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About the Kimura Foundry

History of the Kimura Group

2010 November 2016 Honorary Chairman Hiroyosh Kimura receives the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.
January 2016 A new corporate policy and the KSP100 and KVP2018 programs are launched.
December 2015 A reverse engineering program (KRIT) is commenced.
July 2014 Kimura Foundry America, Inc., (KFA) is established and Tosei Kogyo Co., Ltd. and the Gunma Machining Plant commence operations.
February 2014 Hiroyoshi Kimura takes up the post of Honorary Chairman and Tomoaki Kimura takes up the post of Chairman of the Board of Directors.
January 2013 Kimura Foundry’s Advanced Process Technology Center commences operations.
August 2012 Production of cast steel based on the Full Mold Casting process is resumed.
January 2012 Japan Metal merges with Kimura Foundry; the resulting entity commences operations as Kimura Foundry’s Gunma Plant.
February 2011 Hiroyoshi Kimura takes up the post of Representative Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Kazutoshi Kimura takes up the post of Representative Director and President.
March 2010 The No. 3 Sales Unit is established and participation in overseas transactions and energy industries is commenced.
2000 May 2008 Kimura Foundry’s new Omaezaki Plant commences operations.
February 2008 A letter of appreciation is received from the governor of Shizuoka Prefecture for our contributions to the International Skills Festival for All (Japan); the Wise Owl, our donated cast-metal globe, is presented to the Imperial Household Agency by the governor.
September 2007 Kimura Foundry’s Gunma FM Plant acquires the OSHMS.
August 2007 Awarded the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award at the Second Monozukuri Nippon Grand Award.
June 2007 Japan Metal acquires the OSHMS.
March 2007 Awarded the 53rd Okochi Memorial Production Prize.
January 2007 Kimura Foundry’s Omaezaki Plant acquires the OSHMS.
October 2006 Awarded the 3rd Nikkei Monozukuri Award.
April 2006 Named one of the 300 Most Dynamic Small to Medium-Sized Manufacturing Companies in Japan.
December 2005 Hiroyoshi Kimura is awarded the 23rd Annual Most Outstanding Executive Award as sponsored by Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.
November 2005 Our achievement in developing a system for the full mold casting process is recognized with the conferring of the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award by the Materials Process Technology Center.
April 2005 Nagaoka FM Plant is renamed the Izu FM Plant due to a change in address caused by the amalgamation of Izu-Nagaoka Town, Nirayama Town, and Ohito Town; Kimura Group is subject to a company-wide consolidation in terms of ISO 9001 certification.
April 2004 Hamaoka Plant is renamed the Omaezaki Plant due to a change in address caused by the amalgamation of Hamaoka Town and Omaezaki Town.
June 2003 Japan Metal Co., Ltd. is granted ISO 9001:2000 certification.
April 2003 The production of stainless castings is commenced, and the Kimura Foundry’s Nagaoka Slurry Plant commences operations.
March 2003 Kimura Foundry’s head office, Head Office Plant, and Gunma FM Plant are granted ISO 9001:2000 certification.
November 2002 Kimura Foundry’s Hamaoka Plant is granted ISO 14001 certification.
January 2002 Japan Metal Co., Ltd. is granted ISO 14001 certification.
June 2001 Kimura Foundry’s Toi FM Plant and Tosei Kogyo Co., Ltd.’s Mishima Plant are merged; the resulting entity commences operations as Tosei Kogyo’s Nagaoka FM Plant.
March 2001 Kimura Foundry’s head office, Head Office Plant, and Gunma FM Plant are granted ISO 9002 certification.
November 2000 Japan Metal Co., Ltd. is granted ISO 9002 certification.
July 2000 Kimura Foundry’s Hamaoka Processing Plant commences operations.
1990 November 1998 Japan Metal Co., Ltd. is awarded the Minister of International Trade and Industry Award for an Excellent Environment for Forges and Foundries.
May 1998 Kimura Foundry’s Hamaoka FM No. 2 Plant commences operations.
November 1994 Kimura Foundry’s Hamaoka Plant is awarded the Minister of International Trade and Industry Award for an Excellent Environment for Forges and Foundries.
April 1990 Kimura Foundry’s Toi FM Plant commences operations.
1980 April 1989 Kei Kimura is awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Rays in recognition of his achievements concerning the commercialization and industrialization of the full mold casting process.
April 1988 Kimura Foundry’s Hamaoka Plant commences operations (upon absorbing the Hamaoka FM Plant).
October 1987 A CAD / CAM system is adopted.
January 1986 Kimura Foundry’s Hamaoka FM Plant commences operations.
October 1985 Kimura Foundry’s Gunma FM Plant commences operations.
April 1984 Kei Kimura is awarded the Science and Technology Agency’s Director-General’s Award in recognition of his achievements in developing and cultivating full mold casting technologies; plants are designated as model plants for rationalization by small and medium-sized enterprises.
April 1983 Kimura FM Mold Factory is absorbed into Tosei Kogyo Co., Ltd. and capital is increased to 37 million yen.
September 1982 The Kimura FM Mold Factory’s Mishima Plant commences operations.
June 1982 Kimura Foundry assumes the post of Representative Director.
May 1982 FM pattern 3D NC processors are introduced.
March 1982 The company is recognized as an excellent company in being conferred an award by the director-general of the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency.
April 1981 Japan Metal Co., Ltd. is established with 50 million yen in capital.
July 1980 Computers are introduced for production and office work.
1960 July 1978 Tosei Kogyo Co., Ltd. is established with 10 million yen in capital and commences machining operations.
June 1977 Capital is increased to 34 million yen.
May 1967 The Kimura FM Mold Factory is established, and full mold pattern production is commenced.
July 1966 Full Mold Casting process is introduced.
October 1963 The head office is relocated to Shimizu-cho, Sunto-gun.
  December 1959 Kimura Foundry’s second plant is built in Shimizu-cho, Sunto-gun.
February 1957 Kei Kimura assumes the post of Representative Director.
May 1948 The company is incorporated as Kimura Foundry with 500,000 yen in capital.
March 1930 Kimura Foundry’s plant is relocated to Hattansho, Sanmaibashi, Numazu City.
February 1927 Tsunejiro Kimura establishes Kimura Foundry at Aza-Hiratsuka, Agetsuchi, Numazu City.
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Honorary Chairman Hiroyoshi Kimura receives the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon (2016)
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New administration (2011)
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Cast-metal globe at Manufacturing World (2007)
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Omaezaki Plant commences operations (1988)
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CAD / CAM (1987)
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Early NC machine (1982)
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Forming machine (around 1978)
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Full Mold Casting / Industrial machines (1974)
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Full Mold Casting / Automotive press dies (1968)
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At the time of the founding of the company