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.
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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.
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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.
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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.)
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.
Dec. 1995
NOK CORPORATION takes an equity stake in CHANGCHUN NOK-FREUDENBERG OIL SEAL CO., LTD. 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).
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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.
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