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Company Profile

Company Overview

Name Hanshinkiki, Co., Ltd
Established August 1926
President and CEO Ryuichi Yamada
Capital ¥100 million
Employees 145 (117 men and 28 women) (as of January 2011)
Banks of account
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
114Bank The Shoko Chukin Bank, Ltd.
Major customers
Caterpillar Japan Ltd. Caterpillar Inc.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Kobe Steel, Ltd. Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.
Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation Nippon Pillar Packing Co., Ltd.
Tsuda Electric Meters Co., Ltd. Yamato-Scale Co., Ltd.
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. SGC Co., Ltd.


Year Month Event
1926 8 Hanshinkiki’s business is founded as a sole proprietorship by Harukichi Yamada
1940 8 Hanshin Nut Engineering is founded as a limited partnership and becomes a designated plant of the Imperial Japanese Army and the Imperial Japanese Navy.
1953 8 The company is reorganized as a joint-stock corporation.
  12 The company receives JIS certification from the Regional Bureau of International Trade and Industry.
1956 4 A new machine shop is built in Nagata-ku, Kobe.
1960 5 The company’s capital is increased to ¥10 million.
1963 3 A new press shop is built in Suma-ku, Kobe, and production operations begin. The new facility is used for nut production, machine work, and press work.
1967 4 The company’s capital is increased to ¥20 million.
  6 A new plant is built at Kobe Industrial Park, and production personnel are relocated to oversee the company’s three plants. Production of electric devices begins.
1970 5 The company receives an equity investment from Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, increasing its capital to ¥40 million. Its name is changed to Hanshinkiki, Inc. 
  9 A five-year joint operations plan is established with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation’s Kobe Works, and the company begins operations as a general-purpose relay plant.
1979 4 The transfer of DC electromagnetic contactors begins following the start of operations at the Control Works Marugame Plant.
1986 10 The company introduces a program of small-group activities, and employees undergo training in VE techniques.
1987 1 The company becomes the first plant to be certified under quality assurance standards as Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi Ltd. (SCM) is launched.
1990 7 The company’s capital is increased to ¥100 million.
1995 1 The Unit Plant’s main building is seriously damaged in the Great Hanshin Earthquake. Repairs are completed in May.
1997 3 The CSC Plant is completed.
1998 10 A fully automated painting line is introduced.
1999 4 A program of 20 Keys is introduced and expanded to include the entire company.
2000 3 Production of Caterpillar C-series hydraulic excavators begins.
2002 10 The company earns ISO 9001 (2000) certification.
2003 9 The company is certified as a World Purchasing Supplier by Caterpillar in the U.S.
  11 The Sheet Metal Plant is completed.
2004 5 A comprehensive production system (EPS) is introduced.
  8 The company celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding.
2005 3 The company earns ISO 14001 (1996) certification.
  4 The first phase of management training begins.
The company expands its overseas business with Caterpillar (U.S., Belgium, France, China, Indonesia, and Brazil).
A system for managing confidential corporate information is introduced.
  9 A lead-free automated soldering system is introduced.
2006 3 A jig-less system welding robot is introduced, and peripheral equipment is developed.
The Distribution Center opens.
The company passes its ISO 14001 (2004) transition audit.
  4 Just-in-time (JIT) deliveries to Caterpillar Japan Ltd. commence.
  6 Production of Caterpillar D-series hydraulic excavators begins.
2007 4 The second phase of management training begins.
The Procure Improrement Project is launched.
  10 The company passes its ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 integrated audit.
2008 3 The Printed Circuit Board Plant is equipped to implement lead-free and ESD measures.
  4 A Procurement Section is created in the Manufacturing Division to streamline operations.
  7 A pulley processing system is introduced.
  8 The Printed Circuit Board Plant passes a printed circuit board quality improvement program audit conducted by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. The plant receives a Technology Certificate from Mitsubishi Electric’s Corporate Productivity Engineering Department in recognition of its printed circuit board mounting technology.
2009 3 A jet-type automated soldering system is introduced.
  5 The New Business Development Project is launched.
  6 The company exhibits at the Kobe Small and Medium Enterprise Processing Technologies Exhibit and Business Meeting.
2010 5 The company exhibits at the Small & Medium Enterprise Fair 2010 in Kansai, where it receives the Best Presentation Award for Excellence.
  9 Production of Caterpillar E-series hydraulic excavators begins.
  11 The company exhibits at the Small & Medium Enterprise Fair 2010 in Tokyo.
  12 A powder coating system and cationic electrodeposition coating system are introduced.
2011 1 Melco Control Panel and Component Co., Ltd. is established, and some operations are transferred to the new company, including production of protective relays and relay boards for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.