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Oshino Lamps history is a history of development and challenges
Since its foundation in 1931, Oshino Lamps Limited has been successful for over 80 years developing pilot lamps for gas stove and lamps for Christmas decoration in early years, then currently developing lamps for automotive and aviations.

■ OL Brand History

1931
Founding company president Masaji Oshino establishes Oshino Lamps in Shinagawa, Tokyo.
1946
Filament winding equipment installed.
1955
Development of an ignition device for gas stoves.
昭和37年当時本社新社屋
1957
Oshino develops automatic shunting equipment for lamps for Christmas decorations, for which it submits a patent application.
1960
Reorganized as a public corporation called Oshino Lamps Limited, headed by Masaji Oshino, the first president of the company.
1962
The head office moves to new buildings in its current location.
1963
Beat seal style T-1 lamps developed.
Low-current, double-wound coils for T-1 lamps developed.
1966
Automated small-lamp production lines installed.
Short T-1 size lamps developed for the aerospace industry.
昭和47年押野正二社長黄綬褒賞記念式典
February 1970
Wolcox Corporation (now a head office for sales) established as an overseas trading division of Oshino Lamps Limited.
1972
Masaji Oshino receives the Purple Ribbon Medal.
1973
Masaji Oshino pasts away due to ill health.
Kou Oshino is appointed as president of Oshino Lamps Limited.
1977
Oshino Lamps Limited increases its capital to 50 million yen.
December 1977
Oshino Lamps GmbH established in Nurnberg, Germany.
August 1978
Special vibration-proof lamps developed for the aerospace industry.
August 1979
Hong Kong Miniature Lamp Co., Ltd (now Oshino Lamps Hong Kong) established in Hong Kong
昭和56年創立50周年記念式典
November 1979
Oshino Lamps (U.K.) established in Nottingham, U.K.
October 1981
50th anniversary of the founding of Oshino Lamps.
February 1989
Oshino Lamps France established in Paris, France (now located in Tarbes).
November 1989
Technology Center established in Owa, Akita Prefecture.
March 1990
Oshino Lamps Italia s.r.l established in Milan, Italy (now located in Florence).
1996
Kagoshima Plant established in Kagoshima City
1997
Oshino Lamps Limited head office, Technology Center, and Kagoshima Plant acquire ISO9001 and QS9000 certification.
1998
All Oshino Group companies in Europe acquire ISO9002 certification.
2001
Hong Kong Miniature Lamps Co., Limited renamed Oshino Lamp (HK) Limited.
March 2003
Kagoshima 2nd Plant established.
April 2003
Hiroshi Oshino appointed Chief Executive Officer.
May 2005
Oshino Lamps Limited acquires TS16949 certification.
June 2005
Takeshi Oshino appointed Chief Executive Officer.
Hiroshi Oshino appointed Chairman of the Board
July 2009
Oshino Electronics Estonia Osauhing established in Estonia.
March 2012
Oshino Lamps America, Ltd. established in New York, USA (now located in Waukesha, WI).
December 2014
Oshino Lamps (SHANGHAI) Ltd. established in Shanghai, China.