COMPANYCorporate History

  • 1925
    Tsunejiro Minami, the founder and the first company president started the wrought iron tooling business in Osaka, Japan.
  • 1929
    "Nantsune" became the registered trademark of Nantsune brand products. The company was known as Nantsune Works for its unique cutting flavor. Inspired by Netherlands Berkel ham and bacon cutting machines, the company created Japan's first meat cutting machine and started manufacturing and selling it.
  • 1949
    The name of the Nantsune Works was changed to the Nantsune Machinery Works due to business expansion.
  • 1954
    Nichijo Minami was succeeded as the company president by his eldest son, Tsuneo Minami, where he established the company under the name, "Nantsune Iron Works Co., Ltd."
  • 1955
    Started manufacturing and selling ham cutters, mince machines, and household dish machines.
  • 1961
    Started manufacturing and selling ham and sausage processing machines, and introduced meat cutting machines with "roller system" technology which became best seller later on.
  • 1967
    Started the construction of the current plant in Fujidera City as part of the plant expansion effort.
  • 1980
    Exhibited at the American Meat Industry trade show in Chicago.
  • 1983
    Tsuneo Minami was honored with the prestigious Osaka Prefecture Governor Award (Industry Performance Award).
  • 1985
    Established Beijing Nantsune Meat Machinery Joint Venture Co., Ltd. in China under joint management with Beijing City.
  • 1988
    Tsuneo Minami received the prestigious Director-General's Award for Machinery and Information Industry Bureau of the Department of Trade and Industry. Started manufacturing and selling chop cutters.
  • 1989
    Kojiro Minami succeeded his father as the company's third president. Tsuneo Minami became the Chairman.
  • 1992
    Chairman Tsuneo Minami received the Medal with Blue Ribbon.
  • 1998
    Tsuneo Minami received the Imperial Order of the Sacred Treasure, with Gold Rays and Rosette, in highest acknowledgement of his widespread service and contribution to the industry.
  • 1999
    Established Nantsune Korea Co., Ltd. under joint management with Young Dong Tech in Korea.
  • 2002
    Beijing Nantsune relocated and built a new factory to expand business. Acquired ISO9001 certification.
  • 2005
    Changed the company name from "Nantsune Iron Works Co., Ltd." to "Nantsune Co., Ltd."
  • 2010
    Kojiro Minami retired and Tsuneyuki Minami succeeded his father as the company's forth president.
  • 2011
    Beijing Nantsune acquired shares from the Chinese joint venture and became a wholly owned subsidiary. Renewed corporate logo.
  • 2016
    Commemorative ceremony was held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the permanent establishment of Beijing Nantsune
  • 2018
    Received Food Industrial Technical Award for fixed weight slicers NTD-165, NTD-165F, NTD-300, NTD-300F
  • 2019
    Exhibited at IFFA in Frankfurt.
    Received JAPAN PACK AWARDS for poultry plastic bag automated unseal and dehydration machine AIR-2K
  • 2020
    Received Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry Chairman's Prize for poultry plastic bag automated unseal and dehydration machine AIR-2K
    Released industry first automated meat dish up machine