History

From inauguration to 1970s

1948

April
The founder, Mr. Ichii Kitahara, began manufacturing air horns and magnetic valves for the first time in Japan.

New employees around the time of the company's founding

1954

March
Established "Kitahara Seisakusho." Capital at 2.5 million yen.

Founder Mr. Ichii Kitahara

1968

October
Relocated the headquarters and factory to Hachioji, Tokyo. Capital at 20 million yen.

Relocated the headquarters and factory to Narahara-machi in Hachioji, Tokyo.

1985

July
Increased capital to 60 million yen.

 

1987

October
Established the affiliated company "Kyoshin Kogyo Co., Ltd." (later HKT Industry Co., Ltd.)

 

1988

April
Established the overseas production subsidiary "Kitahara Industrial Co., Ltd." (HKT Taiwan).

production plant for whole horns

1990

September
Increased capital to 80 million yen.

 

1991

February
Established the affiliated company "Kentac Corporation."

 

2000

January
ISO9001 certified.

ISO 9001 certified

2001

September
Established the overseas production subsidiary "HKT Philippines Inc."

Production plant for coils and magnetic valves

2002

October
Merged with Kentac Corporation and changed the company name to HKT Corporation.

Company name change to HKT Corporation

2003

June
Founded the Department of Import Vehicle Parts. Established the Yokohama Merchandise Center and initiated its operation.

2004

January
ISO14001 certified.

ISO 14001 certified

February
Held the 50th anniversary commemorative events.

2006

May
Established "HKT Hachioji Minamino Office."

Opening of the HKT Hachioji Minamino Office

June
Established "HKT AUTO PARTS (THAILAND) LTD." in Thailand.

Establishment of "HKT AUTO PARTS (THAILAND) LTD."

2007

March
ISO/TS 16949 certified.

TS16949 certified

2010

March
Increased capital to 85.52 million yen.

2012

November
Merged with HKT INDUSTRY CO., LTD.

2016

May
Relocated the headquarters and factory to the current location in Sagamihara, Kanagawa.

Relocation of the headquarters and factory to Sagamihara, Kanagawa

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