Corporate History

The history of JFE Engineering Corporation began when it inherited the steelmaking technoltogy and shipbuilding technology that had been long accumulated by NKK and Kawasaki Steel Corporation. Having become one over the course of a century, these two technologies produce resources, develop urban areas, and protect the environment. As a force to form foundations for people’s lives, JFE Engineering makes possible the construction of foundations for more affluent living and industry.

Corporate history

  • 1912

    Nippon Kokan Ltd. was founded.

  • 1916

    Yokohama Dockyard was founded (renamed Asano Dockyard just afterwards).

  • 1936

    Asano Dockyard was renamed Tsurumi Iron Works Dockyard.

  • 1940

    Nippon Kokan and Tsurumi Iron Works Dockyard were merged.

  • 1944

    Shimizu Shipyard began operation.

  • 1950

    Kawasaki Steel Corporation was founded.

  • 1962

    The new steel structure factory of Shimizu Shipyard was constructed.

  • 1969

    Tsu Shipyard began operation.

  • 1970

    The triple-division system of steel, heavy industry, and shipbuilding was launched.

  • 1973

    Kawasaki Steel Engineering Center began operation.

  • 1985

    The heavy industry division was reorganized into engineering, machinery, and marine structure divisions.

  • 1988

    The name Nippon Kokan was unified as NKK.

  • 1989

    Four divisions were integrated into the general engineering division.

  • 2001

    The steelmaking plant businesses of Hitachi Zosen Corporation, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd., and NKK were integrated to found JP Steel Plantech Co.

  • 2002

    The shipbuilding businesses of Hitachi Zosen Corporation and NKK were integrated to found Universal Shipbuilding Corporation.
    The managements of NKK and Kawasaki Steel Corporation were integrated to found a holding company, JFE Holdings, Inc.

  • 2003

    JFE Engineering Corporation began operation.

  • 2008

    Universal Shipbuilding Corporation came under the management of JFE Holdings, Inc.

  • 2009

    Four group companies, including JFE Koken, were integrated into JFE Engineering Corporation.

  • 2013

    Establishment of Japan Marine United by the merger of Universal Shipbuilding and IHI Marine United.

  • 2014

    Merger of Isomura Hosui Kiko Co.,Ltd. and JFE Engineering waterworks plant business. Establishment  of Engineering Centers in Indonesia and India.
    Acquisition of 100% of shares of Standardkessel Power Systems GmbH.

Hakushikamaru, the first ship built by Asano Dockyard