Chronology

1875

Foundation – Katsuzo Nishimura started manufacturing of fire bricks for the first time in Japan as a private company in Shibaura, Tokyo.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
1884

Established Isekatsu Shirorenga Works in Fukagawa, Tokyo after amalgamating with the Shibaura Works.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
1887

Moved to Shinagawa, Tokyo and renamed to “Shinagawa Shirorenga Works”.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
1895

Established Onahama Works at Onahama, Fukushima Pref.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
1900年

Reorganized the Shinagawa Works into “Shinagawa Shirorenga Limited Partnership”.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
1903

Reorganized into “Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.”

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
1906

Established Yumoto Works in Iwaki, Fukushima Pref. and moved the Onahama Works.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
1916

Merged Nihon Yogyo Co., Ltd. (current Okayama Works Plant-1)

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
1928

Established Okayama Works Plant-2 in Bizen, Okayama Pref.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
1936

Merged with Teikoku Yogyo Co., Ltd.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
1938

Established “Shinagawa Kigyo Co., Ltd.” and Okayama Works Plant-3.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.

Established Kojima Yogyo Co., Ltd. (the original name of the company) in Kojima, Okayama and started the manufacture and sale of roseki bricks.

Former JFE Refractories Corporation
1944

Became a subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. and changed its trade name to Kawasaki Refractories Co., Ltd. Acquired Hinase Fire Brick Co., Ltd., a brick manufacturer.

Former JFE Refractories Corporation
1945

Acquired a workshop of Kawasaki Heavy Industries. (Mitsuishi Refractories Works)

Former JFE Refractories Corporation
1950

Entered into Technology Alliance with General Refractories, USA. (Basic Bricks RITEX)

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.

Acquired Okayama Factory of Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Became an affiliated company with the Kawasaki Steel Corporation, a subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Former JFE Refractories Corporation
1952

Became a subsidiary of Kawasaki Steel Corporation.

Former JFE Refractories Corporation
1961

Entered into Business Cooperation Agreement with Nippon Kokan Co., Ltd. Inaugurated Hinase Works.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.

Established Plant No.1 and 3 in Ako.(current Ako Works)

Former JFE Refractories Corporation
1962

Invested jointly with Kobe Steel Ltd. for “Shinagawa Rozai Co., Ltd.”

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
1969

Established Shin-Yumoto Works (current Yumoto Works).

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.

Established Chigusa Kogyo Co., Ltd.

Former JFE Refractories Corporation
1970

Established Kashima Works (current Kashima Mfg. Dept.)

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.

Established Tamashima Plant. (current Tamashima Mfg. Dept.)

Former JFE Refractories Corporation
1972

Relocated the head office from Kobe to Ako.

Former JFE Refractories Corporation
1973

Established “Shinagawa Roko Co., Ltd.”

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
1974

Completed the construction of Plant No.2 in Ako.

Former JFE Refractories Corporation
1981

Acquired Chiba Refractories Industrial Co., Ltd.

Former JFE Refractories Corporation
1984

Established “Shinagawa Kaihatsu Co., Ltd.”

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
1986年

Established “Shinagawa Chemicals Co., Ltd.”

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
1990

Established Ako General Service Co., Ltd.

Former JFE Refractories Corporation
1991

Established a representative office in Canada.

Former JFE Refractories Corporation
1993

Announced “Dream Project 21”. Started its approach for establishment of a new Shinagawa Refractories for the 21st Century.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.

KEstablished a joint venture company, Kawasaki-Vesuvius Advanced Refractory Technology Inc. (then KVARTEC Co., Ltd.; Joint venture contract was terminated in 2009.)

Former JFE Refractories Corporation
1997

Established a joint venture company, Shenyang Shinagawa Glorious Metallurgy materials Co., Ltd. (current Shenyang Shinagawa Metallurgy materials Co., Ltd.) in China.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
1998

Established a joint venture general refractory company, “Shinagawa Thermal Ceramics Pty. Ltd.”, in Australia.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
1999

Merged Shinagawa Rozai Co., Ltd. with Daiichi-taikarenga Co., Ltd. and changed its trade name to “Ceratechno Co., Ltd.”

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
2001

Increased the equity in Shinagawa Thermal Ceramics to fully consolidate it and renamed “Shinagawa Refractories Australasia Pty. Ltd.”

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
2002

Split Fine Ceramics Division and established “Shinagawa Fine Ceramics Co., Ltd.”

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
2003

Made an equity investment to Jinan Ludong Refractory Co., Ltd., in China.

Former JFE Refractories Corporation
2004

Acquired stock of Isolite Insulating Products Co., Ltd. to consolidate it.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.

Changed its trade name to JFE Refractories Corporation.

Former JFE Refractories Corporation
2005

Established a joint venture company, Shinagawa Rongyuan Refractories Co., Ltd. in China.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
2006

Established “Shinagawa Advanced Materials Americas Inc.” in USA. Amalgamated with the Shinagawa Roko and established “Roko Company”.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
2008

Established a joint venture company, Liaoning Shinagawa Hefeng Metallurgical Material Co., Ltd. in China.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
2009

Merged with JFE Refractories Corporation.

Former Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.

Merged with Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.

Former JFE Refractories Corporation
2011年

Split the Roko Company and established “Shinagawa Roko Co., Ltd.”

Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.