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The History of Mitsuboshi Belting

1919

Oct

Mitsuboshi Shokai was founded to manufacture cotton transmission belts at the current Kobe Plant site.
1920 Mar Main material of power transmission belts production was changed from cotton to rubber.
1932 Oct The business was incorporated as Mitsuboshi Shokai Co., Ltd.
1935 Jun The company name was changed to Mitsuboshi Chotai Co., Ltd.
1936 Mar Start manufacturing conveyor belts.
1937 Jun Tokyo Branch established.
1940 Oct Start manufacturing V-belt.
1947


Jan Start manufacturing bicycle tires and tubes.
Nov Shikoku Plant established and start manufacturing flat belts.
1948 Nov Osaka Branch established.
1955 Jun Nagoya Branch established.
1957 May Start manufacturing timing belt.
1959 Jul Listed on Osaka Securities Exchange.
1961


May The company name was changed to Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd.
Jun Listed on Nagoya Stock Exchange.
1962



1963
Jan Nagoya Plant established.
May Listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Jul Start manufacturing waterproofing sheets.
1965 Apr Start manufacturing automobile interior components.
1973


Jul Start manufacturing automobile exterior components.
Nov MBL (USA) CORPORATION established in the United States.
1977






Feb MBL (Europe) B.V. established in Netherlands.
Jul Mitsuboshi Belting (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. established in Singapore.
Sep

Kanagawa Plant was established to take over the production of automotive components at Mitsuboshi Belting Kanagawa Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
1980 Apr Start manufacturing engineering structural foams.
1982 Oct Start manufacturing ChemiFlex products from polyurethane materials.
1986 Sep Shiga Plant established; start cord treatment for power transmission belt.
1987 Dec Mitsuboshi Belting (Thailand) Co., Ltd. established in Thailand.
1988




Feb MBL Antriebstechnik Deutschland GmbH established in Germany.
Mar Start manufacturing power transmisson belts at MBL (USA) CORPORATION.
Sep PT. MITSUBOSHI BELTING INDONESIA established in Indonesia.
1990

May

MBL International (Asia) Pte. Ltd. established in Singapore.
Start manufacturing power transmisson belts at PT. MITSUBOSHI BELTING INDONESIA.
1992 Oct Head Office was moved to Harborland Center Building, Kobe.
1995 Jan Facilities of Kobe Plant were damaged by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
1996 Nov PT. SEIWA INDONESIA established in Indonesia.
1998


1999
Feb

Mitsuboshi Belting Giken Co., Ltd. established in Ayabe City, Kyoto, for the purpose of developing and testing production systems.
Oct Held ceremony to commemorate 80th anniversary.
2000







Jan Start multi-headquarter system, Tokyo head office established.
Apr Techno Research Center established at Kobe.
Jun

MBL International (Asia) Pte. Ltd. in Singapore changed its business purpose and was renamed MITSUBOSHI OVERSEAS HEADQUARTERS LIMITED.
Nov Kobe head office moved to Nagata Ward, Kobe
2001


Aug MOI Tech Europe Sp.z o.o. established in Poland.
Nov STARS TECHNOLOGIES INDUSTRIAL LIMITED established in Thailand.
2002 Jun MBL SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL TRADING CO., LTD. established in China.
2003




Jan

Consolidated MITSUBOSHI OVERSEAS HEADQUARTERS LIMITED and Mitsuboshi Belting (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. into MITSUBOSHI OVERSEAS HEADQUARTERS LIMITED.
Jan

Consolidated sales companies in Japan into one company, Mitsuboshi Belting Sales Co., Ltd.
2004


Apr SUZHOU MITSUBOSHI BELTING CO., LTD. established in China.
Oct Automotive components division was split to Mitsuboshi Belting Kaseihin Co., Ltd.
2006

Sep

All stocks of Mitsuboshi Belting Kaseihin Co.,Ltd. were handed over to International Automotive Components Group Japan,LLC.
2007

Oct

Ayabe Production System Development Center started its operation with the integrated production system from raw materials to finished products.
2008 Oct
Developed new variable speed belt composed of engineering plastic blocks and rubber.
2010 Dec MITSUBOSHI BELTING-INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED established in India.
2012 Aug Mitsuboshi Belting VIETNAM Co., Ltd. established in Vietnam.
2015



Jan

Held an advertising tower lighting ceremony as a commemorative 20th year after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
Feb Released Smart Tension, a simple belt tension measurement app for smartphones.
2019 Oct Celebrated its 100th anniversary.
2020 Feb The company name of Germany site was changed to Mitsuboshi Belting Europe GmbH.
2021 Apr PT. MITSUBOSHI BELTING SALES INDONESIA established in Indonesia.