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Company History

1941 -

Jul. 1941 Japan Bearing Production Co., Ltd. is founded in Kobe. (The company name is changed to Nippon Yushi Industry Co., Ltd. in 1944.)
Dec. 1951 Tokyo Oil Seal Industry Co., Ltd. merges with Nippon Yushi Industry Co., Ltd. and the company name is changed to Nippon Oil Seal Industry Co., Ltd. (Later named NOK CORPORATION), capital of ¥7 million.
Jun. 1954 Head office and Tokyo Plant are relocated to Ota-ku, Tokyo.
Mar. 1960 Capital participation agreement is concluded with FREUDENBERG (Germany).
Aug. 1960 Fujisawa Plant is established in Fujisawa city, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Oct. 1961 NOK CORPORATION is listed on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges.
Dec. 1961 Head office is moved to Chuo-ku.
Jun. 1963 Saga Plant is established in Nakabaru-cho, Saga Prefecture.
Oct. 1964 Nippon Sealol Co., Ltd. is established as a subsidiary.(Currently known as EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD., one of affiliated companies)
Jan. 1966 Head office is relocated to 1-12-15 Shiba Daimon, Minato-ku, Tokyo.
Aug. 1967 Shizuoka Plant is established in Sagara-cho, Shizuoka Prefecture.
Mar. 1968 NOK-USA, Inc. is founded as an American subsidiary.(The company name is changed to NOK INC. in January 1980.)
Apr. 1968 Fukushima Plant is established in Fukushima city, Fukushima Prefecture.
Nov. 1969 NIPPON MEKTRON, LTD. is founded as a subsidiary.

1970 -

April 1970 Kumamoto Plant is established in Aso-cho, Kumamoto Prefecture.
Nov. 1973 Singapore Oil Seal Co. is established as a Singaporean subsidiary.
Dec. 1973 Seiwa Chemical Co., Ltd. is founded as a subsidiary.
Dec. 1974 Tokai Plant is established in Ogasa-cho, Shizuoka Prefecture.
Dec. 1976 NOK KLUEBER CO., LTD. is established as a subsidiary.
Mar. 1977 NOK CORPORATION takes an equity stake in Ru Brazil (Brazil). (The company name is changed to FREUDENBERG COMPONENTS LTD. in July 1988.)
Mar. 1978 NOK CORPORATION takes an equity stake in PYUNG HWA OIL SEAL INDUSTRY CO., LTD. (Korea).
Apr. 1979 NIPPON MELTRON, LTD. merges with Seiwa Chemical Co., Ltd.

1980 -

Jul. 1985 The company name of Nippon Oil Seal Industry Co., Ltd. is changed to NOK CORPORATION.
Sep. 1986 Mektec Corp. (Taiwan) Pte. Ltd. is established as a Taiwanese sub-subsidiary.
Aug. 1987 Nihonmatsu Plant is established in Nihonmatsu city, Fukushima Prefecture.
Dec. 1987 NOK Eagle Korea Co., Ltd. is established as a Korean subsidiary.
Oct. 1988 THAI NOK CO., Ltd. is established as a Thai subsidiary.
Mar. 1989 NOK EG&G Optoelectronics Co., Ltd. is established as a subsidiary. (The company name is changed to NEOPT CORPORATION in January 2000.)
Jul. 1989 FREUDENBERG-NOK G.P. is established as a joint venture between the U.S. subsidiary IPC Co., Ltd. of FREUDENBERG Co. and NOK Inc.

1990 -

Oct. 1990 NOK CORPORATION takes an equity stake in Freudenberg Angus LP (UK). (The company name is changed to FREUDENBERG TECHNICAL PRODUCTS LP. in January 1993.)
Sep. 1992 NOK CORPORATION takes an equity stake in CHANGCHUN NOK-FREUDENBERG OIL SEAL CO., LTD. in China.
Dec. 1994 NOK FREUDENBERG ASIA HOLDING Co., LTD. is established as an affiliated company in Singapore.
Apr. 1995 Mektec Corp. (Thailand) Pte. Ltd. is established as a Thai sub-subsidiary.
Jun. 1995 WUXI NOK-FREUDENBERG OILSEAL CO., LTD. is established as an affiliated company in China.
May 1996 P.T. NOK INDONESIA is established as an Indonesian subsidiary.
Jul. 1996 NOK ASIA CO., PTE. LTD. is established as a Singaporean subsidiary.
Jul. 1996 Siam NOK Corporation is established as a Thai subsidiary.
Aug. 1997 Mektec Corp. (Zhuhai) Pte. Ltd. is established as a Chinese sub-subsidiary.
Dec. 1998 NOK CORPORATION takes an equity stake in INTEGRAL ACCUMULATOR GMBH & Co. KG (Germany).

2000 -

Nov. 2000 Sigma Freudenberg NOK PVT. Ltd. is established in India a as affiliated company.
Dec. 2000 NOK (Wuxi) Seal Products Co., Ltd. is established as a Chinese subsidiary.
Mar. 2001 NOK Precision Component Thailand Co., Ltd. is established as a Thai subsidiary.
Jun. 2001 The company name of Singapore Oil Seal Co. is changed to NOK Precision Component Singapore.
Apr.2002 NIPPON MEKTRON LTD. a subsidiary company, spins off UNIMATEC CO., LTD.
Apr. 2002 NOK (Wuxi) Vibracoustic China Co., Ltd. is established as a subsidiary.
Jul. 2002 Mektec Corp. (Suzhou) Pte. Ltd. is established as a Chinese subsidiary of a sub-subsidiary.
Jan. 2003 All shares of Ishino Gasket Manufacturing Co., Ltd. are acquired as a consolidated subsidiary.
Mar. 2004 All shares of Hokushin Corporation are acquired as a consolidated subsidiary.
Sep. 2004 VIETNAM NOK CO.,LTD. is established as a Vietnamese subsidiary.
Mar. 2005 All shares of Nitto Kogyo Co., Ltd. are acquiredas a consolidated subsidiary.
Apr. 2005 Shonan-development center is established in Fujisawa city, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Oct. 2006 NOK's Electronics FPC sales department transferred to NIPPON MEKTRON LTD.
Apr. 2007 SYNZTEC CO. LTD. is established as a result of a merger between Hokushin Corp. and Nitto Kogyo Co., Ltd.
Jul. 2009 Affiliated company named Tongfang NOK (Wuxi) Membrane Technology Co.,Ltd. established in China.