Company History

Mar.1961
Founder Makoto Suzuki established Suzuki Ironworks as a manufacturer of seaweed processing machines.
Mar.1962
Developed "Nori Feeder" which mechanizes the manual work of feeding bundles of laver into the baking machine.
Mechanization improves the supply speed by about 5 times.
Jun.1972
Reorganized as Suzuki Ironworks Co.
Jul.1975
Head office and factory built Head office moved to current location
Mar.1976
Constructed the second plant.
Apr.1978
This triangular Rice ball sheet was invented by focusing on the nori (seaweed) used in Rice balls, which loses its texture.
Developed the "First Nori Wrapping Machine for Rice ball" which realized the maintenance of good crispy texture.
Feb.1979
Suzuki Industrial Co., Ltd. was established as a rice processing machinery division.
Apr.1982
Developed the "First Automatic Nori Packaging Machine" to maintain the texture and flavor of seasoned seaweed sealed in multiple sheets in a bottle, and achieved individual packaging. 
Sep.1982
Ltd. changed its name to Suzuki Seiki Co.
Jul.1985
Improved the film structure of the first generation Rice ball Nori Wrapping Machine, and developed the second generation Rice ball Nori Wrapping Machine, which wraps rice with nori (seaweed) with a good texture by pulling out the film.
Apr.1987
Developed the "3rd Generation Rice ball Nori Wrapping Machine" which improved the film opening procedure of the 2nd generation Rice ball Nori Wrapping Machine.
Sep.1987
Established Suzuki Engineering Co., Ltd. as a manufacturing and processing division.
Dec.1987
Developed the "4th Generation Rice ball Nori Wrapping Machine" which pulls out and opens the Rice ball film from the top, left and right in that order.
Widely used as a general Rice ball film handled in convenience stores and supermarkets
Mar.1988
Developed the first "Rolled Nori Manufacturing Machine" to form Nori into rolls and used for mass production of rolled sushi. 
Dec.1988
Developed the "5th Generation Rice ball Nori Wrapping Machine", which improved the production speed and functions of the 4th Generation Rice ball Nori Wrapping Machine.
Oct.1992
Three affiliated companies were integrated and the company name was changed to The Suzuki Company, Limited.
Apr.1997
Received the Director-General's Award from the Director-General of Science and Technology for holding approximately 200 patents in Japan and overseas.
Apr.1998
Founder Makoto Suzuki was awarded Medal with Yellow Ribbon for "devoting himself to the invention and invention of automatic seaweed packaging equipment".
Jun.2000
The development of "Film Image Checker", which mechanizes the inspection of Rice ball film done visually, has realized labor saving.
Mar.2001
Founder Makoto Suzuki was awarded the Momofuku Ando Memorial Award for Excellence for his "development and practical application of a packaging method for triangular Rice balls wrapped in Nori wrapping sheets".
Apr.2005
Merged with Suzuki Engineering Co.
Aug.2005
Developed an automatic sponge washing machine to wash the sponges used in the production of seasoned seaweed.
Feb.2006
Developed "Cone Film Forming Machine" to form film-wrapped nori into cones for hand-rolled sushi. 
Jul.2007
Developed the "2nd Generation Rolled Nori Manufacturing Machine" which improved production speed and laver attaching accuracy in the process of forming laver into a roll. 
Aug.2007
Development of a machine to mechanize the retightening process of rolled laver. 
Aug.2007
Developed the "2nd Generation Sponge Automatic Washing Machine" with improved functions of boiling and dehydration. 
Oct.2007
Development of "Guided Laver Cutting Machine" that enables easy and arbitrary setting of laver cutting dimensions. 
Feb.2009
Development of "Nori Baking Unevenness Inspection Machine" that mechanizes the visual inspection of Nori baking to save manpower. 
Apr.2009
Construction of the third plant
May2009
Developed "Nori-yaki machine with stretching function" to stretch laver into a flat state for easy processing. 
Feb.2010
Development of "Nori hole punching machine" to improve the texture of Nori seaweed. 
Sep.2010
Developed a "fixed feeder for fish" that feeds a fixed amount of food to farmed fish. 
Oct.2010
Developed a "Sheet Wrapper" that automatically attaches the perch used to prevent discoloration of fish in the Toro Box. 
Jan.2011
Developed a "Back Opener" that automatically opens the shipping bags by specifying the number of bags when shipping fish. 
Apr.2011
Developed "Film Nori Pack Machine" to pack 100 sheets of Nori film for Rice balls.
Apr.2011
We have developed a "Nori (seaweed) front and back discriminator" that makes it possible to discriminate the front and back of Nori seaweed, which had been considered impossible by visual inspection.
Great contribution to the reduction of customer complaints
Dec.2011
Developed "Fish Live-Fastening Machine" to mechanize fish live-fastening.
Keeps freshness and contributes to labor saving by improving work efficiency 
May2012
Korea office established.
Mar.2013
Developed "W type saw blade cutting machine" which can set two types of laver cutting dimensions and can cut different dimensions in one cutting. 
Jul.2013
Changed the name of Korea Office to Korea Sales Office.
Dec.2013
Makoto Suzuki, President and Representative Director, resigned and assumed the position of Chairman and Representative Director.
Eiichi Suzuki was newly appointed as President and Representative Director.
Nov.2014
Developed a "dried squid press machine" to produce dried squid as a dried squid-shaped snack. 
Jan.2016
Yokohama Sales Office established.
Aug.2016
Moved the Korea Sales Office to Hwaseong City, Gyeonggi Province. 
Nov.2018
Makoto Suzuki stepped down as Chairman of the Board and assumed the position of Corporate Auditor.
Nov.2018
Developed the "6th Generation Rice ball Nori Wrapping Machine", which uses a touch panel to enable detailed control of the 5th generation Rice ball Nori Wrapping Machine.
Mar.2019
The development of the "kelp cutter" quantified the amount of kelp, which was undefined because it was cut manually, and contributed to the reduction of manufacturing loss. 
Dec.2019
Renovation of the head office building was carried out and a new office was completed. 
Feb.2020
Developed the "Nori Wrapping Machine for hand-rolled sushi", utilizing the configuration of the first Rice ball wrapping machine for wrapping hand-rolled sushi.
Aug.2020
Developed "Nori Grinder" to make effective use of scrap materials generated in the process of Nori production. 
Mar.2021
Development of "Kelp piece removal device" that detects foreign substances mixed in the kelp processing process using AI deep learning function
Realization of manpower saving by mechanization of inspection work, which used to be done visually.