Company

History

1975 Four-station injection stretch-blow molding machine developed
1976 Aoki Technical Laboratory, Inc. founded
1980 Four-station injection stretch-blow molding machine awarded Plastics Grand Prize
1984 Three-station injection stretch-blow molding machine developed
Direct Heatcon injection stretch-blow molding technology developed
1987 Japan Synthetic Plastic Technical Association Prize awarded in recognition of development of transparent PP injection stretch-blow molding technology
1988
  • American SPE prize awarded for outstanding achievements in blow molding
  • Founder Katashi Aoki passes away
  • Shigeto Aoki appointed President
1990
  • New head office/factory completed, and first factory extension
  • Aoki Manufacturing Co., Ltd. merged into Aoki Technical Laboratory, Inc.
    with capital of 11 million yen
  • Worldwide promotion of Direct Heatcon injection stretch-blow molding technology
1992 Development of molding technology for edible oil, juice and other containers
with handles attached in a post-molding process
1993
  • Second factory extension (office)
  • Development of A-PET material molding technology
1995
  • AOKI-250LL-50 machine showcased at PAKEX'95,
  • wins the Best Machine of the Show award
1997 Total number of shipped machines reaches 1,000
1999
  • Development of technology for molding 5L / 5kg integrated handle containers
  • Development of technology for molding eye-drop container with neck internal diameter of 5.5 mm
2000
  • (25th anniversary)
  • SBⅢ-350LL-40 and SBⅢ-500LL-75 converted to high cycle
  • Development of off-center bottle (motor oil etc.) molding technology
2001 SBⅢ-350LL-100 converted to high cycle
2002
  • SBⅢ-500-150 converted to high cycle
  • Increasing molding tests on baby bottles made of PPSU, PA, PES, PP, PEN, PCO and other PC substitutes owing to growing worldwide concern over bisphenol A health risks
2003 Development of ultra-thin wall molding technology for molding 750mL refill container (750mL Ugly Duckling)
2004 SBⅢ-100L-20 and SBⅢ-250P-50L converted to high cycle
2005
  • Development of ultra-thick wall molding technology using PETG, PCTA, and PCTG etc.
  • Development of ultra-thin wall molding technology for molding 1L refill container (1L Ugly Duckling)
  • Molding of ultra-thick water bottle from Tritan
2006
  • AOKI-350LL-100 converted to high cycle
  • Development of ultra-thin wall molding technology for molding 1.5L refill container (1.5L Ugly Duckling)
2007 Development of technology for molding Ugly Duckling pouch container (aka Columbus' Egg)
2009 Aoki hybrid concept (optimization of electric, hydraulic and pneumatic)
2011 Induction of founder Katashi Aoki to the Plastics Hall of Fame
2013
  • Special Ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of founder Katashi Aoki
  • Shigeto Aoki appointed Chairman
  • Shuichi Koshi appointed President
2015
  • (40th anniversary)
  • Initiatives for ongoing process improvement