Company Information

Corporate History

1919 Company founder Masuo Tadano starts a small welding company that will eventually grow to become Tadano.
1948 Tadano Iron Works Co., Ltd. is established in Takamatsu, Japan by Masuo Tadano, who serves as the first company president.
1950 Invents railroad track maintenance machine, obtains patent and begins its production for delivery to Japan National Railways.
1954 Starts development of hydraulic industrial machines.
1955 Tadano introduces Japan's first hydraulic truck crane, the OC-2, with a 2-ton lifting capacity.
1957 Exhibits the fully hydraulic OC-5 truck crane at the Cargo-Handling Machine Exhibition in Osaka.
1959 Relocates head office and main plant to present location in Takamatsu City, Japan.
1960 Delivers company's first hydraulic crane exports (four OC-5 truck cranes) to Indonesia.
1962 Lists Company's shares on the Second Section of the Osaka Securities Exchange.
1963 Constructs the company's new head office building in Takamatsu, Japan.
Introduces the TM loader cranes series.
1964 Introduces the TS truck crane series (mounted on conventional trucks).
1966 Introduces the TL truck crane series (mounted on specially designed carriers).
1970 Introduces Japan's first hydraulic rough terrain crane, the TR-150, with a 15-ton lifting capacity.
1971 Introduces the TG truck crane series.
1972 Develops the AML, Japan's first moment load indicator (a safety device for preventing crane overload).
Lists Company's shares on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Osaka Securities Exchange.
1973 Establishes the company's first overseas subsidiary, Tadano International (Europe) B.V. in the Netherlands.
1980 Constructs and beings production at Shido Plant in Sanuki City, Japan. Shido later becomes the primary production plant for Tadano's rough terrain cranes and remains so to date.
1983 Introduces Tadano's first aerial work platforms (the AT-136TE and AT-140TE, insulated for electrical development applications).
1984 Establishes the Beijing Representative Office in China.
1987 Constructs the Tadano Ryogoku Building, the company's sales headquarters in Tokyo.
1989 Changes corporate name to Tadano Ltd.
Acquires Shikoku Metal Working Co., Ltd. (currently Tadano Ilec Ltd.).
1990 Acquires FAUN AG (currently Tadano Faun GmbH), a German crane and specialized vehicle manufacturer. Begins full-scale all terrain crane development and production.
1991 Begins Moai Statue Restoration Project at Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island (Tadano's part in the project is completed in August 1993).

Establishes Tadano Faun GmbH, a sales and marketing company for its German operations.
1992 Introduces the AR all terrain crane series.
1993 Establishes Tadano America Corporation in Texas, USA. Begins full-scale sales of mobile cranes in the North American market.
1994 Introduces the Super Deck aerial work platform series.
1995 Introduces the CREVO rough terrain crane series.
Introduces the BT bridge checker series.
1996 Establishes Tadano-Multico (S.E. Asia) Pte Ltd. (currently Tadano Asia Pte Ltd.) in Singapore.
1997 Constructs the Technical Research Center in Takamatsu, Japan.
1998 Introduces the AR-5500M, the largest-capacity all terrain crane made anywhere in Japan, with a 550-ton lifting capacity.
Receives an award from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry for the development of high-performance aerial work platforms using fuzzy control.
1999 Introduces the loader crane Z-series.
2000 Acquires Kyowa Kogyo, Inc. (currently Tadano IMES Ltd.).
2003 Establishes BQ-Tadano (Beijing) Crane Co., Ltd., China's first joint company for the manufacture of construction cranes. BQ-Tadano becomes the key manufacturing and sales location in China for Tadano's truck cranes.
Establishes the Tadano Middle East Representative Office in Dubai, UAE.
2004 Introduces ATF all terrain crane global series (ATF 110G-5, ATF 160G-5).
2007 Constructs and beings production at the Tadotsu Plant in Tadotsu-cho, Kagawa Prefecture in order to expand production of loader cranes.
2008 Acquires US-based telescopic crawler crane manufacturer SpanDeck Inc. (currently Tadano Mantis Corporation). Begins production and sales of telescopic boom crawler cranes.
Establishes Tadano Faun Staholbau GmbH in Germany.
Constructs and begins production at the Chiba Plant in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
Introduces the loader crane Zest series (AE360, AE300).
Establishes the Tadano Group Mid-Term Management Plan (08-10).
Establishes the "Lifting your dreams" branding message.
2010 Establishes JTL-Tadano Hebei, a joint venture company for producing mobile crane parts in China.
Establishes Tadano Oceania Pty Ltd in Australia.
2011 Establishes Tadano Brasil Equipamentos de Elevacao Ltda. in Brazil.
Establishes the Tadano Group Mid-Term Management Plan (11-13).
2012 Establishes Tadano (Beijing) Ltd. in China.
Establishes Tadano (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in Thailand for making loader cranes designed for developing country markets.
Establishes Tadano India Pvt. Ltd. in India.
Faun GmbH and Tadano Faun GmbH merge (post-merger company name: Tadano Faun GmbH).
2013 Introduces the GR-1600XL (GR-1450EX), a rough terrain crane that boasts the highest lifting capacity in class worldwide.
2014 Establishes Tadano Panama S.A. in Panama.
Establishes the Tadano Group Mid-Term Management Plan (14-16).
2016 Establishes Tadano France SAS in France.
Aquires Cranes UK Ltd, a distributor in the United Kingdom. (currently Tadano UK Ltd)
Introduces the rough terrain crane Generation 4 (G4) series (GR-700N-2, GR-250N-4, GRGR-160N-4).
2017 Establishes Tadano Italthai Co., Ltd. in Thailand.
Establishes the Tadano Group Mid-Term Management Plan (17-19).

ISO9001 Certification

ISO9001 Certification

In July 1996, TADANO received the ISO9001 certificate for quality from Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) of the U.K. The ISO9000 series is a set of uniform standards, determined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which apply not to a specific product, but to the quality assurance and quality management systems of a company. The ISO9001 covers more categories than any other in the series, including quality assurance systems for design, development, production, installation, and servicing. The certification has raised global recognition of product reliability at TADANO.