History and Awards

Introduction

History timeline

1961.10

Toshimi Kuma, founder of Seibu Giken, established “Kuma Laboratory,” private R&D center, in Hakozaki, Fukuoka, while working at Kyushu University Faculty of Engineering.

1965.7

Established Seibu Giken Technology Research Co., Ltd. President: Toshimi Kuma

1972.4

Changed company’s name to “Seibu Giken Co., Ltd.”

1976.9

Concluded a license agreement with Baek-Ryoon Industrial Co., Ltd., Korea.

1978.7

Established a joint venture, “Japan Thermo-lung Co., Ltd.” located in Iizuka City, Fukuoka, with Nittetsu Mining Co., Ltd.

1979.11

Transferred production technology of total heat exchanger to Baek-Ryoon Industrial Co., Ltd., Korea.

1984.4

Concluded sales agreement with Shinsung Engineering Co., Ltd., Korea.

1985.11

Concluded sales agreement with DST Sorptionsteknik AB, Sweden.

1986.4

Transferred a production line for flexible panel heaters to Hisayama Jiritsu-en, vocational aid center for handicapped workers, and contract manufacturing is ongoing.

1988.4

Concluded sales agreement with Kraftanlagen AG, Heidelberg, Germany.

Toshimi Kuma received an honorary invitation, known as “Ehrenteinladurg,” from Heidelberg City Mayor.

1993.10

Acquired DST Sorptionsteknik AB and established distributors in 17 European countries.

1995.10

Built a new head office and plant in Koga-city, Fukuoka.

1997.9

Chieko Kuma assumed the position of president after Toshimi Kuma’s passing.

1998.3

Obtained ISO9001 certification.

1998.10

Established “Kuma Toshimi International Engineering Sciences Organization.”

Began to a private scholarship for international students studying for a doctorate degree at the Kyushu University Graduate School.

2001.2

Obtained ISO14001 certification.

2001.7

Established a subsidiary company, Seibu Giken America, Inc., in the United States.

2002.4

Fumio Kuma assumed the position of president.

2004.4

Succeeded the total heat exchanger business from Shin-Nihon Thermolung Co., Ltd.

2005.9

Set up on a liaison office in Shanghai, China.

2007.1

Established Seibu Giken (Changshu) Co., Ltd. in Changshu-city, China

2010.2

Established own facility for Seibu Giken (Changshu) Co., Ltd. in Changshu city, China

2011.11

Opened Sendai Sales Office in Sendai-city, Miyagi.

2015.7

Celebrated 50th anniversary

2015.9

Opened Hachioji Satellite Office in Hachioji-city, Tokyo.

2016.12

President Mr. Fumio Kuma has been honored to assume the Swedish Honorary Consul, and started the Honorary Consular Office service.

Awards

1987.1

“The 10 Best New Products For The Year 1987” award from Nikkan Kogyo Newspaper

1995.4

The Best Paper Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers : Toshimi Kuma

1996.10

The Prize for invention from Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation : Toshimi Kuma, Hiroshi Okano

1997.4

The Director General of the Science and Technology Agency Prize : Toshimi Kuma

The Director General of the Patent Agency Prize

1999.11

The Japan Patent Attorneys Association President Prize from Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation : Akira Harada, Katsuhiro Tanaka, Hiroshi Okano

2002.4

The Technical Award from the Society of Separation Process Engineers : Hiroshi Okano, Wei Li Jin, Tsutomu Hirose

2003.3

The Technical Award from the Society of Chemical Engineers : Hiroshi Okano, Wei Li Jin, Tsutomu Hirose

2004.9

The Technical Award from Adsorption Society of Japan : Hiroshi Okano, Hiroaki Izumi, Ryuji Kuramitsu, Hiroshi Funato, Noriaki Shirahama

2007.9

The Technical Award from Adsorption Society of Japan : Hiroshi Okano, Yasuhiro Tanaka, Keimei Furuki, Yuji Fujioka, Kenichiro Yamada

2008.5

Awarded Technology award from Japan Association on Odor Environment.

2009.7

MONODZUKURI (Production) JAPAN prize

2011.11

The prize for Invention from JAPAN Institute of Invention and Innovation Kyushu local Prize : Yukito Kawakami, Shinichiro Matsumoto

Awarded Encouragement Award from Adsorption Society of Japan. : Koji Inoue

2014.3

Chosen as one of Global Niche Top Companies Selection 100 from Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

2014.4

President Mr. Fumio Kuma was awarded for Medal with Blue Ribbon in the spring

2015.3

Chosen as one of Diversity Management selection 100 from Ministry of Economy,
Trade and Industry

2015.12

Awarded for Women’s activity in advanced company by Gender Equality Bureau Cabinet Office.

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