Corporate History

HISTORY DIGEST

Start of business with assembly of wireless devices and vacuum tube radios
In 1939, we began operation in Asahi-ku, Osaka as a subcontracting plant of Matsushita Electric (now Panasonic) to assemble wireless devices, radios and their parts. “Taiyo Manufacturing,” the current company name, was named by an executive of Matsushita Electric during that period.

Development in the period of rapid economic growth
In the postwar reconstruction period, we started to plate radio parts in technical cooperation with plating companies, and initiated plating business on a full scale with zinc plating. Our company was reorganized into a limited company in 1953.

Development in the period of rapid economic growth
During the period of rapid economic growth, when home electric appliances became widespread at a tremendous rate, we introduced new plating technology and achieved development. While the popularization of audio products led to growing demand for their parts, we successfully replaced aluminum decoration rings with plastic plated knobs, and accelerated introduction of Plastic Plating into AV products with development of electroformed molds.

Keeping up with the trend of preferring lighter and smaller electronic devices
We had gold plated terminals of Electronic Circuit Boards since the late 1960s. Thus, we have traditionally focused on the plating of Electronic Circuit Boards. Around 1975, with a strong trend of preferring lighter and smaller electronic devices, we saw a rapidly growing demand for through-hole plating along with double-sided and multilayer Electronic Circuit Boards. We established a production system with eight lines by 1990 to be a major through-hole plating manufacturer in Japan. Starting with the establishment of Taiyo Technology of America in 1991, we also accelerated overseas operations around that time.

Coming of digital age
From 1990, electronic devices experienced a wave of digitalization. Taking advantage of the wave, we promoted development of bump plating and other cutting-edge plating technologies, and started mass production. Although demand for Plastic Plating was temporarily sluggish, it then began to be adopted for buttons of mobile phones, which started to be widespread at that time, at an explosive rate from around 1995. We also developed nickel-free plated buttons during the period.

Development from core plating technology to a “one-stop” order system and car electronics
With Plastic Plating, we advanced into the field of on-vehicle equipment on a full scale around 2010. We are applying our original satin-finished plating to interior parts for market deployment. In the electronic area, we have actively introduced seed film forming technology and resist patterning technology, expanded operations by putting plating technology at the core and additionally handling preceding and following processes and made efforts to allow customers to place a “one-stop” order for the whole processes. We aim to establish “total process” involving wafers, Electronic Circuit Boards and ceramic boards.

CORPORATE TIMELINE

1939
Wireless assembling was started at its present Head Office's location as a private enterprise.
1948
Established Metal Plating Division.
1949
Started production of light electric parts and plating process.
1953
Reorganized into a limited company (Taiyo Manufacturing Co., Ltd). Incorporated with capital stock of 500 thousand yen.
1958
Completed semi-automated facilities at Joto Plant.
Capital increased to 2.5 million yen.
1959
Electro Polishing Plant completed. Installed a fully-automated facility at Joto Plant.
Capital increased to 3.5 million yen.
1961
Kadoma Plant completed.
1962
Coating Plant completed.
Capital increased to 5.7 million yen.
1964
Non-Electrolytic Plating Plant established.
Capital increased to 10 million yen. Mass production of plastics plating commenced.
1967
Added another Non-Electrolytic Plating Plant.
Capital increased to 16 million yen.
1968
Press Plant completed.
Capital increased to 21 million yen.
1969
Capital increased to 30 million yen.
1971
Capital increased to 46 million yen.
1972
Established Knob Manufacturing Plant.
1973
Capital increased to 49 million yen.
1974
Closed Kadoma Plant and integrated to Joto Plant.
1976
Non-Electrolytic Plating Plant was renamed to Synthetic Chemical Plant.
1977
Press Plant, Knob Plant and Electro Plant integrated into Light Metals Plant.
Kozaburo Shikata assumed post of the President.
1978
Capital increased to 65 million yen.
1979
Capital increased to 83 million yen.
Zinc barrel plating line at Morishoji Plant integrated to Joto Plant.
1980
Capital increased to 99 million yen.
1981
Synthetic Chemical Product Plant refurbished and expanded.
1982
Sakai Plant for molding line constructed.
1983
New Head Office building completed.
1984
New Sakai Plant completed and a molding line was transferred to the new plant.
1986
Kozaburo Shikata assumed post of the Chairman.
Takayuki Tsuji assumed post of the President.
1988
Established R&D Center.
1989
Completed first phase of the refurbish project of Metal Department.
1990
Established Five "S" Department.
1991
Established Taiyo Technology of America Inc.
1992
Kozaburo Shikata decorated with the Fifth Order of the Sacred Treasure.
Completed the second-stage construction in Sakai Factory.
1993
Completed new developmental product line at Sakai Division.
Established Taiyo Technology Singapore Pte Ltd at Jurong.
1994
Started R&D Division at Sakai.
1995
Completed second phase of rebuilding at Metal Department.
1998
Established Taiyo Technology (MALAYSIA) Sdn Bhd.
1999
TMC acquired ISO14001 certification.
2000
Established Taiyo Soft Singapore Pte Ltd.
TMC acquired ISO9002 certification.
2001
Metal Department changed its name to Tsurumi Division.
Established Taiyo Technology Portugal Componentes Plasticos Precisao.
Established automatic electro Au plating machine in Tsurumi Division.
2008
Established Taiyo Soft Singapore (TAI) Sdn Bhd.
Takayuki Tsuji assumed post of the Chairman.
Katsuyuki Tsuji assumed post of the President.
2009
TMC acquired ISO27001 certification.
2010
Shanghai Branch Office of Taiyo Soft Singapore Representative Office has opened in China.
2011
Taiyo Technology System Thailand Inauguration.
Closed Taiyo Technology Portugal.
2012
Taiyo Technology Industry Thailand Inauguration.
2015
Taiyo Technology System (Thailand) was incorporated into Taiyo Technology Industry (Thailand).
2016
Chemical and synthetic division acquired ISO/TS16949 certification.
2017
New Plating Plant completed at Taiyo Technology Industry (Thailand).