Our History

  1. April 1930

    Mr. Inokichi Kato, who was our first president, founded the spring factory in 1 Sakai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo.

  2. November 1946

    Incorporated as KATO SPRING WORKS CO., LTD. and founded the head factory in Sekimachi, Nerima-ku, Tokyo.

  3. December 1963

    Moved the head factory to 1-1-3 Tabata, Kita-ku. (new factory: 2,224m2)

  4. May 1964

    Listed on Second section of Tokyo Stock Exchange.

  5. May 1971

    Established KATO SPRING OF CALIFORNIA,INC. (the present Advanex Americas,Inc.)

  6. November 1976

    Established the head factory in Kashiwazaki, Niigata.

  7. January 1978

    Established KATO SPRING (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD. (the present Advanex (Singapore) Pte.Ltd.)

  8. September 1988

    Established KATO PRECISION (U.K.) LIMITED

  9. October 1993

    Purchased SENIOR ENTEX LTD and changes its name to KATO-ENTEX LIMITED

  10. August 1994

    Established KATO PRECISION (HONG KONG) LIMITED (the present Advanex (Hong Kong) Ltd.)

  11. March 1996

    Established a new factory in Onomachi, Fukushima. (Closed in 6/2009)

  12. July 1996

    Moved the Headquarter to 6-1-1 Tabata, Kita-ku, Tokyo.

  13. January 1998

    Established KATO SPRING (THAILAND) LTD. (the present Advanex (Thailand) Ltd.)

  14. April 2000

    Established KATO SPRING INC.

  15. January 2001

    Established KATO SPRING (SHANGHAI) CO. LTD. (the present Advanex (Shanghai) Inc.)

  16. July 2001

    Changed the corporate name to ADVANEX INC. for the Global Parent company

  17. December 2002

    Established ADVANEX PRECISION COMPONENTS (DONGGUAN) CO., LTD. (the present Advanex (Dongguan) Inc.)

  18. January 2003

    Established ADVANEX PRECISION COMPONENTS (DALIAN) CO., LTD. (the present Advanex (Dalian) Inc.)

  19. March 2004

    Listed on first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange.

  20. June 2006

    Established KATO SPRING (VIETNAM) LTD. (the present Advanex (Vietnam) Ltd.)

  21. October 2007

    Acquired Daiichi Kasei Holdings Co., Ltd. (100%)

  22. October 2008

    Established a new factory in Nakatsu, Oita.

  23. May 2009

    Established a new factory in Minamitsugaru, Aomori.

  24. October 2010

    KATO PRECISION (U.K.) LIMITED and KATO-ENTEX LIMITED merged and changed to Advanex Europe Ltd.

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