Chronology

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, privately placed, unsecured convertible bonds issued. (SFR 50 million)
1985 Apr. 70th anniversary.
“Conception and Execution” 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)
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.
  Jul. 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 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) begins.
  Apr. Production and sales of Discharge Bulbs begins.
2004 Jul. Production and sales of the world’s first Mercury-free Discharge Headlamps begins.
  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)
  Nov. GUANGZHOU KOITO AUTOMOTIVE LAMP CO., LTD. established.(Guangzhou, China)
2006 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 begins.
  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)
2014 Jan. North American Lighting, Inc. Alabama Plant expanded. (Alabama, U.S.A.)
  Mar. North American Lighting, Inc. Paris Plant expanded. (Illinois, U.S.A.)
  Sep. North American Lighting Mexico, S.A. de C.V. Plant opens. (San Luis Potosi, Mexico)
  Sep. Hubei Koito Automotive Lamp Co., Ltd. established. (Hubei, China)
  Nov. Production and sales of the world's first LED Compact-Bi-function begins.
2015 Apr. Koito celebrates its 100th anniversary.
2016 Jun. Hubei Koito Automotive Lamp Co., Ltd. Plant opens. (Hubei, China)
2017 Jan. NAL do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Componentes de Iluminação Ltda. established. (São Paulo, Brazil)
  Apr. R&D Lab in Silicon Valley opens. (California, U.S.A.)
  Oct. KOITO MALAYSIA SDN. BHD. established. (Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia)
2018 May NAL do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Componentes de Iluminação Ltda. Plant opens. (São Paulo, Brazil)
  Nov. FUZHOU KOITO TAYIH AUTOMOTIVE LAMP CO., LTD. Plant expanded. (Fuzhou, China)
2019 Mar. PT. INDONESIA KOITO Plant expanded. (West Java, Indonesia)
  Jun. Capital interest in BrightWay Vision Ltd. acquired. (Haifa, Israel)
  Jul. North American Lighting Mexico, S.A. de C.V. Plant expanded. (San Luis Potosi, Mexico)
  Aug. KI HOLDINGS CO., LTD. becomes a KOITO subsidiary.
  Aug. Production and sales of the world's first BladeScan TM ADB (Adaptive Driving Beam) begins.