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75years in HISTORY

Yazaki’s 75 Years in History

A history that began with the dream of a single man during Japan’s early Showa era (1926-1989)
Let’s take a look back at Yazaki’s growth over the past 75 years.
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1921-1940

Yazaki’s prehistory: 1921 to 1940

Photo: Ceremony for the Ogu Factory office’s completion

1924
COMPANY
On May 27, an ambitious fifteen-year-old named Sadami Yazaki, Yazaki’s future founder, travels from Nakasu Village in Nagano Prefecture’s Suwa District (currently Nakasu, Suwa City) to Tokyo, where he is hired by Trading Company “Morita Shokai” in Nihombashi.
1929
PRODUCTS
Sadami begins selling wire harnesses (“W/H”) for automobiles as a one-man business.
1938
COMPANY
Sadami establishes Yazaki Densen Eigyo-bu as a joint stock company. PIC
1939
COMPANY
The Oku Factory is established in Arakawa Ward, Tokyo, and begins manufacturing general electrical wires and W/H.PIC

1941-1950

Photo:Ceremony for the Shimada Factory’s completion

1941
COMPANY
Yazaki Densen Kogyo K.K. is established and absorbs Densen Eigyo-bu.
1943
COMPANY
The Washizu Factory (currently the Washizu Branch Factory of the Makinohara Factory) opens.
1947
COMPANY
The Head office opens (Nishi-Shimbashi, Minato Ward, Tokyo). PIC
1948
COMPANY
The Shimada Factory opens.PIC
1949
PRODUCTS
The company begins selling Japan's first vinyl electrical wires for automobiles.
1950
COMPANY
The automobile manufacturing arm of Toyo Tokei is split off and established as Nihon Jidosha Keiki K.K. in Shibaura, where it begins manufacturing meters.

1951-1960

Photo: Reverberatory furnace used to melt copper

1951
COMPANY
The Numazu Factory opens.
 
COMPANY
Branch offices are opened in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai and Fukuoka.
1955
PRODUCTS
Sales of the first PVC wire in the general electrical wire industry begin.
1957
PRODUCTS
Japan’s first rotary (“Thomas”) furnace is installed in the Numazu Factory.PIC
1958
PRODUCTS
Sales of Japan’s first parking meters begin.
 
OTHER
The Yazaki Health Insurance Association is established.
1959
COMPANY
Yazaki Parts Co., Ltd. is established.
 
COMPANY
Nihon Jidosha Keiki K.K. changes its name to Yazaki Meter Co., Ltd.PDF
 
COMPANY
The Tenryu Factory opens.PDF
 
OTHER
The inaugural edition of Yazaki News is published.PDF
1960
COMPANY
The Gotemba Factory opens.PDF
 
PRODUCTS
The “TCO-8,” Japan’s first tachograph, goes on the market. PDF PIC
 
PRODUCTS
Electric wires for devices and other products receive Japan’s first UL certification for electric wires.

1961-1970

Photo: Ceremony king the opening of Thai Yazaki Electric Wire

1961
COMPANY
The Susono Factory (later the Kisegawa Factory and currently the Susono Factory) opens.PDF
 
PRODUCTS
Production of wooden drums and vinyl tape and processing of scrap wire begin.PDF
 
OTHER
Yazaki Gijuku is launched.PDF
1962
COMPANY
The Ohama Factory opens.PDF
 
GLOBAL
Thai Yazaki Electric Wire Co., Ltd. is established in Bangkok, Thailand.PDF PIC
 
PRODUCTS
The “Christmas wire set” obtains UL certification and goes on sale in the U.S.PDF PIC
1963
COMPANY
The Hamana Factory opens.
 
COMPANY
Yazaki Densen Kyogyo K.K. changes its name to Yazaki Corporation. The company’s manufacturing arm is spun off as Yazaki Electric Wire Co., Ltd.PDF
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of the LP10 LP gas meter begin.PDF
 
OTHER
The Yazaki Employee Labor Union is established.PIC
 
OTHER
The Tamagawa University referred student scheme begins (continued until 1981)PDF PIC
1964
COMPANY
Yazaki Resources Co., Ltd. is established.
 
GLOBAL
The U.S.A. office opens in Los Angeles, U.S.A.PDF
 
OTHER
The “Fuji High School,” a correspondence education program, is started with Tamagawa with Tamagawa Academy (continued until 1973).PDF PIC
1965
COMPANY
Yazaki Industrial Machine Co., Ltd. is established.
 
GLOBAL
The Australia office is established in Melbourne, Australia.PDF
1966
GLOBAL
The European resident office is established in Basel, Switzerland.PDF
 
OTHER
A correspondence education program is launched with the Sanno Institute of Management.
1967
COMPANY
The Haibara Factory (currently the Monozukuri Center) opens.
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of taxi meters begin.PDF
1968
COMPANY
The Numazu Center opens (aggregation of management functions).PDF
 
GLOBAL
The Taiwan district office opens in Taipei, Taiwan.PDF
 
OTHER
A correspondence education program is launched with Naniwa Women’s Junior College (continued until 1974).PIC
1970
PRODUCTS
Sales of Aroace absorption chillers begin. PDF PIC

1971-1980

Photo: Establishment of Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing Inc.

1971
COMPANY
The Fuji Factory opens.
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of Arokko LP gas alarms begin.
1973
COMPANY
The Niimi Factory opens.
 
COMPANY
The Tochigi Factory opens.PDF
 
OTHER
Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress pay a visit to Ikkyuso Guesthouse.
1974
COMPANY
Yazaki’s founder, Sadami Yazaki, passes away suddenly at the age of 64. Yasuhiko Yazaki assumes the presidency.PIC
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki-Tores Manufacturing Incorporated is established in Manila, the Philippines.PDF
 
PRODUCTS
The “Yazaki Experimental Solar House,” a facility equipped with the world’s first solar-powered air-conditioning and hot-water system, is completed at the Hamana Factory.
 
PRODUCTS
The Aro Friend 8 electronic taxi meter goes on sale.
1976
COMPANY
The Head Office moves to Mita, Minato Ward, Tokyo.PIC
 
PRODUCTS
The Yuwaita solar water heater goes on sale.PIC
1977
PRODUCTS
The Blue Panel and Hot Water-Fired Aroace solar collectors go on sale.
 
OTHER
The first Domestic Summer Camp is held.
1978
COMPANY
May 27 is established as “Founding Day.”
 
COMPANY
The Hamamatsu Factory opens.
1979
PRODUCTS
Production of automotive junction blocks begins.
1980
COMPANY
The Ryuyo Factory opens. PDF
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki United Kingdom Ltd. is established in London, United Kingdom.PDF
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of the “YAZAC System” operational control system begin.

1981-1990

Photo:Taiyo-no-Yakata

1982
COMPANY
The “Yazaki Technical Center” (currently the Research & Technology Center) is established in Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture.PIC
 
GLOBAL
Autopartes y Arneses de Mexico S.A. de C.V. is established in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. PDF
 
OTHER
The Yazaki Memorial Foundation for Science and Technology is established.PIC
 
OTHER
Overseas study at the Toyota Technological Institute begins.
1983
PRODUCTS
Sales of “Achichi” solar water heating system begin.
1984
PRODUCTS
Production of low voltage wire for automobiles with compressed conductor with thin insulation (CAVS) begins.
1985
COMPANY
The Yazaki Electronics Center opens in Haibara-cho, Haibara-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture (currently Makinohara City).
 
OTHER
The first overseas summer camp is held.
1986
COMPANY
The Osaka Factory (currently the Daito Factory) opens.PDF
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki Saltano de Ovar-Productos Electricos, Ltda is established in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.PDF
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki Allied (NZ) Ltd. is established in Auckland, New Zealand.PDF
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of “Acemic” series of products that protects against damage by static electricity and electromagnetic waves begin.
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of the “Bulldog” comprehensive LP gas safety system begin.
1987
GLOBAL
VDO Yazaki Limited is established in Barrie, Canada.PDF
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of the “Taxi Multiprinter,” the first device capable of issuing taxi receipts in Japan, begin.
 
PRODUCTS
Production of “Combination Meter,” which uses completely trans-illuminated analog-electronic dials, begin.
 
PRODUCTS
Production of “Non-Halogen Flame-Retardant Cable for Automobiles” begins.
1988
GLOBAL
Yazaki United Kingdom, Ltd.’s Gothenburg Branch opens in Gothenburg, Sweden.
 
GLOBAL
(Tianjin) Tianmei Automotive Parts Co., Ltd. is established in Tianjin, China.
 
GLOBAL
EDS Engineering GmbH is established in Cologne, West Germany (now Germany).
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki Monel S.A. is established in Madrid, Spain.
 
OTHER
Summer Camp in Japan is held for the first time.
1989
GLOBAL
PT. EDS Manufacturing Indonesia is established in Jakarta, Indonesia.PDF
1990
OTHER
The overseas study program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) begins (concluded in 2005).

1991-2000

Photo: Yazaki International QCC Presentation

1991
GLOBAL
Yazaki United Kingdom, Ltd.’s Turin Branch Office opens in Turin, Italy.
 
GLOBAL
The Yazaki Australia Vaitele Factory opens in Apia, Western Samoa (now Samoa).PDF
 
OTHER
Yazaki Kyukamura opens on Iejima, Okinawa PrefecturePIC
1992
GLOBAL
Yazaki United Kingdom, Ltd.’s Belgium Branch Office opens in Opglabbeek, Belgium.
 
OTHER
Yazaki’s employee pension fund system is established.PDF
1993
OTHER
The first Overseas Adventure School begins.
1994
GLOBAL
Yazaki Debnar Slovakia spol. S.r.o. is established in Prievidza, Slovakia.PDF
 
OTHER
The first Yazaki International QCC Presentation Meet is held.PDF
1995
GLOBAL
Yazaki’s first business base in Singapore is established.
 
GLOBAL
Yazakisa Yazaki Sabanci Otomotiv Kablo Donanimi San. Ve Tic. A.S. is established in Kuzuluk, Turkey. PDF PIC
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki EDS Vietnam, Ltd. is established in Binh Duong, Vietnam.PIC
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki Ciemel S.A. is established in Chia, Colombia. PDF PIC
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki Argentina S.r.l. is established in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 
PRODUCTS
Production of the world’s first “analog virtual image display” begins.PIC
1996
PRODUCTS
Yazaki’s agricultural business is launched.
 
OTHER
The Yazaki Fuji Training Center opens in Gotemba City, Shizuoka Prefecture.PDF
1997
GLOBAL
Tata Yazaki Autocomp Limited is established in Pune, India.PDF
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki do Brasil Ldta. is established in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
 
OTHER
The Yazaki Global Environment Charter is enacted.PDF
1998
COMPANY
Y-CITY is opened in Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture, centralizing head office functions.PIC
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of “Ecology Cables” begins.
1999
GLOBAL
Yazaki Europe, Ltd.’s Eindhoven Branch Office opens in Helmond, the Netherlands.
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki Europe, Ltd.’s Paris Branch Office opens in Paris, France.
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki Europe, Ltd.’s Zagreb Branch Office opens in Zagreb, Croatia.
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of “DTG1,” the industry’s first digital tachograph, begin.
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of “Lead-Free Vinyl Tape” and “Ecology Tape” begin.
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of the on-board ETC device “ETC-YT1” begin.
2000
COMPANY
The Hotozawa Factory (currently the Hotozawa Branch Factory of the Susono Factory) opens.PIC
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki Morocco S.A. is established in Tangier, Morocco.
 
OTHER
Yazaki Valente captures its first championship in the Tokai Adult Soccer League.PIC

2001-2010

Photo: Yazaki’s wood biomass business

2001
GLOBAL
Yazaki de Nicaragua S.A. is established in Leon, Nicaragua.
 
GLOBAL
UAB Yazaki Wiring Technologies Lietuva is established in Klaipeda, Lithuania.
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki Wiring Technologies Czech S.r.o. is established in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
2002
COMPANY
Yasuhiko Yazaki is named Chairman and Shinji Yazaki becomes the new President.
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki Ukraine L.L.C. is established in Uzhgorod, Ukraine.
2003
GLOBAL
Yazaki Romania S.r.l. is established in Ploiesti, Romania.
 
PRODUCTS
Yazaki introduces the industry’s first lead-free vinyl electric wire and cables.
2004
PRODUCTS
Yazaki’s environment and recycling business is launched.
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of Yazaki’s “Load Indicator” begin.
2005
GLOBAL
Yazaki Uruguay S.A. is established in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay.
2006
COMPANY
The Yazaki “Kami Fusen” nursing care center is established within Y-CITY.PIC
 
GLOBAL
Arnecom de El Salvador S.A. de C.V. is established in Santa Ana, El Salvador.
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki Bulgaria Eood is established in Yambol, Bulgaria.
 
GLOBAL
Hesto Harnesses (Proprietary) Ltd. is established in Stanger, South Africa.
 
PRODUCTS
Yazaki’s food recycling business is launched.
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of the “YAZAC-eye” driving recorder begin.
 
OTHER
Yazaki participates in a forest volunteers’ cooperative forestation project in Yusuhara Town, Takaoka District, Kochi Prefecture for the first time.
2008
COMPANY
A wood pellet factory operated by the Yusuhara Pellet Co., Ltd., a quasi-public corporation sponsored by Yazaki, opens in Yusuhara Town, Kochi Prefecture.
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of Bio-Aroace, the world’s first absorption chiller fueled by wood pellets, begin.
 
PRODUCTS
Yazaki’s Telematics Services, which can manage the operating conditions of commercial vehicles, begin.
2009
GLOBAL
Yazaki Tunisia S.a.r.l is established in Gafsa, Tunisia.
 
GLOBAL
Korea Agritecno Yazaki Co., Ltd. is established in Seoul, South Korea.
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of the “U-Smart,” the industry’s first LP gas ultrasonic gas meter, begin.PIC
2010
PRODUCTS
Sales of “Eco Cute Solar Heat,” jointly developed with TEPCO and Denso, begin.
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of “F Earth,” a VVF wire with ground cable, begin.

2011-2015

Photo: Tokyo Motor Show 2015

2011
GLOBAL
Yazaki Automotive Products Poland Sp. z.o.o. is established in Mikołów, Poland.
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of the 600v “YAWARAKA” wire and cable series begin.
2012
COMPANY
Yazaki Energy System Corporation is established.
 
COMPANY
The Monozukuri Center opens in Makinohara City, Shizuoka Prefecture.
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki Cambodia Products Co., Ltd. is established in Koh Kong, Cambodia.
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki Volga L.L.C. is established in Nizhegorodskaya, Russia.
 
GLOBAL
Yazaki Systems Technologies France S.A.S.’s Novo Mesto Branch Office is established in Novo Mesto, Slovenia.
 
PRODUCTS
Sales of the industry’s first portable LPG generator system begin.
2013
GLOBAL
Yazaki Paraguay S.r.l. is established in Mariano Roque Alonso, Paraguay.
2014
PRODUCTS
Sales of the “iesta” standard AC charger for electric and plug-in hybrid begin.PIC
 
PRODUCTS
Yazaki, Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Tsusho Corporation jointly develop the world's first “car to car” technology for recycling the copper contained in W/H.
2015
PRODUCTS
Sales of the “DTG7” hybrid digital tachograph begin.PIC