• Taseto’s History - Following the History of Welding Materials -

Birth of the Taseto Welding Rod that Started it All

  • 1931
  • The manufacturer Takata Ship Bottom Coating Co., begins trial manufacture of coated electrodes for soft steel.

  • 1932
  • Coated electrodes for soft steel (called *Taseto welding rods) are completed.
    (*Formed from the first two letters of Takata, Sentei, and Toryo)

  • 1933
  • Research is begun on welding rods for special steel.

  • 1934
  • Welding rods for repairs are completed.

  • 1937
  • The company is acquired by NOF Corporation. Full-scale manufacturing of welding materials is begun, and in addition to welding rods for stainless steel, development is rapidly pursued for welding rods for heat-resistant steel, high nickel alloy, copper alloy, and cast iron. The company builds a reputation as a specialized manufacturer of welding materials for special steel.
    Later, a technical service division for the specialized welding field is established. The company engages in padding and can processing that applies stainless steel welding material development techniques. It also pursues development of various welding auxiliary agents, such as “Color Check,” a pigment liquid penetrant inspection agent used in defect inspections for weld zones, and spatter adhesion prevention agents.
    As the scale of the business expands, it establishes a quality assurance system and obtains factory certification from JIS, ASME, TUV, and other organizations, as well as the certifications of several classification societies.

Taseto Co., Ltd. is launched after several mergers and acquisitions

  • 1955
  • The Taseto Co., Ltd. firm is established as the exclusive agent of Nippon Oil & Fats Co., Ltd. (welding department).

  • 1961
  • Nippon Oil and Fats Taseto Trading Company, Co., Ltd. is established through joint investment between Nippon Oil & Fats Co., Ltd. and three firms: Izumi Shouten Co., Ltd., Nissin Corporation, and Washinshoko Co., Ltd.

  • 1969
  • Began mass production of stainless steel flux-cored wire.

  • 1978
  • Began mass production of stainless steel flux-cored wire (GFW series).

  • 1982
  • Inheriting the commercial rights to the Taseto Co., Ltd. firm, Taseto East Co., Ltd. is established. All shares of Nippon Oil and Fats Taseto Trading Company, Co., Ltd. are acquired, and its name is changed to Taseto Kansai Co., Ltd.

  • 1985
  • Taseto East Co., Ltd. and Taseto Kansai Co., Ltd. merge, launching Taseto Co., Ltd.

"Taseto Reborn": Aiming at New Heights

  • 1999
  • The production departments of Nippon Oil & Fats Co., Ltd. and Kobe Steel, Ltd. merge,launching Kobe Steel Taseto Co., Ltd.

  • 2000
  • After inheriting all welding materials-related commercial rights from Nippon Oil & FatsCo., Ltd.’s welding division, Taseto Co., Ltd. begins anew as a technology trading company, specializing in sales and technology services.

  • 2004
  • To improve management efficiency and strengthen management structure, all shares of Taseto Co., Ltd. are transferred from Nippon Oil & Fats Co., Ltd. to Kobe Steel Taseto Co., Ltd.

  • 2007
  • Taseto Co., Ltd. becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Kobe Steel, Ltd., starting fresh as a reborn Taseto Corporation.