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Timeline

1940–

1940 Founded by Yo Sato as a manufacturer of bamboo processing machinery.
1951 Established joint stock company SATO Bamboo Machinery Works in Omiya, Saitama Prefecture.
1958

Launched production and sales of rattan packaging machines developed by SATO.

1959

Relocated headquarters to Kanda-Nishikicho, Tokyo.

1960–

1960 Renamed SATO Machinery & Engineering Co., Ltd.
1962 Launched production and sales of the hand labeler, invented by SATO.
1965 Began in-house production of labels for hand labelers.
1969 Relocated headquarters to Nihonbashi-Kayabacho, Tokyo.
Adopted "Ceaseless Creativity" as the corporate motto.
1971

Relocated headquarters to Shibuya, Tokyo.

1974

Renamed SATO Corporation.

1976

Introduced a daily reporting system that would become Teiho.

1978

Created SATO’s Basic Management Policies and The Basic Principles of How to Work.

1979

Began production of primary labels and stickers.

1980–

1981 Launched M-2311, the world's first thermal transfer barcode printer.
1986 Established factory in Malaysia (absorbed by SATO Malaysia Electronics Manufacturing Sdn.Bhd. in 2011) for the production of hand labelers.
1987 Established group company in the U.S. (now SATO America, LLC).
Established group company in Singapore (now SATO Asia Pacific Pte.Ltd.).
Established factory in Malaysia (now SATO Malaysia Electronics Manufacturing Sdn.Bhd.) for the production of printers.
1989

Established group company in Germany (integrated into SATO Europe GmbH in 2015).

1990 Marked the 50th year in business.
Registered for over-the-counter trading at Japan Securities Dealers Association.
1991

Established SATO Techno Center in Omiya for R&D activities.

1994

Listed on the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

1996 Established group company in Malaysia (now SATO Auto-ID Malaysia Sdn.Bhd.).
Acquired Nor Systems Ltd. in UK (now SATO UK Ltd.).
1997

Listed on the first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange.

1999

Established logistics center in Kazo, Saitama (now East Japan Logistics Center).

2000–

2000 Marked the 60th year in business.
2001 Established company in Singapore to oversee global operations (absorbed by Japan headquarters in 2009).
Established group company in Thailand (renamed SATO Auto-ID (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in 2005).
2002 Established SATO Polska SP. Z O.O. in Poland.
Published "The Spirit of SATO," a handbook that serves as the code of conduct for employees.
Established SATO Shanghai Co., Ltd. in China.
Established group company in Belgium (absorbed by SATO Europe GmbH in 2015).
2003 Relocated headquarters to Ebisu, Tokyo.
2004 Established SATO Vietnam Co., Ltd. in Vietnam for the production of printers.
Established SATO Auto-ID Malaysia Sdn.Bhd. in Malaysia.
2005

Acquired L'Etiquetage Rationnel S.A. in France (now SATO France S.A.S.).

2006 Acquired barcode systems businesses of U.S. company Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
Established SATO Printing Co., Ltd. (absorbed by SATO Corporation in 2018).
Established SATO Business Services Co., Ltd. (absorbed by SATO Holdings Corporation in 2012).
Established SATO Logistics Co., Ltd. (absorbed by SATO Corporation in 2014).
Established SATO System Support Co., Ltd. (absorbed by SATO Corporation in 2014).
SATO New Zealand Ltd. acquired auto-ID technology related businesses of local company Walker Datavision Ltd.
Established group company in Sweden to provide technical/business support for Europe operations (now SATO Techno Lab Europe AB).
2007 Established company in the U.S. to oversee regional operations (absorbed by the now-SATO America, LLC in 2007).
Established company in Singapore to oversee Asia Pacific operations (restructured and absorbed by SATO Global Business Services Pte. Ltd. in 2015).
Restructured group company in Belgium to oversee Europe operations (integrated into SATO Europe GmbH in 2015).
Established SATO Intellectual Property Institute (absorbed by SATO Holdings Corporation in 2013).
2009 Acquired software development company InOut (absorbed by SATO Corporation in 2014).
Established SATO Global Business Services Pte. Ltd. in Singapore for shared services.
2010 Marked the 70th year in business.
Established group company in the Netherlands (absorbed by SATO Europe GmbH in 2015).
Acquired Nodos S.A. in Argentina (now SATO Argentina S.A.).
Relocated headquarters to Meguro, Tokyo.
Established label production facility in Europe (absorbed by SATO Polska SP. Z O.O. in 2015).
Acquired Sankyo Printing (renamed SATO Impress Co., Ltd. in 2015).
Established group company in Germany (absorbed by SATO Europe GmbH in 2015).
2011 Acquired Nitta Industry Co., Ltd. to establish SATO Material Co., Ltd.
Established SATO Operations Support Co., Ltd. (absorbed by SATO Corporation in 2014).
Acquired Europen Do Brasil Ltda. in Brazil (renamed SATO Auto-ID do Brasil Ltda. in 2012).
Transitioned to holding company structure.
  • Renamed SATO Holdings Corporation.
  • Established SATO Corporation.
  • Established SATO Printing Co., Ltd. (absorbed by SATO Corporation in 2018).
  • Established SATO Mechatronics Co., Ltd. (renamed SATO Technology Co., Ltd. in 2013, absorbed by SATO Corporation in 2018).
  • Established SATO Techno Lab Co., Ltd. (renamed SATO Technology Co., Ltd. in 2013, absorbed by SATO Corporation in 2018).
  • Established SATO Quality Assurance Center Co., Ltd. (absorbed by SATO Corporation in 2013).
  • Established SATO Communications Co., Ltd. (absorbed by SATO Corporation in 2013).
  • Established SATO System Support Co., Ltd. (merged with SATO Corporation in 2014).
Acquired Wuxi Songxing Electronic Components Co., Ltd. in China.
2012 Acquired Argox Information Co., Ltd. in Taiwan.
Established group company in India (now SATO Argox India Pvt. Ltd.).
Acquired Achernar S.A.in Argentina.
Established SATO Advance Co., Ltd. (absorbed by SATO Corporation in 2018).
Established PT. SATO Nagatomi as a joint venture between SATO and PT. Indonagatomi in Indonesia (renamed PT. SATO Label Indonesia in 2016).
Established SATO Vietnam Solutions Co., Ltd. in Vietnam.
2013 Named to the Diversity Management Selection 100 initiated by the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Established SATO RFID Solutions Co., Ltd. (absorbed by SATO Corporation in 2015).
Established SATO Primary Label International Co., Ltd. (absorbed by SATO Corporation in 2020).
Established SATO Green Engineering Co., Ltd. (absorbed by SATO Corporation in 2020).
Acquired proprietary RFID business of Australian company Magellan Technology to establish SATO Vicinity Pty Ltd.
2014 Established SATO Healthcare Co., Ltd.
Established SATO Global Solutions, Inc. in the U.S. for auto-ID system integration business (dissolved in 2019).
Established SATO International Co., Ltd. (absorbed by SATO Corporation in 2020).
Established SATO Global Solutions, Inc. in the U.S. for auto-ID system integration business (dissolved in 2019).
Acquired Okil-Holding, JSC in Russia.
2015 Reported annual revenue exceeding JPY 100,000 million on a consolidated basis.
Established Design Promotion Co., Ltd. (absorbed by SATO Corporation in 2020).
Established SATO Solution Architects Co., Ltd.
SATO New Zealand Ltd. acquired labeling business of local company Jenkins Labels Limited.
Established SATO Healthcare Australia Pty Ltd in Australia.
Launched its CL4/6NX printer series as the world’s first industrial IoT printing solution compatible with SOS (SATO Online Services).
Acquired Prakolar Rotulos Auto-Adesivos S.A.in Brazil (renamed Prakolar Rotulos Autoadesivos Ltda.in 2017).
2018

Established SATO Healthcare Switzerland AG in Switzerland.

2019 Received the Commissioner of the JPO Award from the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Japan Patent Office.
Established SATO Productivity Solutions Mexico S.A. de C.V. in Mexico.

2020–

2020

Marked the 80th year in business.

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