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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.

1919

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

1931

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

1948

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

1950

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

1955

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

1959

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

1962

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

1963

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

1970

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

1972

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

1973

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

1983

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

1984

Establishes the Beijing Representative Office in China.

1987

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

1989

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

1990

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

1993

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

1996

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

1997

Constructs the Technical Research Center in Takamatsu, Japan.

2000

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

2003

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.

2004

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

2007

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

2008

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.

2010

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

2011

Establishes Tadano Brasil Equipamentos de Elevacao Ltda. in Brazil.

2012

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).

2013

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

2014

Establishes Tadano Panama S.A. in Panama.

2016

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

2017

Establishes Tadano Italthai Co., Ltd. in Thailand.

2018

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.