How did Amano first become involved in its current line of business and in business activities related to the key themes of "people and time" and "people and the environment"?
To find out, let's take a look at the series of events in chronological order. In fact, these themes are closely related to Japan's economic development.
Launch of our time information business
1931:Amano developed Japan's first time recorder for recording employees' start and finish times.
Shuichi Amano, the founder of Amano Corporation, first came across a time recorder while he was in the Navy. In those days, however, time recorders were imported from abroad and they tended to easily malfunction after brief use. Believing that future generations would benefit from more reliable recorders, Mr. Amano established a privately operated company, Amano Manufacturing. Through repeated trial and error, he developed the first Japanese time recorder with a card-insertion slot for recording work start and finish times. This development marked the beginning of time & attendance management in Japan.
The opportunity for business development came with a large order from what was then the Japanese National Railways.
(The use of time recorders gained traction with the enactment of the Labor Standards Act in April 1947).
Amano released the first time recorder in the industry to be equipped with a microcomputer, which enabled the automatic aggregation and processing of attendance data.
Launch of our environmental business
1951:Amano launched a new business to improve factory working conditions
Mr. Amano, the company's founder, always pondered with the idea of starting a new line of business other than time recorders.
At that time, almost all time recorders were delivered to factories and recognizing the need to improve working conditions for factory workers, his attention was drawn to industrial cleaners. He then began to sell American-made industrial cleaners, which marked the beginning of our environmental business. This enabled Amano to greatly contribute, not only to time management, but also to improving the working conditions at Japanese factories.
Amano released its own proprietary industrial cleaner.
Instead of importing American-made cleaners—which did not really meet Japan's market needs—Amano began developing, manufacturing, and selling its own industrial cleaners.
Amid the growing interest to prevent industrial pollution among the Japanese industries, the era changed from "not just picking up the litter" to "elimnating the source of the litter".
Industrial cleaners developed to become dust-collecting systems.
Development of our information system business
1966:Amano combined a time recorder with a computer to resolve the problems arising from the growing complexity of time & attendance management.
In preparation for the coming era of electronics, Amano developed and released a ground-breaking product called "ARECODATA" in 1966. Until then, factories with a large workforce as well as department stores and companies with complex work schedules spent enormous time inputting individual time recorder data into computer systems. To overcome this, Amano developed a way of directly interfacing the information on the time recorder with a computer, thereby reducing data inputting time and greatly improving efficiency. This marked the beginning of our information system business.
Development of our parking business
1967:Amano developed and released Japan's first parking ticket dispenser.
In 1973, Amano developed and released fully automatic pay station.
In 1957, Japan's Parking Lot Act was enacted to promote the development of parking lots throughout the country. At that time, parking lots used time stamps to record entry and exit times.
A few years later in 1967, Amano released a parking ticket dispenser called "Parking Master". This system was designed to issue parking tickets with the following information when a driver pushed a touch plate: the gate number, the parking lot number, and the date and time of entry. In 1973, Amano developed Japan's first automatic pay station equipped with a microcomputer. This system helped to improve operational efficiency and further develop Japan's automobile culture.
Development of our cleaning system business
1982:Amano established a business partnership with a cleaning machine manufacturer based in West Germany.
This began Amano's expansion from factories into new lines of business such as amusement facilities and stores.
About 30 years after we started manufacturing and selling industrial cleaners, the cleaner market began to expand rapidly from products targeting conventional factories to products for offices, amusement facilities, and stores. To meet these new market needs and to offer fully equipped cleaning machines, Amano entered into a business partnership with Hako GmbH, an established cleaning machine manufacturer of West Germany, to import and sell such machines.
In 1984, Amano started to produce its own proprietary products.