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1940

  • 1946

    Ikuya Ikuta starts production of confectionery machines, automatic pottery machines, and knitting machines at 6-8, Kikui-cho, Nishi-ku Nagoya-shi.

  • 1947

    Community chest drive begins. The first national community chest drive began. It distributed red tin badges, but from 1948 they became red feathers.

  • 1948

    Development and production of F-type automatic packaging machinery for caramels begins. The organization became a join-stock company and established ͼ KIKAI WORKS Co.,Ltd. with \700,000 of capital. All plants are moved to 4-chome, Kamejima-cho, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi.

- 1940 -

1950

  • 1950

    Development and production of automatic packaging machinery for chewing gum begins.

  • 1951

    Development and production of automatic packaging machinery for bread begins.

  • 1953

    Development and production of FT-3 automatic packaging machinery for candy begins.

    Development and production of automatic machinery for the dairy industry begins.

  • 1954

    Tokyo Plant established in Minato-ku, Tokyo.

  • 1955

    Japan plunges into the economic miracle. The electric refrigerator, the electric washing machine, and the television become the country's "Three Sacred Treasures".

  • 1955

    The employee stock ownership system begins. Tokyo Plant moves to its current location in Shibuya-ku.

- 1950 -

1960

  • 1960

    Casting plant newly established in Nishi-ku, Nagoya-shi and starts production. Awarded the Aichi Prefecture Governor Award for the invention of automatic packaging machinery.

  • 1961

    Head office building established at the current 2-chome, Kamejima.

  • 1962

    Awarded the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation National Commendation for Invention for the invention of automatic packaging machinery.

  • 1964

    Development and production of FW-320 horizontal pillow packaging machine begins.

    Sales department separates and establishes ͼ KIKAI KOGYO Co.,Ltd with \8,000,000 of capital. Awarded the MITI Minister's Award for the FW-320 horizontal pillow packaging machine.

  • 1964

    Tokyo Olympics held.

  • 1966

    Fukuoka branch office established.

  • 1967

    FW-590S case packers developed.

    A new plant is established within the premises of the Nishi-ku Nagoya-shi casting plant and the head office plant is moved. Awarded Small and Medium Enterprise Agency Director-General's Award for streamlining management.

  • 1968

    Osaka Office established.

  • 1969

    Pioneering groups and spherical organization team structures introduced.

  • 1969

    Animated TV series "Sazae-san" begins. "Hachiji Dayo! Zenin Shugo" begins.

- 1960 -

1970

  • 1970

    Selected as a METI excellent streamlined model plant. Awarded the Medium and Small Business Research Institute Award (now the Good Company Award) Regional Prize by the Medium and Small Business Research Institute.

  • 1971

    Head office building established in the Nagoya Plant.

  • 1971

    Cup Noodles goes on sale. The bowling boom. The second baby boom.

  • 1972

    A-22 stretch film wrapping machine completed.

  • 1973

    FW800 wrap cartoning machine (small boxing machine) developed.

  • 1974

    ͼ KIKAI building established in the Tokyo Plant.

  • 1975

    Received a letter of appreciation for being an excellent streamlined model plant from the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency Director-General.

  • 1978

    The industry's first microcomputer mounted device, FW-340mcI high speed horizontal pillow packaging machine developed.

    Capital of ͼ KIKAI WORKS Co.,Ltd. increases to \99,360,000.

  • 1978

    The Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People's Republic of China signed. Space Invaders hits a major boom. White Day begins. Narita Airport opens.

  • 1979

    ͼ PACK SYSTEM CO.,LTD. established with \10,000,000 of capital. ͼ PACKAGING MACHINES CO.,LTD. established with \10,000,000 of capital.

- 1970 -

1980

  • 1980

    Horizontal pillow packaging machine technology exported to Formost, Inc. in the United States.

    K-20 no-tray stretch film wrapping machines developed.

    S-11 wrapping machine developed.

  • 1981

    K-20 no-tray stretch film wrapping machines awarded the 11th Automatization Prize for Small and Medium Sized Firms and Companies. High speed horizontal pillow packaging machine FW-1000 announced.

  • 1982

    Capital of ͼ KIKAI KOGYO Co.,Ltd increases to \99,014,500.

    Interactive FW-340A horizontal pillow packaging machine with a microcomputer developed.

  • 1983

    High speed horizontal pillow packaging machine FW-1000 announced.

    The industry's first packaging robot FR-102 and FR-303 developed.

  • 1983

    The Internet is born. Tokyo Disneyland opens. "Oshin" achieves a highest audience rating of 62.9%.

  • 1984

    Microcomputer-controlled horizontal pillow packaging machine awarded .the 14th Automatization Prize for Small and Medium Sized Firms and Companies.

    Vertical pillow packaging machine FW-7 announced.

    Sapporo branch office established.

  • 1985

    Administrative building in the Nagoya Plant is completed,
    unifying management functions.
    American resident employee office established
    in North Carolina.
    ͼ KIKAI WORKS Co.,Ltd. becomes ͼ
    CO.,LTD. ͼ KIKAI KOGYO Co.,Ltd.
    becomes ͼ INDUSTRIES CO.,LTD.

  • 1987

    Horizontal pillow packaging machine wrapper series is announced.

    FW3400 wrapper is selected for the 1987 Good Design Award (Industrial Machinery Division).

  • 1988

    Paper wrapping machine N-7500 announced.

  • 1989

    Horizontal pillow packaging machine wrapper series II is announced.

  • 1989

    From Showa to Heisei. Consumption tax starts.

- 1980 -

1990

  • 1990

    Capital of ͼ PACK SYSTEM CO.,LTD. increases to \61,917,000. Capital of ͼ PACKAGING MACHINES CO.,LTD. increases to \61,917,000. Joint venture ͼ ENGINEERING A/S is established in Denmark. New head office building and Fuji office building completed.

  • 1991

    Fuji ENGINEERING A/S Spain branch established. Niigata Office established. Stretch film wrapping machine AT, which can perform no-tray wrapping and tray wrapping in one, is announced.

  • 1992

    Europe branch established in Denmark. Nagoya Plant factories increase.

  • 1993

    Horizontal pillow packaging machine wrapper series III is announced.

    Vertical pillow packaging machine FW7700 announced.

    Case packer FW6600 is announced.

    Packaging robot FR-202 announced.

    ͼ CO.,LTD., ͼ INDUSTRIES CO.,LTD., ͼ PACK SYSTEM CO.,LTD., and ͼ PACKAGING MACHINES CO.,LTD. merge.

  • 1994

    Fuji ENGINEERING A/S joins with the Dopack Group and becomes ͼ DOPACK A/S. Mino Plant established in Mino Techno Park in Gifu prefecture. Stretch film wrapping machines FP-50 and FP-55 announced.

    Triangular sandwich wrapping machine FW-33 announced.

  • 1995

    Nagoya Plant receives ISO9001 certification. Stretch film wrapping machine AT awarded .the 25th Automatization Prize for Small and Medium Sized Firms and Companies.

  • 1996

    Stretch film wrapping machine FP-40 announced.

  • 1997

    Cartoning machine FC-65 announced. Stretch film wrapping machine FP-38 announced.

    Horizontal pillow packaging machine wrapper series V is announced.

  • 1998

    FW3451 series announced.

  • 1998

    Nagano Olympics held. Akashi Kaikyo Bridge opens. FIFA World Cup held in France.

  • 1999

    Compact high speed type FW3401 series announced.

    Sendai Office established.

- 1990 -

See History from 2000 onward