History Movie

As a specialist manufacturer of transportation equipment, we leverage our core technology for "transporting technologies" to develop a broad range of business which includes "aircraft," "special purpose trucks," "parking systems," "fluid," and "industrial machinery systems."
One might ask how our business has come to be so diversified―The answer to this question can be found in our history.

Our history video, “Technology - Tradition and Innovation,” shows how our businesses and products have evolved in step with the times to our present form from our foundation, incorporating stories from before we were founded, and how our unwavering passion for technology has never wavered.

*Ideas such as the Corporate Philosophy that appear in this video are those of the time. Refer to “ShinMaywa Group Philosophy” for our current philosophy.

Technology Tradition and Innovation

Working with Society (From The Early Years to 2010)

[Play Time: 27minutes 38seconds]
Produced in 2010. Revised in 2014.
*All videos have been recorded in accordance with the current safety standards of the company.


Our history started with the founding of an Aircraft Department by Kawanishi Machinery Company in 1920.

President Ryozo Kawanishi's enthusiastic ambition for aircraft and a group of talented engineers, including designer Shizuo Kikuhara, led to the production of many of aviation history's most superb aircraft.

Following the end of war, when aircraft manufacturing was banned in Japan, Shin Meiwa Industry Company Limited was established in 1949.
Cherishing the sincere desire that "someday we will make aircraft again," we pinned our hopes of survival on the development of products that would eventually lay the foundation for our current mainstay businesses by tapping into our technological prowess acquired from aircraft manufacturing. Further, through success in developing dump trucks, which formed the basis of our current mainstay of special purpose trucks, we established an unshakable position in the industry.

However, everything suddenly changed: while we were busy expanding our business in pace with the amazingly rapid growth of the Japanese economy, we were hit by the first oil shock.

Amid the worldwide recession triggered by the oil shock, our flying boat technology which had been steadily gained over many years, finally blossomed, resulting in the development of the STOL flying boat in 1967 and Japan's first STOL Amphibian in 1974.

For the fluid products such as submersible pumps, industrial machinery and environmental systems such as automated wire processors and refuse transfer station systems, parking systems such as mechanical parking equipment, which were launched after 1950s, we will improve existing models and develop new ones to promote "energy saving," "laborsaving," and "systemization," while at the same time making bold decisions to divest non-profitable businesses.

Our forerunners have ventured out and launched many businesses. Always concentrating on "contributing to society through technology," ShinMaywa Industries has offered the market what it wants.