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Company Profile

Company Profile

Company name Fujikura Ltd.
Established 1885
Incorporation 1910
Paid in Capital 53.0 billion yen (as of March 31, 2017 Consolidated)
Net Sales 653.7 billion yen (FY2016, Consolidated)
President & CEO Masahiko Ito
Head Office 1-5-1, kiba, koto-ku,Tokyo 135-8512 Japan
Plants Sakura, Suzuka, Numazu, Ishioka
R&D Tokyo, Sakura
Branch/Business Office Osaka, Nagoya / Utsunomiya, Toyota
Overseas U.S.A., U.K., Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, India etc. 16 other countries
Number of Employees 56,961 (as of March 31, 2017 Consolidated)
Main Business Optical Fiber Cable, Optical Tele System, Tele System, Electronics & Automotive Components, Metal Cable & System, Metal Wires, Real Estate Business, etc.

Company History

Beginning 1885 Zenpachi Fujikura commenced the manufacturing business in Awaji-cho, Kanda, Tokyo.
Zenpachi Fujikura

Sendagaya Plant totally destroyed by a tornado
1887 Imported five leading-edge braid machines
1888 Leasing of a former silk mill in the Shinjuku Imperial estate, Tokyo and relocation of the plant to this site (Shinjuku Plant)
1890 Relocation of plant to 900, Sendagaya, Tokyo. (The Sendagaya Plant 1)
1896 Relocation of plant to 922, Sendagaya. (The Sendagaya Plant 2)
1901 Reorganization as an unlimited partnership named Fujikura Electric Wire & Rubber Co., Ltd. was founded.
1903 Appointed to be Japan's first rubber-insulation plant by Japan's former Ministry of Communications and Transportation; however, the plant was totally destroyed by a tornado.
Establishment 1910 Company name changed to Fujikura Electric Wire Corporation.
The Sendagaya Plant
1919 Established Fujikura Gakuen.
1920 The Sendagaya Plant has become very prosperous.
1923 Moved head office plant to Fukagawa, which burned due to the Great Kanto Earthquake.
1931 Took top spot in the market with “Toukousen” electric wire for aircraft.
Restoration after the Earthquake and Fujikura of Technology 1938-39 Company's baseball club became champion two years in a row in the National Inter-City Baseball Tournament.
Company's baseball club became champion two years in a row in the National Inter-City Baseball Tournament.
1941 Outbreak of the Pacific War
1944 Began operating the Fuji Plant.
Postwar and High Economic Growth Period 1945 Fukagawa Plant totally destroyed in the Tokyo Air Raid. (Second foundation of the company)
Fukagawa Plant totally destroyed in the Tokyo Air Raid, and the war finally ended.
1945 The war finally ended
1949 Delivered Japan's first 24-core TV camera cables to NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).
1954 Opened Numazu Plant.
1957 Began manufacturing wire harnesses.
1964 The Tokyo Olympics
1965 Opened Sakura Plant.
1970 Opened Suzuka Plant.
1973 First oil crisis
1979 Set world record by achieving very low transmission losses of 0.27 dB/km for its single-mode optical fiber. Began manufacturing FPCs for use in electronic devices.
Period of Great Changes and Hardship 1980 Developed single-mode optical fusion splicers.
1981 Developed Japan's first optical fiber composite overhead ground wire (OPGW).
1982 Began manufacturing membrane switches.
1984 Established Fujikura (Thailand) Ltd. to begin operations in the country.
1985 Marked centennial of the foundation. Developed world's first core alignment fusion splicer.
1987 Succeeded in the fabrication of oxide superconducting wires.
1992 Changed company name to Fujikura Ltd.
1998 Delivered worlds’ largest 500kV DC OF submarine cables.
Internationalization 2000 Commenced former Fukagawa Plant site redevelopment project.
Opening of the "Fukagawa Gatharia" complex
2004 Achieved a world record for yttrium-based superconducting wires.
2005 Celebrated 120th anniversary of foundation, declared the "third foundation" and formulated Corporate Philosophy MVCV.
2009 Began conducting CSR activities and manufacture of fiber lasers.
Globalization 2010 Established biotope named "Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods".
Suffered damage due to the Great East Japan Earthquake

The catastrophic flood in Thailand
2011 Suffered damage due to the Great East Japan Earthquake and the catastrophic flood in Thailand.
2015 130th anniversary of the foundation

Fujikura Group's Brand Logo

The history of the Fujikura Group's brand logo dates back more than 100 years ago to 1910, when Fujikura was reorganized from a partnership corporation to a joint-stock corporation. Subsequently in 1985, the Company established a new corporate mark in celebration of the 100th anniversary of its founding. Twenty-five years later in 2009, the present brand logo (registered trademark) was established and began to be used by Fujikura Ltd. first followed by its domestic consolidated subsidiaries in March 2011. Presently, the logo is also used outside Japan by the Company's wholly-owned subsidiaries.

The Fujikura Group's brand logo (registered trademark) is the most basic and essential tool used to communicate our brand image and is composed of the following three elements: the corporate symbol, the alphabetical letters "Fujikura" and the corporate color. The brand logo plays an important role as a symbol of the Fujikura Group and is designed to be regarded as proof of our reliability for customers and society at large and to attract more people to the Group.

The Fujikura Group is fostering its business in a number of countries around the world. In order to expand our business strategically in the global market, we are making a better use of our brand logo. At present, we have registered or are applying for registration of the logo in more than 150 countries.

Fujikura Group's brand logo

Fujikura Group's brand logo

Fujikura Group’s Policy on the Brand Logo

In March 2011, the Group set its policy on the brand logo with a view to expanding the use of the logo across both Japanese and overseas Group companies.

Fujikura Group Brand Logo Policy

The Fujikura Group defines a uniform worldwide brand logo in order to advance our business esstrategically at the global level.

Global Fujikura Group

The Fujikura Group is globally operating in the following four business categories in 24 countries and regions: infrastructure-related business (power & telecommunication systems); electronics business (focusing on electronic components); automotive products business (focusing on harnesses for automobiles); and others. Of the Group’s 97 consolidated subsidiaries, 22 are operating in Japan and 75 overseas. The following table shows the breakdown of the companies by region.

(Unit: companies)
Fujikura Group's Overseas Consolidated Subsidiaries By Region No. of Companies by Region
As of the End of March 2017
Japan 22
Asia 25
Australia 1
Europe 18
Africa 2
North America 27
South America 2
Total 97
(Year-on-year comparison-2)

The following tables show the Fujikura Group's consolidated subsidiaries by country and by business segment.

Global Fujikura Group

Global Fujikura Group

Number of Employees by In-House Company and by Region

(Unit: people)
In-House Company Fiscal 2016
Power & Telecommunication Systems Company 12,321
Electronics Business Company 14,664
Automotive Products Company 28,930
Real Estate Business Company 8
Others 1,038
Total 56,961
(Unit: people)
By Region Fiscal 2016
Japan 6,065
Asia (excluding Japan) 27,539
The Americas 15,595
Europe 7,762
Total 56,961
(Unit: people)
Total Employees
Male Employees
Female Employees
Ratio of Female(%)
Japan 5,865 4,996 869 14.8
Asia(excluding Japan) 26,402 8,444 17,958 68.0
North & South America 11,037 5,176 5,861 53.1
Europe & Africa 10,814 3,953 6,861 63.4
Total 54,118 22,569 31,549 58.3
(Unit: people)
Fiscal Year 2015 2016
Overseas Sales Ratio % 60 61
Breakdown of Employees Japan 5,670 6,065
(Ratio %)
Total 54,114 56,961

Introduction of Our Businesses

Society, Industry and Our Group

Since the founding of our group in 1885, we have had 4 lines of business: the research, development, and manufacturing of electric wires; energy- and data-infrastructure related business, through the "tsunagu" technologies we have cultivated as the DNA of our manufacturing process; and finally, our automobile electronic division, focused on wire harnesses primarily used for cars. In this way, we provide highly trusted products and services to our customers and contribute to our country, as well as other countries and regions around the world.

Business Outline

Participation in Industry Associations

Fujikura participates in a range of organizations, including industry associations, and its representatives serve as directors for the development of the industry and improvement of people's lives. The following table shows the major organizations in which the company participates.

Name of the Organization Outline of the Industrial Association
Japan Business Federation (KEIDANREN) The Japan Business Federation (KEIDANREN) is composed of 1,350 representative companies of Japan, 109 nationwide industrial associations, and 47 regional economic organizations (as of April 1, 2017). As a comprehensive economic organization, KEIDANREN contributes to the self-sustaining development of the Japanese economy and improvement in Japanese people’s quality of life by invigorating companies as well as individuals and local communities that support companies.
Japanese Electric Wire & Cable Makers' Association (JCMA) The Japanese Electric Wire & Cable Makers' Association (JCMA) is an industrial association that contributes to the development of Japan's economy and improvement in the quality of life of people in Japan by fostering further development of Japan's electric wire and cable industry.
Japan Electric Cable Technology Center (JECTEC) The Japan Electric Cable Technology Center (JECTEC) is engaged in the testing, examination, certification and research of the safety and reliability of electric wires and cables; human resource development in the technological field including overseas training; and information exchange and database establishment/utilization.
Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) works to foster the sound manufacturing, international trade and consumption of electronic devices and components as well as the comprehensive development of the Japanese electronics and information technology industries, with a view to contributing to the development of Japan's economy and culture.
Optoelectronics Industry and Technology Development Association (OITDA) The Optoelectronics Industry and Technology Development Association (OITDA) is committed to fostering the comprehensive growth and development of the optical industry and improving Japanese people's quality of life, thereby contributing to Japan's socioeconomic development.
Tokyo-to Koto Sangyo Renmei (labor insurance administration association) The Tokyo-to Koto Sangyo Renmei (labor insurance administration association) is contributing to the development of the Koto City in cooperation with the city government and related organizations.
Communication Cable Wire Association The Communication Cable Wire Association aims to ensure healthy development and progress in communication wires through mutual cooperation among members, and to contribute to its members' prosperity and improve public well-being.
*FY2016 CEO Masahiko Itou is inaugurated as president

In 1881, Zenpachi Fujikura moved to Kanda Awaji-cho as he looked for a way to recover from a series of business failures. The new residence was located adjacent to Kaku Shrine, which has a distinguished history. Zenpachi took care of the shrine's sacred tree (a sweet viburnum) every day, and perhaps due to this deed, he began to succeed in business. He started the electric wire business in 1885, and this became more prosperous by the day. After the death of Zenpachi, employees bought the tree from the shrine as a "living monument to the foundation of the company" and the tree has been taken care of by employees from then to the present. While the tree suffered in two fires, one caused by the Great Kanto Earthquake (1923) and the other by the air raid on Tokyo in 1945, new buds continued to sprout from the burned stump and each time the tree sprang back to life. This miraculous tree provided great motivation to employees who were devoted to the recovery of the manufacturing facilities in the wake of the disasters.