FUJITSU GENERAL Group History

1936-1940s

1936
  • Yaou Shoten Ltd. established. The company that started as a manufacturer of radios, loud speakers, phonographs, and other products would evolve over the years into a manufacturer of a wide range of home appliances, including air conditioners.

1950s

1955
  • Company name changed to Yaou Denki Ltd. Kawasaki Plant (currently Fujitsu General Limited's headquarters) becomes operational.
  • Becomes listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

1960s

1960
  • Introduces the X-Line 14-inch TV.
1964
  • General Denshi Kogyo (currently Fujitsu General Electronics Ltd.) established in Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture.
1965
  • Polar region TV system installed on the Antarctic observation vessel Fuji.
1966
  • Company name changed to General Ltd.
1967
  • Shinjo Denki Ltd. (currently Shinjo Fujitsu General Ltd.) established in Shinjo, Yamagata Prefecture.
1969
  • Takes a stake in Taisei Industry Co., Ltd. [currently Fujitsu General (Taiwan) Co., Ltd.], a Taiwanese manufacturer of home appliances.

1970s

1971
  • Introduces the easy-to-install “min min” cassette air conditioner.
  • Establishes a sales network in the Middle East and Africa and begins exporting air conditioners to those regions.
1974
  • Shichinohe Plant (currently Aomori Business Office) becomes operational in Aomori Prefecture to manufacture motors for air conditioners.
1975
  • Establishes a sales network in Asia and begins exporting air conditioners to that region.
1976
  • Teknika Electronics Co. (currently Fujitsu General America, Inc.) established as an affiliate in North America.
1977
  • Teleton Electro (U.K.) Co., Ltd. [currently Fujitsu General (U.K.) Co., Ltd.] established as a sales affiliate for the European markets.
  • Chubu General (currently Hamamatsu Business Office) begins manufacturing room air conditioners and heat exchangers for export markets.
1978
  • General Colour Pty Ltd. [currently Fujitsu General (Aust.) Pty Ltd.] established as a sales affiliate in Australia.
  • GCJ Electro (Europe) GmbH [currently Fujitsu General (Euro) GmbH] established as a sales affiliate for the European markets.

1980s

1980
  • Genebras Electronica Ltda. (currently Fujitsu General do Brasil Ltda.) established as a sales affiliate for South America.
1982
  • Delivers the first wireless analog taxi-dispatching system.
1984
  • Enters into capital and business alliance with Fujitsu Ltd.
1985
  • Company name changed to Fujitsu General Ltd.(FGL)
1986
  • Delivers the first electronic emergency information system for fire prevention.
  • A new research laboratory becomes operational on the premises of the Kawasaki Headquarters.

1990s

1991
  • Fujitsu General (Thailand) Co., Ltd. established to manufacture air conditioners in Thailand.
  • Introduces the Mighty Compact air conditioners equipped with a lambda heat exchanger.
1993
  • Introduces the world's first 21-inch full-color plasma display.
1994
  • Fujitsu General (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established to manufacture air conditioners in Shanghai.
1996
  • Introduces the world's first 42-inch full-color plasma display.
1997
  • Fujitsu General EMC Laboratory established to provide radio interference measurement and consulting services.
  • Fujitsu General (Asia) Pte. Ltd. established in Singapore as a sales subsidiary.
1998
  • FGA (Thailand) Co., Ltd. established to manufacture motors for air conditioners in Thailand.
  • Fujitsu General New Zealand Ltd. established in New Zealand as a sales affiliate.
  • Fujitsu General (Middle East) Fze. established as a sales affiliate for the Middle East and Africa.
1999
  • Fujitsu General Engineering (Thailand) Co., Ltd. established to step up product and technology development for air conditioners.

2000s

2000
  • Signs partnership agreement on the manufacture and sales of air conditioners in India with ETA General Private Ltd.
  • Fuji Ecocycle Ltd. established to start the recycling business of home appliances.
2001
  • Air-Conditioning Technology LTD. established as an affiliate on the premises of the Kawasaki Headquarters.
2002
  • Fujitsu General (Taiwan) Co., Ltd. established as a sales affiliate.
  • Delivers the first digital wireless disaster broadcasting system to a municipality.
  • Our world's first 42-inch plasma display wins an Emmy Award. (FGL discontinued its consumer display business in March 2008)
2003
  • Introduces the nocria-branded air conditioner featuring the world's first self-cleaning filters.
  • F.G.L.S. Electric Co., Ltd. established to manufacture motors in partnership with China's Little Swan Group.
2005
  • Air conditioner technology center becomes operational at Fujitsu General (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
2006
  • Fujitsu General Central Air-conditioner (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. established as a subsidiary to manufacture, market, and service VRF air conditioners in China.
  • Fujitsu General Orient International Electronics Sales (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established as a sales affiliate.
2007
  • Air Conditioner Technology Building becomes operational on the premises of the Kawasaki Headquarters.
2008
  • Introduces the industry's smallest air conditioner nocria S, measuring 72.8 cm wide and 25 cm high.
  • New plant becomes operational at Fujitsu General Central Air-conditioner (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. to bolster its manufacturing capacity for VRF air conditioners.
  • Develops 2-cylinder rotary compressors for medium- and large-capacity air conditioners. Construction begins at FGA (Thailand) Co., Ltd. to build a manufacturing facility for compressors.
  • 60-meter high test tower for VRF air conditioners becomes operational on the premises of the Kawasaki Headquarters.
2009
  • FGA (Thailand) Co., Ltd. begins manufacturing compressors.

2010s

2010
  • Fuji Eco Cycle Co., Ltd., which is engaged in the home appliance recycling business, relocates to the premises of Fujitsu General's Hamamatsu Business Office and begins operation of a new plant.
2011
  • Introduces the nocria Z/S series air conditioners equipped with the world's first power usage management that uses a radio frequency remote controller.
2012
  • The LT/LU series slimline air conditioners win the 2012 iF Product Design Award and the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2012 in Germany.
  • FGA (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and Toshiba Carrier Corporation merge to establish TCFG Compressor (Thailand) Co., Ltd. to manufacture compressors for air conditioners.
2013
  • Introduces the nocria X series air conditioners equipped with DUAL BLASTER® airflow control.
  • Fujitsu General Electronics Ltd. begins operation of a new plant in Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture.
2014
  • Introduces in China and Japan an air purifier and humidifier combo equipped with electric dust collection and self-regenerating deodorizing unit.
2016
  • Fujitsu General Laboratories Limited established to replace Fujitsu General Institute of Air-Conditioning Technology Limited and step up research and development of advanced technologies for the Fujitsu General Group.
  • R&D center becomes operational in Fujitsu General Engineering (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
  • Begins collaboration with Rheem Manufacturing Company, a leading U.S. manufacturer of air conditioners and water heaters, on the air conditioner business in the U.S.
2017
  • R&D centers become operational in European- and U.S.-based subsidiaries.
  • Signs agreement with G.I. Holding S.p.A., an Italian air conditioner manufacturer, to begin joint development of commercial air conditioners.
  • Begins collaboration with Ventacity Systems Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of ventilation system, on commercial air conditioning systems.
2018
  • Fujitsu General (India) Private Limited established.
  • Introduces the AIRSTAGE® J-III L series multi-split air conditioners for stores and offices in Europe.
  • Introduces the world's first 3D flow cassette type air conditioner that distributes airflow evenly throughout the room from multiple moving air outlets.
  • Fujitsu General Electronics Co., Ltd. establishes Fujitsu General Electronics (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., as its sales subsidiary in China.
  • Showcases a prototype of a wearable personal cooling device at CEATEC JAPAN 2018.
  • Recognized as one of 500 outstanding large enterprises in health and productivity management for 2018 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Nippon Kenko Kaigi.
  • Converts ABS Aircon Engineers Private Limited, an Indian air conditioning service provider, into a subsidiary of FGL.
  • Precise Air Group (Holdings) Pty Ltd., an Australian provider of air conditioner maintenance services, becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of FGL.
2019
  • Recognized as a Sports Yell Company for 2019 by Japan Sports Agency.
  • F.G. Europe Italia S.p.A. becomes a subsidiary of F.G. Europe S.A.
  • Introduces the nocria X series AI air conditioners with a built-in wireless LAN adapter.
  • The nocria Z/M and KP series wall-mounted air conditioners win the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019.
  • Establishes the joint venture Fujitsu General OS Technology Co., Ltd. with Outsourcing Technology Inc.
  • The Innovation & Communication Center (ICC) becomes operational on the premises of the Kawasaki Headquarters.
  • Fujitsu General (Thailand) Co., Ltd. begins operation of its second plant.
  • Recognized as one of 500 outstanding large enterprises in health and productivity management for 2019 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Nippon Kenko Kaigi.

2020s

2020
  • Starts direct sales of air conditioners in India through Fujitsu General (India) Private Limited.
  • The remote controller for the nocria X series air conditioner wins the iF Product Design Award 2020.
  • The nocria SV series air conditioner and a ceiling-type indoor unit win the Red Dot Design Awards 2020.
  • Recognized as an outstanding large enterprise in health and productivity management for 2020 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Nippon Kenko Kaigi.
  • Releases the wearable personal cooling device Cómodo gear™, designed to provide comfort to people working as security guards as well as those on construction sites, shop floors, and at public event sites.
  • Introduces the first HVAC system with a multi-positional air-handling unit, jointly developed with our U.S. partner, Rheem.
  • The Advanced Engineering Lab becomes operational in the Innovation & Communication Center (ICC) on the premises of the Kawasaki Headquarters to accelerate the innovation of development processes and the commercialization of new technologies.