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
  • Company name of United Kingdom air conditioner sales and service company changed from F.G Eurofred Limited to Fujitsu General Air Conditioning (U.K.) Limited.
  • 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.
  • Releases the nocria® HM Series indoor ceiling mounted air conditioner, with movable air discharges on each side to deliver airflow to the entire room.

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.
  • Releases the nocria® X Series, an industry first that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to disinfect the heat exchanger when users are away, and performs mold and bacteria removal to match the learned lifestyle rhythm of the user.
  • Fujitsu General Commercial Air Conditioning Italia S.p.A becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of FGL.
  • Incorporates Fujitsu General Orient International Electronics Sales (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
  • The nocria® HM Series wins the Energy Conservation Center, Japan's "Prize of the Chairman of ECCJ" award in the 2020 Energy Conservation Best Products and Business Models category.
  • Fujitsu General (U.K.) Co., Limited merges with Fujitsu General (Euro) GmbH.
2021
  • Company name of Fujitsu General Orient International Electronics Sales (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. changed to Fujitsu General Sales & Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
  • Recognized as one of 500 outstanding large enterprises in health and productivity management for 2021 (White 500) by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Nippon Kenko Kaigi.
  • Releases the nocria® Z Series, equipped with Double AI to realize a hygienic and comfortable space perfectly suited to the user.
  • Formulates "Sustainability Management" policy.
  • Ultraviolet lighting equipment manufacturer Aeroshield Co., Ltd. established as subsidiary.
  • Company name of Fujitsu General Commercial Air Conditioning Italia S.p.A changed to Fujitsu General (Italia) S.p.A.