SUMITOMO RIKO

 

Sumitomo Riko

Corporate History

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1929~1987 "First Founding"

 
1929

Established in Yokkaichi-shi, Mie as Showa Kogyo Co., Ltd.

 
1930

Company name changed to Kabata Chotai (Belt) Co., Ltd.

 
1937

Joined the Sumitomo Group. Company name changed to Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. (using Kanji for Rubber in the Japanese name)

 
1943

Matsusaka Factory (current Matsusaka Plant) started operation

 
1949

Listed on the Nagoya Stock Exchange (NSE)

 
1954

Started the automotive anti-vibration rubber products business

 
1959

Commercialized radiator hoses; full-scale launch of the automotive hose business

 
1960

Komaki Factory (current Komaki Plant) started operation

 
1961

Company name changed to Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. (Changed Kanji for Rubber to Katakana, different Japanese character)

 
1964

Moved the head office from Yokkaichi-shi to Komaki-shi, Aichi

 
1971

Started manufacturing large-diameter ultrahigh-pressure hoses for industrial applications

 
1976

Foreman Training (F-Ken) started as part of efforts to develop human resources as part of the general improvement activities at workplaces

 
1984

Started the office equipment precision components business

 
1986

Opened the Technical Center (Komaki-shi, Aichi)

 

1988~2012 "Second Founding"

First Expansion Overseas

 
1988

Established DTR Industries, Inc. (current SumiRiko Ohio, Inc.), the Company's first overseas production base in the U.S.

 
1990

Fuji-Susono Factory (current Fuji-Susono Plant) started operation

 
1994

Listed on the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE)

 
1995

Established subsidiaries in Thailand and China, the Company’s first bases in Asia

 
1996

Listed on TSE and NSE changed to first section

 
1999

Established a subsidiary in Poland, the Company’s first base in Europe

 
2001

Developed damping devices for housings and entered the housing market

 
2002

Established TRI Technical Center USA, Inc. (current SumiRiko Technical Center America, Inc.), the Company’s first overseas development base in the U.S.

 
2006

Formulated Group Action Charter

 
2008

Construction of Technopia, an R&D laboratory, completed (Komaki-shi, Aichi)

 
2011

Established Tokai Rubber Technical Center (China) Co., Ltd., the Company’s first R&D base in China

 

2013~ "Third Founding"

Enhancing Our Global Reach Through Mergers and Acquisitions

 
2013

Acquired Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies S.p.A. (current SumiRiko Italy S.p.A.), an Italian automotive hose manufacturer, and Anvis Group GmbH (current SumiRiko AVS Holding Germany GmbH), a German automotive anti-vibration rubber manufacturer, and made them into consolidated subsidiaries

 

Completed Training Center Unuma Sangakukan (Kakamigahara-shi, Gifu)

 
2014

Company name changed to Sumitomo Riko Company Limited

 

Started mass production of "cell gasket", the rubber seal components used for FC stacks in fuel cell vehicles (FCV)

 
2015

SumiRiko FC Seal, Ltd. established to take on the manufacturing functionality of "cell gaskets", the rubber seal components (Komaki-shi, Aichi)

 

SumiRiko Yamagata Company Limited established as the first manufacturing base in the North-eastern region of Japan to manufacture anti-vibration rubber for automobiles (Yonezawa-shi, Yamagata)

 
2016

Established Global Headquarters (Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi)

 

Established collaborative venture between industry, academia, and government at the "Kyushu University Health Care System Lab Itoshima" (Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka)

 

Established Advanced Automotive Systems R&D Center(current Advanced Systems R&D Center)(Komaki-shi, Aichi)

 
2018

Integrated two industrial hose subsidiaries to form Sumitomo Riko Hosetex, Ltd. (Ayabe-shi, Kyoto)

 
2019

Absorbed and merged with SumiRiko Fine Elastomer, Ltd., rubber seal manufacturing company and established Saitama Plant (Ageo-shi, Saitama)

 
2020

Established the "Sumitomo Riko-AIST Advanced Devices of Polymer Materials Cooperative Research Laboratory" with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki)

 
2021

Established automotive hose manufacturing company, SumiRiko Vietnam Co., Ltd. in Vietnam

 
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