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Long ago TLCA# 2231
Jun 17, 2005
UpState Ny, Wells Me
This is something that was sent to me quite a while ago...just getting to translate it now....Very interesting stuff.

It's a data sheet of corperate data...very interesting to see the evolution of the company and to see what they were doing during WWII.

It's quite extensive...over 100 pages worth.

I'll be posting things day by day as i translate it...i'll also be adding some web sites to give a better perspective...and ...I will be going from the start to present back every now and then to see more info...most updates that are significant i will highlight red...but i will be editing as i go along...if you have any significant info that might be helpfull pm me ok :)

I dont know if this is in the right area...maybe Woody can make a Toyota Historical Forum
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Heck Johnny, they don't even have decent history in the FJ25 years.........think they're suppressing it for some reason.................... :lol:
1867-1935 Looms and Sewing Machines

i'll start at the beginning :) Looms and Sewing Machines

i was reading this stuff and jumping around with it...but..i was getting dates and things messed up...soooo...from the top i'll go

1918 Janurary 30th, Sakichi Toyoda , Toyoda Boshoku Corporation was established (TOYOTA BOSHOKU | About Toyota Boshoku | History of Toyoda Boshoku).

Sakichi Toyoda (pic: Portrait of Toyoda, Sakichi - Larger image | Portraits of Modern Japanese Historical Figures) founder and first president of Toyoda Boshoku Corp:
Born on March 19, 1867 ( i was under the understanding it was 2/14/1867) in the city of Kosai, Shizuoka .

His house see link: Shizuoka Guide : Area Guide : Western Area : Hamanako Lake Area : Detail

Born into a poor farmer community. His father was a carpenter, mother from morning till night weaving, which took alot of time and hard work. The family struggled and Sakichi Toyoda seeked to be an inventor.

His is called the "King of Japanese Inventors". Also creditted as starting the Japanese industrial revolution.

He created the "Toyoda-manual wooden loom" and later the Automatic Power Loom. Using the principle of Jidoka the loom stops itself when a problem occurs. This idea is to curb the waste and would eventually be the origin of the "Toyota Production System".

november 1923 handling automatic loom factory starts testing
• 1924 G-11 type automatic loom completed (

See link: Sakichi Toyoda Wooden Hand Loom, Automatic Loom

Empire Japan Institute of Invention And Innovation newly
founds cotton spinning section in 1926 11

Kariya pilot plant which contributes million Yen,

18/11/1926 Machine production section of Toyota textiles separates becomes independent establishing the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd.
(present Toyota Industries Corporation 1867 - 1929 | History - TOYOTA INDUSTRIES CORPORATION).

10/30/1930 Sakichi Toyoda passes away (for more on his life see link: TOYOTA Commemorative Musemum of Industry and Technology)

10/?/1930 The 1st small engine completed

March 1930 High Draft Spinning Frame completed

May 1933 Spinning frame exported to India from Toyoda Auto Loom Works, Ltd
( 1st exportation of any product from the factory)

Next October automotive structural study to begin, in conjunction with materials related to undertake research.

1/29/1934 extraordinary general meeting of shareholderses in research related to auto and steel production to the company's operations.

Deciding that capital would increase to 100 ten thousand Yen -> 300 ten thousand Yen.

Steelmaking department new established.

March 1934 Automobiles prototype manufacture factory is completed.

7/?/1934 steel mills (Iron Works) completion.

9/25/1934 “A” Type engine (automotive engine No. 1) was completed. (Toyota Type A engine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

March 1935 Establishment of Toyoda Machinery Sales Corporation .

May 1935 Prototype car completion (“A1 Type” the first car). (Toyota AA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ,,

8/25/1935 “G1” Type prototype truck completed. ( , )

October 30th, 1935 "Five Main Principles of Toyoda" (TOYOTA: Company > Vision & Philosophy)
1. Always be faithful to your duties, thereby contributing to the Company and to the overall good.
2. Always be studious and creative, striving to stay ahead of the times.
3. Always be practical and avoid frivolousness.
4. Always strive to build a homelike atmosphere at work that is warm and friendly.
5. Always have respect for God, and remember to be grateful at all times.

November that year announcement of G1 Type truck production.

December 1935 the first Toyota car dealership to start sales, Sunrise Motors. (Present day Aichi Toyota Motor Corporation) Equipment and systems research to begin.
Sakichi Toyoda.jpg
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January 1936 “DA” Type truck released

April 1936 “A4” type cars being produced (a revised production type A1 type)

Kariya automobile assembly plant completed May 1936

7/15/1936 “G1” type is the first auto/truck exported ( ,

9/?/1936 Type “AA”, “AB” phaeton(, and truck “GA” announcement

Nissan automotive manufacturing business permitted by law 9/19/1936
(this means they registered as a company)

For more on Nissan see link:

Toyota finance corp. ( )established Oct 1936 funding by Toyoda Automatic Loom Works (at Toyota Tsusho Corporation ? ), Risaburo Toyoda president TFC

4/1937 dynamos, making on an experimental basis Electrical
equipment: starter, distributor and ignition coil.

8/28/1937 While August it holds Toyoda Automatic Loom Works
inaugural general meeting it continues the following 28 day
capital 12 million Yen, stock total number 24 million stocks (the stock acceptor equity underwriting total number 26 person) with completing establishment registration.

Toyoda Automatic Loom works ( ) separates and the automotive sector, Toyota Motor Industries Ltd. ( Current day Toyota Motor Corporation ) was inauguration and the president (the first-generation Toyota president) president Kiichiro Toyoda ( ) (the old toyoda logo on building 1936: (

9/20/1937 automobile production business laws, automobile production business from the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd.
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April 1938 Tianjin Toyota factory ( ) begins operation.

8/10/1938 Toyota Department store establishment.

10/1/1938 Toyota Motor Corporation industrial health insurance union establishment

11/3/1938 Mother Plant starts operation, Koromo Plant (pic take on that day:
Construction of the fist mother factory undergoes many great challenges, end of September , the plant is complete. The starting switch by Kiichiro's Toyota hand.

11/1938 Toyota Engineering Department Youth School opening (start of 1939 April
training manufacture education)

December 1938 “GB” type truck ( ) (B type
engine loading and “GA” type improvement) this year of entry into
production, Toyota Motor Corporation distribution and dealership partnership established.

May 1939 Shanghai assembly battery factory starts entry into production

June 1939 Start production on “ DB” type low floor style bus chassis.

June 1939 Each unit businesses enactment (personal stipulation and budget
stipulation etc.) establish operating rules.

Trial manufacture completion September 1939 “AE”
model medium-sized cars. ( )

11/8/1939 Cooperation meeting starts
The November 8th first Toyota Motor Corporation subcontract forum
was held at Tokyo Kuramae Industrial Center, because the representation
of Toyota and cooperative factory representatives assures mutual friendship unity,
" Cooperation Council " was formed.

11/1939 “HB” type based on “GB” type, bus short chassis production starts.

December 1939 Toyota Japan, Ford corporation & NISSAN, a joint venture contract to temporary seal, deterioration relations Japan and America, it becomes flame
failure in joint venture contract)

1939 Annual Report: domestic sales, 1 million units, production 12 million units.

1940 A “New Japan” dealership represenatives announce at First Mother Plant.

2/20/1940 Tianjin factory, create separation plant, the North Chinese automobile industrial establishment.

3/8/1940 Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd., seperates the integral steel section Toyota steelmaking establishment into an independent company “Totoda Steel Works” (present day Aichi steelmaking: , )( pic of the steel factory in 1940: )
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4/15/1940 Hiratsuka automobile part factory created thru joint capital investment.

9/14/1940 Creation of Riken Corp. a development and research company for the development of automotive goods.

February 1941 “AE” type medium passenger car production starts “New Japan”

5/01/1941 Creation of Toyoda Machine Works, Ltd. In order to produce the special purpose machine which is suited for mass production, to separate free the machine tool section, obtaining the establishment permission with machine tool production.

7/21/1941 Kiitirou Toyoda president inauguration

December 1941 Pre-War output set at 2066 units per month.

Historical Note: December 7, 1941 Japan’s attach on Pearl Harbor.

2/1942 Shanghai factory established Toyota’s china automotive industry expansion.

2/1/1942 Toyoda central cotton spinning establishment to separate.

March 1942 “KB” type truck production started (improved “GB” type)

Taken from, the free encyclopedia “KB-Type, An update to the GB to make it more suitable for war time production. The body was still made from steel but was of a simpler design with less curves. Production was 21130 units between 1942 and 1944. Similar to the GB.”

April 1942 “LB” type truck ( “KB” type short chassis) production started.

June 1942 Aircraft section starts production.

I had heard rumor of this in the past…and it’s not confirmed from Toyota…I had heard that they worked on aircraft props and canopies and interior components.

10/3/1942 Opening of Toyota Hospital ( pic of the hospital: ) (present day KARIYA TOYOTA General Hospital, link: )
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Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd.

Found this on the web...a great writeup on the history of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works.

from web site: TOYODA AUTOMATIC LOOM WORKS, LTD.</name> -- Company History


2-1, Toyoda-cho

Telephone: (0566) 22-2511
Fax: (0566) 23-3255

Public Company
Incorporated: 1926
Employees: 6,837
Sales: ¥437.44 billion (US$3.04 billion)
Stock Index: Tokyo Osaka Nagoya

Company History:
Toyoda Automatic Loom Works (Loom Works) is the originator of the Toyota Group of companies and is recognized as a diversified corporation whose central activities include automobile assembly and the manufacture of automobile components, industrial vehicles, and textile machinery. Founded in the 1920s to produce and sell automatic looms, the company is one of Japan's larger integrated manufacturers of textile machinery, producing both weaving and spinning machines, and the largest domestic manufacturer of forklift trucks. The company manufactures engines for Toyota Motor Corporation passenger cars in addition to diesel engines for the industrial vehicles it produces, which are marketed under the Toyota name.

Since World War II, Loom Works's focus has shifted gradually from textile machinery to automobiles, with a growing percentage of its activities involving consignment work for Toyota, which owns better than 20% of Loom Works's stock. In the past two decades Loom Works has established joint ventures in the United States with other Toyota Group members for the local production of two of its principal products, air conditioner compressors and industrial vehicles. It also has attracted compressor-production work from major U.S. automobile manufacturers. Additions to its U.S. production facilities exemplify Loom Works's future plans, which call for increased manufacturing and sales activities in the U.S. market.

Toyoda Automatic Loom Works owes its original emphasis to Sakichi Toyoda, a well-known Japanese inventor and entrepreneur who perfected Japan's first power-driven loom in 1897. During the next three decades Toyoda went on to acquire 84 patents while developing 35 loom models.

Prior to World War I, Toyoda was involved in the formation of a number of small thread-producing and textile-machinery factories and companies, but it was the war that helped firmly establish the beginning of the Toyoda empire by fueling an economic boom for spinning mills. Based on a factory he had built a few years earlier, Toyoda established Toyoda Spinning and Weaving, in 1918 to produce high-quality thread for the automatic loom he was developing. Three years later Toyoda established Toyoda Spinning and Weaving Works, in Shanghai.

In 1925 Toyoda perfected an automatic loom designed for mass production, and installed 320 automatic looms in a pilot plant in Nagoya. In 1926 he separated the loom-production department of Toyoda Spinning and Weaving and established Toyoda Automatic Loom Works in Kariya, Japan, to concentrate on the production of automatic looms.

Capitalized at ¥1 million, the new company soon became the main firm of the Toyoda family's enterprises. Toyoda's eldest son by adoption, Risaburo Toyoda, was named president, and Kiichiro Toyoda, Sakichi Toyoda's oldest natural son, was named managing director in charge of loom production. Sakichi Toyoda had been unable to make his natural son, Kiichiro, president of Loom Works and heir to the family's fortune because of Sakichi's adoption in 1915 of Risaburo, the husband of his oldest daughter and younger brother of Kazuo Kodama, who was head of the Mitsui Trading branch in Nagoya. Sakichi Toyoda had become indebted to Kazuo Kodama when Mistui Trading financed his 1914 move into cotton spinning.

In 1927 construction of a foundry, iron works, and woodwork shop near the Loom Works's headquarters was completed, and the company began production and sales of the Toyoda G-Type Automatic Loom. The new looms were sold for ¥630, or about three times the cost of conventional looms because one worker could operate 25 of the Toyoda looms at a time. Sales quickly took off as textile producers automated their operations in order to cut production costs.

Sakichi Toyoda had acquired both domestic and overseas patent rights for his automatic loom, and in 1929 he agreed to sell all of those rights excluding those for Japan, China, and the United States. The Platt Brothers of Great Britain, the world's largest manufacturer of spinning and weaving machinery, purchased the patents for ¥100,000, worth about ¥1 million in Japan. Sakichi Toyoda then gave the entire sum to his son Kiichiro to invest in automobile research. Sakichi Toyoda died a year after he sold his automatic loom patents, leaving his goal of producing automobiles in the hands of Kiichiro Toyoda.

Kiichiro Toyoda, a mechanical engineer who had studied at the University of Tokyo, handled most of the initial engineering work on the study of automobiles. In 1930, he set aside a corner of the Loom Works plant for his research and began working on the development of a small gasoline engine. Kiichiro Toyoda was also instrumental in the development of several new products that Loom Works began manufacturing that year, including high-draft spinning frames, a carding machine, and other machines used in raw textile spinning processes.

In 1931 Loom Works began buying and testing engine components made by foreign producers, while seeking domestic firms that could copy parts. Risaburo Toyoda initially viewed the investment in automobile research as risky, but Kiichiro Toyoda maintained enough power in the company to establish a Loom Works automobile division in 1933. Kiichiro Toyoda began recruiting Japanese automobile experts, and later that year the automobile division purchased a new Chevrolet car and began disassembling it to analyze the vehicle's components. By the end of 1933, Kiichiro Toyoda's staff completed a prototype motorcycle engine.

In 1934 Kiichiro Toyoda convinced stockholders to raise the capitalization of the company to ¥3 million and add automobile and steel manufacturing to the businesses included in Loom Works articles of incorporation. Soon afterwards, the company began construction of a pilot automobile plant and steel mill within the Loom Works's compound.

With increased funding, automobile research and production activities were stepped up in 1934. The company's engine-casting specialist, Suda Takatoshi, was dispatched to the United States to study automobile factories, materials, and the manufacturing of components. By the end of the year, Loom Works had developed the Model A-1 engine, its first prototype automobile engine.

In May 1935 Loom Works completed its first prototype passenger car, the Model A1, comprised of a Chrysler body and many parts from Ford and Chevrolet automobiles. About the same time, the Japanese government began to firm up particulars of the pending Bill Concerning the Manufacture of Motor Vehicles, which was being designed to promote domestic production of automobiles. Kiichiro Toyoda learned that the bill would place an emphasis on the production of trucks, and Loom Works quickly began trial development of trucks. Full-scale production of motor vehicles was initiated in July 1935, and the following month stockholders agreed to double the company's capitalization to ¥6 million to help fund increased automobile activities. In September the prototype Model G1 truck was completed. Loom Works established an automobile sales department in 1935, and hired Shotaro Kamiya, a former executive at General Motors's Japan subsidiary, to head up the sales efforts.

In 1936 the Bill Concerning the Manufacture of Motor Vehicles became law, and Loom Works was licensed as one of two automobile-production companies in Japan. Construction of a new automobile-assembly plant on land near the Loom Works's facilities was completed in May 1936 and included an electronics department, which later became Nippondenso Company. That same year officials changed the name of its automobile from Toyoda to Toyota, believing the new name was easier to pronounce and would generate greater advertising appeal.

By the end of 1936 Loom Works's automobile products included the Model AA passenger car; and open-top version of the Model AA called the AB Phaeton; the Model GA truck, which was an improved version of the G1; and the Model DA bus chassis.

Once the 1936 automobile industry law was approved, Risaburo Toyoda threw his support behind the company's automobile operations, believing the venture could be profitable. Construction of an automobile plant in Koromo followed, but working capital was short. In March 1937 Loom Works's stockholders agreed to separate the automobile division and form the Toyota Motor Corporation, (TMC) in a move to attract additional investors. Risaburo Toyoda was named TMC president, and Kiichiro Toyoda was named executive vice president.

After Japan entered World War II in 1938, Loom Works manufactured parts for TMC for a brief period. Later that year, Loom Works, as other Japanese industries, came under government control, and it began performing ordnance work for the military. In 1939 Loom Works expanded its steel works plant and then began construction of a new steel mill. The following year the steel division was separated from Loom Works, and Toyoda Steel Works, now Aichi Steel Works, was established. Loom Works transferred all its steel equipment and facilities to the new company as an investment.

In 1941 Risaburo Toyoda became chairman of TMC, and Kiichiro Toyoda was named president. By that time TMC had become the nucleus of the Toyota Group, and Kiichiro Toyoda set up a planning council to serve as a liaison group between TMC, Toyoda Steel Works, and Toyoda Machine Works--a machinery-producing factory developed by Toyota in 1937 and spun off as an independent company earlier in 1941. In 1944 Loom Works established a plant in Obu to manufacture castings for automotive parts, including compressor cylinders, cylinder blocks, and crankshafts.

Following World War II Loom Works began taking parts orders from TMC to fill the gap left by ordnance work. Loom Works's textile business began picking up after a 1947 restoration policy put a rush on cotton-spinning-machinery orders, and about this same time the company abandoned its parts work for TMC.

Risaburo Toyoda became Loom Works's first chairman in 1948, and Taizo Ishida was named president. Ishida had served Loom Works as a managing director and the company's first representative on the TMC planning council. In 1949 Loom Works went public and listed its stock on the Tokyo, Nogoya, and Osaka stock exchanges.

While business blossomed for Loom Works in the early postwar years, a cut-off of Reconstruction Finance Bank loans in 1949 and growing recessionary conditions in the automobile industry had edged TMC ever-closer to the brink of bankruptcy during the same span. In 1950 TMC announced it would reduce personnel by a third, and a two-month strike ensued. The labor dispute was resolved after Kiichiro Toyoda and other top executives agreed to take responsibility for the automaker's financial plight, and voluntary resignations from laborers followed.

Taizo Ishida agreed to replace Kiichiro Toyoda as TMC president, while maintaining similar duties at Loom Works. While Ishida knew little about automobile production at the time, he realized that Loom Works's future was closely tied to that of TMC, while Toyota Group members recognized that Ishida had been successful in rebuilding Loom Works after World War II.

Ishida initially agreed to serve as TMC president only temporarily, with Kiichiro Toyoda expected to resume his former post once the automaker's financial position had improved; but in 1952 Kiichiro Toyoda died, and Ishida agreed to remain as chief executive of TMC to carry out Kiichiro Toyoda's program of small-car development. That same year Risaburo Toyoda died, leaving Loom Works without a chairman for the next 17 years.

In 1952 Loom Works began manufacturing engines and stamping dies for Toyota automobiles. In 1953, the company established a new plant in Kyowa to manufacture engines and assemble vehicles for Toyota. That same year, on the recommendation of TMC Managing Director Eiji Toyoda, Loom Works initiated the development of forklift vehicles.

In 1955 Loom Works completed its first prototype forklift, a one-ton machine powered by a Type-S engine. The following year the company began manufacturing forklifts, and Toyota Motor Sales Company, formed in 1950 as a sales affiliate for TMC, announced it would market the new forklift and sell the product under the brand name Toyota Forklift.

In 1960 Loom Works began manufacturing automobile air conditioner compressors. That same year, the company established a forklift assembly line at its Kyowa plant and expanded its product line there to include 11 types of forklifts, as well as towing tractors and shovel loaders. Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) began appointing Toyota forklift dealers exclusively to handle industrial vehicles in 1961. By the end of the year Loom Works had climbed to number one in the domestic forklift market. In 1966 Loom Works secured its first major overseas forklift contract, a 188-machine order from the Singapore Port Authority.

Loom Works opened a plant in Nagakusa for the assembly of small commercial vehicles in 1967. In the same year the company began looking outside the Toyota Group for technical collaborations that could improve its fiber machinery and looms; it entered into an agreement with Rieter Machine Works, of Switzerland, for the production of manmade-fiber machinery. The following year Loom Works produced its first open-end spinning machine. In 1968 the Loom Works agreed to a technical tie-in for loom development with Ruti Machinery Works, of Switzerland. In 1969 Ishida was named chairman, a post that had been vacant since the death of Risaburo Toyoda, and Keiji Gonda was named president.

In 1970 Loom Works opened its 84-acre Takahama plant. With a capacity to produce 30,000 units a year, it was the largest factory in the world exclusively devoted to the production of industrial vehicles. In 1971 Loom Works and Sulzer Brothers, of Switzerland, formed the joint venture Toyoda-Sulzer Company, to produce shuttleless projectile looms. That same year, Loom Works joined with George Fischer, Ltd., in a technical tie-in for the production of foundry equipment.

The management of Loom Works returned to the Toyoda family in 1973, when Yoshitoshi Toyoda, nephew of Sakichi Toyoda, replaced Gonda as president. Increased Toyota Group involvement with Loom Works activities followed, and that same year TMS established an overseas industrial-vehicle department, further strengthening marketing efforts of Loom Works-produced industrial vehicles. TMC and Loom Works established the joint venture Toyoda Industrial Trucks U.S.A., in 1974, to manufacture and sell industrial trucks in the United States

By 1975 Loom Works's cumulative production of industrial vehicles had reached 200,000 and the cumulative production of commercial vehicles had reached 500,000. Loom Works began manufacturing compressors for Chrysler and Ford in 1977, and within a year cumulative production of compressors had topped five million units.

In 1978 Loom Works began manufacturing shuttleless rapier looms and also began making the Starlet passenger car for TMC. Sales of open-end spinning machines also got a boost in 1979 when the Chinese government agreed to purchase 10,000 machines in a contract worth about ¥1.6 billion. Between 1977 and 1980, overseas production and marketing activities, as well as increased consignments from TMC, helped push Loom Works's net sales from ¥140.5 billion to ¥208.4 billion while net profits rose from ¥5.6 billion to ¥9.8 billion.

In 1980 Loom Works began manufacturing quieter air-jet looms, known as JA models, in a new facility built on the premises of its main Kariya plant. That same year the company established its first U.S. subsidiary, Toyoda Textile Machinery. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, the subsidiary was formed to promote sales of the new air-jet looms in the U.S. market.

In a 1980 move to strengthen the sales system of industrial vehicles, Loom Works and TMC each purchased 20% of Tomen Transportgerate, a German company involved in import and sale of Toyota industrial vehicles. Following the 1982 merger of TMC and TMS, Toyota engineers began working in product development at Loom Works, where sales of industrial vehicles had been sluggish since the oil crises of the 1970s. In 1982 Loom Works opened its Hekinan plant and began manufacturing a new diesel engine, which was developed with the assistance of TMC earlier that year.

While sales continued to rise, Loom Works's profits slipped in 1982 and were sluggish in 1983, due in part to increased fixed costs and a decrease in Toyota automobile consignments. In 1984 Toyota Industrial Trucks, U.S.A. merged with TMS, strengthening the joint venture's sales capacity by adding new staff and managerial resources. The product line was further diversified to include such construction vehicles as a skid steer loader.

Increased sales of industrial vehicles and a continuous rise in compressor exports, including 750,000 compressors per year going to Ford, helped Loom Works's profit rise above ¥10 billion in 1985. In 1985 Loom Works founded an electronics division at its Kyowa plant, for long-term research-and-development activities beyond the scope of other divisions. That same year the company developed an automatic guided vehicle (AGV) equipped with a microcomputer, and then installed the AGV, along with industrial robots, at its forklift-producing Takahama plant as part of a new, flexible manufacturing system. In recognition of its efforts to improve quality on a company- wide basis, a year later Loom Works received the prestigious Deming Award for quality control.

In 1986 Loom Works's profits leaped by nearly ¥2 billion. The following year, Loom Works was one of seven Japanese forklift manufacturers to be fined a dumping penalty by the U.S. Commerce Department. In 1987, profits dipped because of rapid appreciation of the yen, and remained sluggish the following year. In response to that appreciation, and to avoid further dumping penalties, Loom Works and TMC in 1988 chose Columbus, Indiana, as a site to establish their joint venture, Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing. Loom Works received 80% ownership in the forklift manufacturing corporation.

In 1988 Loom Works's cumulative production of compressors topped 40 million units, with three-quarters of those units manufactured the six previous years. After securing compressor business with General Motors, in 1989 Loom Works and Nippondenso Company, another Toyota Group member, established the 50-50 joint venture, Michigan Automotive Compressor, Inc. The new company was set up in Jackson, Michigan, for the manufacture of compressors and magnetic clutches. That same year Gentaro Tsuji was named chairman, filling a position that had been vacant for 15 years.

Beefed-up production of textile machinery, industrial vehicles, and compressors helped profits rebound in 1989 to a new high of ¥12.9 billion. Loom Works closed the decade with vehicle assembly representing 42% of sales, while the manufacture of industrial vehicles and compressors each accounted for nearly one-quarter of all sales. The manufacture of engines accounted for 15% of all revenues, and textile machinery contributed nearly 10% of revenues.

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3/29/1943 Kawasaki aircraft with Toyoda establish Tokai aircraft company (present day Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd. See link:

(EDIT: New Cool it turns out Mr. Honda Soichiro the founder of Honda Corp. was working as director of the Tokai company: for more on Honda: ) (Tokai anti-sub aircraft:

March 1943, “AC” type cars based on the “AA” type are being produced.(

May 1943 Toyoda sets up Kariya rubber factory, Nagoya (present day Toyoda Gosei Co., )

June 1943, “BA” type car (improvement on “AE” type) starts production.

11/03/1943 Central cotton spinning merger in acordance to the national policy, reorganization integration of the spinning industry, the leading improvement (Kariya south & north, Nakagawa's each factory) diverts to aircraft section. Merger of central cotton spinning the center of business of the Toyota group light industry moves to the machine of the heavy industry from the fiber industry.

Nov 1943 “KC” type truck (wartime model of “KB” type) starts production (

Nov 1943 amphibious type 4x4 starts production (see post: )

Nov 1943 Kariya (north korea?) north aircraft engine plant factory cancellation

1/17/1944 Munitions companies trial manufacture completion, completion of trial manufacture.

1/1944 "large-sized B" high-class car production…government official

7/10/1944 “AK 10” type four wheel drive 4 prototype completion. (This is the predecessor to the Land Cruiser see post: )
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July 1944, Tokyo takes devastating bombing.

7/1944 Junior high school student body mobilization, military and naval draftee hiring.

December 1944, “TR 10” type, 4 ton tractor construction.

1/6/1945 Tokyo takes many damages, large air raid.

3/10/1945, Air raids, large portion of the Shibaura factory burning and the Osaka branch total destruction (14 days) start the dispersal.

3/11/1945, Nagoya air raid.

3/20/1945, Air raid Tokyo under flame fire.

4/14/1945, Tokyo air raid.

May 1945, Mother plant factories as a precaution measure to start evacuation.

June/1945 Osaka bombed (see map: )

June 1945, Counterespionage, naming of the office modification (the first mother factory protection name now “national 20th factory” modification)

Historical Note: ( 8/06/1945 Atomic bombing of Hiroshima, 8/09/1945 Atomic bombing of Nagasaki. See link: )

8/14/1945 Mother Plant bombed (see map: mother plant is located in the Aichi Prefecture #1 on index ) (UPDATE: Site Shows the Bombing of the Toyota Factory, using "Pumpkin bombs" called this due to the shape and color of the bomb 'orange' ironic to have found this out on Nov 31st. )

Historical Note: ( 8/15/1945 Imperial Army of Japan surrenders to allied forces. Signing of “Instrument of Surrender” was September 2nd, 1945.)

8/31/1945 Toyota Auto Body Co., Ltd. industrial establishment (the present Toyota Auto Body Co., Ltd.) ( for the Kariya factory, since completing the first mother factory it advances to the principal occupation, conversion of the body, Corporate deciding separation independence. First capital payment was completed on August 1st, but the registration is completed on August 31st, after the termination of
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10/1945 Toyota to restoration of first mother factory Shibaura factory.

1/19/1946 Union formation at Toyota Motor Corperation

01/20/1946 Aichi factory (, it is appointed as to the compensation facility (May 28th was lifted) (used for the rebuilding efforts?)

4/1946 Mitsui Group ( ) specified limits on corporation. Showa sets cancellation April 11th 1951. ( ) Temporary provisional reconstruction bureau starts.

Inviting the representatives of automobile distribution in 5/18/1946 from the entire countrie to the first mother factory.

1946 05 28 Each factory of Korea north & south, in compensation integrity facility appointment (August 16th cancellation, 1948 March 1st Korea south cancellation and 1952 April 28th Korea north cancellation per Showa)

1946 07 Tokyo cooperation Yutaka meeting start ( Showa in 1957 April
Kanto cooperation Yutaka council rename

It is appointed to 1946 08 11 special accounting companies
(1951 May 7th cancellation per Showa)

11/16/1946 Toyota Motor Corporation marketing cooperative start (new
name to 1948 May 26th Toyota dealer association)
Each manufacturer's sales reorganization will proceed in a series, the Toyota Motor Corporation marketing cooperative started, in chief director Takeshi Saburo
Kikuchi, elected Yamaguchi Noboru in secondary chief director, started

01/27/1947 Kansai cooperation Yutaka meeting

01/1947 Trial manufacture completion of “SA” type model Cars ( ) “Toyopet Model SA “ ( )

03/1947 Entry into production of “BM” type large truck. (bm on the right and kc on left:, bm panel truck:

Update: from: “During and after WWII, supplies of gasoline were low in Japan. To cope with this, a truck—equipped with a “wood gas generator”—went into production. Compared to gasoline-powered autos, the lack of power in this truck was impossible to ignore. People often had to get out and push them up hills. Approximately 26,000 of these trucks were produced (based on the Toyota BM model), and at the time were the primary type of available truck.”

04/1947 US military car repair job

04/1947 Entry into production of “SB” type small trucks (the
Toyota first small truck

06/03/1947 GHQ memorandum ( ) production permission of 50 large-sized cars.

09/1947 General public offering, "Toyopet" the small car to be determined.

10/1947 Entry into production of “SA” type model small-sized cars
(Toyota’s first small-sized car, to Okinawa the “BM” type
large-sized truck, “SA” type small-sized car export (after the war
to Egypt the first export)

1947 100,000th Toyota vehicle produced domestically (
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Toyota WWII Factory Bombing Photos

Very Intersting Update to post #11 scroll down and see as well as post #10

On the site there is a letter from Frederick C. Bock the commander of the c-13 one of the three b-29's used on that bombing run.

he's quoating Mr.Toyoda who wrote in his book "Toyota: Fifty Years in Motion" that the third bomb (Commander Bock's Plane) "Fell right on the money, leveling about a quarter of the plant."

Commander Bock's plane goes by the name of "Bockscar".

Recent Photo: "Bockscar" info: and also:

So very interesting "Bockscar" also dropped the second atomic bomb:
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On the site there is a letter from Frederick C. Bock the commander of the c-13 one of the three b-29's used on that bombing run.

he's quoating Mr.Toyoda who wrote in his book "Toyota: Fifty Years in Motion" that the third bomb (Commander Bock's Plane) "Fell right on the money, leveling about a quarter of the plant."

I wonder how that letter was received............:eek: I was familiar with that plane from a number of trips to WPAFB as a kid, very interesting.

I've been reading Johnny, keep it coming.... :D

02/08/1948 excessive economic deconcentration law specified methods (1949 January 21st cancellation by Showa)

03/25/1948 Unionization of the entire Japanese automobile production labor unions.

4/1948 Kiitirou Toyota inaugurated as president of the Automobile Manufacturers Association.

8/1948 Audit improvement rooms management investigation room start.

8/1948 “SA” type compact car public service testing (Nagoya and Osaka to rush and to win the competition?)

10/1948 Radiator section of first mother factory of South Korea factory, North Korea factory moving (as for North Korea factory in electrical section new name)

11/22/1948 Automobile production five year plan decision (24 year implementation stop on the way)

02/01/1949 invention device handling rules enactment (March 1st invention device commission opening)

03/31/1949 Dealing with approximately 1,180,000 Yen of overseas assets showing loss.

04/29/1949 Unions, opposing to the amendment of Labor Union Law, after the forming it does the first strike.

04/1949 Kiitirou Toyota elected as chairman of the Automotive Export Association.

05/1949 BL model low floor style buses enter production.

06/1949 Nakagawa automobile factory sector closed.

07/1949 “BS” type truck starts production (short chassis of “BM” type)

11/1949 “SD” type small-sized passenger cars start production.

12/16/1949 Nippondenso Co., Ltd.( ) Aichi porcelain enamel established. Porcelain enamel ironware production section of electrical factory and Nakagawa factory was separated.

12/24/1949 labor unions and the wage cut one tenth, lowering work force reduction of wages the memorandum of the effect which is not done.

12/24/1949 108,820,000 yen from banking syndicate is received.

12/1949 Introduction of using statistical quality controls.

12/1949 Okinawa, US military competitive bidding, 100 units of trucks this year of entire quantity successful bid.

Beginning to send to exports to Taiwan, large-sized truck this year. (

04/07/1950 The labor dispute which is related to work force reductions Starts.

04/22/1950 Announcing the company's revival plan, 1600 people seeking voluntary retirement, Kamata Shibaura plant closure.

05/19/1950 Kiichiro Toyoda inaugurated as chairman Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan.

06/07/1950 Yutakapurekon founded. ???

06/10/1950 labor disputes to conclude, the Kamata Shibaura factory closing June 9th, union accepted company reconstruction plan, between the company and union, the memorandum of company reconstruction was sealed on following 10th.(

06/23/1950 Kamiya, because of corporation problem and automobile market inspection of Ford Corp., American visit.

06/1950 Costa Rica beginning import “SB” type small truck. (with 3 sb trucks)

07/11/1950 Eiji Toyoda, circumstances automobile inspection, going to American visit. (Eiji Toyoda - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
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(Historical Note Korean War/Conflict starts to escalate end of June, 1950 see link: Korean War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )

1950 Development of Model BJ prototype begins

07/31/1950 Receiving an order Korean military special procurement of 1000 units.

08/29/1950 Receiving an order third Korean special procurement of 2329 units.

09/15/1950 “Toyota Newspaper” organizes in-house magazine to start.

10/03/1950 Managing director Hisashi Saito because of one routine work and automobile circumstance inspection American visit.

12/1950 “BDR” type patrol cars production starts. ( “SB” modification?)( see link for “SB” patrol car )

02/1951 Production facilities modernization five year plan. Monthly output goal of 2000 units, import machine of high efficiency & high accuracy was introduced, quality productivity improvement was assured.

03/01/1951 Fourth order received Korean procurement 1350 units.

03/31/1951 After the war executing new allotment balancing of accounts. In the three years since conduct dividend.

1951 May, Automobile marketing, it seals to Okinawa Toyota and sales
agency contract.

1951 June, Large-sized 2000 ton press works.

08/01/1951 “BX” type large sized trucks start production.(pic of the BX being designed:

08/01/1951 “BJ” type Toyota Jeeps start production. (This is the predecessor to all “Land Cruisers” see link: Toyota Land Cruiser - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia also: Toyota "BJ" Jeep Thread )

Field tested in August, 1951, it climbed to the sixth station on the trail to the top of Mt. Fuji - the first motor vehicle to perform this feat. The first orders for the vehicle were from police and forestry departments because of its off-road abilities. In 1954, when the BJ was formally named Land Cruiser, the vehicle officially entered massproduction, rather than being built on a made-to-order basis. The following year, the original 85- horsepower diesel engine was replaced with a 125-horsepower 3.8L gasoline unit.

10/01/1951 “SF” type cars start production. (see link for S-Type: Toyota SA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )

Work starts on Zone management system, October 1951.
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1952 Shoichiro Toyoda: "My father's dream, and my grandfather's dream before that, has grown so big that it lives on even after their death," (

01/07/1952 TWI introduced (Training Within Industry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) (Eventuality of the Toyota way The Toyota Way - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )

02/1952 Exportation of 100 units “FX” type large sized truck to Brazil

03/27/1952 Kiichiro Toyoda Sacred Treasure passes. (Kiichiro Toyoda - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

03/1952 “SG” type truck released ( ) ( “An update to the SB, sharing components with the SF.”)

04/1952 The introduction of managerial accounting systems

07/01/1952 “SF” type price cut for small class car sales

09/1952 “BQ” type four wheel drive truck production and exporting (Predecessor to the “FQ” see link for FQ: Toyota FQ 15 )

11/03/1952 Corporate song, corporate flag enactment.

12/25/1952 Toyota transport corp by land established (present Toyota transport)

01/01/1953 “SF” type price second reduction for small car sales

02/1953 1236 units of six wheel drive trucks ordered.

03/14/1953 Tokyo Toyopet established

03/31/1953 company typical slogans deciding "Good Thinking, Good Products." (

04/20/1953 Petroleum and automotive lube sales agreement

04/1953 Engine production transferred, “S” (From 1947-? - 1.0 L (995 cc) S ) Engine to Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd. ( "S" engine :

06/11/1953 August compromise of labor dispute beginning.

06/1953 automobile marketing, "dolphin" sale (in September "castle" trade mark modification) ??? your guess is as good as mine toyota did have the dolphin camper version in the 80’s LOL

1953 July ... Distribution agreement signed with Didea in El Salvador

Toyota Industries, Towa real estate investment August 10th 1953. (see link:

09/25/1953 Toyopet Super (“RH” type) sales (From “A further update to the SF but with the newly designed Type R engine. This was also made into BH26 Police Patrol Car and the BH28 Ambulance by using the Type B 6 cylinder engine and a longer front end. The RH was succeeded by the similar
1955 RR Master and the much more modern 1955 RS Crown. The RH was also known as the Super.”

09/1953 “RK” type small pickup trucks released (

12/1953 IBM statistical accounting machines introduced to system. ( see link: IBM 101 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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04/1954 “FA” type large sized truck release ( Toyota FA Truck , Fire truck FA )

06/07/1954 Toyopet service centers establishment, automobile marketing.

06/24/1954 Toyota Jeep to “Land Cruiser” decision.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: 1954 - The name "Land Cruiser" was created by the technical director Hanji Umehara. "In England we had another competitor - Land Rover. I had to come up with a name for our car that would not sound less dignified than those of our competitors. That is why I decided to call it 'Land Cruiser'," he recalls)

07/11/1954 Toyopet Super reduction price

09/01/1954 Toyopet truck ( “SKB” type) released (latter day toyoace)

10/1954 technical main buildings (technical center) completion.

01/05/1955 Toyopet Crown (“RS” type , “RR” type ) released (File:Toyota-crown-1st-generation01.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Toyota Crown - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The RR Master was a further update to the SF/RH with an updated body.The RS Crown was designed to replace the Super in 1955 but Toyota wasn't sure if its independent front coil suspension and its suicide type rear doors were too radical for the taxi market to bear. So the Super was updated, renamed the Master and sold alongside the Crown. When sales of the Crown proved worthwhile, the RR Master was discontinued in November 1956. Production facilities for the Master were transferred to the Crown.[9]
The RR Master's body panels were used in cut-down form as an economical and fast way to design the new ST10 Corona in 1957. A later variant of the Crown was called the Masterline to distinguish it from other variants of the Crown.)

01/19/1955 Workers Union renamed to Toyota Motor Corporation Union

02/07/1955 Toyota management workshop start

04/05/1955 establishing automobile marketing and the Toyota old car sale, used car sales.

08/28/1955 Toyopet Master reduction

11/01/1955 Master line pickup, Master line van ( ) (“RR 16” and “RR 17”) released.

11/01/1955 Nagoya, Toyota building completed construction.

11/1955 Land cruiser - loading the F type engine

11/1955 automobile marketing, dispatching the first overseas resident representative to the Brazilian Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo Representative Office opened (closed in September 1956)

12/09/1955 Crown deluxe (“RSD” type ) to sell, simultaneously
Crown 45000 Yen reductions.
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01/01/1956 Toyopet light track (“SKB” type), 72,000 Yen reductions.

02/01/1956 automobile marketing, area charge personnel room inauguration ????

02/01/1956 automobile marketing, survey room and to the development of scientific demand prediction law start.

02/21/1956 World Bank ( World Bank - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )signing to the loan contract worthy of 2,350,000 dollars.

1956 February ... Exports to Venezuela commenced with two Land Cruisers

03/01/1956 foreign country Planning Office and the examination of the advance to Brazil production.

03/1956 forklifts (the “LA” style: ) It places one ton product fork lift which the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd. develops & produces in the sale net and start the advance to an industrial vehicle market. ( see link for Toyota Material Handling Company: Toyota Material Handling Global Website )

05/1956 Launching of Toyopet trucks (the “RK” 23 style)

05/1956 Launching of Toyopet route trucks (the “RK” 52 style)

The nickname of the Toyopet light truck (the SKB style) to "Toyoace" decision by 07/18/1956 general public offerings, nickname recruitment. "Toyoace" is chosen out of 200,000 applications and thereafter Toyoace take an active part greatly as the popular-priced truck. ( )

07/1956 Automobile compensations, Land Cruiser and the like etc., it exports to Burma.

08/13/1956 Crown substantial price cut of passenger cars (crown 75,000 yen, deluxe 50,000 yen, master 50,000 yen)

1956 August ... Toyota exhibits large trucks and Land Cruiser at Uruguay Farm Equipment Expo

09/22/1956 Announcement in the first mother factories of the experimental production cars. popular-priced cars.

1956 October ... Bogota Representative Office opened in Colombia (closed in March 1963)

11/1956 Exports to Puerto Rico commenced with six Land Cruisers

Adoption of decline sales systems, 02/01/1957

02/05/1957 Bangkok place of business inauguration promotion to (in May branch office starts)

02/1957 TOYOTA Diesel store inauguration.

03/14/1957 “DA 60” ( ) large Diesel trucks “DA” type.

04/03/1957 Automobile marketing dept, establishing the Far Eastern chain.

04/1957 The first exportation of Crown and the like to Ethiopia.

1957 April ... Exports to Peru commenced with six Land Cruisers

05/01/1957 Department stores the sales start of the TOYOTA car (Kyoto Daimaru, Inc department stores Daimaru - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )

05/23/1957 Ship loading of 20 crowns as the real exportation at the beginning of the domestic production passenger car to Okinawa

05/27/1957 Chubu Japanese automobile schools. It becomes the model school of the automobile school, carries out great role in promotion of motorization. (中部学院大学・中部学院大学短期大学部ホームページ interesting its located in Gifu)

07/01/1957 Launching of Toyopet Coronas (the ST 10 style)(

08/25/1957 Sample exportation of the Crown to America.

08/1957 Launching of ”DB70” type diesel engine buses.("FB" version of the bus can be seen here: Toyota FA Truck)

10/31/1957 In America the Toyota motor sales USA corporation (the American Toyota) establishment. Capital of one million dollars in order to carry out the self-dependent advance to the American market with, establishing the same company of the California
Sales setup. In president Shotaro Kamiya of automobile marketing inauguration. It embarked on the service of the sales network.
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