Path of KAWANOE

Our trajectory over 70 years

Our trajectory over 70 years

  • Nov. 1944Foundation of Kawanoe Zoki
    Affiliated to Kure Naval Arsenal to manufacture torpedo parts.

    Shigeichi Shinohara, a founder in 1944

  • Sep. 1945With the end of the war, switched over to manufacture of pulp and paper machines.
  • Apr. 1948Designed as a special plant by Shikoku Regional Bureau of International Trade and Industry.
  • Jul. 1953Awarded for rationalization and increased production by Small and Medium Enterprise Agency.

    An old machining mill (in 1953)

  • Jan. 1959 Designated as a model plant of rationalization by Small and Medium Enterprise Agency.
  • Nov. 1959Established Osaka office
  • Jan. 1964Established Tokyo Office
  • Feb. 1968Established Mishima Factory

    Old Mishima Factory (in 1968)

    Visited the technical cooperation company mills in overseas (in 1968)

  • Jan. 1971 Concluded a technical agreement with FMC(USA) on toilet roll converting machine, paper napkin converting machine, paper handkerchief converting machine, etc.
  • Mar. 1974"Cited by the Minister of International Trade and Industry as a model plant for years of rationalization, on the occasion of celebrating the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency."
  • May. 1980Concluded a technical agreement with JWI (Canada) on T-bar system foil unit.
  • Sep. 1982Concluded a technical agreement with James Ross Ltd. (Canada) on doctors.
  • Apr. 1985Development of fully automatic random roll wrapping machine.
  • Nov. 1985Established Fuji office
  • Mar. 1986Development of fully automatic double drum winder
  • Sep. 1986Development of 1,400m/min. BestFormer Yankee Paper Machine

    Development of BestFormer Yankee tissue machine of 1400m/min (in 1986)

  • Jul. 1988Awarded for the 16th Sasaki award for Fab-jet automatic canvas cleaner.

    Entered into a contract with the first machine in Chinese market (in 1988)

  • Oct. 1989Masayoshi Shinohara was appointed president.
  • Jan. 1990Development of fully automatic random roll wrapping machine (High capacity type)
  • Jul. 1990New head office building completion.

    Exhibition of International comprehensive paper manufacturing industry (in 1991)

  • Jan. 1994Concluded a technical agreement with Black and Clawson-Kennedy Ltd.(Canada) on Top Flyte “C” Former, etc.
  • Apr. 1996 Concluded an agreement with Valmet-karlstad AB(Sweden) on tissue machine.

    Concluded an agreement with Valmet-karlstad AB(Sweden) on tissue machine(1996)

  • Oct. 1998Delivered Crescent Former tissue machine to a Japanese customer.

    Delivered CrecentFormer tissue machine of 2000m/min (in 1998)

  • Apr. 1999Concluded a technical agreement with Valmet-Karlstad AB (Sweden) on tissue machine.
  • Jul. 1999Awarded for the 27th Sasaki Award for JW-II fully automatic random roll wrapping machine. (High capacity type)
  • Sep. 1999Concluded a technical agreement with Valment Gorizia S.p.A (Italia) on Yankee hood and paper machine air system.
  • Nov. 1999Concluded a technical agreement with Farros Blatter AG (Switzerland) on Yankee dryer grinding.
  • Jun. 2000Development of high speed Interfolder (for tissue paper and towel paper)
  • Mar. 2003Advance into Chinese market with tissue machine.
  • Jan. 2004Concluded a technical agreement with GL&V Canada Inc. on the latest headbox, etc.
  • Apr. 2004Concluded a comprehensive agreement with Valmet-Karlstad AB on tissue machine business
  • Dec. 2005Yoki factory construction started.
  • Apr. 2006Concluded sales and distribution agreement with GL&V Sweden and GL&V USA in pulping equipments
  • Nov. 2006Concluded marketing agreement with Valmet-Karlstad AB on tissue machine in Chinese market.
  • Dec. 2006Yoki factory construction completed.

    Yoki factory (in 2006)

  • Sept. 2007Concluded a technical agreement with GL&V Sweden AB on Pulping equipments.
  • Sep. 2008Established Kawanoe Zoki (Jiaxing) Co., Ltd. in Jiaxing, China.
  • Jul. 2009factory construction in Kawanoe Zoki (Jiaxing) started.
  • Feb. 2010factory construction in Jiaxing, China completed.

    Kawanoe Zoki (Jiaxing) Co., Ltd. (in 2010)

  • Dec. 2011Large machining center was introduced to Kawanoe Zoki (Jiaxing) Co., Ltd.
  • Jan. 2012Development of BF-1000, the world’s top efficient tissue machine.
  • Mar. 2013Development of fully automatic toilet roll kraft paper wrapping machine.
  • Mar. 2014Introduced compound machining lathe INTEGREX E-670H
  • May. 2014Concluded a sales agreement with SAUERESSIG (Germany)
  • Jul. 2014Intoduced 3D CAD

    Introduced 3D CAD (in 2014)

  • Dec. 2014Took over the technical right of BTF fully automated Dilution system technology from GL&V in Chinese market

    Took over the technical right of BTF fully automated Dilution system technology from GL&V in Chinese market (in 2014)

  • Jul. 2015Introduced fiber laser cutting machine
  • Jan, 2016Begin medium-term management plan “Change 2020”
  • Oct. 2017The seminar “New Advanced Tissue Technology Day” hosted by Valmet AB, our business partner, and Kawanoe Zoki was held in the Embassy of Sweden, Tokyo.

    Held a seminar “New Advanced Tissue Technology Day” together with Valmet (in 2017)

  • Oct, 2019Takahiro Shinohara was appointed president.
  • Feb. 2020New Mishima factory construction completed.

    New Mishima factory(in 2020)