AIRMAN  Hokuetsu Industries Co., Ltd.

HISTORY80 Year's History

1938

1938
Established "Zizodo Foundry" which a former company of Hokuetsu. Began manufacturing of parts of piston compressor (appointed Manzaburo Shida as the 1st president).

1939

1939
Changed the company name to Hokuetsu Industries Co., Ltd. Began manufacturing compressor HSD series. It was the 1st year as a compressor manufacturer (appointed Hikoichi Yamazaki as the 2nd president).

1943

1943
Spotlighted 2 stage air compressor with air-cooled W type; AW series which is not required radiator water from former Japan Navy and received many orders which was accounted 90% of whole production (appointed Kohei Matsuoka as the 3rd president).

1944

Special submarine "KAIRYU" overall length 17m, drainage volume 20ton, number of crew 2 persons, possible to load 2 pieces of torpedo 45cm.
End of the war before operating KAIRYU. It was called "Submarine of Phanotom."
(Exhibited "KAIRYU" at "Daiwa Museum" of Kure-shi Navy Historical Science Museum now as the shape at that time.)

1944
Concentrated our energies to production of military compressor due to the World War II (appointed Masao Tanabe as the 4th president).Navy planned development of special submarine "KAIRYU". One of the engineers was Sato Goro of Nave Special Laboratory. Navy requested Hokuetsu to manufacture high pressure compressor. This is a fate that Sato was appointed the 5th president of Hokuetsu Industries Co., Ltd.

Special submarine "KAIRYU" overall length 17m, drainage volume 20ton, number of crew 2 persons, possible to load 2 pieces of torpedo 45cm.
End of the war before operating KAIRYU. It was called "Submarine of Phanotom."
(Exhibited "KAIRYU" at "Daiwa Museum" of Kure-shi Navy Historical Science Museum now as the shape at that time.)

Delivered diesel driven portable compressors to National Railway and government and municipal offices except military around 1944 to 1947.

1945

1945 End of the World War II

1946

1946
Goro Sato, Masao Ishida, Michio Sayama and a few persons joined Hokuetsu from former Navy Special Laboratory based on will of Tanabe President "Require superior technology and talent in order to grow a peace industry in the future." This introduction of these talents made a big growth of Hokuetsu Industries after the war.

1948

1948
Received an order of 200/300HP horizontal compressor for mining from South Korea government under business depression after the war. This became the 1st export unit in Hokuetsu (appointed Goro Sato as the 5th president).

1950

1950
Began Korea War. Delivered over 200 units of compressor to American Far East Army. Hoketsu made a big movement of technology level after taking thorough quality inspection with American quality control (quality management).

1952

1952
Named "AIRMAN" as brand mark with the idea of Sato President. Technology development of Hokuetsu penetrated to the world with the nickname of AIRMAN.

Delivered AM60 to American Far East Army.

1954

1954
Executed 100hours continuous durability test with competitors in order to select an official compressor of the Defense Agency. AM250 of Hokuetsu was operated without failure until end and no problem of dismantle inspection and accepted officially.

Became widely known that "AIRMAN" equals the synonym of compressor because AM250 was accepted the official equipment as mobile compressor for the Defense Agency facilities.

1955

1955
Completed a rotary compressor AMR315 as first in domestic.
The design engineer was Toshio Shirai (the 7th president later) at that time. The rotary compressor which creates huge power with compact was highlighted as a compressor in the next new generation.

Operated at dam construction

1965

1965
Completed the 4th construction work of factory building which Sato President proceeded under "Modern Plan" from 1960. It was one of largest compressor factory with 200m assembly line in the world.

1970

1970
Developed screw tooth mark "AIRMAN Profile" of AIRMAN own technology in screw compressor. Began to sell biggest portable compressor in domestic such as PDS900, PDS1200, etc.

1971

1971
Developed blushless generator PDG series which is excellent performance and durability in industiry as a pioneer. Thanks to this superiority, ranked the top class with a top manufacturer in short term.

1972

1972
Developed power saving device "AIRMAN unloarder" at unloading of compressor.

1976

Began to sell the biggest portable srew compressor PDS1200 in domestic.

1976
Awarded prize of Japan Society for the Promotion of Machinery Industry by AIRMAN unloader.

Blushless generator PDG150

1980

1980
Completed Yoshida plant and began factory operation at Yoshida-cho to prepare diversifcation of products and development of society in the future. The ground 240,000m2 and the building area 6,500m2.

1981

1981
Advanced in mini-excavator field. Bagan to sell HS08, 12S, 15S, 20S. Began to sell HM series which was developed by ourselves completely 2 years later.

Developed mini-excavator HM20S

1990

1990
Completed the 2nd construction of Yoshida plant. Yoshida plant became the latest and most powerful factory of compressor and generator including casting, machining process and also sheet metal, painting, assembly devision both in name and reality.

1991

Moter driven stationary compressor outdoor type SMS series

1991
Began to sell new mini-excavator AX series which was jointly developed with Hitachi Construction Machinery. Created a new sensation with original color of purple into construction industry which orange color is popular.

Jointly developed with Hitachi Construction Machinery AX30

1998

1998
Began to sell motor driven stationary compressor outdoor type SMS series first in the industry. Developed the motor compressor with water-proof structure which was cultivated by our portable compressor. Well received becase of no requirement of compressor room and available to install at either indoor or outside.

2000

2000
Listed on the 2nd Division of Tokyo Stock Exchange Market.
Awarded "Invention Association Chairman Prize" and "Enforcement Achivement Prize" by our auto start-stop method of compresspor.
Began to sell diesel driven portable compressor after-cooler spec. PDS-C series first in the industry. Available to supply useful fine air to reduce the water in the compressed air by after-cooler. This development of after-cooler spec. was evaluated the value improvement and it linked to award "Miles Prize" later.

2001

2001
Published the paper of TCR (Total Cost Reduction) in International conference in All American VE Association.
Awarded "All American VE Association Chairman Prize."Awarded "Exellent VE Activity Prize" in All Japan VE Conference.

2005

2005
Awarded "Miles Prize" by Japan Value Engineering Association. It is the prize of honor for a company who produced excellent results.

2006

2006
Began to sell scissors lift which EN System of Hokuetsu Group developed by own and well received because of functions which were incorporated by customer's request.
Began to sell oil fence diesel driven generator SDG-F series first in the industry. Developed oil fence structure which prevent any leakage of oil and water in case to make environmental friendly as a pioneer. In addtion, available for long hours operation without regular supervision and well received by customers.

2010

2010
Registered oil fence diesel generator SDG-F series as "Estimated Information" of "NETIS" (New Technology Information System) in Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and selected SDG-F series at an advantage on project tenders

2012

2012
Awarded "Ministry of Economy, Trade and Indutry Prize of Execellent Green Factory." Promoted tree-planting agressively and well received a remarkableachievement factory of enveironmental preparation both inside and outside.

2013

2013
Completed the new painting plant. Painted with diverging 2 systems automatically and merged to 1 system in original order finally. Improved paint quality and rust-proof rapidly with new and powerful painting line unparalleled in the world.
Developed new AS rotor and began to install it on the new compressor series. Materialized the biggest free air delivery in the class with the best suited and review of air-end details.

2014

2014
Listed on the 1st Division of Tokyo Stock Exchange Market.

2016

2016
Began to sell able generator series. As per the meaning of "ABLE", available to output 3 phase-4 wire and single phase-3 wire simultaneously. Available for various power source by a unit. Possible to supply excellent power with less distortion of electric wave because of special winding (under application of patent).
Began to sell oil free scre compressor invertor control spec. outdoor type SMAD22VD first in the world. Saved the limitation of installation place to install outdoor. Controled the heat of discharged air easily.

2017

2017
New Series Scissors lifter 4.0m~9.9m is launched.

Start providing IoT solution by offering Good Smile service PLUS(Warranty program including maintenance plan for motor compressor+ Remote monitoring).