“We want to deliver something that will contribute to the world.”
The foundation in 1919, when the founder of Tadano left Takamatsu for, Hokkaido, is the start of Tadano Ltd.
However, there were various challenges and trials and errors until we made the start as a crane manufacturer.
Masuo Tadano, the founder of Tadano left Takamatsu for Asahikawa, Hokkaido, to start a welding business.
That day, August 29, 1919, is the day we refer to as the date of our foundation.
At that time, welding technology was gaining ground and developing rapidly outside of Japan, and its introduction in Japan was only beginning.
Captivated by the sparks of welding, Masuo Tadano was convinced that the technology would make a positive contribution to society and ventured to start a business in Hokkaido.
(Second from the left: Masuo Tadano.)
Development of Cranes
Since its founding, Tadano Iron Works Co., Ltd. has honed its technology through various challenges and trials and errors.
We started our journey as a crane manufacturer that can be called ‘The history of the crane is Tadano’s history’ after introducing Japan’s first hydraulic truck crane.
Since its founding, Tadano Iron Works Co., Ltd. has honed welding and hydraulic technology while trying to develop various, unique products. In 1955, the original hydraulic truck crane, the OC-2, was developed with hints from construction machinery magazine. The OC-2, introduced to the Japanese market for the first time, received many orders from customers throughout Japan, leading up to our first step as a crane manufacturer.
Change of Corporate Name:
10 Years of Drastic Changes
Tadano Iron Works Co., Ltd. changed corporate name to Tadano Ltd. when the bubble economy was booming in Japan.
The eras we experienced both glory and drastic changes can be called a big turning point as a new company.
"If we had a crane, we could right the Moai statues." Those words set in motion the Moai Restoration Project, which, since it began in 1991, has raised 15 Moai statues fallen by tsunami and tribal conflict in cooperation with Chile’s government, navy, archaeologists and islanders.
Our relationship with the island continues through their lives with Tadano cranes.
Since Japan’s first hydraulic truck crane was introduced, various products including rough terrain cranes, all terrain cranes, loader cranes and aerial work platforms have been developed under Tadano’s aspiration of “We want to deliver something that will contribute to the world.”
(The company withdrew from this business in 2008.)
In 2004, a fatal accident caused by Tadano rough terrain crane occurs in Okayama due to its safety device not working for some reason. Tadano issued a product recall for 15,278 units (8 types and 16 models) in December. Recognizing that our cranes being allowed on public roads is a privilege that comes with a great responsibility, we began to devote our efforts to our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Return to Our Roots:
Second Foundation Moving Forward to Become No.1 Worldwide in the Lifting Equipment Industry
Since celebrating its 60th anniversary of the establishment, we set ‘Lifting Equipment’ as our business domain, aiming to become No.1 worldwide in the lifting equipment industry.
Facing the era of complicated, rapid, and extreme changes, we are committed to pursuing further excellence for the world and the future.
As the Group products become active worldwide, we are establishing the global production network. Since the acquisition of FAUN AG (Germany) in 1990, Tadano has established production bases in the United States in 2008, in Thailand in 2012, and in India in 2018. We are expanding our Monozukuri culture cultivated in Japan by implementing our core values of safety, quality, and efficiency.