[WCSA – Wowtimes - Almanac Events & Achievements 2022] Highlights during 102 years of development of Shimano, the Japanese multinational cycling components manufacturing company (1921)


(wcsa.world) Shimano sales constitute an estimated 70–80% of the global bicycle component market by value.

Shimano, Inc., originally Shimano Iron Works and later Shimano Industries, Inc., is a Japanese multinational manufacturing company for cycling components, fishing tackles and rowing equipment.


Named after founder Shozaburo Shimano and headquartered in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, the company has 32 consolidated and 11 unconsolidated subsidiaries, with the primary manufacturing plants based in Kunshan (China), Malaysia and Singapore.


Shimano’s products include drivetrain, brake, wheel and pedal components for road, mountain, track and hybrid bikes. The components include cranksets comprising cranks and chainrings; bottom brackets; chains; rear chain sprockets and cassettes; front and rear wheel hubs; gear shift levers; brakes; brake levers; cables; front and rear dérailleurs.

(Wowtimes)Shimano’s history andachievements

  • 1921: Shozaburo Shimano established Shimano Iron Works.
  • 1922: Shozaburo Shimano had already decided to produce freewheels. Of all bicycle components, freewheels entailed the highest level of technology to produce.
  • 1940: The company name was changed to Shimano Iron Works Co., Ltd. The number of employees was about 300.
  • 1951: The company was renamed Shimano Industrial Co., Ltd.
  • 1956: Production of external speed changer began.
  • 1957: Production of internal speed changer (3-speed Hub) began. Shimano Industrial began research into cold forging, spurred by an interest in a trade fair exhibit by a West Germany company.
  • 1961: Shimano displayed the 3-speed hub at the International Toy and Cycle Show held in New York City. Bicycle saled in the United States are brisk.
  • 1965: Shimano American Corporation was established in New York.



  • 1970: Fishing Tackle Division was launched as a second business pillar which aligns to the corporate vision.
  • 1972: Shimano Europa GmbH. was established in Dusseldorf, West Germany. Shimano’s stock was listed on 2nd Section of the Osaka Securities Exchange.
  • 1973: Shimano (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. was established. Shimano’s stock listing rose to the 1st Section of both Tokyo and Osaka Securities Exchanges.
  • 1981: Kumamoto Fishing Tackle was established.
  • 1983: Shimano Canada Ltd. was established.
  • 1988: Shimano U.K. Ltd. was established, starts sales of fishing tackle in Europe.
  • 1990: Shimano Components (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. was established.
  • 1991: Corporate name was changed from Shimano Industrial Co., Ltd. to Shimano Inc.
  • 1992: Shimano Australia Pty.Ltd. was established.
  • 2002: Shimano (Taiwan) Co.,Ltd. was established.
  • 2003: Shimano (Tianjin) Bicycle Components Co., Ltd. was established.
  • 2011: Shimano (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. was established.
  • 2015: Shimano Uruguay S.A. was established.
  • 2017: SHIMANO SQUARE opens in Grand Front Osaka (Kita-ku, Osaka City) with the aim of communicating the attraction of its products along with creating and offering new urban sport lifestyle through cycling and fishing.
  • 2020: Technology Innovation Center at the headquarters was completed.



According to Wikipedia/ shimano

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