THE EARLY DAYS
The first 25 years
The Early Days
Futaba Industrial Corporation was established in 1945 in an effort to create more jobs.
WISDOM AND KAIZEN
Began manufacturing fish-netting machinery and pipe-frame furniture. Overcame difficulties in pipe fabrication and welding to become a producer of aircraft parts.
NAGOYA AND MIDORI NEW PLANTS
1956: Nagoya Plant starts work on infrastructure for the mass production of auto parts. 1959: Midori Plant increases auto-part production, the foundation of our current activities.
RESPECT FOR PEOPLE
Helped families in winter with production of kotatsu tables (tables with electric foot warmers underneath).
STRONG GROWTH IN AUTO PARTS
1966: Transferred Head offices and Okazaki plant from Okazaki City to Hashimoku-cho. 1968: Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the second section of the Nagoya Stock Exchange. 1969: Opened Anjo plant. Exceeded 10 billion yen in sales.
THINK AND ACT INDEPENDENTLY
Established a research facility for the development, design and construction of Midori Plant in 1962.
GROWTH AND CHANGE
Domestic and International Expansion
1970: Awarded the Toyota Quality Assurance Prize. 1971: Opened Mutsumi plant. 1979: Passed 50 billion yen sales mark.
UNASSUMING AND STRONG
Leaders in the successful implementation of arc-welding robots and transport robots in the press process. Introduced night shifts from 1970 onward.
TAHARA AND TAKAHASHI NEW PLANTS
1980: Opened Tahara plant. IPO on second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. 1981: Opened Takahashi plant. 1985: Awarded PM Excellent Plant Prize. 1986: Listed on first section of Nagoya and Tokyo Stock Exchanges. 1989: Sales exceed the 100 billion yen mark.
Expanded range of high-performance lightweight parts to meet customer needs. First in the world to find practical application for pipe benders
1991: Established Futaba Imari Corporation in Imari City, Saga Prefecture. 1992: Production begins at the Futaba Imari plant. 1993: Opened the Kota plant. 1994: Established FIC America Corporation near Chicago, Illinois. 1997: Completed construction of new corporate head offices; received ISO 9002 certification for the Kota plant. 1999: Established KFN joint venture plant in Indonesia.
WISDOM AND KAIZEN
First stainless steel exhaust manifold. First intake manifold pipe; first internal valve for mufflers. Diesel particulate filters (DPF). Global expansion of Futaba Thinking Production System (FTPS) production lines.
THE NEW MILLENNIUM
Meeting the Challenge of the new millennium
2000: Established Futaba Hiraizumi Corporation. Established FTUK joint venture in England. 2002: Established Tianjin Shuan Mechanical Industrial in Tianjin, China. Established FIO Automotive Corporation in Ontario, Canada. Established Futaba Czech SRO. 2004: Acquired Aichi Metals Ltd.; Established Guangzhou Locomotive machinery Corporation in Guangzhou, China. 2005 Futaba Industrial Texas established in San Antonio.
October 2001: Futaba Indiana of America (FIA) established in Vincennes, Indiana.
2012: FIA expands Stamping Department. Launch of Camry line at FIA. 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of Futaba Industrial Corporation.
2018: 50,000 square foot FIA plant expansion completed in preparation for expanded Toyota Highlander production line. Expansion includes second brake room, restrooms and landscaping.
A NEW DIRECTION
As Futaba Industrial and its subsidiaries prepare to celebrate 75 years of success, FIA continues to develop new initiatives to improve Safety, Quality and Productivity.
Futaba Indiana of America looks forward to the challenges and possibilities of the future.
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