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Message from the President


Since the establishment in 1964, as the manufacturer of the rotary joints, we, The Nippon Joint, Ltd., have provided to the various industries; Paper and Pulp, Corrugating, Steel, Rubber, Plastic, and so on. We have manufactured rotary joints in Japan, having a long-standing Technical Assistance Agreement with Kadant Johnson Inc. with over 70 years of history as a leading provider of rotary joints, having the headquarters in Michigan, U.S.A. We set a goal to be of service for the customers, having manufactured the products with reliability and stable quality to offer enough products and services to customers for them to be fully satisfied.
We have promoted technology exchanges between Kadant Johnson and Nippon Joint to reflect customer's needs through close relationship with the customers, and also have worked positively to develop new products.
With the rapid progress of globalization for domestic manufacturers, our products have the same standard as that of Kadant Johnson whose manufacturing facilities or licensees are located in U.S.A., The Netherlands, Brazil and China.
So no matter where our customers are, our products, spare parts and after-the-sale services could be provided nearby.
We hope we will work with the customers, maintaining a close relationship for safe and reliable products for the customers to use.

Takeshi Kawaguchi
President of The Nippon Joint, Ltd.

Corporate Outline

NameThe Nippon Joint, Ltd.
Address55 Kitaura, Ichida, Kumiyama-cho, Kuse-gun, Kyoto
Phone: 81-774-23-3211 (Reception) Fax: 81-774-24-0655
Date of foundingJune 24, 1964
Capital funding13.26 million yen
Banks The Shoko Chukin Bank, Ltd. Kyoto Branch
The Kyoto Chuo Shinkin bank Head Office
The Shiga Bank, Ltd. Kyoto Minami Branch
Products & servicesManufacture and sale of industrial tools and machinery together with all related services
Products & associated firms
  • Kadant Johnson Inc.(U.S.A.)
    Johnson Rotary Pressure Joints
    Johnson Rotary Syphons
    Johnson Stationary Syphons
  • Thompson Equipment Company (U.S.A.)
    DRAINAC Freeness Tester
  • Bicarjet S.r.l. (Italy)
    Sobijet Cleaning System
  • Delta Freeness Control System
    (product designed & manufactured using Nippon Joint patent)
  • Manufacture of other peripheral devices designed for use with above products

Corporate history

Jun.1964 Established as an independent company formed from the Special Machines Division of The Ichikin Limited and incorporated as Ichikawa Industries in Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
Jan.1965 Move company headquarters to 11 Nishi-hattanda, Nishi-nanajo, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto; company name changed to present name of The Nippon Joint, Ltd.
Feb.1965 Operations as manufacturer of rotary joints commence.
May.1968 Introduce and manufacture Johnson rotary syphon
Jul.1970 Build new plant at 55 kitaura, Ichida, Kumiyama-cho, Kuse-gun, Kyoto, and move operations to the new plant
Sep.1970 Introduce and manufacture Drainac Freeness Tester
Sep.1973 Complete construction of new corporate headquarters building
Nov.1977 Receive award from Uji Tax Office as model taxpaying corporation
Nov.1982 Again receive above award
May.1985 Receive award of merit from Uji Taxpayers Association
Sep.1987 Complete construction of new automated warehouse
Complete construction of new conference and A/V training rooms
Nov.1987 Receive the third award from Uji Tax Office as model taxpaying corporation
Oct.1988 Receive award from director of Kyoto Labor Standards Bureau for excellence in labor safety and health programs and facilities
Dec.1989 Receive award from governor of Kyoto for exemplary model plant owned and operated by small to mid-sized business
Nov.1990 Receive award of merit from Osaka National Tax Bureau
Nov.1991 Receive the second award from governor of Kyoto for exemplary model plant owned and operated by small to mid-sized business
Oct.1992 Receive award of merit for excellence in management from director of Kinki Bureau of Trade and Industry
Nov.1992 Receive the fourth award from Uji Tax Office as model taxpaying corporation
Mar.1993 Obtain patent for Delta Freeness Control System, and begin manufacture and sale of same
Oct.1993 Begin import and sale of IRT Infrared Drying system
Nov.1993 Receive the third award from governor of Kyoto for exemplary model plant owned and operated by small to mid-sized business
Mar.1995 Receive award of merit for excellence in management from director of Small and Mid-Sized Business Agency
Nov.1995 Receive the fourth award from governor of Kyoto for exemplary model plant owned and operated by small to mid-sized business
Dec.1995 Complete construction of new Employee Welfare and Services building with cafeteria and modified rooms and offices expanded to enable construction of new computer room
Apr.1996 Open New Hokkaido Liaison Office
May.1997 Accredited ISO9002 Certification
Feb.2001 Completion of Training Laboratory
Jun.2002 ISO Transition from 9001 to 2000
Jul.2003 Begin import and sale of Bicarjet Cleaning System

Primary client companies *

Pulp & Paper Oji Paper Co., Ltd. Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. Daio Paper Corporation Chuetsu Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. Oji Materia Co., Ltd. Oji F-Tex Co., Ltd. Mitsubishi Paper Mills Limited. Rengo Co., Ltd. Marusumi Paper Co., Ltd. Ehime Paper Mfg. Co., Ltd. KJ Specialty Paper Co., Ltd. Marusan Paper Mfg. Co., Ltd. Koa Kogyo Co., Ltd. Lintec Corporation Nippon Paper Crecia Co., Ltd. Oji Nepia Co., Ltd. Hokuetsu Corporation Tokushu Tokai Paper Co., Ltd. Shin Tokai Paper Co., Ltd. Okayama Paper Industries Co., Ltd. Nippon Paper Papylia Co., Ltd.
Corrugating companies Tomoku Co., Ltd. Oji Container Co., Ltd. Oji Interpack Co., Ltd. Settsu Carton Co., Ltd. Daio Package Corporation Nippon Tokan Package Co., Ltd. Crown Package Co., Ltd. Yamato-Shiki Corporation Rengo Co., Ltd. Mori shigyo Co., Ltd.
Steel companies Nippon Steel Corporation China Steel Co., Ltd. Kobe Steel Co., Ltd. JFE Steel Corporation. Sanyo Special Steel Co., Ltd. Tokyo Steel Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Chubu Steel Plate Co., Ltd. Hiroshima Metal & Machinery Co., Ltd. Nakayama Steel Works, Ltd. JFE Bars & Shapes Corporation Shinkansai Steel Corporation Oji Steel Co., Ltd. Chiyoda Steel Co., Ltd. Fenghsin Steel Co., Ltd. Usiminas Steel G Steel KIA Steel Kardemir Posco
Machine companies Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Kobayashi Engineering Works, Ltd. Valmet Corporation ISOWA Corporation Hitachi Zosen Corporation Kobe Steel, Ltd. Voith I.H.I. Paper Technology Co., Ltd. Steel Prantec Co. Hosokawa Micron Corporation Nara Machinery Co., Ltd. Fuji Koki Co., Ltd. Kurimoto, Ltd. KOBELCO Eco-Solutions Co., Ltd. Shibaura Machine Co., Ltd. Kawanoe Zouki Co., Ltd. Okawara MFG. Co., Ltd.
Companies in other industries Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. Bridgestone Corporation Bando Machinery, Ltd. The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation Toyobo Co., Ltd. Toray Industries, Inc. Teijin Limited. Kuraray Co., Ltd. C.I. Takiron Corporation Achilles Co., Ltd. Du Pont-Toray Co., Ltd. Teijin Dupont Films Japan Limited. Fujifilm Corporation TOLI Corporation
The Nippon Joint, Ltd.
55 Kitaura, Ichida, Kumiyama-cho, Kuse-gun, Kyoto Phone+81-774-23-3211 Fax+81-774-24-0655