On September 1, 2020, Furukawa Battery celebrated its 70th anniversary.


It is our valued stakeholders who have made this possible through their continued support over the years,
and I would like to express my gratitude to all of you.


With this important milestone as our first step,
we will continue to take on new challenges and achieve continuous growth
so that we can become a company that must last 100 years.



Message from CEO

The Furukawa Battery was established in 1950 independently of the battery plant of Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
Since our founding, we have contributed to the development of society by providing high-quality storage batteries, power supply systems and related services in a wide range of fields, from automobiles, buildings, public facilities, railways, aerospace, and so on. In recent years, we have been promoting businesses that contribute to resolving social and environmental issues, such as batteries for environmentally friendly vehicles and storage batteries for renewable energy applications. We are developing products and services tailored to the times and needs of the times.
Over the past 70 years, we have experienced many twists and turns, but thanks to the support of many people, including customers, business partners, employees, and local communities, we have continued to grow in line with our philosophy of "contributing to society through our businesses and technologies, and developing sustainably together with society."
The environment and society surrounding us have changed dramatically over the past decade or so. It is not an era in which we can survive simply by valuing tradition and history. With pleasure and appreciation that marks the 70th anniversary, I hope to respond flexibly to changes and continue to exist for the next 10 years and 100 years. To this end, we will maximize our technological, development and challenge capabilities, contribute to society through our businesses and technologies, and grow sustainably together with our stakeholders.

Shinichi Ono
President and CEO
The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd

Our history


  • 1914
    Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. established battery factory in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture
  • 1937
    Relocated its battery factory to Yokohama City


  • 1950
    Spun off from Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. Founded as The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd.
  • 1952
    Obtain permission to display the Japan Industrial Standards mark for automotive storage batteries
  • 1955
    Commercialized storage batteries for aircraft


  • 1970
    Constructed automotive lead-acid battery plant in Imaichi City (now Nikko City)
  • 1978
    Constructed automotive lead-acid battery plant in Iwaki City
  • 1992
    Merged with Thailand-based Siam Cement to establish Siam Furukawa Co., Ltd. (SFC)


  • 2003
    Successfully developed the world’s first lithium-ion battery for use in space, which was installed in the Hayabusa asteroid exploration craft

Akihiro Ikeshita

  • 2006
    Developed UltraBattery, representing a significantly improved performance in lead-acid battery


  • 2013
    Merged with Indonesia’s Indomobil Group and established PT. Furukawa Indomobil Battery Manufacturing (FIBM)
  • 2013
    Augmented equipment at automotive lead-acid battery plant in Iwaki
  • 2014
    Developed MgBOX magnesium-air battery for emergency use
  • 2014
    Lithium-ion batteries equipped in the Hayabusa 2 asteroid probe
  • 2016
    Acquired 10.5% of issued shares of Vietnam-based storage battery manufacturer Dry Cell and Storage Battery Joint Stock Company
  • 2017
    Established next-generation lithium-ion battery development company (ABRI Co., Ltd.)
  • 2017
    Gaston Planté Medal awarded to an employee
  • 2019
    Hayabusa 2 probe equipped with lithium-ion batteries manufactured by Furukawa Battery successfully touches down on the Ryugu asteroid

Akihiro Ikeshita


  • 2020 
    Developed bipolar storage batteries that satisfy all performance, safety, and economic efficiency

Distribution of Anniversary Presents to Employees

The Furukawa Battery distributed emergency magnesium-air batteries "MgBOX slim" to employees as commemorative 70th anniversary gifts. The aim is to encourage employees to live safely and with peace of mind and to raise their awareness of disaster prevention and mitigation.