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Origins SINFONIA traces its origins back to the founding of the Toba Shipyard.

1896 The shipyard was acquired by Zenjiro Yasuda (founder of the Yasuda zaibatsu) and five other investors to be the limited partnership called Toba Ironworks.
1916 The ironworks was acquired by Suzuki Shoten, a leading Kobe-based trading company, and renamed as Toba Shipyard Co., Ltd.
1917 Founding Founded on May 1, with the establishment of the electrical engineering subsection at the Toba Shipyard, and the building of a prototype workshop.
1920 Began production of pot motors, supplying them to Teikoku Rayon (now TEIJIN LIMITED).
Expanded into the manufacturing of electrical components for aircraft, with the development of a wind-turbine bullet-shaped DC generator for installing in airplanes.
1923 Expanded into the industrial vehicle business, completing production of Japan’s first domestically-produced battery-powered transporter.
1925 Expanded into the electromagnetic clutch and brake business, with the successful development of Japan’s first domestically-produced electromagnetic clutch.
Expanded into the railway rolling stock control equipment business, and began production of DC motors for air brakes.
1931 Launched a phonomotor for use in phonographs (nicknamed “Akatoba” (“Red Toba”)).
1936 Manufactured and delivered 10 electric buses to Osaka Noriai Jidosha (which was later merged into Osaka City Bus).
1937 The Asahi Shimbun newspaper’s “Kamikaze-go,” a Japanese-built aircraft which successfully flew from Tokyo to London, was equipped with a new type of DC generator that could be directly coupled to the engine, and with an automatic voltage regulator, both developed by our company.
Began production of a cash register, the SHINKO Register, which was the beginning of the company’s printer business.
1943 The Tokyo Research Laboratory (later renamed as the Tokyo Plant) was constructed.
1944 The Matsuzaka plant (in Matsuzaka city, Mie) was constructed.
1945 World War II ended. Resumed production after the war ahead other companies in the industry.
1949 Establishment On August 18, Kobe Steel, Ltd. was split into three companies, and Shinko Electric Co., Ltd. was established.
1950 Launched vibrating equipment business, with the successful independent development of “Tobatron,” the company’s first vibrating device.
1951 Began production of lifting magnets.
Expanded into the railway station machinery business, with the development of fare adjusting machines for railway station counters that were supplied to Japan National Railways.
1952 Shinko Electric was listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and on the Osaka Securities Exchange. Resumed production of electric components for aircraft.
1953 Concluded a technical partnership agreement on vibration equipment with U.S. company, Syntron®. Established the parts feeder business, with the successful completion of Japan’s first parts feeder.
1955 Terminated production of consumer electronics products.
Concluded a technical partnership agreement in relation to power supply equipment for aircraft with U.S. company, Bendix Corporation.
1956 Expanded into the airport ground support vehicle business, with the successful development of ground power units (GPU) for aircraft.
1960 Developed passenger steps for use with the DC-8 jet passenger aircraft.
Concluded a technical partnership agreement in relation to electromagnetic clutches and brakes with U.S. company, Warner Electric.
1964 The company’s slip-lock detection devices were adopted for use in the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet trains.
Moved the Head Office to a new location in Nihonbashi, Chuo District, Tokyo.
1965 Inaugurated the Toyohashi Plant.
Developed the first sectional driving electrical panel using the silicon controlled rectifier (SCR) (thyristor) Leonard system for paper machines.
1970 Closed the old Toba Plant, and constructed the new Toba Plant.
1975 Joined the development of the KRT driverless transit system used at the Expo ’75 World Fair in Okinawa.
1978 Closed the Tokyo Plant.
Opened the Singapore Representative Office, the company’s first overseas business ocation.
Began sales of Japan’s first A4-size thermal line printer.
1983 Developed linear motor type conveyor systems.
Launched the SBR series non-excitation electromagnetic brakes for use with servo motors.
1985 Electronic Technology Center opened at Toyohashi Plant. Vacuum furnace developed.
1986 Expanded into the space sector, with the successful development of electric motors for the H-I rocket’s hydraulic pump.
1987 Mobile robot for clean room use developed.
1988 Developed the SELMART-100 programmable controller
1989 Thai Parts Feeder Co., Ltd. was established in Thailand as the company’s first overseas production base.
Expanded into the semiconductor production equipment business, supplying vertical heat treatment furnaces for use in semiconductor manufacturing.
1992 Delivered power supply devices for experimental melting equipment carried on the Space Shuttle Endeavor.
1994 Tianjin Shinko Electric Co., Ltd. was established in Tianjin, China.
1995 Began mass production of prepaid card issuing machines for use in pachinko parlors.
The Singapore office was upgraded to local subsidiary status.
1996 Delivered high-speed dynamos for use in electric vehicle (EV) prototypes.
1998 Delivered 300-mm FOUP load ports to a major semiconductor production machinery manufacturer.
The company’s CHC-S545-6 sublimation-type color printer was adopted for use in sticker printing machines.
2000 Delivered Japan’s first vehicle-vehicle all-direction collision testing system.
2001 The company’s electric actuators for rocket attitude control were adopted for use in the H-IIA rocket, which was first launched in this year.
2002 Sold the forklift business.
2008 Opened a new Corporate Building at the Ise Plant.
2009 The company name was changed to SINFONIA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
Developed 300-mm FOUP N2 purge load ports
2014 Indonesia representative office became local subsidary, PT. SINFONIA TECHNOLOGY INDONESIA.
2015 The Tianjin Sales Office of Sinfonia Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. was opened in Tianjin, China
2016 Sinfonia Microtec (Vietnam) Co. Ltd. established a factory in Vietnam.
2017 On May 1, celebrated the 100th anniversary.
2019 Established "Sinfonia Technology Next Generation Smart Factory Joint Research Program" with Toyohashi University of Technology.
2020 Expanded clean transport equipment factory at Toyohashi Plant.
2022 Opened Solution Lab(regenerative medicine)in Kobe.
2023 Expanded Clean Transport System Works "FAB3" at Toyohashi Plant.