2009 is a very special year for the SMC Corporation as we celebrate our 50th anniversary following the registration of first business operation in Japan in April 1959.
From our origins as the Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Co Ltd - a manufacturing and sales operation for sintering metal filters and filtration elements - we have now grown into the world’s leading manufacture of pneumatic equipment and automation components, operating in 50 nations and with a workforce of nearly 15,000 people.
During this period of dramatic growth, we have experienced some major milestones including the manufacture of pneumatic air line equipment and the opening of its first factory in the 1960´s and the manufacture of air cylinders and expansion into the USA and Europe in the 1970s. Continued expansion over the following decades has included the addition of more factories, technical centres and subsidiaries being opened around the world including our successful listing on the Japanese Stock Market in 1987. Currently we now have 63 subsidiaries and affiliates within our firmly established global operating system.
Under the strong leadership of our founder and Chairman, Mr Yoshiyuki Takada, we plan to extend our global business activities even further through the promotion of pneumatic equipment and a variety of advanced component technologies.
With a product range of over 11,000 basic products, with over 630,000 variant options, we are firmly committed to developing high-value-added products - to meet market requests – at the best possible prices and to meet the highest levels of customer satisfaction.