1884 Honjo Copper Smeltery opened. Yamada Cable Works opened.
1896 Yokohama Electric Cable Manufacturing Company established (capital:¥50,000)


1906 Nikko Copper Electrolyzing Refinery opened.
1920 Yokohama Electric Cable Manufacturing Company and Nikko Copper Electrolyzing Refinery, previously a subsidiary of Furukawa Kogyo Co., Ltd., consolidated to establish The Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (capital:¥20,000,000)
1938 Osaka Copper Works established in Amagasaki City.
1959 Hiratsuka Cable Works established in Hiratsuka.


1961 Established and started operations of Chiba Cable Works in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture.
1968 Furukawa Electric Cables (Malaysia) (FECM), a joint venture manufacturing electric cables, founded in Malaysia.


1971 Mie Works established in Kameyama-shi, Mie prefecture.
1972 Furukawa precision Metal Industrial Co., Ltd. established with W.C. Heleus of West Germany to manufacture precision processed products for electronic equipment parts.
1974 Furukawa Industrial S.A. Produtos Electricos (FISA) established in cooperation with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in Brazil.
Asia Cable Engineering Co. (ACECO), an engineering joint venture for high voltage transmission line laying, founded in Singapore.
1977 Completion of communication cable construction in Curitiba in the State of Parana as Brazil FISA.
Founded joint venture in Indonesia, P.T. Tembaga Mulia Semanan (TMS), for copper wire rods.
1979 Bangkok Telecom Co., Ltd. established, as a joint venture in Thailand for manufacture of communication cables.


1983 Furukawa Aluminum Fukui Plant established in Fukui Coastal Industrial Zone in Mikuni-cho, Sakai-gun, Fukui prefecture.
Thai Furukawa Unicomm Co., Ltd. established in Thailand for construction work for communications.
1987 Completion of Yokohama R&D Lab.


1990 U.S. copper foil manufacturer Yates Industries purchased jointly with Albedo.
1992 Established an optical fiber cable manufacturing and sales company as a joint venture with AT&T in the U.S.
1996 Established a manufacturing and sales company for copper rod in Vietnam.
Established a manufacturing and sales company for automobile parts in Tianjin, China.
1997 Started operations of manufacturing company for high-voltage cross-linked polyethylene power cable in China.
Established an electronics manufacturing subsidiary in Thailand.
Completion of a Thai electronic parts manufacturing subsidiary.
Established a merger for automotive harness operations in Hong Kong.
1999 Full-scale entry into North America in WDM-related business.


2000 Established a joint venture company with Hitachi Cable, Ltd. for copper tube manufacturing in China.
2001 Established a joint venture company for optical fiber cable manufacturing in Indonesia.
Formed business alliance between Power Cable Division and Fujikura Ltd.
Bought out Lucent Technologies' optical fiber solution business.
New automotive parts company established in Czech Republic.
2002 Copper and copper alloy products manufacturing and sales subsidiary founded in Wuxi City, China.
Established a copper strip manufacturing company in China.
Affiliate company established for optical fiber composite overhead ground wire (OPGW) in Jiangsu, China.
2003 Founded a new automotive part company in Indonesia.
Founded Furukawa-Sky Aluminum Corporation from the merger of Furukawa's light metals company and Sky Aluminum Co., Ltd.
Began alliance with French corporation, Valeo, for automotive wire harnesses.
2005 Founded Furukawa Electric Industrial Cable Co., Ltd. by consolidating industrial electric cable divisions of Furukawa Electric and Furukawa Industrial Cable Co., Ltd.
Agreed upon purchasing Trocellen in Germany,a major company of cross-linked polyolefin foams.
2007 Founds Furukawa Automotive Systems Inc. by integrating the automotive parts division.
2008 Merges with subsidiary Furukawa Circuit Foil Co., Ltd.
2009 Establishes an optical fiber manufacturing company in India
Establishes the Next-Generation Power Devices Partnership


2010 US subsidiary OFS Fitel, LLC establishes a manufacturing company for base materials of optical fibers jointly with a Chinese manufacturer
2011 Establishes a manufacturing and sales company of electrodeposited copper foils for lithium ion batteries in Taiwan
Purchased SuperPower Inc., an American high-temperature superconducting materials manufacturer.
2013 Representative Office founded in Turkey.
2014 LAN solution product sales company founded in Mexico.
Automobile parts management company founded in Thailand.
Optical fiber cable manufacturing and sales company founded in Colombia.
2015 Furukawa UACJ Memory Disk founded.
Power transmission and distribution parts joint venture founded in Vietnam.
2016 Established high-power laser diode module manufacturing company as a joint venture with Fanuc Corporation.
Established local subsidiary in Myanmar to provide solutions focusing on communication construction.
Acquired the underground and undersea power transmission line business of VISCAS Corporation.
2017 Established a high-voltage magnet wire joint venture with Superior Essex in Europe
Expanded optical fiber cable manufacturing capacity mainly in North America and Europe manufacturing bases
Established Furukawa Electric Industrial Mexico (FEIM) in Mexico as a manufacturing base for ICT solution products
2018 Established an optical fiber cable manufacturing plant in Morocco
Expanded production capacity at Furukawa Automotive Systems Lima Philippines (FALP), a wire harness production base
Opened a research base, Silicon Valley Innovation Laboratories, Furukawa Electric, in Silicon Valley, North America
Acquired management rights over Minda Furukawa Electric in India
2019 Agreed with SWCC Showa Holdings Co., Ltd., on the integration of sales functions and a business alliance in general purpose power cable business for the construction and wholesaler markets


2020 Transferred business related to the development, manufacture and sale of copper pipes, etc.
Established a magnet wire business joint venture with Superior Essex and transferred Furukawa Electric Group’s heavy magnet wire business, etc., to the joint venture
2021 Started full-scale mass production of heat dissipation/cooling products at Furukawa Electric Thermal Management Solutions & Products Laguna in the Philippines
Innovation History