IKEUCHI USA, Inc. The Fog Engineers

History of IKEUCHI


H. IKEUCHI & CO., LTD. was founded in 1954 as an export trading company by Hiroshi Ikeuchi (currently honorary chairman). The founder Ikeuchi took a lot of pride in the products his country manufactured, and as a result he focused on exporting only made-in-Japan machinery and equipment. However, at the time textiles was still the main industry in Japan, and the significant items developed by Japanese producers were limited to those-related with the productions of rayon synthetic materials. One of those products was the ceramic spinneret:

Spinnerets were traditionally made from metal alloys (gold and platinum), which were capable of resisting both strong acids and strong alkalis. Existing spinnerets, however, were confiscated by the army for use during World War II, and thus became unavailable for use in Japan. At a loss about how to provide these parts to customers again, spinning-related companies began betting their corporate futures on the development of spinnerets made from alternative materials such as glass and porcelain. Although usable porcelain spinnerets were finally achieved near the end of the war, importing of American nylon commenced just after the war ended, and the new spinnerets began to vanish from the market as rayon consumption in Japan declined.

Ikeuchi, who thought it a waste to let this outstanding ceramic spinneret technology fade away, expended great time and effort until he at last succeeded, for the first time worldwide, in the production of ceramic spray nozzles. Afterward, in 1961, he established a small factory in his hometown of Kure, Hiroshima prefecture. At the time, Bordeaux mixture was widely used as an agricultural pest-control agent, but spray nozzles for this agent tended to wear down quickly. Major pesticide-sprayer manufacturers were more than happy to adopt IKEUCHI's new ceramic nozzles, which offered high wear resistance to mitigate this problem.

Thereafter, H. IKEUCHI & CO., LTD. began offering the world's first spray nozzles with ceramic tips—which also came with a guarantee of precision performance—and the Company expanded product offerings beyond the field of agriculture with nozzles made of metal, plastic and other materials. These were adopted and went on to make useful contributions in a wide range of industrial fields including steelmaking, automobiles, electronics, papermaking, printing, fibers, food products, greenhouse agriculture, marine products, livestock, energy, medicine, welfare services, landscaping/townscaping, pollution control and others.

Corporate/Product Development

1950 - 1970

  • Established as a trading firm.
  • Developed the world's first ceramic tip nozzle CERJET®.
  • Opened first plant in Kure city, Hiroshima, Japan.
  • Developed high pressure cleaning and descaling nozzles DSP series.
  • Developed and began production of metal spray nozzles.
  • Developed full cone spray nozzles with uniform distribution and minimal clogging.
  • Invented Dry Fog nozzle AKIJet® patented worldwide.
  • Opened second plant in Nishiwaki city, Hyogo, Japan.

1980 - 2000

  • 1980 Developed Dry Fog humidifier AKIMist®.
  • Developed spray nozzles for steelmaking industry for use in spray cooling of continuous casting.
  • Opened third plant in Kure city, Hiroshima, Japan.
  • Developed plastic spray nozzles.
  • Developed CERTIIM®, injection-molded version of CERJET®.
  • Established subsidiary company Ikeuchi Taiwan Co., Ltd. in Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C..
  • Founded world’s first specialized “humidification” division with industrial humidification system AirAKI®.
  • Developed self-cleaning nozzle MOMOJet®.
  • Developed pneumatic nozzle header with BIMV nozzles.
  • Received Achievement Award from The Institute of Electrostatics Japan for development of anti-static system.
  • Developed gas cooling nozzles GSIM for incineration plants.

2000 -

  • Developed large capacity pneumatic nozzles GBIM with low air-water ratio.
  • Developed descaling nozzle TDSS for steelmaking industry.
  • Established Shanghai Office in P.R.China.
  • Developed self-cleaning filter ARS Filter.
  • Expanded the plant in Nishiwaki city.
  • Developed fog + fan cooling unit COOLJetter®.
  • Established affiliate company IKEUCHI VIETNAM CO., LTD. in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Developed non-wetting fog cooling system LYOHM SYSTEM® for outdoor cooling.
  • Established joint affiliate company IKEUCHI (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD. in P.R.China.
  • Established affiliate company IKEUCHI USA, INC. in Ohio, USA.
  • Expanded the plant in Kure, Japan.
  • Developed energy-saving humidifier AKIMist®"E" .
  • Established affiliate company IKEUCHI EUROPE B.V. in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Launched “Cooling Division” specialized in industrial cooling.
  • Developed CoolBIM® greenhouse cooling and humidification system.
  • Developed Semi-Dry Fog® inlet air cooling system.
  • Established Suzhou branch and Tianjin branch of IKEUCHI (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD. in China.
  • Developed Semi-Dry Fog® large space cooling system COOLJetter® DOME.
  • Developed Semi-Dry Fog® indoor cooling/humidification system COOLJetter® ULM.
  • Developed Semi-Dry Fog® humidification unit ULM®.
  • Developed high-pressure hydraulic humidification system AirULM®.
  • Established affiliate company PT. IKEUCHI INDONESIA in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Developed COOLSAVE-D for cooling air-conditioner outdoor units.
  • Developed COOLPescon® automated greenhouse cooling, humidification and pest control system.
  • Established Shenzhen branch of IKEUCHI (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD. in China.
  • Established representative offces in Turkey, Thailand, and UAE.
  • Developed Dry-Fog HIGHNOW® backpack-style disinfection and deodorization device.
  • Developed Clezia® hypochlorous acid water and strong alkaline water generator.
  • Established SIAM IKEUCHI CO., LTD. in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Established Wuhan branch of IKEUCHI (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD. in China.
  • Opened Nishiwaki Kamihie Factory in Hyogo, Japan.