Journey of the Tokyo Boeki Group

Since its establishment in 1947, the Tokyo Boeki Group has accumulated expertise and business capabilities. While making continued efforts to enhance them, the group companies aim to achieve the number one position in their respective industries by joining the forces of all their employees under the keyword “Global Partner.”

1947 Founder Yasuo Matsumiya established Tokyo Boeki Shokai.
1949 Opened the Osaka Sub-Branch.
1951 Authorized as a trading firm for foreign food by the Japanese Food Agency.
1953 Successfully inaugurated the first post-war barter trade with China using the newly formulated TOMAS Way, becoming the forerunner of Japan-China trade.
1954 Entered steel trading; appointed as Yahata Iron & Steel Co., Ltd.’s (now Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation) export agent; established basis of steel business and related businesses.
1955 Acquired sole Japanese distributorship of U.S. Chiksan Joint and Loading Arms and commenced machinery imports; established foothold for the company's future growth in the electric power, gas and oil industries.
1956 Appointed as an export agent by Fuji Iron & Steel Co., Ltd. (now Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation).
1957 Changed company name from Tokyo Boeki Shokai to Tokyo Boeki Ltd.
1958 Japan-China trade was suspended as a result of the Nagasaki Flag Incident. Our company took the opportunity to reform our business structure and expand our market.
1959 Opened a representative office in Moscow and advanced full-scale international trading operations.
1960 Acquired sole Japanese distributorship of iron ore from Timblo Ltd., Goa, India and began handling iron ore.
1962 Achieved large-scale exports of steel products to the EEC (now the EU).
1963 Opened the New York Office and the Beijing Office.
1964 Incorporated the New York Office into Tokyo Boeki (U.S.A.), Inc.
1965 Opened the Melbourne Office (now Tokyo Boeki (Australia) Pty. Ltd., a consolidated subsidiary).
1966 Acquired sole Japanese distributorship for manganese ore from B.H.P. Australia; took the opportunity to build a strong relationship with this company, and won the absolute confidence of the Australian market.
1967 The Moscow representative office was officially approved by the former Soviet Union Government as an office, the first time for a Free World enterprise.
1969 Completed construction of Atsugi plant which commenced operations; started the manufacturing of measuring instruments and design equipment.
1973 Opened the exclusive Japanese restaurant Inagiku at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, entering the restaurant industry in the United States.
1974 Founded Qatar Steel Co., Ltd., in Qatar through a joint venture, constructed the first full-scale steel plant in the Middle East; and initiated overseas production and multinational trading.
1976 Opened a representative office in Vancouver, Canada
1978 Agreed to export a large quantity of automobiles from Toyota Motor Corporation and Hino Motors, Ltd. to China, greatly expanding long-term trade with China.
1983 Invested in Quintette Coal, Canada to diversify overseas coal sources.
Started the mining of coking coal for manufacturing from the Quintette mine.
1985 Founded Monitor Products, Inc. in New Jersey, U.S., and began sales of electrical appliances in the United States.
1986 Founded T.B. Tech Co., Ltd. in Toyota.
1988 Opened representative office in Detroit, U.S. (now Tokyo Boeki North America, Inc.).
Opened a representative office in Hong Kong.
1994 Made strong progress toward full-scale implementation of Tokyo Boeki Group Federated Management and conversion of our domestic and overseas bases into independent enterprises, including the establishment of the Atsugi plant as an independent company named Tokyo Boeki Techno-System Ltd.
1995 Founded Jinan Ludong Refractory Co., Ltd., a joint venture company, in Jinan, Shandong Province, China, beginning the manufacture and sale of refractory raw materials. Founded TB-eye Ltd. and T-Bics Inc.
Founded Jinan Ludong Refractory Co., Ltd., a joint venture company, in Jinan, Shandong Province, China, beginning the manufacture and sale of refractory raw materials. Started to supply its products to the Japanese steel industries, contributing to cost reductions.
Opened a representative office in Seoul, South Korea.
1996 Founded Shangyu Dongshun Refractory Co., Ltd., a joint venture company, in Shangyu, Zhejiang Province, China, for reinforcement of the refractory raw material business.
1997 Capital participation in Horizon Coal Project, Utah, U.S.A. for expanded coal supply business to the Japanese power supply and iron & steel industries.
Introduced processing technology from Eco-Logic Corporation (Canada) for refractory organics such as PCB, making full-scale entry into the environmental field.
1998 Implemented our internal company system, aimed at becoming a business-creating corporate group of the new era.
1999 Founded Tokyo Boeki Medical System Ltd. and started the manufacture and sale of automated analyzers for medical applications.
Invested in Cook Resources Mining in Australia and promoted demand for non-caking coal.
2000 Formed an alliance with IdaTech in the U.S., acquired the right to manufacture and market IdaTech’s fuel cell systems in Japan, and entered the new energy sector.
2001 Founded TOMAS Trading (Shanghai) Corp. and Tokyo Boeki Mechanics Ltd.
2002 Founded TOMAS (Tianjin) International Trade Co., Ltd.
Appointed President Hiroshi Machida as Chairman and Executive Director, Yoshiyuki Tateno as President.
The Headquarters Business Unit is reorganized as the new Project Division and switches to an approach centered on growth and development.
2003 Founded Niigata Loading Systems, Ltd. Integrated the development, manufacture and sale of fluid loading machinery for the energy industry. Shipped the first automatic analyzer for clinical examination to the U.S. market.
2005 Founded Tokyo Boeki (Beijing) Ltd., a local corporation with 100% investment by Tokyo Boeki, in China for integration of the steel-making refractory brick business.
This allowed independent business operations in the Chinese market and our company aimed to expand this business area primarily through sales of refractory bricks.
2006 Founded Tokyo Boeki Machinery Ltd. and Tokyo Boeki Steel & Materials Ltd. through a spin-off in order to accelerate the move to Tokyo Boeki Group Federated Management system.
2007 Founded Tokyo Boeki CIS Ltd. and Tokyo Boeki (Rus) Ltd. in Moscow, and aimed for further strengthening of the CIS market.
Founded Tokyo Boeki (Rus) Ltd. in Moscow, and aimed for further strengthening of the CIS market.
2008 Completed construction of Tokyo Boeki Techno-System Ltd.'s "Atsugi Optical Technology Center."
2009 Restructured TOMAS Trading (Shanghai) CORP. to found Tokyo Boeki (China) Ltd.
Relocated the T.B. Tech Co., Ltd. headquarters and the Toyota Office of Tokyo Boeki Techno-System Ltd. to new building in Toyota.
Appointed Chairman Hiroshi Machida as Chairman, President & CEO.
2011 Restructured Tokyo Boeki Medical System Ltd. to found Tokyo Boeki Medisys Inc. Restructured Tokyo Boeki CIS Ltd. and changed the name to Tokyo Boeki Technology Ltd.
Constructed new office building for Tokyo Boeki Medisys Inc.
2012 Greeted the 65th anniversary of Tokyo Boeki Group and held a commemorative party at the Palace Hotel.
Produced the Tokyo Boeki Group anthem "TOMAS - One for All."
2013 Company name changed from Tokyo Boeki Ltd. to Tokyo Boeki Holdings Corporation and capital increased to 3.0 billion yen.
2014 Capital increased to 5.0 billion yen.
2015 Restructured Niigata Loading Systems, Ltd. to found Tokyo Boeki Engineering, Ltd.
Tokyo Boeki Medisys Inc. succeeded the Medical Instruments Division of Tokyo Boeki Machinery Ltd. through company split (absorption-type split), realizing the unification of manufacturing and sales.
Appointed Chairman, President & CEO Hiroshi Machida as Group Supreme Advisor and Executive Vice President Hideya Goami as Chairman, and Executive Vice President Toshiaki Ueda as President.
2016 Appointed Chairman Hideya Goami as Chairman, President & CEO.