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Milestones in our History

Since our foundation in 1895, KATO has made breakthroughs by using our creativeness and independent vision. Constantly taking the role of trailblazer upon ourselves throughout our industry's history has brought us to where we are today and we intend to keep striving to provide our customers with quality products and service.


Founded as the private enterprise KATO Iron Works
1895
Began manufacturing internal combustion engines and motor-cars for rail use. Became the designated factory of the Ministry of Railway
1923
Reorganized and established as KATO WORKS CO., LTD.
1935
Began operation of Ibaraki plant
1963
Stock listed in the 1st section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

1970
Began operation of Gunma plant
1980
Completed New Headquarters building and celebrated 50th anniversary of the establishment
1985
anniversary of KATO founding
1995
Obtained ISO 9001 Certification
1998
Kimiyasu Kato was inaugurated as President.
2004
Began operation of KATO WORKS (CHINA) LTD
2006
Began operation of KATO WORKS(THAILAND) CO.,LTD.
Acquired IHI Construction Machinery Limited
(Current:KATO HEAVY INDUSTRIES CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO.,LTD.)
2016