History

History

In 1898, our company was founded as the Uchiyama Cork-Stopper Factory and began production of cork stoppers. Since then, it has developed a great many cork products and has grown into a top manufacturer in the cork industry. During this period, synthetic rubber and synthetic resin production divisions were added and presently gaskets and sealing materials for cars and industrial machines are our mainstay.


1898 Established Cork-Stopper Factory in Sayo, Hyogo Prefecture and started manufacturing cork stoppers.
1930 Developed the first oil-proof composition cork sheet in Japan, and started manufacturing cork-disk and gaskets.
1933 Built a plant and started manufacturing insulation cork board.
1940 Authorized by the Imperial Armed Forces to manufacture insulation corkboard and composition corkboard.
1944 Established Toyo Cork, Ltd. taking over the cork department of Toyo Manufacturing Corp. (Mazda Motor Corp.)
1950 Developed the first cork-rubber composition in Japan.
1951 Started manufacturing oil seals, spinning-rollers, industrial products of synthetic rubber compounds and gaskets of cork-rubber compositions.
1953 Developed expanded polystyrene products and steam-baking system for insulation cork board, first in Japan.
1955 Established Uchiyama Kogyo, Ltd (Uchiyama Corporation Ltd.).
1956 Changed the name to Uchiyama Cork Co., Ltd.
1959 Developed bearing seals formed by core and synthetic rubber compounds.
1962 Changed the Uchiyama Kogyo, Ltd. to Uchiyama Manufacturing Corp.
1966 Started manufacturing crowns (bottle caps) and urethane foam at the Chigasaki Plant.
1969 Started exporting bearing seals.
1972 Developed and started manufacturing “TAMIRON FUSUMA”.
1973 Developed and started manufacturing the first crowns having polyethylene liners “POLYMODE” in Japan.
1975 Established Uchiyama America, Inc. in NJ, U.S.A.
1977 Started manufacturing synthetic rubber gaskets by a rubber-injection machine.
1979 Established NE Seal Corp. for bearing seal production.
1981 Established U-SUN Gasket Corp. and started manufacturing O-pak gaskets.
1982 Established U-SUN Precision Corp. for mold and tool production.
1984 Developed and started manufacturing Agglomerated Cork Stoppers.
1986 Established branch offices in Tokyo, Osaka, Toyama, Nagoya, and Hiroshima.
1988 Established Dong-A Kigong Co. Ltd. (DongAh Uchiyama Manufacturing Corp.) by joint management in the Public of Korea.
1992 Established UMC Akasaka Technical Center for R&D in Okayama Prefecture.
1995 Established a European office in Germany.
1996 Established Uchiyama Portugal in Portugal and started manufacturing.
1997 Transferred Uchiyama America, Inc. to North Carolina and started manufacturing gaskets.
Changed the name of the European office to Uchiyama Europe GmbH.
2000 Established Uchiyama Vietnam and started manufacturing.
2002 Established Qindao DongAh Manufacturing Corp. (by joint management) in China.
2003 Established Uchiyama (Shanghai) International Corp. in China.
2004 Established Guangzhou Uchiyama Manufacturing Co. Ltd. in China and started manufacturing.
2008 Established Uchiyama (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in Bangkok, Thailand.
2012 Uchiyama America Inc. opened Detroit Office.
2013 Established Uchiyama (India) Private Ltd. in India.
2016 Established Uchiyama Sudamérica SRL in Paraguay


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