History

With a track record in technology that stretches back 100 years, Howa is well positioned to drive manufacturing forward for another century and beyond.
1907 Established Howa as Toyoda's Loom Works, Ltd. to manufacture and market Toyoda looms.
1916 Began manufacturing spinning machinery.
1935 Began manufacturing cast steel.
1936 Established Showa Heavy Industries, Ltd. to manufacture and market munitions and machine tools.
1941 Completed a merger with Showa Heavy Industries, Ltd., with the new company taking the name of Howa Heavy Industries, Ltd.
1945 Renamed Howa Machinery, Ltd.
1952 Began manufacturing air chucks and pneumatic equipment.
1964 Began manufacturing floor scrubbers.
The type 64 rifle and 81mm type 64 mortar were adopted as official equipment by the Japan Defense Agency (currently the Ministry of Defense).
1965 Began manufacturing aluminum sound-proof windows.
1977 Howa soundproof windows were the first to receive authorization to display the Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) symbol in Japan.
1983 Began manufacturing rodless cylinders.
1995 Established Howa Machinery Singapore Pte. Ltd. to market machine tools in Singapore.
1998 Acquired ISO 9001 certification in the machine tool super-mini-division.
1999 Established HO Engineering Co., Ltd. to enter into the remodeling and repair business for machine tools.
2000 Began manufacturing vertical double-sided exposure systems for printed circuit boards.
Acquired ISO 9001 certification in the machine tool accessories division and firearms division.
2001 Received the Good Design Prize for the ORC10 rodless cylinder.
2002 Began manufacturing street sweepers with a compressed natural gas (CNG) engine.
Acquired ISO 9001 certification in the machinery department.
2007 Acquired ISO 14001 certification at the Head Office and Main Plant.
2011 Established Howa (Tianjin) Machinery Corporation to manufacture and market machine tools and machine tool accessories.
2013 Acquired ISO 9001 certification in the Sweepers & Road Rollers Dept(currently Sweepers & Special Vehicle Dept).
Entered the photovoltaic system business.