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1937

Established as Osaka Special Steel Manufacturing

1950

Incorporated as Osaka Special Steel Manufacturing Co.

1951

Commenced research into manufacture of titanium metal

1952 Built Japan’s first titanium pilot plant
Equity stake taken by Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd.
Changed the trade name to Osaka Titanium Co., Ltd.
Personnel concerned show their delight at the first titanium sponge manufactured in the pilot plant.

Personnel concerned show their delight at the first titanium sponge manufactured in the pilot plant

1953

Equity stake taken by Kobe Steel, Ltd.

1954

Construction completed for titanium plant with monthly capacity of 25 tons

A test piece made from the batch described above.

A test piece made from the batch described above

1957

Commenced polycrystalline silicon research and development

1960

Started production of polycrystalline silicon

Reactor for manufacturing clustered polycrystalline silicon.

Reactor for manufacturing clustered polycrystalline silicon

Silicon polycrystal manufactured by the reactor described above.

Silicon polycrystal manufactured by the reactor described above

1961

Completed the magnesium chloride electrolysis plant

Inside the electrolysis plant.

Inside the electrolysis plant

1967 Completed the first phase of the second electrolysis plant
Awarded the Okouchi Memorial Production Prize for titanium manufacturing technology
Completed 14 silos to hold raw materials for titanium
 
1975

Completed 80,000 ampere electrolysis cell
Received MITI grant for unifying reduction and separation processes

First 80,000-ampere cell installed. (Electrolysis cell)

First 80,000-ampere cell installed (Electrolysis cell)

1977

Completed reduction/separation furnaces (2 ton batch)
Completed liquid chloride furnace

流動塩化炉

Liquid chloride furnace

1978

Commenced operation of Integrated titanium U-furnace (5 ton batch)

Developers with a 4-ton batch manufactured in the first integrated furnace to be installed.

Developers with a 4-ton batch manufactured in the first integrated furnace to be installed

1980

Completed the new electrolysis cell (multi-polar cell method)

 
1981

Completed the titanium ingot plant
Completed the new distillation plant

Completed titanium melting plant

Completed titanium melting plant

1982

Completed the new titanium sponge plant and started production in the new products plant

Newly completed titanium sponge plant (3S plant)

Newly completed titanium sponge plant (3S plant)

1984

Completed the first phase of the polycrystalline silicon plant

1992

Merged with Kyushu Electronic Metal Co., Ltd.

1993

Changed the company name to Sumitomo Sitix Corporation

1996

Amagasaki Plant received ISO9002 certification

1997

Established Sitix of Amagasaki, Inc., a 100% subsidiary of Sumitomo to Sumitomo Titanium Corporation
Changed the trade name to Sumitomo Sitix of Amagasaki after business of Amagasaki manufacturing and technology units (titanium, polycrystalline silicon, new products) was transferred from Sumitomo Sitix Corporation.
Received ISO 14001 certification

1999

Changed the trade name to Sumitomo Titanium Corporation

2002

Completed capacity increase construction work at titanium sponge plant (increased annual production capacity from 15,000 tons to 18,000 tons)
Listed on the 2nd section of Tokyo Stock Exchange
Received AS9000 certification, transferred to ISO9001: 2000
Listed on first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange

2005

Transferred from the 2nd section to the 1st section of Tokyo Stock Exchange

2006

Increased annual production capacity for titanium sponge from 18,000 tons to 24,000 tons

2007

Increased annual production capacity for polycrystalline silicon from 900 tons to 1,300 tons and started shipments
Changed the trade name to OSAKA Titanium technologies Co.,Ltd.

2008

Purchased industrial site in the city of Kishiwada, Osaka
Increased annual production capacity for titanium sponge from 24,000 tons to 32,000 tons (based on actual production capacity of 31,000 tons), increased annual production capacity for polycrystalline silicon from 1,300 tons to 1,400 tons

2009

Commenced operations at the Kishiwada Works
Completed the titanium ingot plant at the Kishiwada Works, boosting annual production capacity from 7,000 tons to 10,000 tons

2011

Completed the new polycrystalline silicon plant at the Kishiwada Works, boosting annual production capacity to 3,600 tons
Increased annual production capacity for titanium sponge from 31,000 tons to 37,000 tons (based on actual production capacity)
Increased annual production capacity for titanium sponge from 37,000 tons to 40,000 tons (based on actual production capacity)

2012

Increased annual production capacity for polycrystalline silicon from 3,600 tons to 3,900 tons

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