About Us

KAWATA started business in 1935, and entered the plastic molding processing field, taking the lead of other companies.

As a “Specialist of Labor-saving Equipment in Molding Plants”, we have provided high quality “Only One” products which match customer needs with the advanced technology. Plastic products which have enriched our lives more have made rapid progress as information technology (IT) develops.

KAWATA
has worked toward manufacturing and marketing our products along with the tide.



In recent years, we have provided products and service in a wide range of the business fields such as automobile and molding processing of the most advanced parts which are the core of liquid crystal and plasma displays, and cellular phones. How can we make user-friendly products in the high-perfor-mance mold processing, save labor in manufacturing processes, eliminate waste of process material, and reduce the effect on the environment? In order to achieve our philosophy since the establishment, KAWATA Group will devote itself to making each product with its whole heart, sincerely address many challenges, and continue to offer new ideas with continuous development of technology and never-ending efforts of passionate employees across the world.

We believe that all the employees in KAWATA Group keep on creating value for customers, suppliers, and society through development, manufacturing, sales, and service in the future.

Company Profile


President
Hidenori Shirai

Establishment 
   
September 10, 1935

Capital    

977,142,640 JPY (As of 31st March, 2016)

Shareholders    
Kawata Kyoshin Kai, Employee Stock Ownership Plan., The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., Others

Net Sales    
Non-consolidated :8,916 million JPY(FY2016)
Consolidated :17,534 million JPY(FY2016)

Business line    
Design and manufacturing of powder and grain processing equipment and systems

No. of Employees    
234 (Consolidated basis: 788)

Banks    
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., Resona Bank Ltd., Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corp.

Professional Associations    
The Osaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Osaka Prefectural Manufacturing & Industrial Association, Osaka Industrial Research Association, Japan Plastics Machinery Association, Plastics Technology Association, Japan Society of Polymer Processing, The Japan Society of Plastics Technology, East/West/Central Japan Plastic Products Industrial Association, The Association of Powder Process Industry and Engineering

Company History

1935    
September
KAWATA MANUFACTURING established by Masateru Kawata in Osaka, and started designing and manufacturing the machinery and metal molds for manufacturing rubber goods.

1949   
 
March
Started designing and manufacturing plastics processing machinery.

1951   
July
KAWATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD. incorporated and Masateru Kawata appointed as president (capital \250,000).

October
Developed an extruder and simultaneously developed extrusion-related equipment for manufacturing pipes, corrugated sheets, sheets, etc.

1959  
September
Established Bainan Plant at Nishinari-ku in Osaka.

1962    
June
Started manufacturing high-speed mixers (SUPER MIXER).

October
Obtained utility model right for an automatic loader (AUTO LOADER) and went into full commercial production.

1963    
March
Opened Tokyo Office at Taito-ku in Tokyo.


1968  
May
Established Sanda Plant in Hyogo

1970    
January
Technical cooperation with CONAIR INC. in the U.S. regarding automatic colorant measurement machine (AUTO COLOR).


1972
October
Opened Nagoya Office in Nagoya.

1973
March
Technical cooperation with Krauss Maffei in Germany on a plastics processing machine (SUPER GRUSH MIXER).

September
Technical cooperation with SOMOS GmbH in Germany regarding dehumidifying dryer (CHALLENGER).

1974
June
Tokyo Office moved to Adachi-ku in Tokyo.

1975
January
Head Office moved to Awaza at Nishi-ku in Osaka.

1980
January
Masateru Kawata appointed as chairman and Teruhiro Kawata as president.
     
Aug
Technical cooperation with TOYO INK MFG. CO., LTD. on a vibrating mixer (SUPER FLOATER).



1985
March    
Changed the company name to KAWATA MFG. CO., LTD.

1986    
March
Cooperated with AXIOMATICS(TREXEL INC.) in the U.S. and obtained the exclusive right to sell an automatic continuous moisture sensing system in Japan.

1987    
January    
Obtained a patent for a dehumidifying dryer (CHALLENGER). (Patent No. 160783).
 
May    
Established CONAIR KAWATA SALES & SERVICE CO. with CONAIR INC. to offer KAWATA and CONAIR products and service in the U.S.
     
June    
Reinstated Chairman Masateru Kawata as president.
     
August    
Re-exported the technology of a resin drying system for CD to CONAIR INC.

1988
May    
Tokyo plant moved to Kawaguchi, Saitama Pref. and the old plant closed.
     
September    
Developed the world's first microwave continuous dryer (DRYTOP). Received a subsidy for new technology and development from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry and an Industrial Technology Award.



1989
June
Michinosuke Ota appointed as president.

July
Technical tie-up with AXIOMATICS(TREXEL INC.) in the U.S. on automatic continuous moisture sensing system(AXIOMETER).
     
September
Established KAWATA U.S.A. INC. in the U.S.
     
November
Established KAWATA MF Singapore PTE. LTD. (Renamed to KAWATA PACIFIC PTE. LTD. in May 1993).

1991
December
Listed the stock on over-the-counter market on the Japan Securities Dealers Association.

1993
May
Established KAWATA PACIFIC PTE.LTD. in Singapore.
    
September
Established KAWATA-ENGE MFG.SDN.BHD. in Malaysia.
     
December Established KAWATA CONAIR INC. with Conair Inc.

1994
January
Developed the world's first dehumidifying dryer,"CHALLENGER II", with ADS ceramic adopted as adsorbent.

1995    
March
Established KAWATA (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD. in China.
     
April
Opened Guangzhou Office in China.
Technical tie-up with TOYOTA Motor Corp. & TOYO INK MFG.CO., LTD. on a gravimetric feeder (SYNCHRO AUTOCOLOR).
     
July    
Started selling SYNCHRO AUTOCOLOR.
    
Nov    
Obtained an exclusive right to sell extrusion molding control system from INOEX in Germany and started sales.
     
Dec    
Rebuilt Sanda Plant and moved Osaka Plant to Sanda.

1996    
January    
Integrated all activities of Osaka Plant into extended and improved Sand Plant.

April    
Opened Representative office in the Philippines.
     
August    
Established KAWATA (THAILAND) CO., LTD in Bangkok.
     
October    
Developed the world's first Material loading/drying system for DVD production.

1997    
July
Established KAWATA MACHINERY MANUFACTURING (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD in China.
Established KAWATA MARKETING SDN BHD in Malaysia.



1998
April
Obtained an exclusive right to sell granulators from RAPID in Sweden
     
October
Completed Shanghai Factory and started full-scale manufacturing of plastic processing machinery

1999
April
Michinosuke Ota, President, won the Award of Director-General of the Science and Technology Agency
 
May
Obtained ISO9001 certification
    
June
Michinosuke Ota and Toshimasa Ota appointed as chairman and president, respectively.

September
Developed Environmental equipment "PET Recycle System" and displayed at "IPF99" (Tokyo).
     
November
Established KAWATA TECHNO SERVICE CO., LTD for full after-sales service.

2000
March
Established Taiwan KAWATA CO., LTD in Taiwan.
     
April
Started production of MCF-RIM(Reactive Injection Molding).
     
August
Capital increase (to \973,670,000).


2001
January
Completed construction of an automatic warehouse in Sanda Plant.
    
March
Opened sales offices in Shenzhen and Tianjin.
     
August
Completed construction of MCF development factory at Sanda Plant.
     
September
Started marketing the world's first MCF-RIM system.
     
December
Developed a waste plastic recycling system, SUPER ADDON MIXER.

2002   
February
Partnership with Haruna Co., Ltd. regarding an injection molding system for undried resins, ECOMAK.
     
March
Opened a demonstration test center for SUPER ADDON MIXER in Saitama.
     
Sep    
Completed construction of the second Shanghai factory.

2003    
January
Established Kawata Machinery(HK) Limited in Hong Kong.
     
September
Developed MCF-extrusion system.

2004    
March
Opened Suzhou Office in China.
     
December
Listed on the JASDAQ exchange.
Cooperation with TOYOTA MOTOR CORP. on the mold technology for biodegradable plastics (polylactic acid resin).


2005
April
Acquired all shares of ML Engineering Co. Ltd, making this company a wholly-owned subsidiary.
    
October
Completed construction of the third Shanghai Factory.

2006
June
Naoto Yukawa appointed as president.

2008
February
Obtained "ISO14001", the international standard for environmental management.
     
March
Nagoya office moved to Osone Higashi-ku in Nagoya.
     
April
Opened an intellectual property development division to enhance intellectual property management.
November Opened Chubu sales division to increase sales in central Japan.

2011
April
Established PT. KAWATA Indonesia in Indonesia.
     
May
Merged Kawata Machinery Manufacturing (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (the surviving company) with Kawata (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
     
October
Completed construction of the Indonesia Factory.
     
December
Organized Production Managment Div.

2012
April
Acquired all shares of Reiken Inc. making this company a wholly-owned subsidiary.


2013
June
Listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Appointed Hidenori Shirai as president.
     
July
Established REIKEN (THAILAND) CO., LTD in Bangkok.

2014
June
Established PT.Kawata Marketing Indonesia in Republic of Indonesia.

2015
September
Changed the number of shares per share unit from 1,000 shares to 100 shares. Relocated Kawata Machinery Manufacturing (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. to a new factory in Shanghai.

2016 
June Transferred to a Company with an Audit and Supervisory Committee.