History

1950~
  • 1952

    Asahi Chemical Laboratory founded in Joto-ku. Osaka City
    Silver recycling business starts using photographic fixing solutions

1960~
  • 1968

    Kobe Plant constructed in Higashinada-ku, Kobe City

  • 1969

    Introduced our own electrolytic silver recycling equipment

1970~
  • 1974

    Fukuoka sales office opens Sales offices start to be established across Japan

  • 1975

    Industrial waste disposal license acquired from Kobe City (detoxification of photographic effluent containing harmful substances)
    Compact electrolytic silver collection equipment "PLATA" developed

  • 1978

    Head Office building completed in Higashinada-ku, Kobe City
    Registered as an environmental measurement certification office

1980~
  • 1981

    30th anniversary ceremony held at Kobe Portpia Hotel

  • 1982

    Precious metal recycling business launched in the dental field

  • 1984

    Precious metal recycling business launched in the plating solution field

  • 1986

    Precious metal recycling business launched in the electronics components and jewelry fields
    Compact electrolytic gold collection equipment "ZIPANG" developed

1990~
  • 1990

    Enters environmental preservation business other than photographic effluents

  • 1994

    ASAHI G&S SDN. BHD. established in Malaysia

  • 1995

    Kobe Headquarters and offices struck by Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake
    (Post-disaster recovery work completed)

  • 1997

    Five group companies merged and names changed into Asahi Pretec Corp.

  • 1998

    Headquarters operations transferred to Sannomiya, Kobe City
    Technical Research Center opens

  • 1999

    Acquisition of ISO9002 certification (*Changed registration to ISO9001 in 2002)
    Initial public stock offering made on over-the-counter market

2000~
  • 2000

    Acquisition of ISO14001 certification
    Listed on the 2nd Section of the Tokyo Stock Ex-change

  • 2001

    Precious metals recycling business launched in the automobile catalyst field

  • 2002

    Promoted to the 1st Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
    50th anniversary ceremony held at Kobe Portpia Hotel
    Hanshin Office opened and Osaka Sales Office closed

  • 2003

    Shanghai Asahi Pretec Co., Ltd. established in China (*Share transfer in 2020)

  • 2004

    JW Chemitech Co., Ltd. acquired (Formerly named Nihon Chemitech Co., Ltd.)

  • 2006

    Asahi Pretec Korea Co., Ltd. Established
    Indium recycling facilities in Fukuoka Plant expanded

  • 2007

    The Tokyo Head Office established in Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
    Taiyo Chemical Co., Ltd. acquired
    Portion of environmental preservation business acquired from Sanix Inc.
    Operations as Asahi Pretec Kitakyushu office launched

  • 2008

    Japan Waste Corporation established
    Fuji Rozai Co., Ltd. acquired

  • 2009

    Asahi Holdings, Inc. established
    Shifts to holding company structure
    Glass recycling business acquired from Io Glass Co., Ltd.
    Operations launched as JW Glass Recycle Co., Ltd.

2010~
  • 2010

    The Asahi Way established
    Chungju Plant of Asahi Pretec Korea Co., Ltd. established and precious metal recycling business launched in the dental field
    Ecomax Co., Ltd. acquired (*Merged by Japan Waste Corporation in 2017)

  • 2011

    Precious metal recycling business launched in the E-scrap field
    Usuda Manufactureing Co. Ltd. acquired (*Merged by Asahi Pretec Corp. in 2014) and precious metal recycling business launched in the Precision cleaning field

  • 2012

    INTER CENTRAL, INC. acquired

  • 2013

    Asahi Pretec Taiwan Co., Ltd. established (Closed in 2019)

  • 2014

    Acquires KOEIKOGYO CO., LTD. (*Share transfer in 2019)
    Acquires Fuji Medical Instruments Mfg. Co., Ltd. (*60% share transfer to Johnson Health Tech in Taiwan in 2020)

  • 2015

    Johnson Matthey Gold and Silver Refining Holdings Ltd. acquired as subsidiary
    Refining operations in North America launched as Asahi Refining USA Inc. and Asahi Refining Canada Ltd.
    Audit and Supervisory Committee system adopted
    Nomination and compensation committees established

  • 2016

    Adopts International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

  • 2018

    Asahi Life & Health Corporation established

  • 2019

    Assets from Republic Metals Corporation and Republic Carbon Company, LLC, acquired and operations launched as Asahi Refining Florida LLC
    Asahi Pretec Medical Support Co., Ltd. established (*starts operating in 2020)

2020~
  • 2020

    Asahi Pretec Corp. and Japan Waste Corporation integrate environmental preservation businesses