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COMPANY HISTORY

Aug. 1919
Suzukichi Kawamura founded a trading company called"Kawamura Seitoujo" under private management
Nov. 1929
Established Kawamura Shoten Limited Partnership Started manufacturing of indoor wiring equipments such as cut-out switches and counterweights
Apr. 1941
Changed the trade name to Kawamura Electric Manufacturing Limited Partnership
Sep.1945
Reopened the manufacturing division at the end of the World War II and started in earnest manufacturing and sales of electric wiring equipments under the slogan, "Electricity spearheads Japan's postwar rehabilitation"
Feb. 1946
Changed the trade name to Kawamura Industries Limited Partnership Suzukichi Kawamura became a principal of the company

Jun. 1956
Kou Kawamura became a principal of Kawamura Industries Limited Partnership
1961
Developed and start sales of the industry's first residential distribution boards Established a manufacturing system to increase production of cover knife switches
1962
Started operation of Nagane Plant Started mass-production of the distribution boards and the control boards and established the business basis as a manufacturer of distribution boards
Mar. 1967
Restructured the organization as Kawamura Electric Inc. with Kou Kawamura inaugurated as President and CEO
Aug.1968
Invested in injection-molding machines and started manufacturing of plastic parts Started production of "3M series" consisting of Mark Switch, Mini Switch and Mini Cut
1969
Two types of circuit breakers, "CB-15A and 20A", granted type approval for electrical products
Aug.1969
Started full-scale production of "cubicle" substations and safety breakers. Started operation of Asahi Plant

Oct.1970
The earth leakage breaker granted type approval
Jun.1973
Started operation of Honji Plant. (Currently producing cabinets) Started operation of Sapporo Plant (Currently producing standard distribution boards, custom-made distribution boards, "cubicle" substations and cabinets) Started operation of Kyushu Plant (present Minamata Plant) (Currently producing standard distribution boards, custom-made distribution boards, "cubicle" substations and cabinets)
Apr.1982
Nagane Plant (present Third Akatsuki Plant) granted approval to indicate JIS mark for its earth leakage breakers
Nov. 1984
Nagane Plant (present Third Akatsuki Plant) won an award from the Director of Nagoya Regional Bureau of International Trade and Industry
May.1986
Established Kawamura Electric Sales Inc.
Jun.1988
Launched "Compo series", the standard distribution boards
Mar.1989
Started operation of Tsukuba Plant. (Currently producing racks)

May 1991
Yukitoshi Kawamura became President and CEO
1991
Launched the JIS-compatible breakers
Jan. 1992
Started operation of First Akatsuki Plant (Currently producing"cubicle" substations, standard distribution boards and custom-made distribution boards) Started operation of Third Akatsuki Plant (Currently producing residential distribution boards and breakers)
Nov. 1992
Head Office and R&D Center completed
May 1995
Launched "Rack series" Established Techno Van Inc.
Jan. 1996
Established Kawamura Logistics Service Inc. Launched MCB "S Power Breaker" Launched residential distribution boards with covers
Jan. 1996
Acquired ISO 9002 certification for earth leakage breakers and circuit breakers.
Nov. 1996
Established Shanghai Jie You Electronics Co., Ltd.
Nov. 1997
Acquired ISO 9001 certification for residential distribution boards.
Dec. 1998
Acquired ISO 9001 for all plants of Kawamura Electric Inc. Acquired ISO 14001 certification.

Oct. 2000
Established Shanghai Kawamura Electric Co., Ltd.
Dec. 2000
Launched "Smart series" breakers, residential distribution boards, standard distribution boards, and "cubicle" substations Established KIDSWAY Inc.
Jan. 2001
Established Kawamura Electric Trading, Inc.
Aug. 2002
Established Kawamura Electric Int'l (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Oct. 2002
"ECO Rack" won Good Design Award 2002 (in the product design division)
Nov. 2002
The company cafeteria, Akatsuki Shokudo, received an award from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries at the first commendation given by the Ministry to facilities serving healthy meals and providing comfortable eating environment
Dec. 2002
Established Kawamura Electric Technology (Shanghai) Ltd.
Apr. 2004
Established Kawamura West, Inc.
Sep. 2004
Held an opening ceremony for Kawamura Electric Technology (Shanghai ) Ltd. Received a prize from the Director of the Aichi Labor Bureau for being a "family-friendly company"
Oct. 2004
The residential multimedia board, "Broadband Cabinet", and the digital watt-hour meter, "e-monitor", won Good Design Award 2004.
Nov. 2004
Established Kawamura Electrical Appliance (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Mar. 2005
Established Kawamura Electric (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
Jun. 2006
Completed the second phase of Kawamura Electric Technology (Shanghai)."Pre-track Concent" won a prize from the President of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Japan at the Japan Electrical Construction Equipment and Materials Fair 2006
Jun. 2007
"Smartlogger" won a prize from the President of the Japan Electrical Construction Association at the Japan Electrical Construction Equipment and Materials Fair 2007
Sep. 2007
Received a commendation from the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare for promoting the employment of handicapped people
Oct. 2007
"Watt Meter Box MXV" won Good Design Award 2007 Relocated Sapporo Plant
Jun. 2008
"P-NEX series" received a prize at the Japan Electrical Construction Equipment and Materials Fair 2008
Jul. 2009
"Blade Breaker" won a prize from the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism at the Japan Electrical Construction Equipment and Materials Fair 2009
Oct. 2009
"en-Station" won Good Design Award 2009

Jun. 2010
"eM-BREAKER" received a prize from the President of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Japan at the Japan Electrical Construction Equipment and Materials Fair 2010
Mar. 2011
Established Kawamura Electric Sales (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Jul. 2011
"Pre-heat Breaker" received a prize from the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry at the Japan Electrical Construction Equipment and Materials Fair 2011
May. 2012
Donated a solar powered LED lighting system to Kesennuma Ooshima Tourism & Convention Bureau
Jun. 2012
Receipt by "D-Remo-Con" of a Japan Electrical Construction Association "Easy-to-Use Controller" Award at the 2012 JECA Fair Product Contest
Sep. 2012
Launched the mega-solar system business
Nov. 2012
New office building for Tohoku Branch completed Relocated sales offices in the Nagoya area Established Kawamura Graphic Design(Dalian)Co., Ltd.
Feb. 2013
Construction of the Minamata Solar Power Plant completed
Jun. 2013
New office building for Tohoku Branch completed Relocated sales offices in the Nagoya area Established Kawamura Graphic Design(Dalian)Co., Ltd.
Jun. 2013
Receipt by "EcoEye" of a Japan Electrical Construction Association "Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism" Award at the 2013 JECA Fair Product Contest

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Jan.2014
Yukitoshi Kawamura became Chairman & CEO Kazutaka Mizuno became COO
Apr.2014
Invested in an additional painting and an additional sheet metal processing line
Jun.2014
Receipt by "DC Breaker for Solar Power Generation" of a Japan Electrical Construction Association "Mayor Prize of Osaka" Award at the 2014 JECA Fair Product Contest
Aug.2014
Completion of Kawamura Logistics Center
Oct. 2014
Kawamura HEMS (Home Energy Management System) University was held in Nagoya, Japan.
Dec. 2014
Donated Pre-Track Concent to KEN-NIN JI, the oldest Zen temple in Japan.
Dec. 2014
Testing facilities was completed in the headquarters' area in Seto-city, Japan.

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Feb. 2015
Sheet metal facilities was added to the first Akatsuki Plant.
Mar. 2015
Pre-Track Concent received "Recommendation Mark for fire and disaster prevention products".
Apr. 2015
Monozukuri (manufacturing) Training Hall was completed in Seto-city, Japan.
Jun. 2015
Kawamura HEMS University was held in Sapporo and Sendai, Japan.

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