Founded with the goal of rebuilding Japan
ITO Corporation's founder, Noboru Ito, established "Ito Shokai" as a sole proprietorship in 1946. In the rundown and war-damaged Tokyo, he began with the handling of motors, switches, and clutches. There were few operating factories at that time, however, and work was a series of uphill struggles.
Demand was low resulting from the state of the Japanese economy and the reconstruction efforts not reaching their potential, so initial sales did not meet his expectations. By not giving up, however, Ito finally saw sales get on track as a result of improvements in the quality of the cyclodial speed reducers, overlapping with the revival of the Japanese economy. Using this opportunity, Ito founded the current ITO Corporation in 1953.
Shintaro Sato of Shikoku Kikai Kougyou (Now Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd.) recommended to Ito that he begin handling cyclodial speed reducers. Ito, believing in the potential of the cyclodial drive, put all of his efforts behind its sales.
The continued faith in people and products helped lead to the growth of ITO Corporation. With this in mind, the founder proclaimed the spirit of the company to be the Japanese philosophy of "Wa" (harmony). To this day we have upheld the belief that a company must put its customers, suppliers, and employees above all else.
Thanks to the continued support of all of these people, ITO Corporation celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2013. In the Japanese traditional philosophy of rebirth at the age of 60, we have taken this milestone to be the "second launch" of ITO Corporation. By continuing to innovate and create new opportunities, we strive to create even greater contributions for our clients.