History of Gifu Auto Body

1940 October Gifu Auto Body Co., Ltd was established.
Kagitaro Hoshino assumed office as Representative Director and President.
1945   With the end of the war, began production of regular Toyota truck bodies.
A labor union was formed.
1947 April Production of the first model truck (SB-type Truck).
1949   Began supplying pressed parts to Toyota Motor Corporation.
1954 May The Gifu Auto Body Cooperation Society was founded.
1956 September Merged with Hoshino K.K.
1959   Began trading of vehicles with Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.
1960 December Began production of the FJ45V (Land Cruiser).
  The Ginan plant in Ginan-cho, Hashima-gun, Gifu was completed.
1963 October Began production of the RK175 (Dyna Long Body).
1967 July Production of the RK170 (Dyna) began.
1970 January Moved the Headquarters to Unuma Mitsuike-cho, Kakamigahara-city
April A memorial ceremony was held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the company and the completion of its Head Office.
1972 November The Ginan Plant was merged with the Main Office.
1974 May Sadanosuke Nameda assumed office as Representative Director and President.
1980 December Toyota Quality Control Award , Wins the Toyota Excellent Quality Control Award.
1983 June Yoshihiro Fujii assumed office as Representative Director and President.
August Began production of the Stout.
1984 September Began production of the Dyna (5th generation).
1985 August Began production of the ToyoAce (5th generation).
1986 June Began operation of a large scale press line.
1989 June Tetsuo Hoshino assumed office as Representative Director and President.
1990 October Capital was increased to 1.175 billion yen.
A memorial ceremony was held to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary.
1991 May Established the Sue Plant (a seat track component assembly plant).
October The Hiace Limo, Toyota Ambulance and Mira Milano were exhibited at the 29th Tokyo Motor Show.
1992 July Began production of the high-standard ambulance, Himedic.
1993 January Began operation of a new finish coating line.
October The Mega Cruiser was exhibited at the 30th Tokyo Motor Show
1995 May Began production of the Dyna (6th generation) and ToyoAce (6th generation).
1996 January Began production of the Mega Cruiser.
May The Gifu Auto Body Labor Union celebrated its 50th anniversary.
1997 May Began production of the Himedic (2nd generation).
1998 June Began operation of a new 400 ton progressive press line.
1999 May Began production of the Dyna (7th generation) and ToyoAce (7th generation).
July Began production of the Hiace High Roof (4th generation).
2000 October Acquired ISO 14001 (environmental management system) certification.
2001 June Tetsuo Hoshino assumed office as Representative Director and Chairman, Tokio Kurita assumed office as Representative Director and President.
September Began operation of a second shift at the vehicle plant.
2002 February Began operation of a 1,200 ton automatic progressive press.
April A new wage system was implemented.
2003 March Acquired ISO 9001 (quality management system) certification.
Employee's pension fund plan was dissolved and a defined contribution pension plan system was initiated.
2005 January Began production of the Hiace Super Long (5th generation).
May Exterior of the new Main Office
2006 January Acquired OSHMS (occupation safety and health management system) certification.
May Began production of the Himedic (3rd generation).
August A new components plant was completed.
2007 June Katsuhiko Nakatani assumed office as Representative Director and President.
October Began stock exchange with Toyota Auto Body to become a 100% subsidiary of Toyota Auto Body.
2008 June The Second Paint Plant (a new second paint facility) was completed.
2009 May Total cumulative production 2 million units.
2010 June A commemorative concert was held to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the company's founding.
Hirofumi Yamada assumed office as Representative Director and President.
2011 September Began production of Large plastic parts.
2012 February Began production of SKD.
June 70th Anniversary book published.
October Began production of CKD.
2013 June A new dining hall "Sha·shock Smile" was opened
2014 September Began operation of painting plastic parts
2015 July Transferred seat truck business to TOYOTA Body Seiko Co.,Ltd.
2017 January Began production of the Coaster.