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History

1870~

1875
・Began the operation of the Kusakura Copper Mine in Niigata (Company foundation).
1877
・Began the operation of the Ashio Copper Mine in Tochigi.

1900~

1900
・Set up a machinery works at the Ashio Copper Mine and entered into the machinery business.
1914
・Manufactured the first rock drill in Japan.
1918
・Spun off mining business from Furukawa General Partnership and established Furukawa Mining Co., Ltd.

1940~

1944
・Bought Osaka Smelter of Toa Chemical Smelting Co., Ltd. and established it as Osaka Cementation and Refining. Entered into the chemical business.
・Built the Oyama Works of the Machinery Division of the Ashio Copper Mine in Tochigi.
1950
・Built the Takasaki Works of the Rock Drill Division in Gunma.
1951
・Began manufacturing of titanium dioxide and cuprous oxide at Osaka Cementation and Refining.

1960~

1962
・Completed the Furukawa/Outokumpu flash smelting plant at Ashio Smelting and Refining.
・Completed research and development of high-purity (99.999%) metallic arsenic and commenced with the sale of it.

1980~

1987
・Bought UNIC Corporation (manufacturer of truck-mounted cranes).
1989
・The Japanese name changed from Furukawa Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha to Furukawa Kikai Kinzoku Kabushiki Kaisha.
1990
・Bought an America breaker manufacturer.
1997
・Established a manufacturer of UNIC products/components, Furukawa UNIC (Thailand) Co.,Ltd. in Thailand.
1998
・Established a sales company of rock drill products, Furukawa Rock Drill Europe B.V., in Holland.
1999
・Moved the Materials Research Laboratory to Tsukuba City in Ibaraki.

2000~

2003
・Established Thian Furukawa Machinery Co., Ltd.- a joint company for the manufacturing and distribution of UNIC cranes in China.
2005
・Spun off the Machinery business, Metals business and Electronic Materials and Chemicals business and shifted to a group management structure as the Furukawa Company Group to enhance management.
2006
・Established a rock drills sales company, Furukawa Rock Drill (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. in China.
2007
・Formed a capital and business alliance for the GaN semiconductor epi-wafer business with POWDEC K.K.
2008
・Newly setup the Nitride Semiconductors Department as a gallium nitride and related nitride semiconductor-related research organization.
2009
・Built the new laboratory of the Nitride Business Office in Oyama.
・Made TOHPE Corporation is the consolidated subsidiary for manufacturing and distributing paints and chemicals.
2010
・Get a copper mine interests of Canada.
2011
・Established a sales company of rock drill products, Furukawa Rock Drill India Pvt. Ltd. in India.
2012
・Established a sales company of rock drill products, Furukawa Rock Drill Latin America S.A. in Panama.
・Established a sales company of UNIC products, LLC Furukawa Unic Rus. in Russia
・Withdrew from the Fuels business.
2013
・Withdrew from the Paints business.
2014
・Completed a buiding, Muromachi Furukawa Mitsui Building in Nihonbashi Tokyo.
・Established a manufacturer of coil,FD COIL PHILIPPINES,INC in Philippines.
・Newly setup Tukuba Development Center as research and development institution in Ibaraki.
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