Sumitomo Riko Group

SumiRiko Poland is a member of the Sumitomo Riko Group a global manufacturer of rubber products. The company was established in 1929 in Japan, as Showa Kogyo (later: Kamata Chotai), conveyor belt producer.

Due to the dynamic development of the automotive industry and market in post-war Japan, the assortment of products offered by the company was extended to encompass anti-vibration parts. In 1955, the company launched the production of the first engine bearers, assembled in Toypet Crown cars.

In 1961, the name of the company, Kamata Chotai, was changed to Tokai Rubber Industries. Yet another landmark in the group’s history was the opening of a DTR Industries factory in the USA in 1980 – which was the first plant outside of Japan. This event initiated the global expansion of the Sumitomo Riko Group.

Currently, the Group has a network of companies in Japan plus 20 factories dispersed across China, Thailand, South Korea, India, the USA, Mexico and Poland. The registered seat of the Sumitomo Riko Group is located in Komaki City in Japan, and the group companies employ more than 10,000 employees in total. The strong position and prestige of the Sumitomo Riko Group is confirmed by its leading positions in global rankings of automotive rubber parts manufacturers.

Sumitomo Riko history

  • 1929 – Establishment of companies under the business names Showa Kogyo and Kamata Belt.
  • The companies produce and sell conveyor belts.
  • 1937 – Kamata Belt joins the Sumitomo Group. The name of the company is changed to Tokai Rubber Industries.
  • 1954 – Start of mass production of the first engine mounting elements.
  • 1962 – Construction of new production plants and relocation of the registered seat to Komaki near Nagoya, Aichi.
  • 1984 – Implementation of the production of components for the IT sector.
  • 1988 – Launching the first plant outside of Japan – DTR plant in the USA.
  • 1999 – Establishment of TRI (Poland)
  • 2001 – Start of production of vibration dampers for residential buildings.
  • 2008 – Launching the R&D centre – Technopia.
  • 2013 – Acquisition of two European companies – Anvis and Dytech.
  • 2014 – Change of the Group’s name to Sumitomo Riko Limited.