Chronological Table


1878 Shozo Kawasaki, the founder opens Kawasaki Tsukiji Shipyard (Tokyo).
1896 Kawasaki Dockyard Co., Ltd. is incorporated. Kojiro Matsukata is appointed as the first president of the new company.
1897 Launches Cargo-Passenger Ship Iyomaru.
1902 Finishes construction on Dry Dock at Kobe Shipyard.
1906 Opens Hyogo Works.
1906 Builds the first submarine in Japan.
1908 Builds the Yodo, Japan's first large-size warship built by a private Japanese shipyard.
1911 Completes the first Kawasaki-made locomotive.
1918 The Aircraft Department is established at Hyogo Works.
1919 Shipping division is spun off and incorporated as Kawasaki Kisen Kaisya Ltd. (K-line).
1922 Completes the first Kawasaki-made airplane.
1926 Constructs Eitaibashi Bridge, Tokyo.
1928 Hyogo Works is spun off and incorporated as Kawasaki Rolling Stock Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
1933 Begins manufacture and sale of Rokkogo automobiles.
1934 Delivers Pashina Locomotive for Ajiago Super Express, Manchurian Railway.
1937 Aircraft division is spun off and incorporated as Kawasaki Aircraft Co., Ltd.
1939 Adopts new Japanese company name Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabusikigaisya (i.e. Kawasaki Heavy Industries).
※The English company name Kawasaki Dockyard was changed to Kawasaki Heavy Industries in 1969, when three companies were merged.
1941 Starts production of Hien fighter.
1950 Steelmaking division is spun off and Kawasaki Steel Corporation is incorporated.
1952 Begins production of Bell 47D helicopters.
1969 Kawasaki Dockyard, Kawasaki Rolling Stock Manufacturing and Kawasaki Aircraft merge to become Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
1969 Develops Kawasaki-Unimate 2000, the first Japan-made industrial robot
1969 Launches H1 motorcycle.
1972 Unveils Z1 motorcycle.
1972 Merges with rolling stock company Kisha Seizo Co., Ltd., and forms Kawaju Reinetsu Service Co., Ltd.
1973 Begins selling Jet Ski(R) watercraft
1975 Begins production of motorcycles in the U.S.
1976 Develops GPS200 gas turbine generator.
1979 The BK117 helicopter's first flight.
1986 Begins production of rolling stock in the U.S.
1988 Begins production of construction machinery in the U.S.
1981 Delivers the first LNG carrier built in Japan.
1989 Receives orders for construction work on the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.
1991 Tunnel boring machines successfully complete work on the Eurotunnel.
1996 Excavation on the Tokyo Bay Aqua-line is completed by the world's largest shield machines
1996 100th anniversary
2001 Opens state-of-the-art, fully integrated rolling stock factory unique in the U.S.
2001 Introduces an internal company system and an executive officer system.
2002 Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation and Kawasaki Precision Machinery Ltd. are established as wholly owned subsidiaries.
2004 Ships first 700T train to Taiwan High Speed Rail
2005 Kawasaki Plant Systems, Ltd. (K Plant) is established as a wholly owned subsidiary.
2006 Kawasaki Environmental Engineering, Ltd. (KEE) is established as a wholly owned subsidiray.
2007 K Plant and KEE merge to form new K Plant.
2007 Rolls out test planes for the XP-1 fixed-wing maritime patrol aircraft and XC-2 transport aircraft.
2009 KCM Corporation is established as a wholly owned subsidiary.
2010 Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation, Kawasaki Precision Machinery Limited (KPM) and Kawasaki Plant Systems, Ltd. (K Plant) are re-merged into Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
2013 Established Medicaroid Corporation, a marketing company for the development of medical robots, jointly with SYSMEX CORPORATION.
2015 All KCM Corporation shares transferred to the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group.