Hochiki America Corporation

The History of the Hochiki Group of Companies

Because of several resort fires which claimed many lives around the world, the leading members of Japan’s insurance industry founded the Hochiki Corporation in 1918. The Hochiki Corporation undertook design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance of fire alarm systems and produced in excess of 3.5 million units each year.

The 1920′s

The first Mechanical Manual (MM) style fire alarm system was installed in Japan by Hochiki Corporation.

 

 

 

 

The 1950′s

Began production of the rate-of-rise heat detector. Hochiki Corporation joins the NFPA.

The 1960′s

Exported first item, the MM style fire alarms to Bangkok, Thailand.
The Manufacturing & Testing Facility was constructed in Machida which is a suburb of Tokyo.
Hochiki Corporation was registered on the Japanese stock market.
The Ionization smoke detector was developed.
The R-Type system – Hochiki’s first (Analog Addressable) system was first sold.
The Miyagi factory was built.

The 1970′s

The representative sales office was opened in Los Angeles, CA.
Hochiki America Corporation was established in Los Angeles, CA.
Hochiki America Corp. opened its manufacturing in Huntington Beach, CA.

The 1980′s

Hochiki America began production of the smoke detector base.
The representative sales office was opened in London England.
Hochiki America began production of the Ionization Smoke Detector.
Hochiki Japan introduced its new generation of analog protocol. The HRE protocol was released.

The 1990′s

The analog/intelligent fire system was developed - Digital Communication Protocol (DCP), a more secure and reliable format that allows intelligent application with fire, security and building management systems.
The New Miyagi factory was built in Japan.
Hochiki Europe Ltd. was established in Kent, England a suburb of London.
Hochiki America began production of Photoelectric Smoke Detector.
Miyagi factory was awarded the ISO 9000 approval.
Hochiki America factory was awarded the ISO 9000 approval by the LPCB.
The largest multipurpose fire-testing facility in the world was built next to the Miyagi factory.
The representative sales office was opened in Singapore.
Production from start to finish of the new NS Series (Ionization and Photoelectric Analog and Conventional sensors) was established.
Hochiki America Corp. moved to a much larger facility in Buena Park, CA.
Hochiki America Corp. introduced their new Conventional/Expandable fire control panel line.

The 2000′s

The representative sales office was opened in Peking, China.
Hochiki duct detection manufacturing brought in-house at our Buena Park facility.

The New Millenium

Continuing into the new century, Hochiki Corporation, Hochiki America Corp. and Hochiki Europe Limited will work together to offer only the highest quality and most reliable fire products for today’s dynamic global market.