Milestones in Kanehiro’s history
Kanehiro was founded in 1952 as a small hardware retailer named Kanehiro Shoten.
In the intervening years, we have evolved to keep ahead of the changing times,
first specializing in the sale of industrial machinery,
then specializing in the sale construction equipment parts,
before finally pivoting to become a manufacturer of body parts
for construction equipment.
These three turning points are the major milestones in our growth into specialists
in body parts for construction equipment.
These days, we seek to enhance our business operations
by strengthening our production organization
through front-loading of the product development process,
as well as by strengthening our logistical organization
to achieve cost reductions through global procurement.
|1952||The late Tsunesaburo Hashimoto establishes Kanehiro Shoten in Akashi, Hyogo, as a retailer of carpenter tools and architectural fittings.|
|1965||Business expands to include machine tools.|
|1970||Company incorporates as Kanehiro Kizai K.K.|
|1974||Business expands to include industrial machinery.|
|1980||Business expands to include automated assembly equipment.|
|1982||Business expands to include body parts for construction equipment.|
|1991||Company name changed to Kanehiro Co., Ltd.|
|1992||Hiro Hashimoto succeeds Tsunesaburo Hashimoto as president.|
|1993||Headquarters building is rebuilt.|
|1997||Overseas procurement begins, with materials sourced from China, Taiwan, and Korea.|
|2003||The Moritomo Plant is built in Kobe, and a Manufacturing Division is established.|
|2004||The Hiroshima Sales Office is established.|
|2005||The Moritomo Plant is moved and expanded as the Manufacturing and Logistics Divisions are merged.
A manufacturing division is established in China: Kanehiro Machinery Company (Shanghai), Limited.
|2006||A trading division is established in China: Kanehiro (Shanghai) Trade Company, Limited.|
|2008||The China plant is moved and expanded.|
|2009||A new headquarters plant is built in Kobe.|
|2011||The No. 2 Plant is built on a site adjacent to the headquarters plant.|
|2014||ISO 9001:2004 certification is acquired.|
|2015||Floor space at the headquarters No. 2 plant is expanded, and laser processing equipment is installed.
Planned acquisition of ISO 14001 certification.
|2016||Scheduled completion of a new factory in the Itsukaichi Industrial Park in Hiroshima.|