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History of FUKUDA

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Our History
Edo
1700

Founder Benseki Fukuda opens Izutsuya, an establishment for the sale of gold and silver leaf and powder in Muromachi, Kyoto

1715

Renseki, the second master of the enterprise, assumes leadership of the family business

1775

Renseki writes Ie-no-Nae (Family Seedlings), which becomes a family dictum

1789

Junojo, the third master, takes over the family business

1790

Tomoteru, the fourth master, takes over the family business

1843

Yonosuke (later called Jusuke), the fifth master, takes over the family business

Meiji
1879

Factory for production of brass powder opens across from Izutsuya

1881

Sennosuke, the sixth master, takes over the family business (consequently changes his name to Jusuke II)

Trade name Fukuda Ju Shoten adopted

1905

Fukuda Ju Shoten receives order for gold foil, to be used in completing Palace of the Crown prince

1908

Yamashina Factory opens

Brass powder factory at Yamashina begins using water wheels

1909

Order for 100,000 sheets of gold leaf and gold folding screens received for use in relocation of Ise Shrine

Taisho
1915

Fukuda Ju Shoten receives influx of overseas orders for brass powder

Trade division established

1921

Manufacture of copper powder for producing carbon brushes begins

1924

Tokyo Branch opens

Showa
1929

Order received from Ise Shrine for 100,000 sheets of gold leaf, due to relocation of the shrine

1931

Rolling mill opens for tin foil factory

1932

Senjiro, the seventh master, assumes leadership (Senjiro changes his name to Jusuke III)

1933

Fukuda Ju Tin Aluminum Foil Manufacturing Co., Ltd. founded (name later changed to Nippon Foil Mfg. Co., Ltd.)

1935

Fukuda Ju Shoten becomes joint-stock company

Jusuke III becomes first president (with 500,000 yen in capital)

1936

Production of electrolytic copper powder

1937

Development of electro-deposited copper foil begins

Manufacture of aluminum foil (via beating process) begins

1938

Osaka Branch opens

Produces successful prototype tin and nickel powders using electrolytic method

1940

Corporate name changed to Fukuda Metal Foil & Powder Co., Ltd., which remains to this day

1941

Produces successful prototype aluminum powder using distillation method

1944

Yamashina Factory put under joint supervision of the Japanese Imperial Navy and Army

1945

Tokyo Branch burns to the ground during air raid (rebuilt in 1946)

Yamashina Plant begins production of wheat and corn flour

1947

Kaichi Fukuda, the eighth master, becomes second president

Japan Powder Metallurgy Co., Ltd. is established

1950

Nagoya Branch opens

1953

Capitalization reaches 10 million yen

1955

Production capacity of electrolytic copper powder increases to 20 tons per month

1956

Production of electro-deposited copper foil for printed circuit boards begins

1957

Capitalization reaches 50 million yen

Production of atomized metal powder with a low melting point begins

1958

Manufacture of long-roll electro-deposited copper foil begins

First patent for gold watercolor obtained

1960

Corporate logo introduced

Capitalization reaches 80 million yen

Production of silver powder for conductive materials (SILCOAT) begins

1962

Capitalization reaches 120 million yen

Engineering Research Center completed

1963

Sales of kelmet powder begin

1964

Capitalization reaches 160 million yen

1965

Sales of silver powder for conductive materials (SILCOAT) begin

1967

Capitalization reaches 200 million yen

1969

Four patents for self-fluxing nickel-alloy powder (FUKUDALLOY) obtained

1971

Capitalization reaches 320 million yen

1975

The first oil crisis occurs, forcing production cuts

Mass production of metal atomized powder with high melting point begins

1980

Honored with JPMA Award for development of atomized copper alloy powder

1981

Masao Yamamoto becomes third president

1983

Copper powder developed for use in EMI shielding

Monthly production reaches 1,000 tons and annual production reaches 10,000 tons

1984

Annual sales exceed 30 billion yen

1985

Capitalization reaches 600 million yen. Corporate mission statement established.

1986

Shiga Factory established (Higashiomi City)

1988

Capitalization reaches 700 million yen

Co-generation system introduced

Heisei
1989

Joint venture company, Cookson Fukuda Metal Ltd. (UK), established

1991

Honored with JII Award for invention of conductive copper powder for use in coating processes

1992

Nieftec Co., Ltd. established as a joint venture for production of electro-deposited nickel foil (Wakayama Prefecture)

1993

Takeshi Fukuda becomes fourth president

Metal powder manufacturing equipment based on the plasma rotating-electrode process (P-REP) introduced

1994

Joint venture company, Suzhou Fukuda Metal Co., Ltd. (China), established

1995

ISO 9001 certification obtained

Orders increase dramatically for metal foil and powder used in lithium-ion and other high-performance batteries

1997

Metal powder developed for use in nickel-metal hydride batteries

1998

Production of highly conductive metal flakes begins

Capacity of Suzhou Fukuda Metal Co., Ltd. boosted

1999

Solder balls developed for semiconductor packages

Sales of spherical titanium powder for use in artificial joints begin

2000

300th anniversary celebrated

ISO 14001 certification obtained (Shiga Factory)

2001

Specifies FUKUDA's vision for 21st century established

2002

ISO 14001 certification obtained (Head Office/Kyoto Factory)

2003

Yasuhiko Hayashi becomes fifth president

Closed the Osaka Branch is closed and Kansai Branch is opened in Kyoto

Strengthens Production of copper foil for flexible printed circuits (FPC) is increased and improved

Joint venture company, Suzhou Fukuda Hi-Tech Powder Co., Ltd. (China), is established

Hydrogen permeable membranes (metallic glass) for fuel cells are developed and released

2004

Copper nanoparticle homogenization technology using laser light developed

Joint venture company, Cookson Fukuda Ltd. (UK), is closed

2005

Mass production of ultra high-pressure swirl water jet atomized super-fine powder begins (Shiga Factory)

Awarded Prime Minister's first "Monozukuri Nippon Grand Award" (Meister Japan)

2006

Joint venture company, Nanjing Tongnan Copper Industry Ltd. (China), established

2007

Second atomized copper-alloy powder plant opens (Shiga Factory)

Suzhou Fukuda Hi-tech Powder Co., Ltd. opens an electrolytic copper powder factory (China)

2008

Quality Assurance Department and the Fine Powder Manufacturing Section (Kyoto Factory) relocated

2009

Production at the Second Silver Powder Plant (Kyoto Factory) begins

2011

Employee welfare facilities relocated (Head Office/Kyoto Factory)

2013

Shuzo Sonoda becomes sixth president

2014

Environmental protection facilities are relocated (Kyoto Factory)

Corporate Museum construction is completed (Kyoto City)

Ultra High-pressure Swirl Water Jet Atomized Super-fine Powder (copper type, iron type alloy powder) Plant expanded (Shiga Factory)

2016

Entire equity interst in joint venture company, Nanjing Tongnan Copper Industry Ltd. (China), transferred

Manufacturing engineering building reconstruct (Kyoto Factory)

Experimental Research building open (Kyoto Factory)

Sales of sub Micron-sized Extra Fine Copper Powder (EFC) begin

2017

Started production of Perforated Metal Foil

2018

Training Center construction is completed (Matsubara-dori Muromachi, the founding site)

Reiwa
2019

Installed additive manufacturing equipment for metal powder research and development (Kyoto Factory)

2020

Expanded High-pressure Water Atomized Copper Powder production facilities (Shiga Factory)

A new Raw Material Warehouse is built (Shiga Factory)