HISTORY

The light that illuminates our business.

For three centuries since our founding, we have continued to illuminate our business. We have been a pioneering business committed to solving the social problems of the times. To realize these goals ourselves with strong conviction and pride
To keep the light that enables our effort to solve problems, shining, our technology, teamwork and resolve to build a better future, developed through our long history will serve as a base to light the way to the next era.

history history
Besshiyama in Niihama, 1897 The machinery area of the Toen Inclined Mine Shaft

The Toen Inclined Mine Shaft was located at the eastern edge of the Besshi Copper Field and it was known that a rich ore vein was located in a deep area known as Misumi. When the shaft reached the rich ore vein in 1889, a steam driven hoist was installed as the first mechanical equipment to be used. The maintenance and repair of this equipment was the origin of Sumitomo Heavy Industies.

1888 1888
1888
The Material Handling business was started as the maintenance function at the Besshi Copper Mine.

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With the establishment of the Besshi Industrial Smelting Plant at Sobiraki-cho in Niihama in 1882, the manufacture and repair of equipment for its construction formed the basis of Sumitomo Heavy Industries and its primary function was to procure and repair machinery used at the Besshi Copper Mine.

1912 1912
1912
First overhead travelling crane build completely with our own technology.

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The first crane was delivered in March 1912 to Shisakajima. *Photo believed to be of this crane, which was a 15t overhead travelling crane used at the power plant.

1934 1934
1934
Sumitomo Machinery Manufacturing Co. established.

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Sumitomo Machinery Manufacturing Co. was established in November 1934. The commemoratory event was a grand event and attended by a large number of people.

1962
1962
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries starts their Material Handling Systems business.
1969 1969
1969
Uraga Heavy Industries merged into Sumitomo Machinery Co. Ltd.

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In 1969, with the merger with Uraga Heavy Industries our name was changed to Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd.

1973
1973
Logistics machinery business started.
1976 1976
1976
Completion of Bucket Elevator Type Continuous Unloader.

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The first machine successfully put into operation, jointly developed with Nippon Steel. The Continuous Unloader was delivered to Nippon Steel's Oita Plant and commenced commercial operation.

1991
1991
Parking Systems business started.
2000 2000
2000
World's largest grab dreger delivered with 200 cubic meter hydraulically operated bucket.

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World's largest grab dreger delivered with 200 cubic meter hydraulically operated bucket.

2002 2002
2002
The Material Handling Machinery Division becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd. and merge with Sumitomo Heavy Industries Engineering Services Co. Ltd.

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The Material Handling Machinery Division merges with Sumitomo Heavy Industries Engineering Services Co. Ltd.

2004
2004
Logistics and Parking Systems Division established.

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The Logistics Systems Division of Sumitomo Heavy Industries and the Parking Systems business are merged into Logistics and Parking Systmes Division (LPS).

2007
2007
The world's first Remotely Controlled Automated RTG (ARTG) is successfully developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

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For the first time in the world, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries sucessfully developed the Unmanned, Remotely Controlled Automated RTG, which were delivered to Tobishima Container Terminal the following year.

2008 2008
2008
Completion of the 1200 ton lift Goliath Crane, one of the largest in the world.

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The largest Goliath Crane in Japan, with a capacity of 1200 tons for lifting ship blocks into the dry dock, is completed, contributing greatly to the efficiency of shipbuilding.

2009 2009
2009
Our Sybrid System wins top Energy Savings Equipment Award

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Our Sybrid System received the Excellent Energy Savings Equipment Chairman's Award from Japan Machinery Industry Society.

2013 2013
2013
Absorbs LPS business from Sumitomo Heavy Industries. Corporate name changed to Sumitomo Heavy Industries Material Handling Systems Co., Ltd.

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Absorbs LPS business from Sumitomo Heavy Industries. Corporate name changed to Sumitomo Heavy Industries Material Handling Systems Co., Ltd.

2015 2015
2015
Acquired the material handling business from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machinery Technology.

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We acquired the material handling business from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machinery Technology. This has allowed us to expand our product and service lineup and absorb their technical know-how to become a stronger force in the market.

2017 2017
2017
Delivered the first Magic Rack R, the deep storage, high density automated warehouse system.

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The first Deep-Storage, High-Density Automated Warehouse, the Magic Rack-R is completed, which makes best use of limited space, and enables the use of automated fork lifts witin the storage area. (Magic Rack-R is a registered trade mark of Sumitomo Heavy Industries Materials Handling Systems).

2021 2021
2021
Delivered the first Vertical Screw Type Continuous Ship Unloader (VSC) handling biomass.

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Delivered the first Vertical Screw Type Continuous Ship Unloader (VSC) handling white pellets, a biomass fuel. Besides white pellets, this type of ship unloader can handle PKS, grains, coal, oil cokes and a variety of other material. The simple cutting head enables the machine to be lightweight, thereby easing the load on wharves.

We will continue our endeavors to challenge the limits of material handling to continue illuminating our future and society.

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