1918 - 1950

1918

MINO CERAMIC CO., LTD. was established at in Mizunami City, Gifu Prefecture

Established, succeeding its predecessor, the Mizunami Firebrick Limited Partnership.
Started production of refractory bricks and acid resistant bricks (Head office: Mizunami Village, Toki-gun, Gifu Prefecture).

1919

Started production of chinaware

The company began manufacturing pottery and porcelain, including hand-hammered molding.

1928

10th anniversary of founding

Tokyo Branch Office opened in Sanwa Yogyo Shokai

1937

Kamezaki Plant was established in Handa City, Aichi Prefecture

1942

4 plant production system

Merged with Chuo Keiseki Brick Co., Ltd. and added Yokkaichi Plant and Shikoku (Naruto) Plant to form a four-plant production system.

1946

Opened Nagoya Sales Branch

1948

Changed to the current three plant production system

The Shikoku (Naruto) Plant was transferred to build a new junior high school in the same city, resulting in the current three-plant production system.

1949

Listed on the Nagoya Stock Exchange

1951 - 1980

1953

Established Bishu Kosan CO., LTD.

1958

Established Engineering Department (later Ceramics Engineering and Construction Department)

Established engineering department and started design and installation of industrial furnaces.

1960

Established MINO PORCELAIN CO., LTD.

Split the Chinaware Production Department and established MINO PORCELAIN CO., LTD.

1966

Established Japan Ceramic Engineering Co., Ltd.

Established as a specialized subsidiary for overseas export of industrial furnaces.

1970

Established G.S. CERAMICS CO.,LTD. in Thailand as a joint venture

Technical Research Institute established in Kamezaki, Japan, following the closure of the University of Tokyo Research Laboratory

1975

Technical cooperation with Didier-Werke AG, West Germany

Technical cooperation with Didier-Werke AG (West Germany) on brick installation equipment for rotary kilns.

1976

Development of "MIC" a spinel based refractories series

1977

Established a JV company, REFRACTORIES CORPORATION OF THE PHILIPPINES in the Philippines

Technical cooperation with North American Refractories Company (cross-licensing)

1981 - 2010

1982

Enhanced the facilities of New Ceramics Research Department and started research

1986

Kamezaki Monolith Engineering Department was established

1988

Completion of Superio Kiln

1991

Increased capital to 877 million yen

Technology licensing of basic refractories to Refractarios Mexicanos S.a. de C.v. of Mexico

1995

Newly built Mizunami Head Office and CECD Plant

Exported basic refractory brick plant and manufacturing technology to Pars Refractories Co. in Iran

1998

Received the 53rd Ceramic Society of Japan Award (Distinguished Service Award)

Received the 53rd Ceramic Society of Japan Award (Distinguished Service Award) for Technical Development of Refractories for Cement and Lime and Contribution to the Industry and International Cooperation.

Exported basic brick manufacturing technology to Myanmar

2001

Received the Technology Award for "Chromium-free bricks"

Practical application of chrome-free basic refractories for cement rotary kilns
This award is given to those who have made particularly outstanding achievements in the development and industrialization of products related to the science and technology of ceramics.
Sponsor: The Ceramic Society of Japan

2002

Received ISO9001 Certification of Quality Management System

2006

Selected as “One of 300 active industrial companies” by the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency of Japan

Objective: To select 300 small and medium-sized companies with unique and advanced technologies that are active throughout Japan.
Selection criteria: High level of technological capability, significant impact of technology on people's lives and economic activities, and degree of international contribution
Sponsor:Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Awarded "Encouragement Prize" by Chubu Science and Technology Center

Development of a gas-fired high-temperature shuttle kiln for firing large-size fine ceramics
The purpose of this award is to honor researchers and engineers who have made outstanding achievements in the development of industry through their outstanding research and development in the Chubu region.
Sponsored by Chubu Science and Technology Center

2007

Awarded the Excellence Prize of "Monozukuri Nippon Grand Award" by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Project: Development of a gas-fired high-temperature shuttle kiln for firing large-size fine ceramics
Selection Criteria: The Prime Minister of Japan presents the award to individuals and groups who have contributed to the development of Japanese industry and culture, and who will carry on and develop monozukuri, the art of making things that has supported the richness of people's lives.
Sponsor: the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and the Ministry of Land,
Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

2011 -

2014

Merged MINO PORCELAIN CO., LTD. and MONOLITH CO., LTD.

The rectangular chimney of the Mizunami Plant is registered as a Tangible Cultural Property (building)

The purpose of this program is to pass on to future generations a wide variety and large number of modern cultural properties that are in danger of disappearing before they are recognized by society due to the recent progress of national land development, urban planning, and changes in lifestyles. The system is based on a notification system and guidance and advice, and is intended to complement the existing designation system (which carefully selects important objects and imposes strong regulations and generous protection, such as a permit system).
Sponsored by: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

2015

Japan Ceramic Engineering Co., Ltd. became a fully owned subsidiary

Development of high efficiency heat exchangers for high temperature applications

2017

Selected as a "Regional Future Driving Company" by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Purpose: "Regional Future Driving Company" is a company that creates high added value by taking advantage of the characteristics of the region, and by having an economic ripple effect on local businesses, etc. and is actively developing businesses that will strongly drive the economic growth of the region, or is expected to do so in the future.
Sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

2018

Celebrated its 100th anniversary

Bishu Kosan Co., Ltd. becomes a fully owned subsidiary

Boron Carbide Diaphragm for High-Performance Speakers Receives Technology Award

Product: Diaphragm
Purpose of the Award] Outstanding achievements in the development and industrialization of products related to the science and technology of ceramics.
Sponsor: The Ceramic Society of Japan

Received the "Distinguished Service Award" from the High Pressure Society of Japan

Project: Long-term stable supply of high-grade octahedral pressure media for high-pressure generators
Product: Icosahedral pressure medium
Purpose: For outstanding contribution to the progress and development of technology in high pressure research
Sponsor: The Japan Society of High Pressure Science and Technology

2019

Change of C.I.

C.I. was changed on the occasion of the 100th anniversary.

2021

Received the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award for Outstanding Work of Ingenuity

Improvement of pre-stepping of sorting process
Purpose: To honor those who have contributed to the improvement of technology in their fields of work through their outstanding originality and ingenuity.
Sponsor: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Iwasa Kikai Inc. became a fully owned subsidiary

Iwasa Kikai Inc. became a fully owned subsidiary