IDEC Corporation – Pioneer for a Safer and Sustainable World
Published by : Industrial Automation
Founded in 1945, IDEC Corporation supported Japans manufacturing in the post war era.
IDEC was founded in 1945 as Izumi Shokai Co Ltd in Osaka, Japan and was initially engaged in the sale of electric appliances, including retail sales. Recognising the shortage of switch boxes, that were essential for many machines, IDEC began developing high-quality switch boxes. Being well received by manufacturers, the switch boxes became IDEC's long-selling products and helped support Japan’s manufacturing in the post war reconstruction period, along with explosion protection devices, which were widely used in textile/chemical plants and petrochemical complexes.
Contributing to automation and mechanisation, as a comprehensive control device manufacturer
In response to the growing demand for measurement and control technology, and propelled by rapid economic growth in Japan, IDEC was transformed into a comprehensive control device manufacturer. In tandem with the advance of automation and mechanisation of factory equipment, IDEC expanded into the field of electronics and system products.
Starting in 1970, IDEC established overseas manufacturing and sales bases, pursuing corporate scale expansion and responding to the trend for greater mass production. Global business expansion led to further business growth and to a stock listing upgrade to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1990.
Creating an “optimum environment for humans and machines”
Since 1990, more and more manufacturing sites have increased the need for humans and machines to coexist. Responding to the need for machines and equipment to reflect consideration of safety and productivity, IDEC developed a number of products, such as the industry’s first interlock switches and enabling switches. In 2000, IDEC installed a robot-control cellular production system that enabled multi-variety variable production at its main Takino Factory, promoting automation and labour-saving in manufacturing sites.
Challenging global societal challenges
In its 60th anniversary year, 2005, the company changed its name to IDEC CORPORATION. In 2017, IDEC acquired APEM Group, as part of its global business expansion. IDEC also strives to develop new businesses that contribute to solving societal challenges. In 2019, a new philosophy “The IDEC Way” was adopted, clearly stating IDEC’s commitment to sustainable growth by continuing innovation and facing the challenges of becoming a truly global company.
IDEC Corporation enters India Market
IDEC has identified Asia Pacific, driven from Singapore regional headquarters, as one of the key regions to achieve its ambitious global expansion goal. In order to accelerate growth in the region, the company decided to establish a sales subsidiary in India, the world fastest growing economy with a 1.3 billion strong population and promising sustainable and stable growth perspectives.
The Company announced the establishment of a sales subsidiary in Bangalore for the purpose of expanding IDEC’s business in India. “IDEC Controls India Private Limited” started operations in February 2020 from Bengaluru with Arnaud Mondi as Chairman and Shuhei Sugihara as President of the India operations.
Contact: Shashishekar Jayaraman, Head – Sales & Marketing, IDEC Controls India Private Limited. Mobile: +91 9972013868. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
‘IDEC brand globally is known for its technical and performance superiority’
Interview of Shuhei Sugihara, President of IDEC India
The products from IDEC Corporation are not new to India. Now with a direct presence, what are the new India initiatives?
IDEC has identified Asia Pacific, driven from our Singapore regional headquarters, as one of the key regions to achieve our ambitious global expansion goal. In order to accelerate our growth in the region, we decided to establish a sales subsidiary in India, the world fastest growing economy with a 1.3 billion strong population and promising sustainable and stable growth perspectives. We view the rapidly-growing automotive industry as a key market driver for our expansion plan in India and will capitalise on our core competencies and the strengths of our diverse control products and solutions, specifically our safety-related devices, to achieve exponential growth. With the establishment of our India subsidiary, we aim at providing even better support and high-value services to our customers and partners in India, striving to further improve our customers' satisfaction. IDEC, as the leader in the Human-Machine Interface (HMI) field, aims to create an optimum environment between people and machines and to become the company achieving the world's highest level of safety and peace of mind.
What are the various product groups the company offers in the automation segment?
Our automation segment product portfolio mainly consists of PLCs, Touch Screens and sensor related products.
India is a highly competitive market. How does IDEC distinguish its presence among its peers?
IDEC brand globally is known for its technical and performance superiority and has been accepted by the market as a quality brand. In India, we are already positioned as a high quality and reliable brand. With Indian customers constantly looking for such quality products which help position their end products as superior ones in Indian and international market, we are confident of penetrating into various segments of the Indian market.
How does the company help customers choose the right system?
With over 75 years of knowledge across various industries and applications, IDEC R&D team has constantly worked and launched products and solutions that meet the challenges of customers. We will encash on this expertise to offer the right solutions to the Indian customers.
India is a big market. How soon will IDEC start local manufacturing operations?
We begin by leveraging our strategically located production base in Thailand and other factories around the world and consider localising R&D and manufacturing in the near future.