Moving into a New Factory Six Months in the Making
New headquarters (circa 1965)
In the late 1950s, eastern Kobe was rezoned to allow for the construction of the current Route 43. The existing main road, called the Saigoku Kaido, or commonly referred to as the National Highway, was only wide enough for one car to travel along. Nunobiki Manufacturing had its offices on the north side of the road and its factory on the south. For road construction to begin, it was forced to move about 50 meters east to its current location, where a new factory was built and completed in 1960.
JAPAX die sinking ED machine
The staff used unicycle- and bicycle-drawn carts to move to the new offices and the factory. The newly developed large press that could perforate wide screens in one punch was also moved. Set to carry the company’s future, two straight side presses with clipper feeders for processing 200mm sheets were also designed and manufactured. It effectively took as long as six months to complete the move. The new factory was also installed with a JAPAX die sinking ED machine, which was said to be western Japan’s second at the time. Productivity was predicted to further increase.