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A Century-Old Company: TSUDAKOMA Corporation
Commitment to Mutual Respect and Co-prosperity

The beginning — Growth along with the modernization of Kanazawa

Kanazawa City fell behind on the trend of modernization following the Meiji Restoration in 1868. However, silk thread manufacturers and copperware manufacturers were founded in the region by the efforts of Junya Hasegawa, a descendant of a samurai family, and other local people. Many castings manufacturers were founded as well. In addition, habutae silk manufacturing technologies were adopted from Kyoto to set the path for revitalizing the region by fostering the development of a textile industry.
It was during such times that Yonejiro Tsuda used his private funds to start develop power looms for manufacturing silk fabric. His nephew Komajiro Tsuda, 16 years younger than Yonejiro, assisted the development of power looms while gaining knowledge of loom technologies and absorbing the spirit of an engineer.

ACTIVITIES YEAR PRODUCTS / TECHNOLOGY
Yonejiro Tsuda is born in Sukekuro-machi.
(His father, Kichinosuke Tsuda, was a temple/shrine carpenter who served as the Head for the construction of the Shinmon Gate of Oyama Shrine.)
1862
Komajiro Tsuda is born in Sasaka-machi. 1878 Yonejiro creates Ishikawa Prefecture's first battant loom (a modified handloom).
  1880 Yonejiro prototypes a power loom for cotton fabric.
  1900 Yonejiro successfully develops Japan's first power loom for silk fabric.

The birth and growth of Tsudakoma — From the early 20th century to the end of WWII

In response to receiving a great amount of orders for the Tsuda-type power loom, Komajiro Tsuda founded the Tsuda Komajiro Plant in 1909 in Kanazawa City. Focusing on achieving quality of global standards, standard tolerances and the metric system were adopted for the first time in developing designs for mass production machines. The K Loom that was developed during this period was later developed into a series. Sold in Japan and overseas for over half a century, this series became a best seller.
As wartime atmosphere began to engulf the country in the 1930s, many manufacturers of Ishikawa were forced to transform into an arms factory. At the same time, domestic manufacturing of machine tools for arms production began. Accordingly, development of lathes and indexers started at Tsudakoma in 1937.

ACTIVITIES YEAR PRODUCTS / TECHNOLOGY
  • Komajiro Tsuda founds the Tsuda Komajiro Plant at Sukekuro-machi, Kanazawa.
1909
  • Relocates the Tsuda Komajiro Plant to Ibaragi-cho in response to the increase in production.
1911
  • Yonejiro Tsuda passes away (at age 54).
1914

1924
  • Exports the Tsudakoma-type loom for the first time to French Indochina.

1931
  • Successfully develops the K Loom, the precursor of Tsudakoma looms.
    (The machine was designed with international standards by adopting the metric system for all parts except for bolts, nuts, and keys.)
  • Relocates the Tsuda Komajiro Plant from Ibaragi-cho to Masuizumi-cho (current location: Nomachi).
1933
  • A casting plant is built on the grounds of the Tsuda Komajiro Plant in Nomachi.
1934
  • Reorganizes into a limited partnership company Tsuda Komajiro Company.
1936
  • Enters into a technical partnership with Komatsu Ltd. for machine tool development.
  • Started developing machine tool attachments(Starts developing indexers).
1937
  • Develops prototype L and LM Automatic Looms.
  • Starts manufacturing all-purpose indexers, rotary tables, and machine vises.
  • Incorporated and named TSUDAKOMA Industrial Co., Ltd.
1939

1940
  • Successfully develops the Y Loom.
  • Develops a prototype rotary table.

1941
  • Successfully develops a grinding machine for indexing worms and a generator for worm wheels.

1942
  • Prototypes machine vises.

1944
  • Manufacture of an ultra-precision indexing table for jig borers
  • Founder Komajiro Tsuda passes away on August 6 (at age 67).
1945

The age of technological innovation (automation of textile machines and expansion of machine tool attachments)
—From post-WWII to the oil crisis

The textile industry made it possible for Japan to rebuild its economy following the end of WWII. Tsudakoma contributed to modernizing Japan’s textile industry by working on automating looms and developing shuttleless looms. The company also began to develop sizing machines to improve the textile quality and the efficiency of textile production. Furthermore, the product lineup for the machine tool devices business was steadily expanded.

ACTIVITIES YEAR PRODUCTS / TECHNOLOGY
  • Resumes production of looms, dobbies and twisters.
1946
  • Tsudakoma Shrine is established.
1949
  • Starts prototyping sizing machines.
  • Starts production of indexers.
  • The Third Devices Cooperative is established (the organization consisted of 27 affiliation companies of Tsudakoma).
1952
  • Starts production of the AWS Tape Sizing Machine.
  • Starts production of warping sizers.

1953
  • Manufactures water-cooled oil engines for agricultural purposes.
  1954 Starts production of rotary tables.
  1955 Successfully develops KM2 and KM3 Compact Water-cooled Engines for agricultural purposes.
Launches the MC Magazine Creel.
Starts full operation of the casting plant.
The Tsudakoma Group consisting of 32 companies is established (currently 50 companies).
1956 Displays engines at the Japan Agricultural Equipment Export Promotion Exposition.
Releases the LMD Automatic Loom.
  1957 Releases the BWA Bottle Winder.
Starts production of machine vises.
50th anniversary 1959 Successfully develops a universal tilting table.
  1960 Develops the K 5 × 5 Loom.
Assembly Plant No.2 is built in response to the increase in the production of the LMD Automatic Loom.
Telex communication is set up between the Tokyo Sales Office, Osaka Sales Office, and the Headquarters.
Listed in the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange.
Establishes KYOWA Electric & Machinery Corp.
1961 Develops the G Sizing Machine (the first single-end machine).
Construction of Plant No. 2 at the Headquarters is started (a temperature-controlled plant for precision machining).
Adopts a large computer for production management system.
1962  
The Technology Center is completed. 1964 Develops automatic indexers and automatic indexing tables.
  1965 Develops the US Automatic Cop-change Loom.
  1966 Starts production of the TO Double Twister.
Starts production of the KS Warping Sizer.
Starts production of the KB Beamer.
Starts production of the GB Beamer.
The Tsudakoma Outsourcing Partner Association consisting of 70 companies is established (currently 49 companies). 1967 Enters into a technical partnership with the French company SACM concerning shuttleless looms and develops Japan’s first rapier loom.
Successfully develops the MAV Rapier Loom.
Listed in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange. 1968 Starts production of the MAV Rapier Loom.
Starts production of the G3 Warping Sizer.
Develops NC indexers and NC rotary tables.
Starts adopting machining centers and NC milling machines.
  1969 Production of the LK Loom
Starts production of the KS-JH Warping Sizer.
Semi-wooden loom
Semi-wooden loom
The first air jet loom
The first air jet loom
The first water jet loom
The first water jet loom
Renovates Plant No. 1 at the Headquarters (plant for integrated production of looms). 1970 Starts production of the US3 Automatic Loom for glass fiber.
Starts operation at the Matto plant (casting plant). 1971 Starts production of the LKR Rapier Loom.
Starts production of the PK Automatic Loom.
Starts production of automatic loaders.
Starts production of MY-POWER.

1972 Develops an ultra-precision indexing table with a built-in curvic coupling.

1973 Enters into a technical partnership with the British Company HOCCOM concerning oil mist removal devices.
Enters into a technical partnership with the former West German company Arnold concerning hydraulic vises.

1974 LMS Automatic Loom

Expands into the global market as Tsudakoma, the jet loom manufacturer — From the oil crisis to the bubble period

The Japanese textile industry was hit hard by the trend of the times represented by the switch to a floating exchange rate, the strong yen, and the 1973 oil crisis. Many loom manufacturers in Ishikawa went out of business or were forced to change their business fields. Amidst these circumstances, Tsudakoma set its management policy as “diversification within our specialty” and poured its effort into developing jet looms. The company’s jet looms business expanded globally and Tsudakoma grew into a globally recognized company.
The company also engaged in the business of manufacturing machine tool attachments and succeeded in developing a high-precision NC rotary table. This item grew into a product used in a wide range of industries from the precision equipment industry to heavy industries. The company began to be recognized in the machining industry as “the vise manufacturer Tsudakoma” and “the NC rotary table manufacturer Tsudakoma.”

ACTIVITIES YEAR PRODUCTS / TECHNOLOGY
  1975 Develops the prototype ZA Air Jet Loom and ZW Water Jet Loom.
Establishes Tsudakoma General Service Corporation 1976 Publicly displays the ZW and the ZA for the first time at the Osaka International Textile Machinery Show (OTEMAS).
Develops the TAV Rapier Loom for towels.
Starts production of the TO-5 Twister.
Develops HOISTA.
Launches the 400-HP Hydraulic High-precision Indexer.
  1977 Starts production of the ZW Water Jet Loom.
Starts production of pallet changers and pallet magazines for machining centers.
Starts manufacturing jet looms at a scale of 150 units per month.
Opens a show room at Tekmatex, Inc in the USA.
1978 Starts production of the ZA Air Jet Loom.
Starts production of the ES Shuttle Loom for spun yarn.
  1979 Displays its jet looms for the first time at an international exhibition (ITMA Hannover).
Achieves an air jet loom speed record of 554 rpm.
Develops the KS200 Warping Sizer for producing high-quality sized yarn.
Launches the TPC-θ and 600CTAP High-Precision Indexer.
Launches the TPC Series single axis NC controller for NC rotary table control.
  1980 Starts production of the ZA200.
Starts production of the KB20 Beamer.
Develops HCV Series hydraulic machine vises.
Construction of Plant No. 3 (for NC rotary table assembly) is completed. 1981 Achieves cumulative production of 10,000 jet looms.
Achieves cumulative sales of 2,000 Air Jet Looms.
Starts production of the ZA200 Air Jet Loom.
Starts production of the ZW200 Water Jet Loom.
Starts production of the R100F Rapier Loom.
Starts production of the KB10 Beamer.
Starts production of the SRW Rewinder.
Launches the RNC Series NC rotary table (a fully remodeled version of CTNC Series).
Starts the expatriates dispatch program. 1982 Changes the name of the MAV Rapier Loom to the TAV Rapier Loom.
Starts production of the R100C Rapier Loom.
Starts production of the ER Rapier Loom.
Releases VH150, VH175, and VH200 Series Hydraulic Vises.
Launches the RA300 Series Automated Pneumatic Indexer.
Starts manufacturing jet looms at a scale of 400 units per month.
Increases its capital to 3.267 billion yen.  
1983 Starts production of the R500 High-speed Rapier Loom.
Starts production of the TD-N Twister.
Displays products for the first time at the EMO machine tool trade show (5th EMO, Paris).
Launches VH-125, VX-70, and VX-90 Series machine vises.
  1984 Achieves cumulative sales of 20,000 jet looms.
Starts production of the ZW300.
Develops clamping sleeve method and double lead worm gear.
Fully remodels NC rotary tables (strength and precision are enhanced).
Develops the TPC2 Series single axis NC controller (size reduction and adoption of AC servo).
Successfully develops the RNC-XX1 Series NC rotary table.
Develops the RNCB Series large-diameter NC rotary table.
Construction of the new head office building is completed.
Matto Plant Companion Group consisting of 29 companies is established. 
1985 Develops a high-speed sizing machine for filament.
Starts production of the KSH400/500 and R200.
Starts production of the R200 Rapier Loom.
  1986 Holds the first technical collaboration meeting for transferring ZA Air Jet Loom production technology to China.
Develops and starts production of the HS10 Sizing Machine for spun yarn.
Starts production of the ZA103i.
Starts production of the R300.
Develops the TTNC-1001 φ1000 NC tilting table.
Launches the PCH manual pallet changer.
  1987 Starts production of the ZA205i.
Develops a new terry motion. Starts production of the ZA207Ti.
Develops the i-Board loom controller.
Successfully develops a new parallel machine vise system.
Increases its capital to 7.847 billion yen. 1988 Achieves cumulative production of 50,000 jet looms.
Starts production of the HS20 (Spun Sizer).
Delivers a φ2000 NC rotary table to the present Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
ZAX air jet loom
ZAX air jet loom
HS20 sizing machine
HS20 sizing machine
KSH sizing machine
KSH sizing machine
80th anniversary. Establishes a new logo. 1989 Starts production of the ZA209i.
Starts production of the FR001.
Develops tables for a machine line specialized for automobiles.
Launches the RNC-XX5 Series.
Construction of Plant No. 4 at the Headquarters (coating plant) is completed.
Expands production capacity to 1,000 jet looms per month.
The Matto Plant Companion Group is reorganized into the Tsudakoma Matto Partner Association consisting of 32 companies (currently 28 companies).
1990 Starts production of the CL-II Creel Loader.
Develops an automatic connector system. 
Starts operation at the Nonoichi Plant. 1991 Develops an NC tilting rotary table with a built-in differential mechanism successfully achieves an inclination of ±110 degrees.
Launches the TRNC Series.
Launches the VZ Vise.

Changes in the global economy — From the 1990s to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers

Along with the worldwide dissemination of jet looms, Tsudakoma's annual sales hit a record high in 1992 at 70.4 billion yen. Meanwhile, the markets of the textile industry in the Southeast and East Asian countries became more vibrant than those of European countries and the USA. The Chinese market grew dramatically in the 2000s and began to be referred to as the textile plant of the world. At the same time, the demand in China began to fluctuate drastically due to its financial measures and political reasons. Nevertheless, the company continued to develop its technologies to create eco-friendly machines that can be used easily at any location by increasing the speed of its jet looms and vigorously computerizing its products.
Featuring a wide product lineup and high performance, the company's machine tool attachments business expanded its market share in Japan.

ACTIVITIES YEAR PRODUCTS / TECHNOLOGY
Reaches 70.4 billion yen in annual sales (highest ever sales).
Large-scale renovation of Plant No.5 at the Headquarters (preparation machines assembly plant)
1992 Develops an air jet loom with a new structure. Starts production of the ZAX Air Jet Loom.
Develops the large-diameter φ2000 NC rotary table CT-84B.
  1993 Develops Return Disk type NC rotary table.
Launches the RZ-150+TPC-Rz Series.
  1995 Starts production of the ZW405.
Launches the RN Series Return Disk type NC rotary table.
  1996 Starts production of the FREX, ZW403.
Develops VN Series machine vises with strengthened mechanical structure.
Develops NC rotary table series dedicated to auto parts machining lines (RC, RU, RH, TSU).
  1997 Starts production of the HF20.
Starts production of the KB30.
Develops the RB Series dual disk clamp method.
Obtains ISO 9001 certification for machine tool attachments. 1998 Launches RC, RU, and TSU Series NC rotary tables dedicated to auto parts machining lines.
  2000 Launches TN Series NC rotary tables.
Establishes TSUDAKOMA (Shanghai) Co., LTD.
Obtains ISO 9001 certification for the Headquarters plants. 
2002 Starts production of the ZAX-e Air Jet Loom.
Starts production of the ZW408 Water Jet Loom.
Starts production of the HS30 Sizing Machine.
  2003 Launches the ZAX-N Air Jet Loom featuring the Weave Navigation® System weaving support system.
Starts production of the HS40 Sizing Machine.
  2004 Starts production of the ZAX9100 Air Jet Loom.
Starts operating the FCMX horizontal parting flaskless molding machine line at the Matto Plant. 2005 Displays the ZAX9100 at ITMA ASIA.
Achieves a speed record of 1,900 rpm.
Obtains ISO 14001 certification for the entire company.
Establishes TSUDAKOMA TECHNO SUPPORT Corp. 
2006 Receives the Excellent Energy-Conserving Device Award for the ZAX9100 Air Jet Loom (from the Japan Machinery Federation).
Develops Vi Series machine vises with newly strengthened mechanical structure.
Shifts from equipment with grippers to equipment with spindles.
Develops a five-sided five-axes milling head
  2007 Develops the KSX Sizing Machine that enables ultra-low tension control.
Launches RNA Series double taper clamp NC rotary table.
Establishes T-Tech Japan Corp. as a subsidiary for selling preparation machines. 2008 Launches the ZW8100 Water Jet Loom with a new structure.
Starts engaging in a new business field by developing a composite material lay-up system.
Launches the Vis Series machine vise.

Enhancement of new businesses — After the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers

Tsudakoma celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009. Triggered by the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers that occurred in the same year, the global economy began to experience a period of drastic changes.
The company focused on developing new businesses in order to stabilize its business performance. These efforts resulted in the successful development of Japan's first automatic lay-up machine for carbon fiber materials in 2008 and the company subsequently launched its composite machines business. This business is contributing to the production of structural components for new aircraft models. Furthermore, Tsudakoma established a foothold for entering new markets including aircraft component machining.

ACTIVITIES YEAR PRODUCTS / TECHNOLOGY
100th anniversary of Tsudakoma
Establishes a new business division (the present Department of Composite Machinery).
Implements long-term production adjustment due to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers
2009 Develops the ZAX9100 Air Jet Loom for tire cords.
Establishes TSUDAKOMA (CHANGSHU) CO., LTD. 2010 Launches the RCV Series large-sized NC rotary table.
The construction of Building No. 3 at the Nonoichi Plant is completed.
Obtains ISO 9001 certification for the Matto Plant.
Establishes TSUDAKOMA SERVICE INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED
Establishes Famille TSUDAKOMA Corp.
2011
Obtains EN 9100 certification for the Nonoichi Plant.
Establishes Jingwei Tsudakoma Textile Machinery (Xiangyang) Co., Ltd.
2012 Launches the RCH Series large-sized NC rotary tables.
Selected as one of the global niche top companies by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. 2014 Launches the RCB Series large-bore NC rotary table.
The Nonoichi Plant becomes a certified inspection plant of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. 2015 Achieves the highest ever Air Jet Loom speed record of 2,105rpm at ITMA 2015.
Launches the ZAX9200i Air Jet Loom.
Launches the following new models of NC rotary tables: RBS Series (BallDrive®), RDS (Direct Drive), RWE, RWA, and TWA (Worm Drive) Series.
Enters into the business of aircraft component machining.
  2016 Starts mass-production of BallDrive® NC rotary tables.
Receives an order for a large-scale aircraft component machining system.
  2017 Delivers a newly modeled automated tape lay-up machine to major aerospace tier in Japan.
Completely renews the general purpose NC rotary table series (platform development).
  • Started Robot System Integration business(TRI).
2018
  • First exhibition of TRI system as actual machine.(JIMTOF 2018)
  • Launching of New NC Rotary Table TWM Series.
ZAX9200i Air Jet Loom
ZAX9200i
Air Jet Loom
ZW8100 Water Jet Loom
ZW8100
Water Jet Loom
TAL-MUD
TAL-MUD
Multi-axial UD Auto Lay-up System
>BallDrive®system NC Rotary Tables
BallDrive® system
NC Rotary Tables
  • 110th anniversary
  • Presents TSUDAKOMA’s healthcare policy.
2019
  • We exhibited new model TAW – Tsudakoma Auto Edge welding Machine at JEC World 2019.
  • Achieves cumulative production of 150,000 Water Jet Looms.
  • Iot enabled NC rotary table as reference exhibit (EMO Hannover 2019)

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