Tadano History

Corporate History

In 2019, Tadano celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding.

Masuo Tadano, the founder of Tadano left Takamatsu for Asahikawa, Hokkaido, to start a welding business. That day, August 29, 1919, is the day we refer to as the date of our foundation. At that time, welding technology was gaining ground and developing rapidly outside of Japan, and its introduction in Japan was only beginning. Captivated by the sparks of welding, Masuo Tadano was convinced that the technology would make a positive contribution to society and ventured to start a business in Hokkaido.

Tadano developed Japan’s first hydraulic truck crane, the OC-2, in 1955, and now we have set a long term goal of becoming No.1 worldwide in the lifting equipment industry, trusted and preferred by our customers.

Guided by the spirit of “Sozo (Creation), Hoshi (Contribution), and Kyoryoku (Cooperation), ” which continues to live on as Tadano’s business objective, we are committed to continue offering products and services that are useful to society.

“We want to deliver something that will contribute to the world.” The foundation in 1919, when the founder of Tadano left Takamatsu for, Hokkaido, is the start of Tadano Ltd. However, there were various challenges and trials and errors until we made the start as a crane manufacturer.


Company founder Masuo Tadano starts a small welding company that will eventually grow to become Tadano (second from the left: Masuo Tadano).


Completes cylindrical sawing machine for keg production as the first production machine.


Tadano Iron Works Co., Ltd. is established in Takamatsu, Japan by Masuo Tadano, who serves as the first company president.


Invents railroad track maintenance machine, obtains patent and begins its production for delivery to Japan National Railways.


Tadano introduces Japan’s first hydraulic truck crane, the OC-2, with a 2-ton lifting capacity.


Relocates head office and main plant to present location in Takamatsu City, Japan.


Lists Company’s shares on the Second Section of the Osaka Securities Exchange.


Constructs the company’s new head office building in Takamatsu, Japan.


Introduces Japan’s first hydraulic rough terrain crane, the TR-150, with a 15-ton lifting capacity.


Lists Company’s shares on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Osaka Securities Exchange.


Establishes the company’s first overseas subsidiary, Tadano International (Europe) B.V. in the Netherlands.


Introduces Tadano’s first aerial work platforms – AT-136TE and AT-140TE.    


Establishes the Beijing Representative Office in China.


Constructs the Tadano Ryogoku Building, the company’s sales headquarters in Tokyo.


Changes corporate name to Tadano Ltd. Acquires Shikoku Metal Working Co., Ltd. (currently Tadano Ilec Ltd.).


Acquires FAUN AG (currently Tadano Faun GmbH), a German crane and specialised vehicle manufacturer.


Establishes Tadano America Corporation in Texas, USA. Begins full-scale sales of mobile cranes in the North American market.


Establishes Tadano-Multico (S.E. Asia) Pte Ltd. (currently Tadano Asia Pte Ltd.) in Singapore.


Constructs the Technical Research Center in Takamatsu, Japan.


Acquires Kyowa Kogyo, Inc. (currently Tadano IMES Ltd.).


Establishes BQ-Tadano (Beijing) Crane Co., Ltd., China’s first joint company for the manufacture of construction cranes. Establishes the Tadano Middle East Representative Office in Dubai, UAE.


Introduces ATF all terrain crane global series (ATF 110G-5, ATF 160G-5).


Constructs and begins production at the Tadotsu Plant in Tadotsu-cho, Kagawa Prefecture to expand production of loader cranes.


Acquires US-based telescopic crawler crane manufacturer SpanDeck Inc. (currently Tadano Mantis Corporation).Establishes Tadano Faun Staholbau GmbH in Germany. Constructs and begins production at the Chiba Plant in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.


Establishes JTL-Tadano Hebei, a joint venture company for producing mobile crane parts in China. Establishes Tadano Oceania Pty Ltd in Australia.


Establishes Tadano Brasil Equipamentos de Elevacao Ltda. in Brazil.


Establishes Tadano (Beijing) Ltd. in China. Establishes Tadano (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in Thailand – designed to make loader cranes for developing country markets. Establishes Tadano India Pvt. Ltd. in India. Faun GmbH and Tadano Faun GmbH merge (post-merger company name: Tadano Faun GmbH).


Introduces the GR-1600XL (GR-1450EX), a rough terrain crane that boasts the highest lifting capacity in class worldwide.


Establishes Tadano Panama S.A. in Panama.


Establishes Tadano France SAS in France. Aquires Cranes UK Ltd, a distributor in the United Kingdom (currently Tadano UK Ltd).


Establishes Tadano Italthai Co., Ltd. in Thailand.


Acquires Waterland Trading B.V. in the Netherlands (currently Tadano Nederland B.V.) and Waterland Trading B.V.B.A. in Belgium (currently Tadano Belgium B.V.B.A.) . Establishes Tadano Chile SpA and begins operations in Chile. Establishes Tadano Escorts India Pty. Ltd. in India.