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The History of Mitsuboshi Belting

The History of Mitsuboshi Belting
October 1919 Mitsuboshi Shokai was founded to manufacture cotton transmission belts at the current Kobe Plant site.
March 1920 Main material of power transmission belts production was changed from cotton to rubber.
October 1932 The business was incorporated as Mitsuboshi Shokai Co., Ltd.
June 1935 The company name was changed to Mitsuboshi Chotai Co., Ltd.
March 1936 Start manufacturing conveyor belts.
June 1937 Tokyo Branch established.
October 1940 Start manufacturing V-belt.
January 1947 Start manufacturing bicycle tires and tubes.
November 1947 Shikoku Plant established and start manufacturing flat belts.
November 1948 Osaka Branch established.
June 1955 Nagoya Branch established.
May 1957 Start manufacturing timing belt.
July 1958 Listed on Osaka Securities Exchange.
May 1961 The company name was changed to Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd.
June 1961 Listed on Nagoya Stock Exchange.
January 1962 Nagoya Plant established.
May 1962 Listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange.
July 1963 Start manufacturing waterproofing sheets.
April 1965 Start manufacturing automobile interior components.
July 1973 Start manufacturing automobile exterior components.
November 1973 MBL (USA) CORPORATION established in the United States.
February 1977 MBL (Europe) B.V. established in Netherlands.
July 1977 Mitsuboshi Belting (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. established in Singapore.
September 1977 Kanagawa Plant was established to take over the production of automotive components at Mitsuboshi Belting Kanagawa Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
April 1980 Start manufacturing engineering structural foams.
October 1982 Start manufacturing ChemiFlex products from polyurethane materials.
September 1986 Shiga Plant established; start cord treatment for power transmission belt.
December 1987 Mitsuboshi Belting (Thailand) Co., Ltd. established in Thailand.
February 1988 MBL Antriebstechnik Deutschland GmbH established in Germany.
March 1988 Start manufacturing power transmisson belts at MBL (USA) CORPORATION.
September 1988 P.T. Mitsuboshi Belting Indonesia established in Indonesia.
May 1990 MBL International (Asia) Pte. Ltd. established in Singapore.
Start manufacturing power transmisson belts at P.T. Mitsuboshi Belting Indonesia.
October 1992 Head Office was moved to Harborland Center Building, Kobe.
January 1995 Facilities of Kobe Plant were damaged by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
November 1996 P.T. SEIWA INDONESIA established in Indonesia.
February 1999 Mitsuboshi Belting Giken Co., Ltd. established in Ayabe City, Kyoto, for the purpose of developing and testing production systems.
October 1999 Held ceremony to commemorate 80th anniversary.
January 2000 Start multi-headquarter system, Tokyo head office established.
April 2000 Techno Research Center established at Kobe.
June 2000 MBL International (Asia) Pte. Ltd. in Singapore changed its business purpose and was renamed MITSUBOSHI OVERSEAS HEADQUARTERS LIMITED.
November 2000 Kobe head office moved to Nagata Ward, Kobe
August 2001 MOI Tech Europe Sp.z o.o. established in Poland.
November 2001 STARS TECHNOLOGIES INDUSTRIAL LIMITED established in Thailand.
June 2002 MBL SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL TRADING CO., LTD. established in China.
January 2003 Consolidated sales companies in Japan into one company, Mitsuboshi Belting Sales Co., Ltd.
October 2003 Operating officer system introduced.
April 2004 SUZHOU MITSUBOSHI BELTING CO., LTD. established in China.
October 2004 Automotive components division was split to Mitsuboshi Belting Kaseihin Co., Ltd.
September 2006 All stocks of Mitsuboshi Belting Kaseihin Co.,Ltd. were handed over to International Automotive Components Group Japan,LLC.
October 2007 Ayabe Production System Development Center started its operation with the integrated production system from raw materials to finished products.
October 2008 Developed new variable speed belt composed of engineering plastic blocks and rubber.
December 2010 MITSUBOSHI BELTING-INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED established in India.
August 2012 Mitsuboshi Belting VIETNAM Co., Ltd. established in Vietnam.
January 2015 Held an advertising tower lighting ceremony as a commemorative 20th year after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
February 2015 Released Smart Tension, a simple belt tension measurement app for smartphones.
October 2019 Celebrated its 100th anniversary.100th anniversary site
February 2020 The company name of Germany site was changed to Mitsuboshi Belting Europe GmbH.
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