History until JUKI becomes a global company

Sales territory expands from Japan alone to 180 countries around the world.
As a global company having customers all around the world, JUKI continues to take up the innovative challenge.

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1938 - 1949 The sewing machine business starts.

Machinery manufactures in Tokyo invest to form "Tokyo Juki Manufacturers Association."
The association converts to a joint-stock corporation and changes its name to "Tokyo Juki Industrial Co., Ltd."
The manufacturing of sewing machines is permitted.
The first machine of the Household Sewing Machines is completed. (HA-1)
Exporting the Household Sewing Machines to the U.S. starts.

1950 - 1959 The company enters the industrial sewing machine business.

JUKI Sewing Machines are selected as a special prize for the New Year’s greeting card with a lottery number.
The company enters the Industrial Sewing Machines market and releases the first machine. (DDW-Ⅱ)
The company wins the Imperial Invention Award for the invention of a single-axis rotational thread take-up lever.
The Industrial Sewing Machines are exported to Hong Kong for the first time.
The “Sewing Efficiency Laboratory” is established to help improve productivity of sewing factories.
A workshop intended for the sewing factory managers

1960 - 1969 The company’s stock is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

“JUKI Magazine,” a professional journal for the sewing industry is first published.
Manufacturing and sales of electronic computer peripherals start.
The company’s stock is listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
The company’s stock is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
The Sales Headquarters Building is completed at Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Tokyo Juki Certified Specialists Association is set up.
The company incorporates “Nakajima Seisakusho (present JUKI MATSUE CORPORTION),” a manufacturer for the Industrial Sewing Machines in Shimane Prefecture into the JUKI Group.
QC (Quality Control) circle activities start.
The picture shows a scene of the presentation in 1969
The company incorporates “SUZUTAMI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.,” a leading industrial knife manufacturer into the JUKI Group.
“Misedani Industrial Co., Ltd. (present JUKI METAL CORPORATION)” manufacturing the frames for the Industrial Sewing Machines is founded.

1970 - 1979 The business starts to develop on a full-scale global basis.

JUKI’s first overseas sales company (present JUKI (HONG KONG) LTD.) is founded in Hong Kong.
The “OHTAWARA PLANT,” a manufacturing plant for the Industrial Sewing Machines is completed in Ohtawara City, Tochigi Prefecture.
A sales company (called JUKI (EUROPE) GMBH), a stronghold in Europe is founded in West Germany.
A manufacturing plant is found in Akita Prefecture. (JUKI DENSHI INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.)
The ”Nasu Training Center” is completed in the OHTAWARA PLANT.
Aizu Precision Co., Ltd. (present JUKI AIZU CORPORATION) is founded in Fukushima Prefecture.
Yoshino Seisakusho Co., Ltd. is founded in Akita Prefecture. (JUKI YOSHINO KOGYO CORPORATION)
Akita Seimitsu Co., Ltd. is founded in Akita Prefecture. (JUKI AKITA SEIMITSU CORPORATION)
The Parts Center is opened as a department supplying spare parts for the Industrial Sewing Machines.
A sales company (present JUKI AMERICA, INC.) is founded in the U.S.
TQC (Total Quality Control) activity starts.
Screening for the Deming Prize
The Sewing Center is opened in the Head Office.
A trade show for the Industrial Sewing Machines is independently held in Shanghai, China.

1980 - 1989 The company changes its company name to JUKI CORPORATION.

The headquarters of the Industrial Sewing Machines Business wins the Deming Prize (Deming Application Prize for Division).
The company participates in a research and development program of “Automatic sewing system,” a big project of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. (The selected 27 companies attend.)
A branch office of JUKI (HONG KONG) LTD. is founded in Singapore.
The first machine of a Chinese character key-to- floppy device that is the predecessor of a Data Entry System is released.
The company enters a field of SMT (Surface Mount Technology) for an Industrial Equipment Business. The manufacturing and sales of the first machine starts. (KP-350)
The company name is changed to JUKI CORPORATION.
The company acquires a major manufacturer of the industrial sewing machines in the U.S. (UNION SPECIAL)
A corporate philosophy, a basic management policy, and a corporate slogan are established.

1990 - 1999 Manufacturing plants are deployed overseas.

JUKI’s first overseas factory is founded in Shanghai, China jointly with another company. (SHANGHAI JUKI SEWING MACHINE CO., LTD., a manufacturing plant for the household sewing machines)
A sales company is founded in China. (TOKYO JUKI INTERNATIONAL TRADE (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.)
A parts factory for the industrial sewing machines is founded in Vietnam. (Present JUKI (VIETNAM) CO., LTD.)
A company controlling the sales in Asia is founded in Singapore. (Present JUKI SINGAPORE PTE. LTD.)
A manufacturing plant for the industrial sewing machines is founded in Langfang, China jointly with another company. (JUKI XINXING INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.)
A company manufacturing and procuring the parts for the industrial sewing machines is founded in China (present JUKI (NINGBO) PRECISION Co., Ltd.)
The company wins an award from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry for the development of a “bobbin thread automatic feeder" used for the Industrial Sewing Machines.
The company spins off a domestic sales department for the Industrial Sewing Machines into a separate company. (JUKI SALES (JAPAN) CORPORATION)
The company incorporates ZEVATECH (present JUKI AUTOMATION SYSTEMS INC.) into the JUKI Group to strengthen sales of the Industrial Equipment in Europe and the U.S.

2000 - 2009 The company moves its Head Office from Chofu City to Tama City.

A wholly owned manufacturing plant for the Industrial Sewing Machines is founded in Shanghai, China. (JUKI (SHANGHAI) INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.)
A fully owned subsidiary controlling a Chinese area is founded.
A digital cell production system in the OHTAWARA Plant starts.
Briefings to institutional investors start. (Financial results briefing)
An office controlling the sales in Europe is founded in Poland. (JUKI CENTRAL EUROPE SP.ZO.O)
A sales office for the Industrial Equipment in Asia is founded in Thailand. (JUKI SMT ASIA CO., LTD)
A “parent-child workshop for making a swagger bag” is held for the first time during summer holidays.
All stocks of a manufacturing subsidiary in the U.S. are sold in MBO (Management Buyout) deal. (UNION SPECIAL)
Door-to-door sales of the Household Sewing Machines stops.
The JUKI’s own “ECO PRODUCTS” system starts.
The company moves to the new company building built in Tsurumaki, Tama City, Tokyo. (December)

2010 - 2017 The company evolves from a seller of single products to a provider of full-fledged solutions.

The household sewing machines are donated to all the elementary and junior-high schools in Tama City.
Offering assistance to the 5th graders in nearby elementary school in Tama City starts as part of their social study class. (Such as giving them tours to company facilities and showroom.)
The company changes a fiscal year-end from March to December. (Since 2011)
Activities for restoring JUKI’s facilities damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake are carried out.
An office building in the OHTAWARA PLANT
The company makes a comprehensive alliance with “SIRUBA,” the major company of an industrial knitting device in Taiwan.
A sales company is founded in Bangladesh. (JUKI MACHINERY BANGLADESH LTD.)
“SIIX EMS Shanghai Co., Ltd.” is founded jointly with SIIX. An electronics factory of JUKI (Shanghai) Industrial Co., Ltd. is transferred to this joint venture company.
JUKI cooperative association is reorganized into JUKI cooperative society.
A monument of “Mutual harmony and benefit” as a basic philosophy
A sales company is founded in Vietnam.
“Sleep Buster,” a drowsy driving warning system is released. (On the basis of manufacturing and sales contracted by Delta Kogyo Co., Ltd.)
The company makes the department for Industrial Equipment independent and founds JUKI AUTOMATION SYSTEMS CORPORATION.
JUKI AUTOMATION SYSTEMS CORPORATION merges with the business department for SMT Equipment of SONY EMCS.
Manufacturing capabilities of manufacturing plants in both Japan and Vietnam are combined to start the business for the JUKI group companies.
The company combines the shares to change the share unit number from blocks of 1000 shares to 100 shares.
The “JUKI GLOBAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT FORUM,” a presentation of global Total Quality Management activities starts.
A model concept of a Smart Factory for the sewing factory is presented at JIAM (Japan International Apparel Machinery) 2016.
The company changes a business segment name and grouping.(Sewing Machinery & Systems and Industrial Equipment &System)
Three companies in Akita Prefecture are integrated into a company called “JUKI INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION”

Thanks to you, JUKI has just celebrated its 80th anniversary
on December 15, 2018.

After the war, the company converted to a manufacturer of household sewing machines and has challenged its new businesses such as industrial sewing machines and SMT equipment since then.
The business has been expanded on a large-scale global basis from Chofu City, Tokyo, and JUKI products have been used by customers around the world.
We continue to develop products and provide services to satisfy our customers.