ABOUT KATOLEC

History

History

1877   Started business as a shipping transportation in Takamatsu(founder: Yataro Kato).
1928   Reorganized to a public company named as Kato Kaiun and relocated the Head Office in Kobe.
Started a cargo-passenger ship service between Osaka and Kagawa Prefecture.
1957 Changed the company name to Kato Kisen Co., Ltd. and separated its cargo business as Kato Kaiun Co., Ltd.
1961 Nov. Started a truck transport service between Takamatsu and Kyoto,which is a root of the current Katolec’s business.
1963   Started a door-to-door delivery service for major department stores in Takamatsu Office.
1965 Apr. Established Fukuju Unyu Co., Ltd in Saijo, Ehime Prefecture. Established Shikoku Precision Automotive Industry Co.,which is now named as Automotive Services Precision Services Co., Ltd. and started auto repair business. Opened an office in Tokyo.
1966 Nov. Established Kato Soko Unyu Co., Ltd in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture to realize total logistics services through integrated transportation and warehousing.
1967 Apr. Separated the land transportation department from Kato Kisen Co., Ltd. to establish Kato Rikuun Co. Ltd.,which became a fundamental business of the current Katolec Corporation.
1976   Established Shikoku Museum of Folk Houses, widely called “Shikoku-Mura“, in order to realize social contribution Katolec Group.
1980   Started an EMS (Electronic Manufacturing Service) business.
1982 Started a Fine Art Transportation service. It’s an Integrated total service from storage to display of art works. Built in a large computer system into the door-to-door delivery service business and set up a distribution control system based on online networks connected to customers.
Oct. Opened Matsuyama plant in Ehime Prefecture,Japan. (EMS plant)
1988   Awarded a prize of Architectural Institure of Japan for the Shikoku Museum of Folk Houses, which are displayed 17 national important cultural properties.
1992 Apr. Changed the company name to Katolec Corporation.
Changed the company name from Fukuju Unyu Co., Ltd. to Katolec West Corporation.
1993Aug. Completed new Tokyo Head Office building and set up a fine art warehouse within the building.
Sept. Established P.T. KATOLEC INDONESIA as the first overseas plant.(EMS plant)
1994  Awarded a Mecenat Regional prize for the Shikoku Museum of Folk Houses.
1996June. Established KATOLEC PHILIPPINES CORPORATION.(EMS plant)
July. Established KATOLEC (THAILAND) Co., Ltd.(EMS plant)
1997Apr. Opened Materials Center to reinforce the domestic procurement of components.
June. Inaugurated Eisuke Kato as the company president.
1999 Mar. Opened Takamatsu plant in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan.(EMS plant)
2002Mar. Established KATOLEC (HK) Co., Ltd. to procure components from China and other countries for overseas markets.
July. Established EMS Promotion Center (Formerly Materials Center).
Reinforced the design department.
Dec. Started operations at the Shenzhen plant in China.(EMS plant)
2003July. Relocated the Head Office to Koto-ku in Tokyo.
Sept. Established KATOLEC SUZHOU Co., Ltd.(EMS plant)
2005 Oct. Established KATOLEC VIETNAM CORPORATION.(EMS plant)
2006July. Established KATOLEC CZECH s.r.o.(EMS plant)
Aug. Established KATOLEC DE BAJA CALIFORNIA, S.A. DE C.V.(EMS plant)
2007 Apr. Opened new Fine Art Transportation business center in Osaka.
2008 June. Joined NPS(The New Production System)as a Full Member.
2009 Sept. Opened Chubu Office for Logistics business.
2011Feb. Established KATOLEC ENGINEERING (THAILAND) Co., Ltd.(logistics company)
(Changed company name to KATOLEC LOGISTICS (THAILAND) Co.,Ltd. In 2018)
Apr. Established KATOLEC MALAYSIA SDN.BHD.(EMS plant)
2012July. Established KATOLEC AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS (GUANGZHOU) Co., Ltd.(EMS plant)
2013Aug. Opened the logistics division in KATOLEC (HK) Co., Ltd.
2014Oct. Established KATOLEC DE GUANAJUATO, S.A. DE C.V.(EMS plant)
2015Oct. Opened Fukuoka Office for logistics business.
2016Mar. Opened Sendai Office for logistics business.
Oct. Acquired all shares of COSMO Engineering.Co., Ltd. (FA engineering and system provider)
2017Apr. Established Minda Katolec Electronics Services Private Ltd. in India. (EMS Plant)
2018Aug. Established KATOLEC GLOBAL LOGISTICS (THAILAND) Co., Ltd. Constructed new distribution center.
Nov. Acquired certification of AEO certified customs broker from Kobe Customs.
Dec. Established KATOLEC GLOBAL LOGISTICS VIETNAM Co.,Ltd.