DNA of “Precision”KurodaJenatecHistoryDNA of “Precision”: A history of craftsmanship passed on from one generation to the other

A legacy of technological expertise supporting a wide variety of industries since 1925

1925

Founder Saburo KURODA
Founder Saburo KURODA

Kuroda Gauge Manufacturing Co., Ltd. was founded by Saburo Kuroda for the manufacture and sale of all types of gauges. Promoted industrial production of interchangeable parts (American system) using gauges.

1935

Kuroda Gauge Manufacturing Co., Ltd was reorganized into a limited partnership company.

1943

After Kuroda Gauge Manufacturing Co., Ltd was reorganized into a limited partnership company, the company was reorganized into a stock company.

1953

Kuroda built its first surface grinding machine.

1957

Kuroda became the first in Asia to receive the certification of compliance for reference master gauge from American Petroleum Institute (API).

Around 1960

Developed an electro-hydraulic pulse motor jointly with FUJITSU.

Electro-Hydraulic pulse motor

1962

Developed a universal boring head.

UFB(boring heads)

1965

Kuroda Gauge Manufacturing Co., Ltd. changed its corporation name to Kuroda Precision Industries, Ltd.

1960 ~ 1970s

Kuroda developed a nuclear power related measuring instrument.

Large-scale neutron diffraction devices

1972

Jena Zeiss (Germany) expands precision ball screw product lines. Series production of single ball screw were introduced.

1978

Kuroda developed ”FASTEC®”, an in-die stacking system.

1984

Carl Zeiss JENA developed an award winning license in India for ball thread drive production.

1989

Kuroda started selling rolled ball screws

rolled ball screws

1991

JENOPTIK Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH created a spin-off in Neff JENOPTIK GmbH.

1994

Jenaer Gewindetechnik GmbH was acquired by Ferraris Group, a British medical technology company. In that same year, Jenaer Gewindetechnik GmbH received certification DIN ISO 9001 by TÜV CERT

1996

JENATEC, Inc. USA was founded as a subsidiary of Jenaer Gewindetechnik GmbH.

1999

Kuroda developed ”ECOSAVER®”, a minimal quantity lubrication system.

ECOSAVER®

2001

Kuroda's Construction of the 6th and 7th factories, Nagano Plant and Asahi Plant.

2005

Kuroda started selling motor cores for hybrid engines. Kuroda also developed ”NANOMETRO® FTT”, a surface shape measuring instrument for large-scale liquid crystal photomask substrates.

2008

Having achieved considerable success with precision ground and rolled ballscrews and machining spindles to the US market, JENATEC, Inc. USA expands its product lines to include the SBC Linear Rail Guideway Systems.

2014

With continued focus on precision technologies across the globe, Jenaer Gewindetechnik GmbH received certification DIN ISO 50001 by TÜV CERT and Kuroda Precision Technologies, Ltd received certification DIN ISO 9001 and ISO 14001by TÜV CERT.

2018

KURODA JENATEC, Inc. expands its US operations, serving as a central hub of its products manufactured throughout the world, to better accommodate the industry’s demand of quick delivery inventory.

1930s

Kuroda developed and sold compact measuring instruments.

Compact precision measuring instrument SM-3

1931

Kuroda was featured as a distinguished domestic manufacturer in the Journal of The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers.

1938

Kuroda's Onuki Laboratory, the predecessor of Futtsu Factory, was established.

1950

Developed and sold precision metal press dies for motor cores.

1955

Became the first plant authorized to use the JIS mark.

Around 1960

Kuroda developed the world’s first 3D large-scale screw measuring instrument, along with various measuring instruments such as the interference micrometer.

3D measuring instruments

1961

Developed pneumatic equipment.

1963

Kuroda launched the Machine Tools business.

1969

Under the influence of Carl Zeiss, a German scientific instrument maker, optician and businessman the construction of a “Rolling screw drives” production facility was built with its own sales department and self-developed special measuring technology in Jena Germany under the name of Carl Zeiss JENA. This plant featured product portfolio from 20mm to 125mm screw diameters.

1970s

Kuroda (Japan) made full-scale expansion in the ball screw and NC turning market. Series production of single ball screws were introduced.

1972

Kuroda developed ”HADOMER”, an intermittent sequential pneumatic compressor.

1977

Kuroda manufactured Japan’s first thread gauges for premium pipes.

1980's

Kuroda developed a compact pneumatic control system, a magnetic head grinding machine, and developed ”UNI-WIRE”, a wiring saving parallel/serial converter.

1987

Kuroda developed the ”Super Polishing Machine”

1990

Jena Zeiss collaborated with Jenoptik which laid the foundation for the famous “Made in Germany” proclamation for precision, quality, solid engineering and craftsmanship. The company name became JENOPTIK Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH and then Jenoptik GmbH.

1993

German operations renamed the ball screw manufacturing to Jenaer Gewindetechnik GmbH as a subsidiary company of the Jenoptik Group. This new subsidiary moved the company to Jena-Göschwitz Industrial Park, Jena Germany with over 6000 sf manufacturing space.

1996

Kuroda developed ”NANOMETRO®”, an ultra-precision surface shape measuring instrument for silicon wafers.

NANOMETRO® 300TT

2000

Kuroda's Construction of a new factory at the Futtsu Plant for production of ball screws.

2000

Jenaer Gewindetechnik GmbH begins manufacturing the production of miniature ball screws

2002

Jenaer Gewindetechnik GmbH and Jenatec, Inc. USA becomes a wholly owned subsidiaries of Avingtrans plc in England

2008

Kuroda's Kazusa Akademia Plant was completed.

2012

JENATEC, Inc. USA and Jenaer Gewindetechnik GmbH become wholly owned subsidiaries of Kuroda Precision Industries, Ltd., expanding its global footprint in precision technologies under the worldwide brand of KURODA JENATEC. , Inc.

The addition of Jena Tec, with its manufacturing facilities and sales network in Germany and the United States, allowed KURODA to immediately strengthen its presence in Europe and North America and to utilize the synergistic effects from the integration of a fellow manufacturer of linear motion systems. Drawing upon the dual legacies of Japanese and German precision engineering, the new global brand of KURODA JENATEC was born.

2025    - Towards KURODA’s 100th anniversary -

The large number of technologies and products under the KURODA JENATEC brand has accumulated over its more than 90 years of history cover a variety of fields, ranging from machining to measurement. KURODA believes that its ability to combine various technologies to solve its customers’ issues is one characteristic that puts KURODA in a unique position. Our Companies, under the KURODA JENATEC brand, intend to keep true to its principles even beyond its 100th anniversary, continuing to contribute to the progress of the industrial society at large and the mutual development of customers, shareholders, community, personnel and company, as well as establishing ”Precision by KURODA JENATEC” as a worldwide brand of quality and trust.

Motion Controls systems business : Aiming at being the compact linear motion system manufacturer with the shortest delivery time

”Motion controls systems” are mechanical elements essential for machines to move accurately. By leveraging the proven precision technology passed down in the company since its foundation and its global network, KURODA can not only provide various motion control system products including precision ground ball screws, but also offer solutions ranging from design of the motion control system product to manufacturing, sales, and after-sales services. Hereafter, KURODA JENATEC, with the aim of becoming a global brand of precision linear motion systems, will further work on its ability to provide solutions to add units and systems to its offering in order to respond to the needs of any industry with proven precision technology.