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1940s
1946 January
After demobilization, Tomesaburo Teraura returns to Taikou Kikai Seisakusho and starts making cables at the company’s Takarazuka Cable Conduit Plant.
Established Takarazuka Sakudokan K.K. (Abbreviated name: TSK)
1949 January Takarazuka Cable Conduit Plant is bought by Tomesaburo Teraura and restarts operations under the business name of Takarazuka Sakudokan K.K. with a capital of 2 million yen. Teraura assumes office as president.
1950s
1950 February PVC-coated cable development starts.
TSK (Takarazuka Sakudokan K.K.) trademark is registered.
1951 February Samples of PVC-coated cable are shipped.
1952 - Mass production method is established for PVC-coated cables.
Rail system is initiated for faster deliveries.
1953 May Tomesaburo Teraura assumes the role of executive secretary of the Japan Small Vehicle Manufacturers Association.
Construction of a strand wire plant is completed.
- System to give a much greater return of profits is voluntarily implemented.
1954 August Capital is increased to 4.75 million yen.
- Management creed of “Quality Product, Competitive Prices, Prompt Delivery” is enacted.
Inroads are made into the four-wheel-drive vehicle market.
1955 - TSK research and development laboratory is established.
1956 October Construction of a parts manufacturing plant is completed.
- Focus starts to be shifted from components for indicators to functional parts.
1957 - Involuntary retirement is undertaken due to a sharp decline in orders (employees reinstated after two years).
Quality Control (QC) efforts are made and a system for improvement strategy proposals is implemented.
1959 September Delivered cables damaged in the Isewan Typhoon floods are replaced free of charge.
First issue of the company newsletter is published.
1960s
1960 April Capital is increased to 50 million yen.
Nagoya Liaison Office is opened.
May Takarazuka Cable Conduit Association is inaugurated (predecessor to the Hoyukai).
October Construction of Sanda Plant is completed.
Head office is completed (currently the offices of Hi-Lex Medical).
1961 April Tokyo Office is opened.
June Tomesaburo Teraura assumes office as the first president of the Takarazuka Chamber of Commerce.
Die-cast end cap molding is started.
1962 February TSK labor union is inaugurated.
April Merger is concluded with Toyo Machinery & Metal Co., Ltd., with Tomesaburo Teraura appointed vice president.
August Monthly sales of 1 million cables are reached.
September Construction of Sanda Die-Cast Plant is completed.
1963 December De-merger occurs with Toyo Machinery & Metal Co., Ltd., leading to an independent restart with 100 million yen in capital.
- In-house production of molds is started.
Development is started on New TS-coated Cables.
1964 - TQC is fully incorporated, and work standards are created.
1965 August Special production line for outer casings is completed at Sanda Plant.
Hamamatsu Office is opened.
Nagoya Liaison Office is reorganized as the Nagoya Office.
1966 March Monthly sales of 1.5 million cables are reached.
May Continuous winding machine is developed.
July Fire damages the plating section at Sanda Plant. Consequently, the 7th day of every month is designated as disaster prevention day.
October Representative offices are opened in Sapporo, Sendai, and Fukuoka.
November First QC case study presentation is held.
1967 September Monthly sales of 2 million cables are reached; the company’s share of the domestic market reaches 70 percent, and it becomes the world’s number one cable manufacturer.
- New TS-coated Cables are sold for the first time.
1969 May HI-LEX Cable is sold for the first time.
Quality Assurance Section is established.
August Molding section is completed at Sanda Plant.
November FACOM230-10D computer is introduced and office automation (OA) starts.
1970s
1970 March 25th anniversary of the founding of the company is celebrated.
April Tomesaburo Teraura is inaugurated as a member of the council of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
June Teraura becomes the vice chairman of the Japan Auto Parts Industries Association, and is appointed head of the Kansai Branch.
July Construction of Kaibara Plant is completed.
Teraura becomes the president of the Takarazuka Rotary Club.
October Monthly sales of 3 million cables are reached.
November
Technical partnership with US-based Controlex, Inc. is started.
Established technical affiliation with Controlex, Inc., U.S.A.
Nagoya Office is relocated to the city of Toyota.
- Representative office is opened in Michigan, USA.
1971 February 4S Strategy is implemented.
July Corporate name is changed to Nippon Cable System, Inc.
August Development of TSK Grease is undertaken.
September Control boxes are developed for sea craft.
1972 March Expansion of Kaibara Plant is completed.
October Construction of Technical Center is completed.
November TSK (Korea) Co., Ltd. is established.
1973 March Capital investment in Kanto TSK is made.
April Capital investment in Tamba Cable, Inc. is made.
May New strand wire section is completed at Kaibara Plant.
June New office is completed at Sanda Plant.
August Capital investment in Tajima TSK, Inc. is made.
October Technical partnership is established with Flexible Drive Agencies Pty. Ltd., Australia, for Hi-Lex Cables.
Capital investment in Hyogo Cable, Inc. is made.
November In-house production of base wire for inner cables is started.
Capital is increased to 150 million yen.
1974 April Tomesaburo Teraura is awarded with the Medal with Blue Ribbon.
July Capital is increased to 190 million yen.
August Capital is increased to 210 million yen.
November Capital is increased to 315 million yen.
1975 April TSK of America is established.
November Jump Over S.M.I.L.E. movement is launched.
Remote control boxes are developed.
December Numata Foundation is established.
1976 January Capital investment in Kansai Cable, Inc. is made.
March Production on shaft cables is started.
April Capital investment in Mikuni Cable, Inc. is made.
Capital investment and technical support agreement is ratified with Armstrong Cycle Parts Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia.
July Capital is increased to 456.75 million yen.
August HI-LEX Cable-dedicated section is put into operation at Kaibara Plant.
1977 March Monthly sales of 5 million cables are exceeded, and earnings of 1 billion yen are reached.
April Joint-venture contract is signed with Lippo Group, Indonesia.
June Capital is increased to 600 million yen.
Listed on the Second Section of the Osaka Securities Exchange.
Listed on Second Section of Osaka Stock Exchange.
November Capital is increased to 690 million yen.
December Manufacturing with an integrated production line is started.
1978 January Vice President Makoto Teraura is advanced to president, and President Tomesaburo Teraura becomes chairman.
June Production plant is completed in the US, and production is started.
August Tokyo Office is opened in Sayama, Saitama.
October Capital is increased to 790 million yen.
November Capital is increased to 908.5 million yen.
Chairman’s Award (later Founder’s Award) and President’s Award are inaugurated by the president.
1979 February Monthly sales of 6 million are reached.
October PT. Lippo TSK Indonesia is established in Indonesia.
- Window glass regulator system is developed.
November Capital is increased to 1,044,775,000 yen.
1980s
1980 August Tomesaburo Teraura, founder and chairman, passes away.
September Monthly sales of 7 million cables are reached.
November Capital is increased to 1,149,252,500 yen.
Teraura Scholarship Foundation is inaugurated.
1981 May Capital investment in Hayashi Spring Inc. is made.
Construction on Mikkabi Plant is completed.
TSK of America is renamed Hi-Lex Corporation (HLC).
August Manual transmission (MT) control cable is developed.
October Annual production of 90 million cables is reached, and earnings of 20 billion yen are exceeded.
65 percent market share in Japan is achieved, as is a number one ranking in cables worldwide.
December Capital investment in Thai Steel Cable (TSC) Co., Ltd., Thailand, is made.
1982 January Shouichi Kadoya, president of TSK (Korea) Co., Ltd. is awarded the Minister of International Trade and Industry Award for Economic Cooperation.
April Mikkabi Plant is expanded.
August Technical partnership is established with West German company Kuster Co., Gmbh.
October General quality inspections are instituted company-wide.
1983 August Mass production of window glass regulators is started.
- No. 1 rank in the Nikkei Review of Industry Leaders is achieved.
HLC expands its plant.
1984 June Capital is increased to 2,522,933,500 yen.
September First TSK robot is introduced at Sanda Plant.
December Technical license agreement is concluded for Hi-Lex Cable in the Soviet Union.
- Steering systems are developed for small marine engines.
Cable Engineering Standard (CES) is created.
1985 February President Teraura is appointed honorary ambassador of the state of Michigan to Japan.
March Monthly sales of 8 million cables are reached.
April Technical partnership is established with Dae Dong Cable Co., Ltd., South Korea.
Construction of Kanto TSK Inc. Mutsuzawa Plant is completed.
June Construction of Utsunomiya Technology Center is completed.
November Izushi Cable, Inc. is established.
- Hi-Lex Automotive Center is opened in Detroit, USA.
1986 January TPM activities are kicked off.
September 40th anniversary of the founding of the company is celebrated.
1987 April Capital investment in Flexdrive Industries Ltd., Australia, is made.
June Capital investment in Dae Dong Cable Co., Ltd., South Korea, is made.
- HLC is presented with the Pentastar Award by Chrysler.
1988 September Convertible bonds are issued for the first time.
October
PM Excellent Place of Business prize is awarded.
Awarded TPM Excellent Place of Business prize.
PT. Hi-Lex Parts Co., Ltd. Indonesia is established.
- GVE(Group Value Engineering) activities are introduced.
1989 January Construction of technical headquarters on the head office site is completed.
- Hayashi Spring Inc. is renamed Nippon Cable System Saitama.
May Construction of Sanda-Nishi Plant is completed.
Hi-Lex Controls Inc., America, is established.
June Nippon Cable System Shimane, Inc. is established.
September Capital investment in Bowden, UK, is made.
1990s
1990 July Monthly sales of 10 million cables are reached.
- HCI operation is started.
1991 September Ceremony is held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the labor union.
1992 May Construction of the Kanto TSK Kamogawa Plant is completed.
Technology licensing agreement with Madhusudan Auto Ltd., India, and Flextech Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd, South Africa, is signed.
June Sanda-Nishi Plant is expanded.
November TSK of America is established as a holding subsidiary in the US.
- IBM AS400 Online System is introduced.
1993 January Technical assistance agreement is signed with ABF, Hungary.
May Technical assistance agreement is signed with Mueller, Brazil.
October Hi-Lex Mexicana S.A.DE C.V. is established.
- Integrated mini-accelerator actuator is developed and goes on sale.
Auto pull-up systems are developed.
1994 May Project team is formed for entering the field of medical equipment.
September Effort to acquire ISO9001 certification is launched.
November Slim 30 methodology is implemented.
December HCI is presented with the Ford Q1 Award.
1995 January Part of the head office and Sanda Plant is damaged in the Great Hanshin Earthquake.
May Joint venture company, Chongqing TSK Cable Ltd. (CTC), is established in Chongqing (now named CHONGQING HI-LEX CABLE SYSTEM GROUP CO., LTD. (CHG)).
June New TSC Plant is completed.
September ISO9001 certification is acquired.
1996 January Representative office is opened in Europe.
February CTC operation is started.
April Toyota President’s Award for Cost Improvement is received.
May Medical equipment goes on sale.
September Mikkabi Plant Circle representatives are presented with the Honda NH Circle Japan Block Competition Award for Excellence.
October 50th anniversary of the founding of the company is celebrated.
1997 January Toyota President's Award for Cost Improvement is received.
November Activities toward QS-9000 certification are kicked off.
- Honda VA and VE Special Awards are received.
Three companies in America and Mexico are awarded QS9000 certification.
HCI and HLM plants are expanded.
Licensed production agreement is signed with Kuster Co., Gmbh for window glass regulators.
Production at Southeast Asian companies is greatly reduced due to financial instability.
Lippo TSK and TSC are awarded ISO9002 certification.
Raising and lowering systems for air conditioner grilles go on sale.
1998 April Construction on the new HLM Plant is completed.
July Machino TSK Nippon Cable (P) Ltd. is established.
October QS-9000 certification is acquired.
- Electric nozzle deflectors are developed and go on sale.
Europe Office is closed.
1999 February Toyota Quality Control Excellence Award is won for the second year in a row.
March Hi-Lex Vietnam Co., Ltd. (HLV) is established.
May Nagoya Office is relocated.
October Mikkabi Plant Circle is a participant in the Honda NH Circle World Meeting.
President Shinomiya of TSK (Korea) Co., Ltd. is awarded the Minister of International Trade and Industry Prize.
- Capital is increased for TSK (Korea) Co., Ltd., and factories are expanded.
Wheelchair fixtures are developed and go on sale.
2000s
2000 March Activities toward CAPS are kicked off.
May Hi-Lex Cable System Co., Ltd. (HCS) is established in the UK.
June Certification of Excellence is received from Mazda.
October P.T. Lippo TSK (currently P.T. Hi-Lex Indonesia (P) (HLINA)) becomes a subsidiary.
- Internal urethral catheter for cats is commercialized.
Hi-Lex Do Brazil (HLB) Office is opened.
2001 January CTC in China becomes a subsidiary.
February Fuji Hi-Lex is established.
June ISO14001 certification is acquired.
- Partnership is formed with Alpha Corporation.
Full-scale mass production of power sliding doors is started.
2002 February Operation of HCI’s Hudson Plant is started.
March Hi-Lex India (P) Ltd. (HLIND) becomes a subsidiary.
April Alpha Hi-Lex is established.
August Guangzhou TSK Control Cable Co., Ltd. (GTC) is established.
September Hyogo Prefectural Governor’s Prize is received for outstanding offices for the employment of persons with disabilities.
Chongqing TSK Automotive Inc. (CTP) is established (currently Chongqing Hi-Lex Control Cable System Co. Ltd. (CQHL)).
November 30th anniversary of the founding of TSK (Korea) Co., Ltd. is reached.
- Overseas production of 50 percent is exceeded.
Approval is obtained to produce medical equipment.
2003 January Yantai TSK Cable System Co., Ltd. (YTC) is established.
New Izushi Cable Plant is completed.
March 40th anniversary of the formation of the labor union is reached.
July DAEDONG HI-LEX INC. (DDHL) is established in South Korea.
October Earnings of 50 billion yen are exceeded.
- CAPS activities are started at overseas subsidiaries.
GTC operation is started.
CTP operation is started.
2004 March Full-scale production of window glass regulators is started by YTC.
October Izushi Cable is damaged in major floods.
- Door modules from Japan, the US, and Korea are ordered from PLG.
Activities toward certification of CAPS instructors are started.
2005 April 10th anniversary of the founding of CTC is reached.
November Toyota Technical Development Appreciation Award is received.
- ISO13485 certification is received (medical equipment quality control system).
Defined contribution pension scheme is introduced.
TSC is listed on the stock market.
2006 January PLG starts sales.
March QS9000 certification is converted to the new ISO/TS16949 certification.
May Nippon Cable System Inc. is renamed Hi-Lex Corporation.
July Hi-Lex Hungary Cable System Manufacturing LLC is established.
November Award for originality is received from the Japan Society for Artificial Organs.
Kyotan TSK, Co., Ltd. operations are started.
- Micro-catheter, Gold Crest, is developed and goes on sale.
Large-scale orders of door modules are received in North America.
New TSC Plant is transferred and expanded.
2007 December Medical equipment division is introduced.
Guangzhou Hi-Lex Cable System Co., Ltd. is established (currently Guangdong Hi-Lex Cable System Co. Ltd (GHL)).
Changchun TSK Automotive Inc. is established (currently CHANGCHUN HI-LEX CABLE CO., LTD. (CCHL)).
- North America New Technical Center is opened.
Double-threaded outers are developed.
New DDHL plant in Bosun is opened
2008 May Operation of the new Hi-Lex Saitama Plant is started.
Resin molding division is relocated to Sanda-Nishi Plant.
July Daedong Hi-Lex of America Inc. (DDHLA) is established.
2009 April CHG is relocated to a new plant.
September Takarazuka Plant (relocated to Sanda Plant) becomes the site for the relocation and expansion of the medical equipment division.
GHL operation is started.
HLB subsidiary is withdrawn.
Mass production is started on the new helix cable product, SPI-RAX.
October Hi-Lex Kanto Kamogawa Plant is closed.
November First order from Fuji Heavy Industries for our window glass regulators is received.
First exhibition at the world's largest medical equipment exhibition, MEDICA, is held.
2010s
2010 February Honda Award for Excellent Engineering is awarded to the R&D department.
May 15th anniversary of the founding of CHG is celebrated.
June Operation of HLIND No. 2 Plant is started.
July New power sliding door is ordered by Nissan.
December Golden Presentation Award is received from the Japanese Society for Alternatives to Animal Experiments.
- Shanghai Office is opened.
China market sales of 22 billion yen are exceeded.
Operation of CCHL Plant is started.
2011 March Around 23 million yen is donated in relief after the Great East Japan Earthquake (HL Group).
May Development Contribution Award is received from Nissan Shatai (for the mass-production of power sliding doors.)
June Operation of HLINA No. 2 Plant is started.
July Order for gear shift cables is placed by a Russian car maker.
August First order is received from Renault (900 million yen per year).
November President Teraura becomes the director of Kibo no Ie (House of Hope—a welfare facility for the disabled).
- CHG is awarded the All China Labor Competition for Advanced Teams Award (Line 4A02).
2012 March 50th anniversary of the formation of the Hi-Lex labor union is celebrated.
Orders are taken for the powered rear glass slider for Nissan pick-up trucks.
40th anniversary of the founding of TSK (Korea) Co., Ltd. is reached.
July HCS is presented with the Honda Quality Circle Improvement and Development Award in the UK.
November Mass production is started on the power rear gate (PRG) for Fuji Heavy Industries.
Inroads are made into the assistant artificial heart industry (Sun Medical Technology Research Corp. becomes a subsidiary).
December HI-LEX RUS LLC (HLR) is established in Russia.
- German Technology Center representative office is established.
2013 March Hi-Lex Europe (HLE) Technology and Business Center is established.
July Listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Mass production is started on the TOTO bathtub drain cap cable.
September Masuda Mega Solar Plant is completed, and power generation is started.
2014 March Daedong Door, Inc. (DDDR) is established.
May Pt. Hi-Lex Cirebon (Indonesia) is established.
July Chongquing Evaheart Medical Device Co., Ltd. (CEMD) is established.
Construction begins on HLR Plant.
Hangzhou Hi-Lex Cable System Co., Ltd. (HZHL) is established in China.
October Consolidated net sales of 200 billion yen are reached.
December HLIND Plant in Chennai is newly established.
- PLG receives orders for struts compatible with Mazda vehicles.
Hino EPBK R&D Excellence Award is received.
Platform lifting home door is developed.
2015 June Share price reaches its highest value to date.
September Approval is granted for the manufacturing of new product, Hi-Lex Graft artificial blood vessels.
October Micro-catheter for cancer treatment (broadcast on the TV show Doors to Dreams) goes on sale.
- Sales are restarted in Brazil with a third entrance into the market.
New window glass regulators orders are received from HLE clients in Europe.
2016 January 70th anniversary of the founding is reached.
April Ceremony celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding is held.
May Spanish company Castellon Automotive becomes a subsidiary.
October Lames S.P.A in Italy becomes a subsidiary.
Establishment of Hi-Lex Miyagi is in the works.
Establishment of a manufacturing subsidiary in the Czech Republic is in the works.