ICHIKOH History

History

Creating a bright future

  1. 1903~
  2. 1940~
  3. 1980~
  4. 2000~
  5. 2011~

1903~From oil lamps to electric lamps

Founded 1903–1940

  1. Founding of Hakkosha in 1903 as a specialist plant for white-light wax oil and signal lamps. Development of high-luminance oil lamps that overwhelmingly outperform contemporary competitors

  2. Founding of Ichikawa Seisakusho in Kyobashi as an auto parts manufacturer
    Manufacture and sale of taillights and safety signal equipment

  3. Hakkosha product: railway lighting equipment
    Steam locomotive headlight

  4. Ichikawa Seisakusho: development of automobile replacement parts
    Headlights, rear combination lamp, fender mirrors, rearview mirrors, radiator grilles, hubcaps

  5. Success with storage batteries for signal lights

  6. Successful domestic manufacture of automobile headlights

  7. Appearance of first domestically mass-produced Datsun cars
    Development of Hakkosha headlights (1932 Type 11 Phaeton)

  8. Establishment of Ichikawa Seisakusho Co., Ltd.

  9. Establishment of Hakkosha Co., Ltd.

1940~Arrival of Sealed Beamand Halogen Lamps

1940–1980

  1. Arrival of ready-to-assemble headlights
    Ready-to-assemble headlights using tungsten bulbs

  2. Construction of Hasuda Plant of Hakkosha Industries

  3. Success with first vacuum deposition in Japan

  4. Establishment of Tamagawa Plant of Ichikawa Seisakusho

  5. Delivery of lights for Nissan-assembled Austin cars

  6. Establishment of Maruko Plant

  7. Early adopter of plastics for technical innovation

  8. Listing of Hakkosha Industries and Ichikawa Seisakusho on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Second Section

    Major order for Nissan Bluebird parts

  9. Construction of Isehara Plant

  10. Spin off of repair parts sales division to establish Ever Ace (now PIAA)

  11. Arrival of sealed beam headlights

    Establishment of Fujioka Plant No. 1 in Fujioka, Gunma Prefecture

  12. Partnership agreement between Hakkosha Industries and Ichikawa Manufacturing

  13. Merger of Hakkosha Industries and Ichikawa Manufacturing, establishing Ichikoh Industries, Ltd.

  14. Establishment of Fujioka Plant No. 2 in Fujioka, Gunma Prefecture

  15. Arrival of diverse headlights of various shapes along with the rise of halogen bulbs

  16. Change of listing to Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section

  17. Construction of Oizumi Plant in Ora-gun, Gunma Prefecture

  18. Arrival of Japan's first electric remote control fender mirrors, on the Nissan Laurel (C130)

1980~Arrival of HID Light Source

1980–1999

  1. Development of Japan's first mass-produced retractable headlights, for the Nissan Pulsar

  2. Capital participation in NAL in Illinois, USA

    Development of the world's first electric retraction mechanism for door mirrors disseminated worldwide (C32 Laurel)

  3. Installation of world's first LED high mount stop lights, on the Nissan Fairlady Z (Z31)

  4. Development of first domestically-produced projector headlights

    Establishment of IMI in Kentucky, USA

  5. Installation of the world's first door mirrors with wipers, on the Nissan Cima, which was so popular it was called the "Cima phenomenon" in Japan

  6. Installation of the world's first four-lamp projector headlights, on the Nissan Silvia (00)

    Compact mounting of miniaturized wiper drive unit and wiper arm on mirror with electric remote control and retraction functions

  7. Establishment of Ichikoh Malaysia SDN, BHD, in Malaysia

  8. Realization of HID headlights using high-pressure discharge for high-intensity light, and development for use in endurance racing

    Commencement of operation at new Nakatsugawa Plant

    (Cedric/Gloria Y32) Development of world's first ultrasonic rain-shedding mirror, which uses ultrasonic waves to vibrate the mirror's surface and shed raindrops

  9. Development of high-efficiency free surface headlights for mass-produced vehicles

  10. Establishment of PT. Ichikoh Indonesia in a suburb of Jakarta, Indonesia

  11. Installation of Japan's first LED rear combination lamp, on the Nissan Gloria (Y34)

2000~LED, the Evolving Next-Generation Light Source

2000–2010

  1. Comprehensive business alliance with Valeo for lighting business

    Establishment of new plant of joint venture company Kenkoh Industries, Ltd., in Changhua, Taiwan

  2. Establishment of Wuxi Koh Sean Technology Co., Ltd. as a joint venture in Wuxi, China

  3. World's first installation on door mirrors of LED turn signals, infrared LEDs for night lighting, and cameras, on the Nissan Elgrand (E51)

    Installation of the world's first large LED light source overhead consoles incorporating dome lamps, spot lamps, etc., on the Toyota Mark X

  4. Signing of technical support agreement with FIEM

    Installation of AFS on the Toyota Alphard

    Beginning of provision of racing headlights to the Tokai University Le Mans Project

  5. Development of dome lamps for official Imperial Family cars, with Milky Way concept, light source of 1,500 warm white LEDs, internal diffusion, and lens surfaces processed with Japanese paper

    Establishment of Ichikoh Mitsuba Inc. (IMIC) in Kentucky, USA

    Establishment of Foshan Ichikoh Valeo Auto Lighting Systems Co., Ltd., in China

  6. Agreement on global alliance with Ficosa International

    Transfer of fixed assets from the former Oizumi Plant and Nakatsugawa Plant sites and the Head Office site

    Completion of I-WING technical center at Isehara Plant

    Compared to conventional (HID) up to 2010, using half the electricity while providing the same brightness, the world's most efficient automobile LED headlights for the Nissan Leaf achieve long life twice that of HID (5,000 hours: equivalent to about 20 years' usage), utilizing reflectors and contributing to lighter weight and low cost

    Integration of Head Office functions, formerly sited in Gotanda, with the Isehara Technical Center in order to increase efficiency

2011–So That We Will Still Be a Company That Is Shining 100 Years from Now

2011–

  1. August

    Strengthening of the alliance between Ichikoh and Valeo in China Establishment of Valeo Ichikoh Holding Ltd. in Dublin, Ireland
    Unification of lamp business in the China region as the holding company of FIV, Shenyang Valeo, Wuhu Valeo, and Hubei Tech Center

    October

    Construction of new plant of Ichikoh Industries (Thailand) Co., Ltd., in Amata, Rayong, Thailand. Boasting a scale second in the company only to the Isehara Plant, it is Ichikoh's largest plant outside Japan. Along with adopting the latest production equipment, the plant also features a technical center that enables local product design and development.

  2. February

    Receipt of first Innovation Award from Toyota
    At the Toyota Global Supplier Convention on February 27, 2015 (Fri.), Ichikoh received an Innovation Award from Toyota President Akio Toyoda for its introduction of MonoLED. The product is used on the new Alphard/Vellfire. It was the first time Ichikoh had won such a prestigious award.

    (Photo) MonoLED, winner of the Innovation Award

    (Photo) Ichikoh President Ali Ordoobadi accepting the award from Toyota President Akio Toyoda.(Position titles at time of ceremony)
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