Established in 1917.
Yokohama Cable Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (current Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.)
|1917||Established in October in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture with a joint investment from Yokohama Cable Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (current Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. ) and BF Goodrich, of the United States|
|1919||Hiranuma Plant started production of tires in Hiranuma, Yokohama|
Hiranuma Plant Era
The Hiranuma Plant was finished in the town of Hiranuma, city of Yokohama, in 1920. As quickly as possible, advanced metallurgical facilities and equipment to produce belts, hoses, and tires imported from the United States were installed, and production began. The high quality of the products from the Hiranuma Plant soon gained an excellent reputation in industrial circles.
Hiranuma produced Japan’s first corded tires, a bellweather of things to come. Nevertheless, the Hiranuma Plant lasted only two years and a few months before being destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Needless to say, we faced myriad trials before the plant could be rebuilt.
|1921||Japan's first cord tire successfully manufactured|
|1929||Yokohama Plant started production of tires in Turumi, Yokohama|
Yokohama Plant Era
Early in the Showa Era (1926-1989), our company’s rapid growth was due in great part to the excellent domestic rubber products that came from our Tsurumi Plant in Yokoyama.
V-belts, Y-type tires, and other products were indispensable to the industrialization of Japan. The Yokohama Plant expanded until it was fully 10 times larger than the Hiranuma Plant had been, and had the largest production capacity of any rubber factory in Japan. That said, near the end of WWII, air strikes turned our plant to ashes and we were once again without a main production site.
|1937||Tire and industrial products trademark renamed "Yokohama"|
|1944||Mie plant started production of tires|
Rebuilding from the Ashes of War
Rising from the ashes of war, our company set out to recover its production capacity and rebuild the corporation.
The first items we were able to produce were automobile tires from our new Mie and Mishima plants.
We were also able to renew our tires with B.F. Goodrich, which had lapsed during the war.
Regulations on rubber products were at last eliminated, and in the 1950s we entered a freely competitive situation. At this point, construction of our long-awaited Hiratsuka Factory was started.
|1950||Mishima plant acquired from Meiji Rubber Manufacturing Co., Ltd.|
|1951||Hiratsuka Factory started operations|
|1952||Headquarter moved from Yokohama to Tokyo|
|1954||Launching of the Japan's first tubeless tire|
Toward Rapid Growth
From 1955, Japan enjoyed robust economic expansion, and the country at last moved “beyond post-war,” according to the 1956 government economic white paper. With “beyond post-war” as a rallying cry, Japan’s domestic GNP rose an average of 10% per annum through 1960, which pushed the economy well into the unprecedented high-growth period.
Yokohama further built an extension to the Hiratsuka Factory many times and branched out into vinyl products, aerospace components, and other new businesses.
New product development such as synthetic rubber and nylon cord was also stimulated.
|1957||The first tire containing synthetic rubber in Japan launched|
|1958||Launching of the Japan's first nylon cord tire|
|1961||New Yokohama Rubber headquarters building opened|
|1963||Corporate name changed to The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.|
|1964||Completion of Shinshiro plant|
With rapid economic growth came motorization, and the automobile industry saw growth as never before.
Between 1960 and 1970, tire production increased by five times.
New expressways opened one after the other, and penetration of radial tires moved ahead apace.
Our tire plants increased production but were still hard pressed to keep up with demand, so we built new plants in Shinshiro, in Ibaraki, and then Onomichi.
|1967||Launching of radial tire for passenger car <GT Special>|
|Launching of the Japan's first 70 series radial tire for passenger car <GT Special Super Model>|
|1969||Yokohama Tire Corporation established as a sales company in Los Angeles, the United States|
|1970||The first steel radial tire for truck and bus in Japan <Super Steel Series> launched|
|1974||Onomichi plant started production of tires|
|Ibaraki plant started operations|
|1977||Development of the world's largest OTR tire 40.00-57 60PR at that time (for 200-ton dump truck)|
|1978||Launching of HPT radial tire for passenger car <ADVAN HF>|
Excellence by nature
The two oil crises of the 1970s caused major turning points in the economic structure.
Our company put its efforts into research and development and highly diversified business models that enabled us to cope with changed in society by emphasizing energy efficiency and eco-friendly technology, producing high-performance tires, and moving into the sports business.
In the late 1980s, we achieved our first plant in the United States, and began our overseas business in earnest.
|1981||The first <GRAND SLAM>, tire franchise shop opened in Tochigi prefecture|
|Release of tubeless radial tires for trucks and buses|
|1983||Yokohama Rubber supplied official tires for the first Macau Grand Prix|
|Launching of studless tire for passenger car <Snow Star 847 Studless>|
|Yokohama Rubber made a full-scale entry into the sporting goods business and launched golf products <PRGR Carbon Driver>, <PRGR Golf Ball 2 pieces>|
|1986||D-PARC (Daigo Proving-Ground and Research Center) comprehensive tire testing facility opened|
|1988||Yokohama Reifen GmbH established as a sales company in Germany|
|Tokyo Hamatite Co., Ltd. established|
|GTY Tire Co., Ltd. established jointly with Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. and General Tire in the United States|
|1989||T*MARY (Takasu Motoring and Researching Yard) specialized winter test course opened|
|The Mohawk Rubber Company of the United States acquired|
|A008P obtained technical approval by Porsche|
|1991||R&D center, RADIC started operation at the Hiratsuka plant|
|1992||Yokohama Tire Corporation acquired the Mohawk Rubber Company and spun off its non-tire business into a separate company, SAS Rubber Company|
|1993||Specific action standards for environment protection clarified and Environmental Action Plan formulated|
|1994||PRGR Co., Ltd. established|
|1995||Yokohama Tire Division became the first Japanese tire manufacturer to be ISO9001 certificated|
|1996||Yokohama Aeroquip became a wholly owned subsidiary of Yokohama Rubber|
|Yokohama Aeroquip corporate name changed to Yokohama Hydex Company|
|Yokohama Rubber (Thailand) Co., Ltd. a company for producing windshield sealants and assembling hydraulic hoses, established in Thailand|
|1997||YH America, Inc., plant for windshield sealants built in Kentucky, USA|
|New plant for sealing materials at Ibaraki plant started production|
|Yokohama Tire Vietnam Company, a tire production and sales company, established in Vietnam|
|1998||Mishima plant obtained ISO14001 certification, and efforts were undertaken to obtain certification at all domestic plants by the end of 1999|
|Start of operations by Yokohama Tire Philippines, Inc|