Left to Right: 1927: Daiji Okawara (front row, left) in the company’s early days, The through-air dryer when it was initially developed, Manure dryer from around 1964 and SLUDGE DRYER (Mandarin orange peel processing plant)
Our Roots: A Manufacturer of Machinery for Tea Production
|Okawara Manufacturing Company was established by its first president, Daiji Okawara, as a private company in Kando, Yoshida-cho, Haibara County, Shizuoka Prefecture, and begins manufacturing of dryers for tea production.
|Company incorporates, and changes its name to Okawara Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
|Becomes a joint-stock corporation.
|Develops the Okawara Tamaryokucha Green Tea Machine, and receives an award for the invention from the governor of Shizuoka Prefecture.
Development into a Manufacturer Specialized in Drying Equipment, and Pursuit of Environmental-Related Equipments
|Develops a through-air dryer. Expands into food, agribusiness, marine, chemical and pharmaceutical fields. Establishes itself as a state-of-the-art dryer manufacturer.
|Develops a rotary through-air dryer. Applies for patents in Japan and the United States.
|Develops a livestock manure dryer (with deodorizer). Pioneers the environmental field with the development of a small scale SLUDGE DRYER.
|Develops a rotary fluid-bed dryer. Applies for patents in Japan, the United States, Great Britain, and West Germany. Subsequently receives the ’70 CP Idea Prize at the Chemical Plant Show in Japan..
|Develops a large scale SLUDGE DRYER. Actively promote the sales expansion of environmental equipments.
|President Daiji Okawara is awarded the Medal with Yellow Ribbon by the Government of Japan..
|SLUDGE DRYER was awarded the Japan Society of Industrial Machinery Manufacturers’ Chairman’s Award at the 1st at the 1st Excellence Pollution Control Equipment Awards.
|Chairman Daiji Okawara is awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, 4th Class.
|Develops ACE, a sludge and waste circular shaped incinerator.
|Develops MIXGRAD, a continuous fluid bed granulator. Technical collaboration with Vaclav Feres Co. of Germany for EVAPOR, a centrifugal-flow thin-film vacuum evaporator. Develops FREEZE CABIN, a vacuum freeze dryer.
|Develops SLURRY DRYER, a fluid bed dryer using heating medium balls.
|Develops FLOW-JET GRANULATOR, a continuous agitating granulator.
|Develops FUZZY DORINCOM, a fuzzy-controlled sludge dryer and incinerator.
|Through technical collaboration with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Konica develops RIBOCONE, a conical ribbon mixer/dryer
FUZZY DORINCOM receives the Japan Society of Industrial Machinery Manufacturers’ Chairman’s Award at the Society’s 21st Outstanding Environmental Equipment Awards.
Responding to with Globalization, Environmental and Energy issues
|Obtains certification for meeting the ISO9001 international quality management standard.
|Develops FV DRYER, a filter vacuum dryer.
|Purchases Kikkoman Corporation’s engineering business.
|Develops FLASH EVAPO, a high speed cyclo-flow vacuum evaporator.
Develops INNER TUBE ROTARY, a continuous conduction heat dryer.
|Establishes Okawara Powder Equipment (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary in China.
|HEAPUM FLASH EVAPO, a heat pump-type vacuum evaporator jointly developed with Tokyo Electric Power Company, wins the Japan Institute of Energy’s Progress Award (Technology Division).
|Concludes a sublicensing agreement with Matsubo Corporation for the manufacturing of inverting filter centrifuges.
|Through a technical tie-up with the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry,develops a system using cerium oxide deodorizing treatment catalyst.
|Establishes OKW Korea Co., Ltd. a fully owned subsidiary in Korea.
|Sales alliances have been concluded with Nol-Tec Europe S.r.l (Italy).
|The company has been certified as 100 new diversity management company by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.