History

February 1939 Company founded as Kitamura Chuzosho in Gokisocho in Showa ward of Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, and commenced production of hydrant cocks
January 1949 Kitamura Valve Co., Ltd. established for manufacturing and sales of hydrant cocks
December 1958 Head Office Plant authorized to display the JIS mark
March 1963 Head Office Plant expanded for integrated water faucet production at the current location in Kurono, Gifu, Gifu Prefecture
March 1964 Expanded plant authorized to display the JIS mark
November 1976 Received the Economy, Trade and Industry Bureau Director’s Award as an outstanding plant in standardization and quality control
October 1980 Received the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology Director’s Award as an outstanding plant in standardization and quality control
April 1989 Kanto Branch and Kansai Branch established
June 1989 Hida Plant established (Water faucet assembly) (Merged to Hidafurukawa Plant in July 2001)
December 1989 Subsidiary Dalian Kitamura Valve Co., Ltd. established (manufacturing plant) in Economic and Technical Development Zone in Dalian, Liaoning Province, People's Republic of China
April 1992 Company renamed to KVK Corporation
October 1993 Tohoku Branch established
November 1993 Stocks registered with Securities Dealers Association of Japan for trading on the OTC market (Stocks listed on the Jasdaq Securities Exchange from December 2004) (Merged with the Osaka Securities Exchange in April 2010)(Consolidated into the Tokyo Stock Exchange Regulation in July 2013)
April 1994 Subsidiary Dalian FTZ Kitamura International Industry & Trade Co., Ltd. (sales and distribution) established in Free Trade Zone in Dalian, Liaoning Province, People's Republic of China (Merged to Dalian Kitamura Valve Co., Ltd. in January 2010)
August 1994 Hidafurukawa Plant established (machining process)
September 1995 Joined the New Production System (NPS) Study Group
February 1997 Obtained ISO 9001 certification (transitioned to ISO 9001:2015 in February 2018)
January 1998 Subsidiary Dalian Kitamura Valve Co., Ltd. became a plant authorized to display the JIS mark
July 2000 Obtained ISO 14001 certification (transitioned to ISO 14001:2015 in February 2018)
December 2000 Hidafurukawa Plant expanded for metal plating and additional assembly lines
November 2003 Subsidiary Dalian Kitamura Valve Co., Ltd. obtained ISO 9001:2000 certification (transitioned to ISO 9001:2015 in September 2018)
June 2005 Subsidiary Dalian Kitamura Valve Co., Ltd. No.2 Plant established (manufacturing plant)
March 2008 Acquired the faucet and pipe fittings operations of MYM MFG CO., LTD. and TATSUTAMA CO., LTD. Tomika Plant established
October 2011 Nishi-nihon Branch established
Subsidiary Dalian Kitamura Valve Co., Ltd. obtained ISO 14001:2004 certification (transitioned to ISO 14001:2015 in October 2017)
June 2016 KVK CORPORATION TAIWAN OFFICE established in Taipei City, Taiwan
(March 2018 : closed down the office)
September 2016 Subsidiary KVK PHILIPPINES,INC. established in Batangas, Philippines
November 2016 Tomika Office established
July 2018 The location of head office has moved to Tomika-cho, Kamo-gun, Gifu Prefecture