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1917
February

Founded Tokai Electric Wire Works to start manufacturing and sales of bare wires and shielded wires

Yokkaichi Station in the Meiji era

The company at the time of its foundation

1917
December

Reorganized the works and founded Tokai Electric Wire Co., Ltd.

Charter of foundation

Registration of company mark

1931
July

Entered into technology and capital alliance with Sumitomo Electric Wire & Cable Works (now Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.)

Sumitomo Electric Wire & Cable Works

1957

Started production of ARB (Rubber-insulated low-voltage wires for automobiles)

1959
February

Started production of wiring harnesses for two-wheeled vehicles

Soldering

1959
May

Completed the special works for wiring harnesses and started operations

Assembly

Taping harnesses

1960 Started production of wiring harnesses for three-wheeled vehicles
1961
January

Started production of wiring harnesses for four-wheeled vehicles and equipment

Assembling wiring harnesses for four-wheeled vehicles

1965
July

Opened Sayama Works that operated as a service station for automakers in the Kanto region

Sayama Works

1967
February

Merged with Izumi Electric Wire Co., Ltd. and opened the Sakai Plant

Company logos of Izumi Electric Wire / Tokai Electric Wire

Opened Suzuka Plant, Tokyo Branch and Osaka Branch
1968
March

Completed communication cable works in Suzuka Plant

1970
March

Opened the Osaka Plant and relocated the Sakai Plant

Building Osaka Plant

1973
September

Opened the Nagoya Branch

1975

Completed and introduced Tokai-style kanban methods

1977
May

Completed the works for high-voltage noise-prevention wires for automobiles at the Suzuka Plant

1978

Established a corporation in Brazil, the first overseas corporation

1978
October

Completed the research hall at the Suzuka Plant

The first research hall

1979
December

Completed the wiring-harness component works at the Suzuka Plant

Completed extension to component works

1984
April

Completed the headquarters office

Headquarters building

1985
April

Changed the trade name to Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.

Company flag

President Komatsu announcing the company name change

1986
November

Listed stocks in the second section of the Nagoya Stock Exchange

President Shimizu greeting at the Nagoya Stock Exchange

1991

Started production of electronic units

1995
Established Harness System Technologies Research, Ltd. jointly with Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. (now AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd.)
1997
October

The Suzuka Plant obtained the first ISO 14001 Certification in the group

1998

Completed the radio frequency anechoic chamber at the Suzuka Plant

Radio frequency anechoic chamber

1999
June

Completed the Suzuka Technical Center at the Suzuka Plant

Suzuka Technical Center

1999
May

Acquired LUCAS SEI WIRING SYSTEMS LTD. in U.K

2001

Opened the Business Development Office for Electronic Modules to expand the electronic module business

2001
March

Established SEWS-CABIND S.p.A. in Italy. Acquired the wiring harness business from Cabind Automotive S.p.A. to begin full-scale operations in Italy

2002

Started structural reforms to rebuild the domestic production system and focus on the car business

2002
July

Acquired the wiring harness business from Calsonic Kansei and purchased stocks in Kyohritsu Hiparts

2004
July

Withdrew from the power line business which had continued since the foundation of the company

2004
November

Purchased stocks in Kyungshin Industrial in Korea

2005
February

Incorporated a two-headquarters system consisting of the Yokkaichi Headquarters and Tokyo Headquarters

Yokkaichi Headquarters

Tokyo Headquarters

2005

Developed under-floor pipe harnesses for hybrid cars.

Under-floor Pipe Harnesses

2006
March

Acquired Volkswagen Bordnetze in Germany

2006
May

Completed the technical center at the Yokkaichi Headquarters

Yokkaichi Technical Center (Building E, north side)

2007
August

Delisted stocks from the Nagoya Stock Exchange through a stock swap with Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.

2008
April

12Vision (08-12 year middle management plans) starts.

2008
July

Established SE Wiring Systems Egypt S.A.E in Egypt.

2008
September

Established SE Bordnetze Tunisia S.A.R.L. in Tunisia.

2009
June

Moved Head Office(Tokyo) to Shibaura.

2010
November

Developed an automotive low-voltage wiring harness using aluminum wires.

Aluminum Wiring Harnesses

2012
April

17Vision (13-17 year middle management plans) starts.

2013
January

Moved Head Office(Tokyo) to Akasaka.

Head Office(Tokyo)

2013
May

Moved Head Office function to front of Yokkaichi Station on the Kintetsu Line.

Head Office(Yokkaichi)