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JFE Group Prehistory

History

  • Kawasaki Steel Corporation
  • Nippon Kokan K.K.
  • April
    1878

    Shozo Kawasaki established Kawasaki Tsukiji Shipyard in Tsukiji, Tokyo

  • October
    1896

    Kawasaki Dockyard Company, Ltd. established (later renamed Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.)

  • May
    1917

    Fukiai Works established in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture

  • August
    1943

    Chita Works established in Handa City, Aichi Prefecture

  • August
    1950

    Steel division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries spun off as independent Kawasaki Steel Corporation (with Yataro Nishiyama as first president)

  • February
    1951

    Chiba Works established as first modern integrated iron and steel works in postwar Japan

  • July
    1961

    Mizushima Works established in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture

  • July
    1969

    Landfill operations commenced at West Plant, Chiba Works

  • June
    1912

    Nippon Kokan K.K. established (Motojiro Shiraishi first president)

  • April
    1916

    Yokohama Shipyard launched (later renamed Asano Shipyard Co., Ltd.)

  • June
    1936

    First blast furnace blown in and integrated steel production started

  • October
    1940

    Tsurumi Steelmaking and Shipbuilding Company (formerly Asano Shipyard) acquired and absorbed

  • February
    1965

    Fukuyama Works established

  • April
    1968

    Keihin Steel Works established (consolidation of Kawasaki, Tsurumi, and Mizue works)

  • January
    1969

    Tsu Shipyard inaugurated operations

  • December
    1971

    Construction of Ohgishima commenced at Keihin Steel Works

Consolidation Proposed

  • April 2000

    Kawasaki Steel and NKK agreed to study cooperation in transportation, maintenance and procurement at their four domestic steelworks, aiming to enhance operational efficiencies by leveraging the geographical advantages of adjacent steelworks.

  • September 2000

    It was decided that the ultimate goals of the alliance would to reduce costs, maximize competitive strengths and achieve long-term business growth in the age of global mega competition. As the two companies worked to expand cooperation in transportation, maintenance and procurement, they came to agree on ten points of cooperation in the three categories.

Consolidation Objectives