ESPEC's History

1947~1980

1947 TABAI MFG. CO., LTD is established at the site of ESPEC's present headquarters to manufacture scientific instruments. The founders are its first president, Goro Tabai, Toshio Tabai (Senior Managing Director), and Eiichi Koyama, who will become the company's second President.
1954 Reorganized as Tabai Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
1960

Tabai becomes the first company in Japan to commence development of environmental testing equipment.

1966 Tabai restructures its nationwide agency system to create a nationwide sales network.
1967

A large-scale hyperbaric chamber (PHC-50) is installed at the Osaka University Hospital.

1968 Tabai wins the Medium and Small Business Research Institute award.
1969 The Platinous Series is announced.
1972 Tabai becomes the first equipment manufacturer to offer long-term warranties covering two years or 5,000 hours (Platinous Series).
1974

The First Building is completed at the Fukuchiyama Plant.

1975 Tabai Engineering Service is established.
1977 The Second Building is completed at the Fukuchiyama Plant.
1978 Establishment of the Quality Assurance Department to develop a quality assurance system.
1979 The Third Building is completed at the Fukuchiyama Plant.
Opening of the industry's first large showroom in the head office.
1980 Assumption of post of Representative Director / President by Senior Managing Director Eiichi Koyama
with the passing of first president Goro Tabai.

1981~2000

1981 A full-scale CI Plan is launched.
1983

The Company's trading name is changed to "Tabai ESPEC."
A new head office building is completed.
The Company's shares are listed on the second section of the Osaka Securities Exchange.
ESPEC Corp. (now ESPEC North America, Inc.) is established.

1985

The Company exhibits at the 1985 "Tsukuba Techno-Cosmos" science expo.
The Company's shares are listed on the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
An agreement is signed providing for the establishment of a joint venture with Shanghai Experimental Instrument Factory.

1986 The Company is promoted to the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Osaka Securities Exchange.
SHANGHAI ESPEC ENVIRONMENTAL EQUIPMENT CORP. is established.
1987 The Environmental Test Technology Center is approved as Japan's first IECQ-authorized independent test laboratory.
The Company becomes the first environmental testing equipment manufacturer to stage its own exhibition in Beijing, China.
1989

The "ESPEC New S '89 TOKYO", the first independent exhibition in Japan, is held.
The Neyagawa Technical Center is established.

1990 The Company becomes a co-sponsor of the International Garden and Greenery Exposition.
The Sixth Building is completed at the Fukuchiyama Plant.
1991 Phase 1 of construction of the Utsunomiya Technocomplex is completed.
1992 Eiichi Koyama becomes Chairman and Representative Director.
Kiyoshi Shimazaki (Senior Managing Director) becomes President and Representative Director.
1993 Accreditation is achieved under ISO 9001 (JIS Z9901), the international standard for quality systems.
1995 An agreement is signed providing for the establishment of a joint venture with Guangzhou Environmental Simulation Engineering Corp. of CEPREI, Ministry of Electronics Industry, China.
1996

Guangzhou ESPEC Environmental Equipment Co., Ltd. is established.
A representative office is opened in Malaysia.
The 1996 Beijing ESPEC Group Environmental Testing Equipment Expo is staged.
The Fukuchiyama Plant is accredited under the ISO 14001 standard.

1997 The Utsunomiya Technocomplex gains ISO 14001 accreditation.
The representative office in Malaysia is upgraded into a subsidiary, ESPEC (Malaysia) SDN.BHD.
TABAI ESPEC ENVIRONMENTAL EQUIPMENT (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD. is established.
Commemorative activities are implemented to mark the Company's 50th anniversary.
2000 SHANGHAI ESPEC ENVIRONMENTAL EQUIPMENT CORP.(New) is established as successor to SHANGHAI ESPEC ENVIRONMENTAL EQUIPMENT CORP.
The Tokyo Headquarters (now the Tokyo Technical Center) is established.
The Seventh Building is completed at the Fukuchiyama Plant.

2001~2010

2001

Completion of the first phase of the Kobe Technocomplex (currently known as Kobe R&D Center).
ESPEC Korea Corp. is established.
ESPEC forms a partnership with agri-business enterprise Mic Corp. (now ESPEC MIC Corp.)
The Environmental Test Technology Center (Kobe Test Center) is approved as an IECQ-authorized independent test laboratory under ISO/IEC Guide 17025.

2002

President and Representative Director Kiyoshi Shimazaki becomes a Representative Director. Senior Managing Director Susumu Nojii takes office as President and Representative Director.
The trading name is changed to ESPEC Corp.
Renaming of Tabai Engineering Service Co., Ltd. to ESPEC ENGINEERING CORP.
Establishment of ESPEC ENVIRONMENTAL TEST TECHNOLOGY CENTER.

2003

Achievement of ISO 14001 certification by entire group.
Opening of ESPEC History Hall P3 (P Cubic) at the Fukuchiyama Plant.
Establishment of Europe Office in Germany.
Completion of ESPEC NORTH AMERICA's new plant.

2004 Reception of the "Nihon Kogyo Shimbun Co., Ltd. Prize" in the 13th Grand Prize for the Global Environment Award.
Establishment of ESPEC TEST TECHNOLOGY (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
2005 Reception of the "Excellent Sustainable Management Award" of the Third Japan Sustainable Management Awards.
ESPEC's 40th Agency Conference held in Shanghai. Domestic and overseas agencies participate for the first time.
2006 Apollomec Co., Ltd. changes company name to ESPEC TECHNO CORP.
Establishment of ESPEC KYUSHU CORP.
Establishment of ESPEC EUROPE GmbH.
Construction of ESPEC KOREA's new plant.
2007

Renaming of ESPEC ENVIRONMENTAL TEST TECHNOLOGY CENTER CORP. to ESPEC TEST CENTER CORP.
Completion of the Fukuchiyama Training Center.
Assumption of post of Representative Director / President by Nobuyoshi Shin.

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2010 ESPEC CORP. acquired ESPEC ENGINEERING CORP. and ESPEC TEST CENTER CORP.
Receipt of certificates of appreciation as a member of the "Hayabusa" project support team from the State Minister in Charge of Space Development and Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

2011年~

2011 Assumption of post of Representative Director by Nobuyoshi Shin, and Representative Director / President by Masaaki Ishida.
2013 The Platinous J Series received the 33rd Japan Machinery Federation Chairman's Award for Excellence in Energy-Conserving Machinery.
Renaming of ESPEC TECHNO CORP. to ESPEC TEST SYSTEM CORP.
Establishment of Energy Device Environmental Test Center. (in Utsunomiya Test Center)
2014

Start of operations of ESPEC Test Equipment (Guangdong) Co., Ltd.
Receipt of the grand prize in the Eco Unit Category of the Eco Test Award 2013.
Being selected as one of the "Global Niche Top Companies Selection 100" by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

2015 Establishment of ESPEC ENGINEERING (THAILAND) CO., LTD. in Thailand.
2016 Signing of partnership agreement with Nagano Science Co. Ltd. on validation service for the stability testing of drugs.
Received "Kurumin," and "Eruboshi" Mark Certification from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and "Leading Company in Women's Advancement in Osaka City " Certification from Osaka city.
2018 ESPEC NORTH AMERICA, INC. acquired QUALMARK CORPORATION
Establishment of ESPEC ENGINEERING VIETNAM CO., LTD. in Vietnam.
2019 Received the "Danjo Ikiiki Plus" certification from Osaka Prefecture as a company that promotes the furthering of a friendlly working environment for both males and females.
Obtained ISO 27001, the international standard for an information security management system.
2020

Completed construction of Technology Development Building, a technology development building within the Kobe R&D Center.
Being selected as one of the "Global Niche Top Companies Selection 100" for Fiscal 2020 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

2021 Renaming of ESPEC KYUSHU CORP. to ESPEC ASSIST CORP.