YAMATO History


MAY 1927 Manjiro Kondo, who had worked for Industrial Dept. of Japan Branch of The Singer Company, founded Kondo Sewing Machine Company in Osaka and began to engage in the import and sales of industrial sewing machines; then manufacturing and export of sewing machines for knitted materials. The business succeeded thanks to the excellent performance and quality of the products.


Aug. 1949 Our standard drawing of overlock stitch machine was adopted as the original plan of Japan Standard Specification in International Trade and Machinery Bureau, Japan Sewing Machinery Industry Committee and Japan Sewing Machinery Technique Conference.
Jun. 1952 Our overlock machine was awarded the Prize of the Director of the Minor Enterprises at Japan Minor Enterprises Export Encouraging Exhibition.
Mar. 1964 Our factory was rewarded by Osaka Prefecture as the excellent factory in the promotion in quality control.
Apr. 1964 Concluded the contract as the exclusive distributor of The Reece Corporation (U.S.A.) in Japan.
May 1965 Concluded the contract with Complett S.P.A. (Italy) as the exclusive distributor in Japan.
Aug. 1965 DCZ-200 class Automatic Lubrication Type 6,000 s.p.m. Super High Speed Overlock Stitch Machine was completed.
Apr. 1976 World's first Automatic Blindstitch Hemmer, ABH-1000 was completed.
Jan. 1983 Participated in the Automatic Sewing System Research and Development Association of the Industrial Technology Academy.
Apr. 1983 Apparel CAD System (computer-aided design system) was released for sale.
May 1983 Apparel U.P.S. System (unit production delivery system) was released for sale.
Jul. 1986 AZ8000-8500 classes Super High Speed Overlock Stitch Machine were released for sale.
Oct. 1986 FMS (flexible manufacturing system) and Painting Robot were installed for the manufacturing of frames of industrial sewing machines.
Oct. 1987 Established our subsidiary company Yamato U.S.A. Inc. in Charlotte, N.C., U.S.A.
1988 Established Yamato Corporation for the purpose of the sales of the textile machinery.
Jun. 1988 NB2000 Electronically Controlled Posted Button Sewing Machine for Wrapping Mechanism was developed.
Jan. 1989 Established Yamato Hong Kong Co., Ltd. in Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Jan. 1990 Yamato Europe GmbH in Hamburg/Germany was established
Feb. 1994 Yamato Polska in Lodz/Poland was established
1995 Small cylinderbed interlockers - VE series were released
1996 Variable Top Feed Interlock machines were developed
1999 Yamato's New Cylinderbed Interlock Series VG is released. This machine series was awarded "New Machine Development Prize" set up by Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry for its development
May 2002 JIAM2002 exhibition was held sucessfully in Osaka, Japan. Our president, Mr. Shogo Kondo lead the organizer to have unique "JASMA Theme Zone", which shown a touch of "future gament industy" by linkage of each stages of industry from Planning, material arranging, sewing through sales.
Nov. 2005 Marketed VGS series, Cylinder bed interlock stitch machine with Variable top feeder & Active thread control. And keep being higly appreciated by the "Top-runners" in the global garment industry for its higher applicability for various sewing conditions, including difficult-to-sew-fabric.