Corporate History

1965Company founded
1971
  • Name changed to UNIKA CO., LTD.
  • Unika Concrete Drill launched.
1987Head Office and Tokyo Office combined and moved to current location, to accommodate business expansion.
1991Iwate Factory built to increase production capacity and manufacture new products with ceramic, diamond and other special materials.
1995
  • UR21 Multifunction Core Drill Series W recognized with the Good Design Award of the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
  • New factory opened near Beijing, China, as LANGFANG RIZHI MACHINERY & TOOL CO., LTD.
1997
  • Distribution Center established on the grounds of the Gunma Factory.
  • UNIKA ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. established to strengthen and expand operations outside Japan.
  • Vie-Pan Industrial Co., Ltd. established in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as a base for expansion in Southeast Asia.
1998
  • Launch of the first “environmentally friendly” product, the Q-Bit Dust Suction Drill System.
  • First cordless drills launched.
1999
  • New factory completed by Langfang Rizhi Machinery & Tool in China.
  • Production department of Gunma Factory integrated into Iwate Factory.
2000
  • The entire Japan staff toured the new factory in China.
2001Iwate Factory production area expanded.
2002Unika and affiliates obtained ISO 9001:2000 certification.
2003US sales initiated through a national retail chain.
2005
  • UNIKA MACHINERY & TOOL CO., LTD. founded to expand production and marketing capacities in China.
  • China factory began consignment production for an American company.
2008
  • UNIKA VIETNAM CO., LTD. established in connection with construction of a new Vietnam factory.
  • Unika Vietnam Co. acquired majority interest in Vie-Pan Industrial Co. which was renamed UNIKA VIE-PAN CO., LTD.
2009Unika Vietnam factory obtained ISO 9001:2008 certification.
2010
  • China factories at Langfang Rizhi Machinery & Tool and Unika Machinery & Tool obtained ISO 9001:2008 certification.
2011
  • Japanese company name changed to UNIKA HOLDINGS COMPANY LIMITED, as a pure holding company structure was introduced.
  • UNIKA CO., LTD. reincorporated as a tool production and marketing company.

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