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Evolution through history

Evolution through history

It was back in 1971 that Takeuchi succeeded in developing the world's first compact excavator. This 2-ton-class compact excavator was equipped with a boom swing mechanism capable of slewing 360 degrees. Called the TB1000, it was produced on an integrated production line that marked the first step for the company away from its role as a subcontractor and toward its becoming a full-fledged construction machinery manufacturer. Compact excavators below the 6-ton class aroused new demand not only at home but abroad as well. A new compact excavator market was thus opened up, accelerating the establishment of Takeuchi as the de facto global standard in this field.

Decade Takeuchi Events World Events
1963 Takeuchi Mfg. Co., Ltd. established
Wanting to create finished goods rather than components with his own hands, wanting to test his own brand on the world stage, President Akio Takeuchi's thoughts gathered strength until he finally separated from the local automobile parts manufacturer.

▲Original plant
President Kennedy assassinated
1971 World's first compact excavator developed and production begun
Asked to make a handy excavator for working on house foundations, Takeuchi developed his compact, lightweight and easy-to-operate excavator in just three months.

▲TB1000, the world's first 360-degree slew compact excavator
3-minute cup noodles appeared
1978 Export of compact excavators begun
Takeuchi beat others to quickly begin exporting its products, gaining strong visibility overseas.
Narita Airport opened
1979 Takeuchi Mfg. (U.S.), Ltd. established in the U.S. (currently consolidated subsidiary)
Takeuchi's first foreign sales subsidiary established at Takeuchi Mfg. (U.S.), Ltd. in (originally) Atlanta Georgia, becoming the base for the company's U.S. expansion.

▲Takeuchi Mfg. (U.S.), Ltd.
Pendergrass, Georgia, U.S.A.
5th Tokyo Summit held
1981 1981 Compact excavator series completed (1-5 ton)
Takeuchi's flagship series was completed, and was then followed by many more products developed under the "Product Function and Performance First" motto.

First papal visit to Japan
1984 Togura Plant opened in Togura-machi (now Chikuma City), Hanishina-gun, Nagano
Monthly output of compact excavators expanded to 500 units.
Japan becomes the country with the longest living people
1986 World's first track loader developed and production begun
The wheels of skid-steer loaders used for earth excavation and carrying were often getting caught in clay soil and getting damaged at the time, so Takeuchi developed the compact track loader. This is becoming one of the company's flagship products.

▲Track loader
TL 150
Nuclear explosion at Chernobyl
1989 Berlin Wall demolished. Takeuchi excavators were used to dismantle the wall.
1995 1995 Joint production of wheel hydraulic excavators begun with Germany's HBM-NOBAS GmbH (now GP Gunter Papenburg AG)
Takeuchi partnered with Germany's NOBAS and got an understanding of product needs in Europe.
Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake
1996 Representative office in U.K. closed and Takeuchi Mfg. (U.K.) Ltd. established in the U.K. (currently consolidated subsidiary)
Implementation of an integrated system of sales and after-sales service is building high market share.

▲Takeuchi Mfg. (U.K.) Ltd.
Lancashire, U.K.
Atlanta Olympics
1999 1999 ISO 9001 certification acquired (design and manufacture of excavators, loaders and track carriers)
ISO 9001 certification was acquired to improve quality control. Takeuchi provides its parts suppliers with strict specification documents and carries out thorough quality control.
2000 Takeuchi France S.A.S. established in France (currently consolidated subsidiary)
Takeuchi established a subsidiary in France as part of its global sales strategy. This has enabled a greater expansion of the company's European sales network.

▲Takeuchi France S.A.S.
Saint Ouen, France
Japan's first nuclear criticality accident at a fuel conversion facility in Tokai-mura
2002 Stock listed on JASDAQ
Takeuchi's stable growth ensured share numbers, market capitalization, pretax profit and shareholder's equity met the selection criteria for being selected as a J-Stock brand two years later.
FIFA World Cup Soccer held in South Korea and Japan
2005 Murakami Plant 2 opened
Land adjoining Takeuchi Head Office was used to open the Murakami Plant 2, which was built to expand production and improve productivity. Plant reorganization also improved production efficiency and enhanced the production system.

▲Murakami Plant 2
Takeuchi Qingdao Mfg. Co., Ltd. established in China (currently consolidated subsidiary)
The establishment of a subsidiary in China has expanded sales in this market. Takeuchi has achieved cost reductions through the supply of parts from China and also plans to expand further into Southeast Asia.

▲Takeuchi Qingdao Mfg. Co., Ltd.
2006 Parts Center completed
Takeuchi keeps a permanent stock of 23,000 maintenance parts that it swiftly delivers to users throughout the world. Direct online inventory checks are also possible for these parts.

▲Parts Center
2008 Takeuchi Mfg. (U.K.) Ltd. relocated as part of business expansion
Takeuchi Mfg. (U.K.) Ltd. relocated as part of business expansion on the Kingsway Business Park, one of the largest developments of its kind in the U.K. and has facilities for various product support.

▲Takeuchi Mfg. (U.K.) Ltd.
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