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History

Oriental Motor has over 120 years experience with small electric motors. With the following selected milestones you can get
a general idea about our company history.

Company
Products

Foundation by Yasutarô
Kuraishi in Tokyo

1950

1951

Development of 5-Watt
synchronous motors

Company name changed to "ORIENTAL MOTOR Co., Ltd.".
* This is the translation of the former name into English: TÔYÔ = Far East/Eastern world (translated as "Oriental"); DENDÔKI = electric motor (translated as "Motor")

1953

1954

Standardised product range

Production start at Kashiwa plant (Chiba prefecture)

1962

Production start at Takamatsu plant (Kagawa prefecture)

1969

1971

Development of motors with control circuit

Production start at Kôfu plant (Yamanashi prefecture)

1973

Production start at Tsuruoka plant (Yamagata prefecture)
Production start at Tsuchiura plant (Ibaragi prefecture)

1974

Development of speed control motor

1976

Development of stepping motors

Established "ORIENTAL MOTOR U.S.A. CORPORATION" in Los Angeles

1978

Established a representative office in Düsseldorf/Germany

1979

1981

Sales start of 5-phase drives

Established "ORIENTAL MOTOR (EUROPA) GmbH" in Düsseldorf/Germany

1982

1983

Development of brushless DC-fans

Production start at Tsuruoka-East plant (Yamagata prefecture)

1985

1990

Development of motors with protection class IP65

Opening of Munich sales office (Germany)

1993

Production start at Tsuruoka-West plant (Yamagata prefecture)

1995

Established "ORIENTAL MOTOR (UK) Ltd." in Farnborough/United Kingdom
Established "ORIENTAL MOTOR ITALIA s.r.l." in Milan/Italy
Opening of Hamburg sales office
Production start at Soma plant (Fukushima prefecture)

1996

Established "ORIENTAL MOTOR (FRANCE) SARL" in Nanterre/France

1997

1999

Sales start of the Alpha-Step-Series, a stepping motor drive with step control

Opening of Bologna sales office (Italy)

2000

Opening of Lyon sales office (France)
Move "ORIENTAL MOTOR (EUROPA) GmbH" to Düsseldorf

2001

Sales start of the RK-Series (5-phase stepping motor drive with microstep) and of 2-phase stepping motors with terminal box (IP65)

2003

Sales start of the linear motion drive DRL and of new 2-phase stepping motor types

Opening of sales offices in Shanghai and Thailand

2004

Sales start of the rotary actuator (DG-Series)

120 th company anniversary of the Headquarters in Japan
Opening of Jena sales office (Germany)

2005

2006

Implementation of the EZS II, Motorized Linear Slides and RoHS-directive

25 th company anniversary of the european Headquarters in Düsseldorf/Germany

2007

Opening of Verona sales office (Italy)

2008

Implementation of the AR-Series, a further development of the Alpha Step-Series with a higher efficiency

Production start at Tsukuba
plant (Ibaraki prefecture)

2009

Implementation of the EZA,
motorized cylinders with guide

2010

Implementation of the CM10 Controller and the SCX Universal Controller (serial ports: CANopen…)

2011

Implementation of the NX, AC servo motor unit

Production start at Takamatsu-Kokubunji plant (Kagawa prefecture)
30 th company anniversary of the european Headquarters in Düsseldorf/Germany

2012

Implementation of the V Series - Low noise motors with high thrust force

Shigeyuki Nomura becomes new COO of ORIENTAL MOTOR CO., LTD.
Establishment of ORIENTAL MOTOR
Do Brasil LTDA

2014

130 th company anniversary of the Headquarters in Japan
Opening of Stuttgart sales office (Germany)

2015

Implementation of the KIIS Series, Induction Motors, 200 W Output Power
Implementation of the AZ Series with ABZO sensor

Eiji Kawahito becomes new COO of ORIENTAL MOTOR CO., LTD.
Establishment of ORIENTAL MOTOR Switzerland AG

2016

Implementation of the BLE2 Series (Brushless DC Motors), EMR and EMU Series (Fans), US2 and DSC Series (AC Motors with Speed Control), DRS2 Series (Linear Actuator with AZ Series Motor)

Jiro Kuribayashi becomes new Managing Director of Oriental Motor (Europa) GmbH

2018