History

From 1963: Established as a High Precision Mold Manufacturer

7/1963

Dai-ichi Seiko Co., Ltd. was established to exclusively produce high precision molds by using module systems for manufacturing molds (full-split structures / complete heat treatment hardening / shift to complete precision machining after full quenching), which were developed in 1960.

2/1964 Made extensions to the plant and established the Automated Machinery Dept., which takes advantage of precision processing technology cultivated through mold manufacturing.
11/1968 Started to export molds for precision plastics to U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, and Singapore.
12/1969 Purchased a 26,400 sq. m. block of land in Ogori, Fukuoka, Japan for new plants to prepare for the expansion of our business.
10/1971 Opened Singapore Office.
9/1972 Opened Tokyo Office.
1973

Received orders for mass-production of connectors, and started commissioned production of precision plastic components.

11/1973 Built a plant for mass production at our headquarters.

From 1976: Business Expansion and Foray into Commissioned Production

3/1976 Established our first subsidiary in Chikushino, Fukuoka, Japan (now Onojo Plant)
10/1976 Established our first company for mass production in Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan.
1/1979 Established Singapore Dai-ichi Pte. Ltd. (now I-PEX Singapore Pte Ltd) in Singapore
1980

Released "GP-SYSTEM: MARK-I," the world's first fully automatic semiconductor molding machine.

5/1981 Opened Fukuoka Branch in Onojo, Fukuoka, Japan.
1/1982

Started operations at Ogori Plant in Ogori, Fukuoka, Japan.

1/1986 Established Yamanashi Plant in Yamanashi, Yamanashi, Japan.
8/1987 Started operations at the second plant in Kallang, Singapore

From 1988: Building Systems for Production in Optimal Global Locations

1988 Started commissioned production of automobile components
11/1988 Established Philippine Dai-ichi, Inc. in the Philippines
6/1989 Established MDI Sdn.Bhd. in Johor Bahru, Malaysia
3/1991

Established Shanghai Dai-ichi Mould & Plastics Co., Ltd. (now I-PEX Precision Mold & Plastics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.) in Shanghai, China.

5/1992 Established Cebu Dai-ichi, Inc. in Cebu, the Philippines
Established Cebu Dai-ichi, Inc. in Cebu, the Philippines
6/1993

Completed the construction of and started operations at the new plant SINGAPORE DAI-ICHI PTE. LTD. in Yishun, Singapore.

2/1994 Established Dai-ichi Seiko America, Inc. (now I-PEX USA Components Inc.) in San Jose, California, U.S.A.
Established Laguna Dai-ichi, Inc. (now I-PEX Philippines Inc.) in Laguna, the Philippines
6/1997

Started the world's first mass production of ramps, an important component used in hard disk drives (HDDs).

5/1998 Opened Taiwan Office in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
1/1999 Opened Thai Office in Bangkok, Thailand.
6/2000 Established Thai Dai-ichi Seiko Co., Ltd. (now I-PEX (Thailand) Co., Ltd.) in Chon Buri, Thailand
11/2000 Opened Malaysia Office in Ipoh, Malaysia.
12/2000 Established Touchstone Precision, Inc. (now I-PEX USA Manufacturing Inc.) in Auburn, Alabama, U.S.A.
Established PT. Pertama Precision Bintan (now PT IPEX Indonesia Inc) in Bintan, Indonesia.
7/2001 Opened Shanghai Office in Shanghai, China.
3/2002 Established Hong Kong Dai-ichi Seiko Co., Ltd. in Hong Kong.

From 2004: Evolution into a Connector Manufacturer and Becoming a Listed Company

7/2004 Acquired I-PEX Co., Ltd., an innovator of high-speed, wide-area transmission connectors, as a subsidiary.
3/2005 Established Dong Guan Dai-ichi Seiko Mold & Plastics Co., Ltd. (now I-PEX Precision Mold & Plastics (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.) in Dongguan, China.
7/2005 Established DJ Precision Co., Ltd. as a JV with Japan Aviation Electronics Industry Ltd.
6/2006 Established Vietnam Dai-ichi Seiko Co. Ltd. (now I-PEX Viet Nam Co., Ltd.) in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
11/2006

Listed in the JASDAQ Securities Exchange.

5/2007 Established Matsue Dai-ichi Seiko Co., Ltd. (now I-PEX Shimane Inc.) in Matsue, Shimane, Japan.
1/2011 Opened Shizuoka Technical Center in Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan.
3/2011

Listed in the 1st Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

1/2012 Entered into a merger with I-PEX Co., Ltd.
1/2015 Introduced an executive officer system.
8/2015 Opened Detroit Office of Dai-ichi Seiko America, Inc. (now I-PEX USA Components Inc.) in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
2/2016 Opened Heiwa Laboratory in Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan.
8/2017

Established Daiichi Seiko (M) Sdn. Bhd. (now IPEX Global Manufacturing (M) Sdn. Bhd.) in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

5/2019 Opened I-PEX Global Operations, Inc., in Tomigusuku, Okinawa, Japan.
1/2020 Established Okinawa Plant in Uruma, Okinawa, Japan.
6/2020

Established I-PEX Campus in Ogori, Fukuoka, Japan.

From 2020: I-PEX, Innovative Product development & Engineering solutions eXpert

8/2020

Changed the company name to I-PEX Inc.

I-PEX