Corporate Information

History

  • imagesFoundation
  • imagesTokuan Plant
  • imagesFirst plastic helmet in Japan
  • imagesLocal subsidiary in Thailand
  • imagesTechnical Center
 
1936 Founded the Company.
1938 Started production of phenolic polymer molded parts.
1941 Succeeded in development of phenolic polymer laminated molded parts for steel roll machine (first development in Japan).
1949 Started operation of Tokuan Plant in Osaka, and established an integrated production system from metal molds to materials to finished parts that can produce phenolic polymer laminated molded parts.
1952 Developed the first plastic helmet (first development in Japan).
1956 Newly built fluorocarbon polymer and fiber reinforced plastics (FRP) products plants in Tokuan Plant.
1961 Started operation of Ritto Plant to produce FRP home equipment parts.
1962 Newly built an injection molding plant, and started production of engineering plastics parts in Ritto Plant.
1963 Completed construction of Tokuan Laboratory.
1967 Established STARLITE PRODUCTS, Inc.
1968 Established John Crane Japan Inc. as a joint venture with Crane Packing Co. (currently John Crane Inc.), USA.
Newly built a large-scale SMC (Sheet Molding Compound) molding plant (first in Japan) and a mold producing plant in Ritto Plant.
1973 Completed construction of Ritto Laboratory (later integrated into the present Technical Center).
1974 Started operation of Hiroshima Plant to produce automotive interior/exterior parts.
1982 Developed and started production of S-Bear® (miniature precision parts).
1984 Started operation of Nasu Plant to produce OA and information equipment parts.
1985 Newly built a clean molding plant for a large-scale transparent injection molding parts in Ritto Plant.
1988 Newly built an S-Bear® plant in Ritto Plant.
Established Thai Starlite Manufacturing Co., Ltd., and newly built an injection molding plant in Chachoengsao, Thailand.
Established Star Cade Corporation (Michigan, USA) as a joint venture with Cascade Engineering Inc. (USA).
1991 Established Sunlite Co., Ltd. in Hofu, Yamaguchi as a joint venture with Mitajiri Chemical Industry, Co., Ltd.
1993 Established Starlite Plastic Products (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. in Jiangsu, China.
1995 Obtained ISO 9002 certification for S-Bear® and fluorocarbon polymer plants.
1996 Started the corporate culture program "Starlite Progress 2010."
Obtained ISO 9002 certification for injection molding products plants in Ritto and Nasu Plants.
1997 Completed construction of Technical Center in Ritto Plant.
Obtained ISO 9001 certification for Hiroshima Plant.
1999 Obtained ISO 9002 certification for Starlite Plastic Products (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. and Thai Starlite Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
2000 Obtained ISO 14001 certification for Ritto Plant.
2001 Obtained QS 9000 certification for Hiroshima Plant.
Obtained ISO14001 certification for Starlite Plastic Products (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.
2002 Newly built a phenol-based high performance products plant in Starlite Plastic Products (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.
Obtained ISO 14001 certification for Hiroshima Plant.
2004 Opened STARLITE Cafe & Gallery in Ritto Plant.
2006 Obtained ISO/TS 16949 certification for Thai Starlite Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
2007 Obtained ISO/TS 16949 certification for Starlite Plastic Products (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.
Obtained ISO/TS 16949 certification for the Automotive Products Division.
Started the corporate culture program "Starlite Progress 2017."
2009 Formed a technical tie-up with Röchling Automotive SE & Co. KG.
Newly built a mold plant of Starlite Plastic Products (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.
2012 Established STARLITE GLOBAL INVESTMENT Pte. Ltd. in Singapore.
2013 Opened Guangzhou Office of Starlite Plastic Products (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.
Received the “Kurumin” accreditation mark.
Opened Bangkok Office of Thai Starlite Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
2014 Established STARLITEMEXICO S.A. de C.V. in Querétaro, Mexico.
2016 Started operation of Starlite Creative Center in Hiroshima.
Established Starlite Roechling Automotive Co., Ltd. as a joint venture with Röchling Automotive SE & Co. KG.
2017 Established YAMAGUCHI STARLITE Co., Ltd.
Opened Chengdu Office of Starlite Plastic Products (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.
Obtained IATF 16949 certification for Starlite Plastic Products (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.
Obtained IATF 16949 certification for Thai Starlite Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
2018 Obtained IATF 16949 certification for Hiroshima Plant.