THE JAPANESE CENTRIFUGE PIONEER

In 1916, a year after Sharples Corporation was founded, the founder of Tomoe Engineering Company, Shiro Yamaguuchi made an initial sale of a Sharples centrifuge in Japan, laying the groundwork for the company's future as Japan's centrifuge pioneer.

JAPAN'S FIRST POLYETHYLENE RESIN IMPORTER

After starting the Chemical Products Division in 1952, Tomoe Engineering Company began importing polyethylene and other types of synthetic resins from Union Carbide Corporation. At that time, Japan had not yet established the technology for processing synthetic resin or the market in which to sell it, so Tomoe pioneered sales and technology in the field. For instance, the company's insulated wire materials were used to expand communication networks during postwar reconstruction.

PROMOTING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

In 1970, when environmental issues became prevalent worldwide, Tomoe entered the environmental protection market with technological innovations to Decanter-type centrifuges. Today, various types of machines are used for dewatering industrial sludge from food, fish, chemical, wastepaper and pulp-processing industries. Also local governments use the machines to dehydrate sludge during sewage and wastewater-processing. Tomoe will continue to be aggressively committed to environmental conversation-related businesses in various aspects.

A JOINT VENTURE IN CHINA

In cooperation with a Chinese enterprise, Tomoe established a company for coloring and compounding plastics in Shenzhen, a special economic district in China-one of the first companies to enter this high productivity area.