Daifuku Report 2019

198319371990198519952000(FY)198319371990198519952000(FY)1989Sales exceed ¥100 billion1984Develops systems for semiconductor factoriesFounded1993Develops the world’s first electrified monorail system with non-contact power supplyGrowth and VisionOur Growth HistoryCreating material handling innovations for more than 80 yearsAs a comprehensive manufacturer of material handling systems and equipment, Daifuku has been contributing to the modernization of material handling by constantly striving to move ahead of the times and catering to customer needs.Motorization as the road to fortune and dramatic growthAfter World War II, the motorization of Japan gathered momentum. Kenjiro Masuda, the then president of Daifuku, believed that “Conveyors will no longer be simply for carrying objects from one place to another. They will be systematized and gain increasingly advanced functions. Although they do not sell well at present, the day when they will be needed is sure to come.” He had faith that the company fortunes lay in conveyors for automobile factories. After forming a technical partnership with Jervis B. Webb Company (hereinafter, “Webb”) of the U.S. in 1957, Daifuku received successive orders for large projects, leading to dramatic growth.Japan’s first passenger automobile factoryThe “living” warehouse brings a distribution revolutionIn the 1960s, the amount of cargo began to exceed the handling capacity of delivery centers and it became common to see cargo piled up. Daifuku, which had begun to explore new fields, developed the Rackbuil, a pioneering automated warehousing technology, with the first system delivered in 1966. As a “moving, living warehouse,” the Rackbuil was considered a revolutionary system that changed the warehouse concept, cementing its position as a key component in production lines and as a mainstay Daifuku product.The first delivered Rackbuil systemProviding quality products and services in response to growing material handling needsThe 1980s saw a rapid increase in demand for cleanroom transport systems for semiconductor factories, resulting from the spread of personal computers. Continually developed over the years, the systems cater to needs of customers seeking state-of-the-art systems. In 2002, Daifuku received an order for a fifth-generation LCD panel transport and storage system from a South Korean manufacturer for the first time. This system later evolved into a transport system for glass substrates for large-screen TVs. Since 2015, China has been experiencing a construction boom in cleanroom facilities. Since 2000, the individualization and diversification of consumption and the trend toward high-mix, low-volume handling accelerated in the logistics field has led to the rapid spread of convenience stores and home delivery services. Manufacturers and wholesalers were faced with a growing need for material handling systems for high-mix, small-lot, high-frequency deliveries. In the storage field, growing awareness of food safety and security led to demand for freezing technologies, temperature control in cold chain, traceability enabled by the use of RFID*1, hygiene control according to HACCP*2, and other developments.Transport system for semiconductor factoriesAutomated sorters in a distribution center Japan salesNon-Japan sales*1 Radio Frequency Identication*2 Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point6

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