Kawada Robotics Corp.

[Headquarters]
JPR Ueno East Bldg 7F., 1-3-5 Matsugaya, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0036, JAPANGoogle Map
[Tochigi Office]
122-1 Hagadai, Hagamachi, Hagagun, Tochigi 321-3325, JAPANGoogle Map

HISTORY

Our company is actively expanding into new business domains such as the aircraft business and robotics technology,
including the development of humanoid robots.

1987

Establishment of the Aviation Department of
Kawada Industries, Inc.

Aimed to develop, manufacture, and sell domestically produced personal helicopters.
The technological starting point of the robotics business

1999

Contract manufacturing of humanoid robots

Under commission from the University of Tokyo, designed and manufactured the humanoid robot H6, which provided the impetus to begin the robotics business

2001

Announcement of isamu

Used technology cultivated over time to build our first internally developed humanoid robot

2002

Announcement of HRP-2 Promet
Started offering this platform for research institutes in Japan and overseas.

The final product for the project "Research and Development of Human Cooperative and Coexistent Robot Systems" by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

2005

Bipedal Dinosaur Robot on display at Expo 2005 Aichi, Japan

The robot was on display throughout the entire duration of Expo 2005 at the Robot Station, where visitors could interact with a variety of robots. Designed and manufactured under contract with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

2007

Announcement of HRP-3 Promet Mk-II

The final product for the project "Research and Development of Fundamental Technologies for Humanoid Robots Working in Real Environments" by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

2009

Announcement of HIRO

Upper body humanoid robot platform for research usage

Announcement of NEXTAGE at International Robot Exhibition 2009

A two-armed industrial robot based on the concept of coexistence with humans Used for the exhibition's ribbon cutting ceremony

2010

Announcement of HRP-4

Research and development platform designed under the concept of "slim athlete" Developed in collaboration with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

The company was given the Divisional Technical Achievement Award by the Robotics and Mechatronics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers

Kawada Industries, Inc. awarded for the development of NEXTAGE

2012

The 5th Robot Award
Received the Next Generation Industry Special Prize award

Awarded jointly with GLORY LTD. for the creation of a flexible automatic assembly line using NEXTAGE

Rename changed to Robotics Division

2013

Establishment of Kawada Robotics Corp.

Business and technology development divisions spun off from the Robotics Division of Kawada Industries, Inc.

Announcement of NEXTAGE OPEN

The ideal platform for cutting-edge research applications, featuring a highly functional body and a highly scalable, open source software environment.

NEXTAGE receives Good Design Gold Award

Praised and awarded for the approach of using a humanoid robot to address the issue of improving efficiency at manufacturing sites with variable types and volumes of production

2015

The Rebirth of Kawada Robotics Corp.

Took over the robot manufacturing and sales business from the Robotics Division of Kawada Industries, Inc. The reborn Kawada Robotics Corp. is able to handle all steps from robot development to production and sales

2017

HRP-2 Promet registered in the Important Historical Materials on Science and Technology (a.k.a. Future Technology Legacy) in the National Museum of Nature and Science

Kawada Robotics selected as a Company Driving Regional Growth by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

2018

HQ Relocation

Headquarters relocated to Taito-ku, Tokyo

Release of NEXTAGE (NXA series)

Improvements to basic functionality including payload, speed, vision speed, and other areas to expand applicability

Received the RT Middleware Promotion Contribution Award

2019

HRP-2 permanent exhibition at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie museum
NEXTAGE functional safety compliance

NEXTAGE obtained third-party certification for functional safety of industrial robots