Innovation powered by Tradition since 1953

KYOKUTOH History Milestones

KYOKUTOH was founded in 1953 in Japan and within a few years was able to develop into a globally active family business. Even in the early years of the company, innovative solutions for the automation of welding processes were at the forefront of the company's activities. Over the decades, the Japanese company has always reacted to the changes in the automotive industry with increasing automation technology and adapted its product range for automated welding applications to meet the requirements. Today, KYOKUTOH is one of the world's market leaders for highly efficient, automatic electrode tip dressers and tip changers.

KYOKUTOH has locations in the major automotive regions of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America. The headquarters of KYOKUTOH Europe GmbH with responsibility for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) economic region was opened in Munich/Germany in 2011 and has been steadily expanded over the years. In November 2022, the headquarters were relocated to Unna near Dortmund in order to combine it with the technical and logistics center there. Our sales partners in various countries also offer our customers excellent service and support on site.


Relocation of the European headquarters from Munich to Unna


KYOKUTOH further expands its global activities and establishes subsidiary in India


Presentation of the new KYOKUTOH APP for iOS and Android


Relocation of the Japanese headquarters to the new company building in Aichi completed


KYOKUTOH Europe opens the technical centre in Unna near Dortmund (Germany)


The registered office of KYOKUTOH Europe GmbH is moved to Munich


KYOKUTOH Thailand CO.LTD opens in Bangkok, Thailand


KYOKUTOH expands to Europe and founds KYOKUTOH Europe GmbH in Germany


Expansion of activities in Asia through KYOKUTOH China CO. 


Development of the US market with the opening of the branch office in Alabama, USA


Certification of the quality management system according to ISO 9001 


Foundation of the branch office in Korea


Market launch of the automatic electrode cap cutters


Renaming of the company to KYOKUTOH CO., LTD.


Start of production of electrode parts and insulating guide pins for resistance welding


Production of electrodes and gas nozzles for arc welding and delivery to Toyota Motor Corporation 


Foundation of Kusano Steel Recreation Company LTD. in Nagoya/Japan