History

History
1951

Founded by Kizo Nagura in Kosai City, Shizuoka Prefecture.

1957

Nagura Iron Works Company,Ltd. established in Kosai City, Shizuoka Prefecture and began production of parts for textile machines.

1959

Forged business relationship with Toyoda Machine Works and began production of automotive parts and dedicated machine tool parts.

1962

Main plant constructed and company restructured as corporation.

1971

Development of electric heating upsetting machines (electric upsetters)
Development of vertical and horizontal broaching machines

1973

2nd plant constructed.
Began production of MT fork shafts for Toyota Motor Corporation.
Nagura Yakin Kogyo Co., Ltd. established.
UNICRAFT trademark is registered in US.

1974

Forged business relationship with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and began production of crank shafts for compressors.

1975

Began production of power steering parts for Toyoda Machine Works.

1977

Nagura Seiko Co., Ltd. established.
Kito Lease Co., Ltd. established.

1981

QC Circles introduced.

1984

3rd plant constructed.
Began production of automatic sizing systems and robot parts for Toyoda Machine Works.

1985

Began production of constant-velocity joint cages for Toyoda Machine Works.

1986

Robots are introduced (First Year of the Robot)
Began designing robot systems

1987

Forged business alliance with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. and began production of gear shafts for fully-automated washing machines

1988

Awarded Toyoda Machine Works Quality Control Award.

1989

4th plant constructed.

1992

Awarded TPM Excellence Award, Category 2.
Corporate name is changed to UNICRAFT NAGURA CORPORATION
Foundation of Uniopt Company, Ltd.

1994

Marketing of Robot Systems begins.
Developed In-line Measuring Device.

1995

Awarded TPM Excellence Award, Category 1.

1996

Awarded Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Prize for Excellence.

1997

Awarded TPM Continuing Excellence Award, Category 1.
Began marketing YuYu Filter.

1998

Established Nagura Seiko Co., Ltd. Mikkabi Plant (6th plant).
Forged business alliance with Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd. and began production of 4WS parts.
Forged business alliance with Aisin AI Co., Ltd. MT and began production of fork shafts.

1999

UNICRAFT NAGURA CORPORATION obtains ISO9002 certification.
Nagura Seiko Co., Ltd. obtains ISO14001 certification.
Forged business alliance with Toshiba Carrier Corporation and began production of crank shafts for compressors.
Developed Traveling Robot System.

2000

UNICRAFT NAGURA CORPORATION obtains QS-9000 certification.
Forged business alliance with Denso Corporation and began production of drive shafts for starters
Awarded Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Prize for Excellence.

2002

Awarded Quality Excellence Award by Aisin AI Co., Ltd.
UNICRAFT NAGURA CORPORATION obtains ISO14001 certification.

2003

5th plant constructed.
Awarded Cost Excellence Award by Aisin AI Co., Ltd. 
Forged business alliance with Hitachi, Ltd. and began production of balance shafts for engines.
Began providing technical support for MT fork shafts to TACR Co. of Toyoda Machine Works in Czech Republic.
Developed NC Electric Upsetting Machine.
Established Hoei Co., Ltd.
Uniopt Company, Ltd. is restructured as corporation.

2004

Forged business alliance with Toyota Industries Corporation and began supplying processed material for MT fork shafts to KTTM Co., Ltd. in India.

2005

7th plant constructed.
Awarded Denso Quality Award.

2006

Awarded Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Prize for Excellence.
Began production of plate outers for ITCCs for JTEKT Corporation.
Developed NC Rolling Machine.

2007

Awarded JTEKT Corporation Prize for Engineering Excellence.
Awarded Denso Quality Award.
Began production of processed drive shaft material for engines for Hitachi, Ltd. begins.(electric upsetters)

2008

7th plant expanded.
UNICRAFT NAGURA CORPORATION obtains ISO9001 certification.
Awarded Contribution to Development Award by Hitachi, Ltd.
Registered FA Craftsman® and YuYu Gate® trademarks.

2009

Awarded Denso Quality Award.
Registered Robotra® trademark.

2010

Awarded Denso Quality Award.
Awarded Technical Development Award by Aisin AI Co., Ltd.
Awarded Best Partner Award by Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.(cost revision)
Awarded Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Prize for Excellence.

2011

Awarded Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Prize for Effort
Ring Groove Rolling (Ring-mizo Chikuji Tenzo) awarded patent.

2012

Awarded Cost Excellence Award by Aisin AI Co., Ltd.
Established PT.UNICRAFT NAGURA INDONESIA
Multi-volume DENTAN awarded patent.

2013

Awarded Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Prize for Excellence.
Method for Forming Deep Hole in Hollow Parts awarded patent.

2015

Awarded Best Partner Award by Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. (technical development)
Awarded Denso Quality Award.
Received letter of appreciation from Meldas System Engineering Corporation

2017

Awarded Cost Effort Award by Aisin AI Co., Ltd.
Awarded JTEKT Corporation Prize for Engineering Excellence.
Awarded Best Partner Award by Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. (production response)

2018

Selected as Waverly Small and Medium-sized Companies 300 by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (productivity promotion category)
Awarded Best Partner Award by Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. (VEC proposition)
Awarded Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Prize for Effort

2019

Awarded excellent VA Award by Aisin AW Co., Ltd.

2020

Awarded JTEKT Corporation Prize for VE/VA Proposal.
Awarded JTEKT Corporation Prize for Environmental.