History

1915
Apr. Koito Genrokuro Shoten founded. (Kyobashi, Tokyo)
Production and sales of Fresnel Lenses For railway signal lamps begin.
1935
Feb. Shinagawa Plant opens. (Tokyo, Japan)
1936
Apr. KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD. incorporated. (capital ¥2.5 million)
1943
Apr. Shizuoka Plant opens. (Shizuoka, Japan)
1949
May Koito Manufacturing listed on both the Tokyo and Osaka Stock Exchange.
1957
Aug. Koito Electric Manufacturing Co., Ltd. established.
Oct. Production and sales of All Glass Sealed Beam Headlamps begin.
Dec. Osaka Branch opens. (Osaka, Japan)
1962
Jan. Koito Electric absorbed and merged.
1967
Apr. Part of the business spun off to Koito Industries, Limited.
1968
Aug. Chicago Representative Office opens. (Illinois, U.S.A.)
1970
Mar. Headquarters building completed. (Minato Ward, Tokyo)
Oct. Toyota Branch opens. (Aichi, Japan)
1971
Feb. Production and sales of Marine Lamps begin.
1972
Jul. Aircraft equipment and electronics plant opens. (Shizuoka, Japan)
Dec. Hiroshima Branch opens. (Hiroshima, Japan)
1974
Oct. Production and sales of Miniature Bulbs for automobiles begin.
1975
Aug. Production and sales of Headlamp Cleaners begin.
1977
Aug. Haibara Plant opens. (Shizuoka, Japan)
1978
Jul. Production and sales of Halogen Headlamps begin.
1979
Jun. Production and sales of Aerodynamic-type Headlamps begin.
1980
Apr. Seattle Representative Office opens. (Washington, U.S.A.)
1982
Apr. Production and sales of Automotive Halogen Bulbs begin.
1983
Apr. North American Lighting, Inc. established. (Illinois, U.S.A.)
1984
May Swiss franc-denominated convertible bounds issued. (SFR 50 million)
1985
Apr. 70th anniversary.
“Innovative ideas and decisive action” corporate slogan introduced.
1986
Aug. THAI KOITO COMPANY LIMITED established. (Bangkok, Thailand)
Sep. Kikkawa Plant opens. (Shizuoka, Japan)
Dec. Sagara Plant opens. (Shizuoka, Japan)
1987
Mar. Second convertible bonds issued (¥10 billion)
Jul. North American Lighting, Inc. Salem Plant opens. (Illinois, U.S.A.)
1988
Mar. Koito Industries, Limited listed on the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Apr. Capital interest in Ta Yih Industrial Co., Ltd. acquired. (Tainan, Taiwan)
1989
Feb. Shanghai Koito Automotive Lamp Co., Ltd. established. (Shanghai, China)
1992
May Fujikawa Tooling Plant opens. (Shizuoka, Japan)
1993
Feb. North American Lighting, Inc. Technical Center opens. (Michigan, U.S.A.)
1996
May Capital interest in Britax Vega Limited acquired. (Droitwich, U.K.)
Jul. Production and sales of Gas Discharge Headlamps begin.
1997
Mar. Technical Center in Shizuoka Plant opens. (Shizuoka, Japan)
Apr. INDIA JAPAN LIGHTING PRIVATE LIMITED established.
  (Tamil Nadu, India)
Oct. Ta Yih Industrial Co., Ltd. listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.
1998
Jul. THAI KOITO COMPANY LIMITED becomes a Koito subsidiary.
Britax Vega Limited becomes a Koito subsidiary.
Oct. North American Lighting, Inc. becomes a Koito subsidiary.
1999
Apr. Britax Vega Limited becomes Koito Europe Limited.
2000
Jul. Certified ISO14001.
Aug. Production and sales of High/Low Switchable Discharge Headlamps begin.
2001
Jan. Certified QS-9000/ISO9001.
Mar. Koito Czech s.r.o. established. (Zatec, Czech Republic)
2002
Apr. Shanghai Koito Automotive Lamp Co., Ltd. Technical Center opens.
(Shanghai, China)
Jul. North American Lighting, Inc. Paris Plant opens. (Illinois, U.S.A.)
2003
Feb. Production and sales of the world’s first swivel AFS (Adaptive Front Lighting System) begin.
Apr. Production and sales of Discharge Bulbs begin.
2004
Jul. Production and sales of the world’s first Mercury-free Discharge Headlamps begin.
Nov. Koito Europe NV established. (Leuven, Belgium)
2005
Sep. FUZHOU TAYIH INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. becomes a Koito subsidiary.
(Fuzhou, China)
Nov. KOITO KYUSHU LIMITED established. (Saga, Japan)
GUANGZHOU KOITO AUTOMOTIVE LAMP CO., LTD. established.
(Guangzhou, China)
2006
Apr. Shanghai Koito Automotive Lamp Co., Ltd. Third Plant opens.
(Shanghai, China)
China Office opens. (Shanghai, China)
May Certified ISO/TS16949.
Jul. Production of All Glass Sealed Beam Headlamps ends.
(Production TTL: 430 million units)
Oct. KOITO KYUSHU LIMITED Plant opens. (Saga, Japan)
2007
Mar. GUANGZHOU KOITO AUTOMOTIVE LAMP CO., LTD.
Plant opens. (Guangzhou, China)
May Production and sales of the world’s first LED Headlamps begin.
Jul. North American Lighting, Inc. Alabama Plant opens. (Alabama, U.S.A.)
Sep. INDIA JAPAN LIGHTING PRIVATE LIMITED Bawal Plant opens.(Haryana, India)
2008
Feb. FUZHOU TAYIH INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. becomes FUZHOU KOITO TAYIH AUTOMOTIVE LAMP CO., LTD.
Sep. KOITO KYUSHU LIMITED Second Plant opens. (Saga, Japan)
2010
Jun. PT. INDONESIA KOITO established. (West Java, Indonesia)
2011
Apr. PT. INDONESIA KOITO Plant opens. (West Java, Indonesia)
Aug. Koito Industries, Limited. becomes KI Holdings Co., Ltd.
2012
Jan. North American Lighting, Inc. Alabama Second Plant opens. (Alabama, U.S.A.)
Mar. North American Lighting, Inc. Indiana Tooling Plant opens. (Indiana, U.S.A.)
Apr. THAI KOITO COMPANY LIMITED Prachinburi Plant (Prachinburi, Thailand) and Technical Center (Bangkok, Thailand) open.
Dec. North American Lighting Mexico, S.A. de C.V. established. (San Luis Potosi, Mexico)
2013
Mar. INDIA JAPAN LIGHTING PRIVATE LIMITED Chennai Second Plant opens. (Tamil Nadu, India)
Sep. GUANGZHOU KOITO AUTOMOTIVE LAMP CO., LTD. Second Plant opens. (Guangzhou, China)