HistoryHistory of SWECO in Photos
Shikoku Welding Manufacturing was
established in 1947.
After the war, in order to support Japanese industry, we started as a welding materials manufacturer. The No. 1 automatic electrode coating machine became the foundation for producing our main product, electrodes.
Exterior of plant when the company was founded
No. 1 automatic electrode coating machine
Shikoku Welding Manufacturing front gate
The plant received authorization to display the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) mark (JIS Z3211 coated Electrodes for mild steel)
Certification by Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NK) standards
Completion of new manufacturing plant
In order to respond to rapidly developing welding demand, we established a new plant in 1958. We created efficient manufacturing and shipping systems.
Plant exterior (1958)
Manufacturing process in the 60s
Packing boxes in the 60s
The company changed shape
In 1963, the company was incorporated and the name was changed from Shikoku Welding Manufacturing to Shikoku Welding Electrode Co., Ltd. We began handling a wide range of services related to welding.
Aerial view of plant (1965)
Certification by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) standards
Certification by Lloyd’s Register (LR) standards
Spun off the LP Gas Division and inaugurated Shikoku Youzai Shouji Co., Ltd
Certification by Bureau Veritas (BV) standards
Quality control that brings peace of mind and reliability
The company has been authorized and certified by all kinds of organizations and is progressing with product standardization. We do thorough quality control that makes it possible for anyone to use our products with peace of mind and we are aiming for even more high quality products.
Developed a delivery system using electrode heated containers (1974)
Certification of Germanischer Lloyd (GL) standard
The plant received authorization to display the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) mark (JIS Z3212 coated Electrodes for high tensile strength steel)
Certification by Norske Veritas (NV) standards
Certified by Korean Register (KR) standards
Certified by Central Research (CR) standards
The plant received authorization to display the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) mark(JIS Z3221 Stainless steel coated Electrodes)
Stainless steel coated electrodes certified by Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NK) standards
Received ISO 9002 quality system standard certification from LRQA
Business expands internationally
In order to respond to globalization, we set up overseas bases. We deliver the typical SWECO quality control system and technological strengths using a new network from Shikoku to the world.
Installed FCW manufacturing equipment (2004)
Established Local Affiliated Company in Dalian, China (2007)
Established Local Affiliated Company in Dong Nai, Vietnam (2011)
Received certification of conversion to ISO 9001 quality management system standard certification from LRQA
Achieved 200,000 t production volume of coated electrodes
FCW obtained JIS Z 3313
Expanded the scope of ISO 9001 to cover the whole company including FCW
Received ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems certification from LRQA
On to the next era
Since SWECO was established in 1947, we have been supported by many customers. As the times change, the environment surrounding welding also changes and the creation of the next value is required. In addition to the technology and experience that we have accumulated up to now, we work hard to get hold of the latest information and respond to the fine details. We aim to work with you all towards a better future.