History

Dec. 1951 Hirata Sharyo Industrial Co., Ltd. established in Kumamoto with JPY 1 million in capital to manufacture and market industrial vehicles.
Oct. 1957 Oe Plant (integrated with the Kumamoto Plant) built in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Pref.
Aug. 1958 Started manufacturing agricultural trailers.
Dec. 1959 Started manufacturing belt conveyors and slot conveyors.
May. 1964 Hirata delivers its first television assembly line.
Jul. 1964 Ueki Plant (now Kumamoto Plant) built in Ueki Town, Kumamoto City Kumamoto Pref.
Aug. 1968 Kanto Plant built in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Pref.
Oct. 1970 Started making free-flow conveyors with newly invented chains.
Aug. 1974 Hirata Industrial Commerce and Taihei Conveyors merge to form Hirata Corporation.
Dec. 1977 Development of Cartesian coordinate robot NC control XY table "Machine Base".
Jun. 1979 First order for a transmission assembly line received from an automotive maker.
Feb. 1980 Hirata Corporation of America founded in IN, U.S.A. as a subsidiary.
Jul. 1980 Development of Arm Base AR-300 horizontal multi-joint 4-axis robot. Commencement of worldwide pre-sales.
Mar. 1981 Kansai Plant built in Yasu City, Shiga Pref. Headquarters moved to Shinagawa in Tokyo; former HQ renamed Kumamoto Headquarters.
Apr. 1984 Robot Plant (now Kusuno Plant) built in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Pref.
Mar. 1986 Taihei Computer Co., Ltd. founded in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Pref. (Taihei Computer Co., Ltd. changed its name to Trinity Inc. in May 2011 and is now a consolidated subsidiary).
Jan. 1988 Direct drive robot "AR-DD2700" given award by Nihon Keizai Shinbun.
Nov. 1988 Kumamoto East Plant (now Kumamoto Plant) built in Ueki Town, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Pref.
Jan. 1991 Hirata FA Engineering (S) Pte Ltd founded in Singapore as a subsidiary.
Feb. 1992 Taiheikosan Co., Ltd. becomes a subsidiary company (Taiheikosan Co., Ltd. changed its name to Taihei Technos Co., Ltd in Apr. 2008 and is now a consolidated subsidiary).
Nov. 1993 Hirata Robotics GmbH founded in Germany as a subsidiary (Hirata Robotics GmbH changed its name to Hirata Engineering Europe GmbH in Jul. 2011 and is now a consolidated subsidiary).
Apr. 1994 Development of AR-K robot series for use in transport in clean rooms.
Apr. 1999 Hirata introduces business management in the form of an internal management administrative structure.
May. 1999 Hirata Koei Co., Ltd. established in Ueki Town, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Pref.(Hirata Koei Co., Ltd. changed its name to Hirata Field Engineering Co., Ltd. in Feb. 2007 and is now a consolidated subsidiary).
Aug. 1999 Shanghai Hirata Mechanical Engineering Co., Ltd. founded in China as a subsidiary (Shanghai Hirata Mechanical Engineering Co., Ltd. changed its name to Hirata Mechanical Equipment Sales (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. in Mar. 2009 and is now a consolidated subsidiary).
May. 2000 Hirata Engineering S.A. DE C.V. founded in Mexico as a subsidiary.
Jul.  2000 ISO9001 certification was obtained.
Oct. 2001 Development of "Head-Coater" resist coating appliance with built-in spinless coating unit for FPD use.
Dec. 2001 Detroit Office (Hirata Corporation of America) opened in Michigan, USA.
Feb. 2003 ISO14001 certification was obtained.
Aug. 2004 Hirata Engineering (Thailand) Co., Ltd. founded in Thailand as a affiliated company of HSL (now a consolidated subsidiary).
Oct. 2006 Hirata Automated Machinery (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established in China (now a consolidated subsidiary).
Dec. 2006 Taiwan Hirata Corporation established (now a consolidated subsidiary).
Dec. 2006 Stock listed on JASDAQ(Tokyo Securities Exchange JASDAQ) Securities Exchange.
May. 2007 Development of 10th generation glass substrate transfer robot.
Jan. 2008 Shichijo Plant built in Kikuchi City, Kumamoto Pref. to expand production capacity for FPD related production equipments.
Nov. 2008 Entry into the photovoltaic manufacturing equipment market.
Nov. 2009 Development of transfer system EFEM for 450mm wafer.
Sept. 2011 Development of new FOUP opener and wafer transfer robot.
Mar. 2012 Development of robots such as new SCARA robots and small Cartesian robots.
May. 2012 Solar Photovoltaic Project, starting off power generation in October.
Dec. 2012 Hirata FA Engineering(M)Sdn. Bhd. established (now a consolidated subsidiary).
Jul.  2014 PT. Hirata Engineering Indonesia Established (now a consolidated subsidiary).
Jun. 2016 Headquarters moved to Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Pref.
Jun. 2017 Change of our Stock Market Listing to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

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