawanishi Type-12Sakura" was completed as the Japan's first long-distance aircraft. However the flight plan was called off and the project was never realized.
Aircraft manufacture banned
Despite the total ban on aircraft manufacturing, Kawanishi did not give up hope. In February of the following year, he launched a new organization in order to clarify the objectives of his converted business. Tapping into the technology and skills acquired from aircraft manufacturing, the company began manufacturing daily commodities, etc. in the hopes of alleviating the shortage of goods and foods.
Shin Meiwa Industry Company Limited (later renamed as ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd.) was established. Based on President Ryozo Kawanishi's guiding mottos (strenuous devotion, harmonious cooperation, service to the country through technology), the new company started up a series of successful new businesses with a focus on "wa (harmony)."
Ban on aircraft manufacturing lifted
As the scope of its business expanded to include the development of social infrastructures, ShinMaywa established three key businesses of special purpose trucks, industrial machinery, and aircraft during the years of rapid economic growth.
President Ryozo Kawanishi passed away.
1st prototype engine for a Pointer bicycle completed. (This invention led to the development of motorbikes, which helped Kawanishi to become a pioneer of the motorcycle industry.)
The 1st Dump Truck model completed. [Independent production began by utilizing parts stock at a truck repair plant for the U.S. Armed Forces (the plant started its operation in 1947).]
Fuel tank production began for the U.S. Far East Air Force Procurement Department.
1st Self-priming Pump model equipped with a Pointer motorbike engine completed.
S-51 helicopter overhauls began.
1st Automatic Wire Stripping Machine completed.
Toward an affluent Japan
Became a member of the Hitachi Group in order to build a solid business foundation with an eye on full-fledged entry into the aircraft business.
Listed in the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Osaka Securities Exchange. Promoted to the First Section five years later.
In order to quickly respond to customer demands while fulfilling an increasing number of orders, in 1971 ShinMaywa Engineering, Ltd. (Merged to ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd. in 2009 and inherited as Parking System Division), a specialist after-sales service provider of car parking systems, was established. In the following year, its after-sales service division for special purpose trucks was made independent to establish a new subsidiary (now ShinMaywa Auto Engineering, Ltd.).
1st Rotary & Vertical type Car Parking System developed.
Technical alliance with a Swedish partner for the manufacture of electric submersible pumps; Production started.
Speed Pack (refuse collector) production started.
Defense Agency (now Ministry of Defense) placed an official order for the first PX-S flying boat prototype. The prototype made its first flight in the following year.
Technical alliance with an American partner for the manufacture of "Jetway" passenger boarding bridges.
Technical alliance with a French partner for the manufacture of dumping devices (Tentsuki Dump).
Onto the global arena
Established THAI SHINMEIWA CO., LTD. (now Thai ShinMaywa Co., Ltd.)
Established SMIC (America), LTD. (now ShinMaywa (America), Ltd.)
Established SMIC (ASIA) PTE. LTD. (now ShinMaywa (Asia) Pte. Ltd.)
TOWN PACK (collector for large size refuse) developed.
First flight of the prototype of PS-1 Kai (renamed to US-1), the first Japanese amphibian, succeeded.
Establishing the ShinMaywa brand
New corporate logo mark is established.
Established ShinMaywa (California), Ltd.
Established ShinMaywa (Shanghai) Trading Co., Ltd.
Became independent from the Hitachi Group.
Established ShinMaywa (Bangkok) Co., Ltd.
Established a joint venture company Chongqing Endurance & ShinMaywa Environmental Machinery Co., Ltd. (now Chongqing Endurance & ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd.)
Established ShinMaywa (Shanghai) High-Tech Machinery Co., Ltd.
Established Taiwan ShinMaywa Industries Co., Ltd.
A joint venture company in India became totally-held subsidiary and its company name changed to ShinMaywa Industries India Private Limited.
Acquired the shares of KOREA VACUUM LIMITED and made it a subsidiary in order to expand the vacuum system business.
Celebrated the 70th anniversary of the establishment of ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd.
Celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the business.
Established ShinMaywa Mexico S.A. de C.V.
Established the Management philosophy. Also formulated the Long-term vision, Action guidelines and Code of conduct.
Acquired the shares of BEN CHING ENGINEERING PTE. LTD. (now ShinMaywa Aerobridge Singapore Pte. Ltd.) and MKB Engineering Sdn. Bhd. (now ShinMaywa Aerobridge Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.) and made them a subsidiary.
Launched new tagline "VISON WITH INSIGHT".
Production of B777 "Wing-to Body Fairing" started.
Refuse Transfer Station Systems completed in Jakarta, Indonesia.
First flight of the prototype of US-1A Kai (renamed to US-2) succeeded.
First model of new Crushing and Compacting type Refuse Collectors, developed with Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., "TOWN PACK" G-PX series lauched.
The Submersible Pump "CNW Series" received the Japan Machinery Federation President's Award for its superior energy-saving performance.
EV(Electric Vehicle) charging system for "Elepark" Elevator Car Parking System launched.