History of KGW
Located on the shores of a calm, deep bay of the Seto Inland Sea, the city of Kure in Hiroshima Prefecture is ideally suited as a location for fleet training, and as a result the Kure Naval District was opened in 1889. During the same period, the Naval Academy was relocated from Tsukiji in Tokyo to Etajima in Hiroshima, and was attended by naval cadets including Saneyuki Akiyama, who was active during the First Sino-Japanese War and the Russo-Japanese War.
As the Kure Naval District opened and the Naval Academy was relocated to Etajima, Kure became an important city as a military port. Dockyards were constructed, and the city began to collect a broad range of the latest technologies.
Grinding wheels were used in the construction of ships for cutting, grinding, and other steel machining processes, and became products of great importance that were essential for shipbuilding.
At a commemorative victory exhibition following the 1906 Russo-Japanese War, synthetic grinding wheels from the United States were shown. This is believed to be the first time that synthetic grinding wheels were introduced to Japan. Semi synthetic grinding wheels had been used before, however they were thought primarily suited for polishing rather than grinding.
When synthetic grinding wheels were first used, people were astonished to see the shower of sparks produced when grinding hard steel. One of those people was the fabric merchant Kanekichi Takahashi, who became the first president of our company.
Kanekichi Takahashi was attracted by the fact that grinding wheels were “truly convenient and wonderful tools,” and in 1910 he began manufacturing the first domestic synthetic grinding wheels, made using agate from Izumo. This was how KURE GRINDING WHEEL got its start as a grinding wheel manufacturer.
Overcoming numerous difficulties, the company succeeded in the manufacture of grinding wheels.
The Kure Naval Arsenal began the construction of many warships, including the battleship Yamato.
KGW grinding wheels were used to manufacture gun batteries and a large number of other parts.
In 1940, in order to meet growing demand for grinding wheels, a new plant was constructed in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, utilizing the latest equipment at that time.
Three years later in 1943, the Manchuria KGW Plant was established in Northeast China (Manchuria) and the KGW Osaka Plant was established in Osaka, further expanding the production of grinding wheels.
Following the war, production was restarted at the Kure Plant in 1948, and it has continued advancing up to the present day in pace with the development of the steel, automobile, train, electrical appliance, machinery, semiconductor, and other industries.
|History of KGW||World History|
Founder Kanekichi Takahashi begins manufacturing grinding wheels in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, using agate from Izumo as the raw material.
|The limited-share partnership Toyo Grinding Wheels was founded in Kure City, and began the full-scale manufacture and sale of domestically produced synthetic grinding wheels.||1916||Albert Einstein Announced General Relativity Theory.|
|Toyo Grinding Wheels was dissolved and the name changed to KURE GRINDING WHEEL. (This was the founding of KGW.)||1919||Pacific Peace Conference was held on the conclusion of World War I, the Treaty of Versailles.|
A new plant was completed in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, and a business foundation as a grinding wheel manufacturer was constructed through technical innovations utilizing the latest technologies.
|Changed to a public company, and expanded business by constructing plants in China and Osaka.||1943|
|Restarted production at the Kure Plant, which had escaped damage during the war.||1948||The first Olympic Games after the war had hold in London.|
|The Kure Plant was certified to use JIS labels.||1955|
|All varieties of Kure Plant vitrified bond grinding wheels were certified to use JIS labels.||1958||European Economic Community (EEC) was established.|
|Received the Award of the Chief of Hiroshima Bureau of Economy, Trade ad Industry as an "Excellent Factory in Implementation of Industrial Standardization."||1959|
|Received the Award of the Director-General of the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology as an "Excellent Factory in Implementation of Industrial Standardization."||1960||Petroleum Exporting Countries Organization (OPEC) was launched.|
|Constructed the Tokyo Plant in Ibaraki.||1961||Economic Cooperation and Development Organization (OECD) was launched.|
Operations at the Tokyo Plant were started (production continued until 1995).
Received the Minister of International Trade and Industry Award for "Excellence in Factory Industrial Standardization."
|Changed company name to KURE GRINDING WHEEL.||1965||Succeeded the first human space swimming (Soviet Union).|
|Achieved superior results in technical development and business management, and received the Medium and Small Business Research Institute Award recognizing the company as an excellent company with strong future prospects.||1970|
|Received technologies and capital participation from the US Norton Corporation, and launched Kure-Norton Co., Ltd. as a joint venture company.|
Kure-Norton was in charge of the Grinding Wheel Division until 2008.
Started production of depressed center wheels with zirconia abrasive grains, and flexible depressed center wheels.
Started production and sales of safety products such as safety helmets, protective eyewears, and protective gloves. Started production and sales of non-woven abrasives.
|1981||First Space Shuttle Colombia was launched.|
|Started production of vitrified bond CBN wheels.||1982|
Started sales of Diamond/CBN wheels.
Completed construction of the Tokyo Head Office building.
|1990||Unification of East and West Germany.|
|Started operations at the Kazahaya Plant (Higashi Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture) manufacturing coated abrasives. (production continued until 2000).|
Started sales of coated abrasives.
|1991||The Gulf War was outbroken.|
|Started production and sales of housing construction materials (plastic window sashes).||1995||The World Trade Organization (WTO) was launched.|
KGW Kure Plant and Kure District acquired ISO9002 certification.
|Opened the Grinding Technology Center.||1999|
|KGW Kure Plant and the Chiba Plant manufacturing Diamond/CBN wheels acquired ISO9001:2000 certification.||2002||Cash distribution of European single currency euro commenced.|
|Established Taiwan Kure Grinding Wheel Co., Ltd. as a subsidiary serving the IT industry in Taiwan.|
KGW Kure Plant acquired ISO14001 certification.
|Chiba Plant manufacturing Diamond/CBN wheels acquired ISO14001 certification.||2005|
Launched the "Montage" original brand of plastic window sashes.
|Absorbed and merged with the Kure-Norton Co., Ltd. grinding wheel manufacturing business, which became the KGW Grinding Wheel Division.|
Taiwan KGW acquired ISO14001 certification.
|2008||Lehman Brothers, a leading investment bank in the United States, was broken out (Lehman Shock).|
The Kazahaya Distribution Center, a standing inventory logistics hub for grinding wheels and safety and health protective gear, was opened on the site of the former Kazahaya Plant.
|2009||World epidemic of H1N1 influenza.|
|Absorbed and merged with four sales subsidiaries: Higashi – Nihon Kure Grinding Wheel Co.,Ltd., Chubu Kure Grinding Wheel Co.,Ltd., Seibu Kure Grinding Wheel Co.,Ltd., Nishi – Nihon Kure Grinding Wheel Co.,Ltd. |
Established KURE GRINDING WHEEL (THAILAND) Co., Ltd. in Thailand.
|Established KURE GRINDING WHEEL (KOREA) Co., Ltd. in Korea.||2013|
|Established Kure Grinding Wheel (shanghai) Co., Ltd. in China.||2014|
|Established KURE GRINDING WHEEL (AMERICA), INC. in the US.||2015|
|Established Kure Grinding Wheel (Deutschland) GmbH., as our subsidiary in Germany.|
KURE GRINDING WHEEL (THAILAND)Co.,Ltd. acquired the certification ISO9001.
|Launched KURE GRINDING WHEEL’s online showroom.||2018|
| Closed our subsidiary, KURE GRINDING WHEEL (KOREA) Co., Ltd., in Korea.|
The 100th anniversary of KURE GRINDING WHEEL CO.,LTD.
Closed our subsidiary, Kure Grinding Wheel (shanghai) Co., Ltd., in China.