History

Fujiwara Techno-Art’s Journey to the Present

June 1933
[Entry into business] June 15
Fujiwara Seisakusho was founded by Kenou Fujiwara in Tomida-cho, Okayama City, and began production of fermentation machinery.
January 1950
Reorganized as an incorporated company: Fujiwara Brewing Machinery Co., Ltd.
Built a factory in Nakashimada-cho, Okayama City.
February 1952
Company name was changed to Fujiwara Brewing Machinery Industrial Co., Ltd.
Began designing and manufacturing general industrial machinery and foodstuff machinery in addition to brewing machinery.
May 1956
Became a designated manufacturing plant for the NK-type soybean steaming tanks belonging to the Japan Soy-sauce Brewers’ Association.

October 1966
Created a factory site in Ichinomiya-cho, Mitsu-gun, Okayama Prefecture, and constructed a steel-vessel factory on it.
Embarked on manufacturing large-size steel-vessel products.
November 1966
Received permit to manufacture Labor Ministry Class 1 pressure vessels using stainless steel welding.
June 1967
Exported fermentation machinery overseas for the first time (to South Korea).
August 1969
Expanded the Ichinomiya Factory, and made it the Head Factory.
June 1971
Received permit to manufacture stainless-clad steel welded-structure Class 1 pressure vessels.
Received permit to manufacture high pressure gas vessels and clutch door opening/closing equipment pressure vessels.
November 1974
Won one of the 4th Awards for Technological Services to Food Industry (from Shokuhin Sangyo Newspaper).
Our Chairman received the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Fifth Class.
For diligence in researching and developing various fermentation machines over the long period of 56 years.
March 1975
Won one of the 5th Awards for Development of Automated Machinery for small-medium enterprises (from Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry)
February 1976
Won one of the Medium and Small Business Research Institute’s 9th Awards (from The Medium and Small Business Research Institute).
June 1977
Exported a soy sauce brewing plant to Cuba.
Won a Foodstuff Laurel Award (from Cuba).

November 1980
Won one of the 10th Awards for Technological Services to Food Industry.
October 1981
Became the first in Japan to export soy sauce brewing plants to China (Beijing, Guangzhou), and received letters of appreciation.
April 1982
Received a Science and Technology Agency Director's Award for “noteworthy inventions”.
November 1983
Received permit to manufacture Labor Ministry Class 1 pressure vessels using stainless steel welding.
November 1985
Received a letter of appreciation from the Japan Small Business Corporation for “Developing utilization of untapped protein”.
January 1987
Won an Award for Services to Industry from the Sanyo Newspaper.
November 1987
Won an Invention Encouragement Award from the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (for rotary automatic koji-making equipment).
Developed technology for manufacturing a rice protein seasoning.
September 1989
Our President Akio Fujiwara became General Secretary of the All-Japan Federation of Brewing Equipment Industries.
April 1991
Our President Akio Fujiwara received a Science and Technology Agency Director’s Award for Achievement in Promoting Science and Technology.
September 1991
Received a Miki Memorial Grant from Okayama Prefecture.
March 1993
Company name was changed to Fujiwara Techno-Art Co., Ltd.
May 1993
Our President Akio Fujiwara received the Order of the Rising Sun, Fifth Class, Gold and Silver Rays.
October 1993
Our President Yukio Fujiwara received an Award for Services to the Food Industry from the Nihon Shokuryo Newspaper.
January 1994
Completed construction of a factory building in the Okayama Airport Industrial Park.
February 1994
Akio Fujiwara becomes our Chairman, with Zenya Fujiwara assuming the post of President.
February 1995
Completed construction of our HQ Office Building and Development Building.
March 1995
Carried out total relocation of our Head Office to Tomiyoshi.
October 1996
Won an Invention Encouragement Award from the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (for soaking tank with perforated bottom).
October 1997
Won an Invention Encouragement Award from the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (for steel belt type steaming equipment).
February 1999
Acquired ISO9001 certification (registered with JAB and UKAS).
August 2000
Our automatic koji-making equipment acquired the CE-mark for importation into the EU.
November 2000
Received a 20th Century Food Industry Development Award from the Nihon Shokuryo Newspaper for “outstanding achievement in developing the food industry over these 100 years”.
December 2000
Our VEX type non-airflow ginjo Koji-making equipment won one of the 30th Awards for Technological Services to Food Industry from Shokuhin Sangyo Newspaper.
January 2001
Keiko Fujiwara assumed the post of President.
December 2002
Our upward-flow continuous cooling equipment won one of the 32nd Awards for Technological Services to Food Industry from Shokuhin Sangyo Newspaper.
June 2003
Celebrated the 70th anniversary of our founding.
February 2004
Our VEX type non-airflow ginjo koji making equipment won one of the 1st New Machine Promotion Awards from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry.
September 2004
Our VEX type non-airflow ginjo Koji making equipment won one of the 7th Nisshoku Awards for Excellence in Equipment and Materials from the Nihon Shokuryo Newspaper.
December 2004
Our package-type rotary automatic koji-making equipment won one of the 34th Awards for Technological Services to Food Industry from Shokuhin Sangyo Newspaper.
November 2005
Won an FY2005 Okayama's Company Technology Award from the Governor of Okayama Prefecture.
Our improved F-type moromi press equipment won one of the 35th Awards for Technological Services to Food Industry from Shokuhin Sangyo Newspaper.
November 2006
Our rotary automatic rice washing and soaking equipment won one of the 36th Awards for Technological Services to Food Industry from Shokuhin Sangyo Newspaper.
'May 2007
Were selected among the "300 Vibrant Small-Medium Manufacturing Enterprises" for 2007 by METI and the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency.
'September 2007
Our President Keiko Fujiwara became General Secretary of the All-Japan Federation of Brewing Equipment Industries.
'June 2008
Celebrated the 75th anniversary of our founding.
'November 2008
Our powder or seed mold supplying equipment won one of the 38th Awards for Technological Services to Food Industry from Shokuhin Sangyo Newspaper.
'February 2009
Won an Okayama Prefecture Culture Encouragement Award.
'April 2009
Changed the indication of our Head Office address from “2827-3 Tomiyoshi, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture” to “2827-3 Tomiyoshi, Kita-ku, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture”, in line with the transition to a government ordinance-designated city.
'June 2009
Received a Grand Prize for Manufacturing from the Society of Plant Engineers Japan.
'December 2009
Our continuous steaming system for soy sauce won one of the 39th Awards for Technological Services to Food Industry from Shokuhin Sangyo Newspaper.
'October 2010
Won one of Shokuhin Sangyo Newspaper’s 40th Special Awards for Technological Services to Food Industry, for “Contributions to technological innovation and quality enhancement in the brewing industry”.
'August 2011
Set up a wholly-owned local subsidiary in Shanghai: Fujiwara Brewing Equipment (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
'October 2012
Our diatomite filtration equipment (Sani Filter) won one of the 42nd Awards for Services to Food Industry Technology from Shokuhin Sangyo Newspaper.
'June 2013
Celebrated the 80th anniversary of our founding.
'April 2014
Our auto-continuous sonic powder sterilizer (Sonic Stera) won a prize for excellence in the 26th Small and Medium Enterprise Superior New Technology and Product Awards.
November 2015
The functional feedstuff development that we were tackling in collaboration with academia was selected for one of METI’s Projects to Support the Advancement of Strategic Core Technologies.
January 2016
Received an Okayama Prefecture Governor’s Award for “Enterprise Declaring Support for Okayama Childrearing”.

Fujiwara Techno-Art Co.,Ltd.

Fujiwara Techno-Art is a brewing machinery pioneer enterprise that broke the path to fully automated unmanned koji (rice mold) production for the brewing of soy sauce, miso, sake, shochu and similar. Our technological capability has won high appraisal ever since, to the point where our machines account for a roughly 80% share of the koji production capacity inside Japan.
With the global spread of Japanese food culture, we now export our products to more than 20 countries worldwide. Further, we have utilized our expertise built up in the field of brewing to develop machinery for filtering and powder sterilization. Striking out into the general foodstuff and bio industries, we are blazing trails to the affluent eating of the future with our outstanding plant engineering capabilities.