TOKAI RIKA BRASIL - HISTÓRIA

The founding spirit, "Do what other people don't do."
"With a switch I picked up..."

Yoshio Kato
Founder Yoshio Kato

The founding spirit, "Do what other people don't do."
"With a switch I picked up..."

In 1948, three years after the end of the war, when our founder Yoshio Kato visited a parts warehouse belonging to Toyota Motor Company (present-day Toyota Motor Corporation), he found an automotive part abandoned in a corner. He asked, "What is this?" and got the reply, "It's a switch." It was explained to Kato that manufacturing switches took a lot of trouble and nobody wanted to do it. He thought, "Even if nobody wants to do it, somebody has to. This is just the field that we should expand into." He decided to produce switches and established "Tokai Rika Co., Ltd." in Nishibiwajima-cho.

From company founding to business expansion1948–1970

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1948

 

Tokai Rika Co., Ltd. was established in Nishibiwajima-cho near Nagoya.

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Tokai Rika Co., Ltd. was established
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Tail Lamp Switch

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Tail Lamp Switch
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1951

 

Key Lock, Starter Switch, Light Switch, Blinker Switch, Cigar Lighter, Oil Pressure Switch, and more

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Key Lock, Starter Switch, Light Switch, Blinker Switch, Cigar Lighter, Oil Pressure Switch, and more
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1954

 

New property is purchased in Nishibiwajima-cho, and the company relocates its headquarters.

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Nishibiwajima-cho
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1956

 

Aircraft Switch

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Aircraft Switch
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1960

 

Established Takara Industries Co., Ltd. (present-day TOKAI RIKA SERVICE Co., Ltd.)

Established TORICA, Ltd. (present-day Tokai Rika Create Corporation)

1961

 

Listed on Second Section of Tokyo and Nagoya Stock Exchanges.

1962

 

Two-Point Seatbelt

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Two-Point Seatbelt
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1963

 

Lever-style Blinker Switch

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Lever-style Blinker Switch
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1964

 

Toyota Plant began operation.

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Toyota Plant
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1965

 

Power Window Switch

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Power Window Switch
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1966

 

Otowa Plant began operation.

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Otowa Plant
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Reversible Key

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Reversible Key
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1967

 

Establishment of technology and quality1971–1985

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1974

 

Moved the head office to the location of Shinkawa-cho (present-day Kiyosu), Aichi prefecture.

1976

 

Awarded the TOYOTA Quality Control Prize.

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Awarded the TOYOTA Quality Control Prize.
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1978

 

Awarded the Deming Prize for outstanding quality control.

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Deming Prize
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Listed on First section of Tokyo and Nagoya Stock Exchanges.

 

Resin Wheel Cover

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Resin Wheel Cover
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1980

 

Head office moved to the present location of Oguchi-cho, Aichi prefecture.

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Oguchi-cho, Aichi prefecture
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1981

 

Door Mirrors

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Door Mirrors
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1982

 

Awarded the Ford Q-1 Prize for outstanding quality control.

1983

 

Awarded the P.M. Distinguished Plant Prize for outstanding plant maintenance.

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Awarded the P.M. Distinguished Plant Prize for outstanding plant maintenance.
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Steering Wheel

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Steering Wheel
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1985

 

Child Restraint System

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Child Restraint System
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Progression to global company1986–2000

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1986

 

Established Tokai Rika U.S.A., Inc. in the United States.

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Tokai Rika U.S.A., Inc
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Established Quality Safety Systems Company (present-day TRQSS, Inc) in Canada.

1987

 

Established NAKANIHON SWITCH CO., LTD. (present-day NSK Co., Ltd.)

Established Rica Auto Parts Co., Ltd. in Taiwan.

1989

 

Established HOUGA Co., Ltd. (present-day TOKAI RIKA ELETEC CO., LTD.)

 

Mechanical Airbag

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Mechanical Airbag
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1990

 

Established ENA TOKAI RIKA Co., Ltd.

1991

 

Established TAC Manufacturing, Inc. in the United States.

Established RIKASEIKI Co., Ltd.

1993

 

Power Window Switch with Anti-Pinch Function

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Power Window Switch
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1994

 

Hagi Plant began operation.

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Hagi Plant
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Established Thai Seat Belt Co., Ltd. in Thailand.

 

Immobilizer System

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Immobilizer System
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1995

 

Established TRP, Inc. in Philippines.

Established MINDARIKA PRIVATE LIMITED in India.

1997

 

Established TRIN, Inc. in the United States.

Established TOKAI RIKA (THAILAND) CO., LTD. in Thailand.

 

Seatbelt with Pretensioner and Force Limiter

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Seatbelt with Pretensioner and Force Limiter
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1998

 

Established TRAM, Inc. as the American holding company after a reorganization of its subsidiaries in the United States.

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TRAM, Inc.
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Received QS-9000 certification.

Established TRB Limited in the United Kingdom.

1999

 

Invested capital for MIROKU TECHNO WOOD Co., Ltd. in Japan.

 

Key Free System

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Key Free System
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2000

 

Received ISO 14001 certification.

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ISO 14001 certification.
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Nishibiwajima Plant is damaged by the Tokai Flood.

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Nishibiwajima Plant is damaged by the Tokai Flood.
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Real Wood Steering Wheel

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Real Wood Steering Wheel
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Entrance Smart Key

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Entrance Smart Key
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Toward further growth2001–

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2001

 

Established Tianjin Tokairika Automotive Parts Co., Ltd.,Wuxi Risho Techonology Co., Ltd. in China.

Established TRBR INDUSTRIA E COMERCIO LTDA. in Brazil.

Established TRCZ s.r.o. in the Czech Republic.

2003

 

Established Tokai Rika Belgium N.V. in Belgium.

 

Seatbelt with Motor Retractor

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Seatbelt with Motor Retractor
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Smart Entry and Start System

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Smart Entry and Start System
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Shift by Wire Selector

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Shift by Wire Selector
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2004

 

Established Foshan Tokairika Automotive Parts Co., Ltd. in China.

Established TRMAC ENGINEERING Co., Ltd. (present-day TOKAI RIKA ADVANCED Co., Ltd.)

2006

 

Received ISO/TS16949 certification.

Special sponsor of the 1st Aichi Ekiden

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1st Aichi Ekiden
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2008

 

Opened Tohoku Technical Center in Yamagata prefecture.

Subsidized SANDENZAISHA CO., LTD.

Established TOKAI RIKA ASIA CO., LTD. in Thailand.

Established TOKAI RIKA MINDA INDIA Private Limited in India.

 

3D Dry Transcription Steering Wheel

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3D Dry Transcription Steering Wheel
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2010

 

Switch production in Nishibiwajima-cho, where our company was founded, was centralized at our main plant in Oguchi-cho.

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Everyone in the Nishibiwajima Plant
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2011

 

Established PT.TOKAI RIKA INDONESIA in lndonesia.

2012

 

Established PT.TOKAI RIKA SAFETY INDONESIA in Indonesia.

 

Bamboo Steering Wheel

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Bamboo Steering Wheel
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2013

 

ISO 26262 standard conformance.

2014

 

Remote-Control Device (Touch Pad)

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Remote-Control Device (Touch Pad)
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2015

 

Established TOKAI RIKA MEXICO, S.A. DE C.V. in Mexico.

2018

 

Received IATF 16949 certification.

Established Tokai Rika (Jiangsu) Automotive Parts Co., Ltd. in China.

 

Digital Outer Mirror

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Digital Outer Mirror
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