We started as a specialized specimen manufacturer and have since expanded the scope of service to materials testing and chemical analysis. On August 1, 2015, the three group companies, Kobe Material Testing Laboratory, Co., Ltd., Minatogawa Kinzoku Test Piece Manufacturing Co., Ltd., and Tsurui Chemical, Co., Ltd., were put together to make a great leap forward into a total testing, research, and analysis laboratory.
Since our beginning in 1947, we have worked on challenges and solutions in a wide range of fields and accumulated our technology and know-how for more than 70 years. It is our pride that we have technically supported Japan’s core industries—aerospace, energy, automobile, and life sciences.
Increasingly competitive global markets demand manufacturing companies enhance their technology and new product development capabilities. In this accelerating technological innovation, KMTL will make a difference in society by exploring the world of materials from various aspects and supporting your research activities.
Based on our three pillars of excellence―world-recognized quality assurance system, integrated traceable testing system, and independent third party laboratory, and our mission―to delight and inspire customers by providing the most reliable data in the world and make a difference in society, we move forward to be the world’s best research support company.
We look forward to your continuing support and cooperation.
|Corporate Name||Kobe Material Testing Laboratory Co., Ltd.|
47-13 Niijima, Harima-cho Kako-gun, Hyogo
|TEL||079 – 435 – 5010|
|FAX||079 – 435 – 5335|
|Capital||50 million yen|
|Employees||413 (as of April 2022)|
|Business Activities||Test specimen preparation
Design and manufacture of test specimens
Design and manufacture of special testing equipment
Strength testing and analysis
Metallographic examination and evaluation
Soundness/residual life evaluation of structures and members
Dispatch of engineers for research and development
Chemical and instrumental analysis
Physical properties and morphology analysis
Water control and corrosion testing for power plants
Technical Research And Development Institute (TRDI) Ministry of Defense
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)※
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)※
Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH)
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)※
Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)※
National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST)※
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)※
Hyogo Prefectural Institute of Technology
Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI)
Railway Technical Research Institute
Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd.
Isuzu Motors Limited
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)
The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.
Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc.
Caterpillar Japan Ltd.
Institute of Nuclear Safety System, Incorporated (INSS)
Suzuki Motor Corporation
Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Daido Steel Co., Ltd
Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.
The Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc.
CHUBU Electric Power Co., Inc.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated (TEPCO)
Tohoku Electric Power Co.,Inc.
Doosan Heavy Industries &
Construction Doosan Infracore Co., Ltd.
Toyota Motor Corporation
Toyota Tsusho Corporation
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
The Japan Steel Works, Ltd.
NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
Hitachi Zosen Corporation
Hino Motors, Ltd.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.
Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.
Honda R&D Co.,Ltd.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machinery Systems, Ltd.
Mitsubishi Power, Ltd.
Hitachi Metals Ltd.
Hitachi Power Solutions Co., Ltd.
Chiba Institute of Technology
The University of Tokyo
University of Hyogo
University of Fukui
Muroran Institute of Technology
※: National Research and Development Agency
|1947||Founded Tsurui-Shouten in Nagata, Kobe city.|
|1950||Established Minatogawa Kinzoku Company in Nagata, Kobe city as a limited-liability company.|
|1961||Reorganized into Minatogawa Kinzoku Test Piece Manufacturing Co., Ltd.|
|1963||Opened Tsuchiyama Factory in Harima-cho, Kako-gun, Hyogo-pref.|
|1967||Started subcontracted material-testing.|
|1968||Separated material testing businesses to establish Kobe Material Testing Laboratory Co., Ltd.|
|1979||Opened a laboratory in Niijima, Harima-cho, Kako-gun|
|1980||Obtained Grade A qualification of Technical Research & Development Institute Ministry of Defense, and started subcontracted test-piece machining.|
|1981||Developed an extra-large electric-discharge cutting machine jointly with Sankyo Engineering Co.,Ltd. (The first domestic production)|
|1985||Established Tsurui Chemical Co., Ltd to expand into the chemical field.
Built the monument for specimens at Niijima site.
|1986||Established Machinery Dept and manufactured nuclear-fuel-rod transferring and moving equipment.|
|1987||Opened Tokyo Sales Office in Tokyo, Ueno.|
|1990||Opened Ibaraki Workshop and Ibaraki Office in Tome-cho, Hitachi-city, Ibaraki-pref.|
|1994||Registered by General Electric Company as an approved independent laboratory.|
|1995||Completed a machining shop at Ibaraki Workshop and started machining operations.|
|1996||Certified to ISO 9002 as the first testing laboratory in Japan.|
|1998||Accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 (JAB) as the first independent commercial laboratory in Japan.|
|1999||Accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 (JNLA) under Industrial Standardization Act.|
|2001||Expanded the accreditation scope of ISO/IEC 17025 to include rubber and plastics.|
|2002||Certified to ISO 9001|
|2002||Opened Nagoya Sales Office in Nagoya-city, Aichi-pref.
Licensed as a medical device manufacturer (License No. 28BZ6006)
|2004||Moved Tokyo Sales Office to Higashiueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo.|
|2005||Certified to JIS Q 9100 (quality management systems standard for the aerospace industry).|
|2006||Accredited to Nadcap in material testing as the first material testing laboratory in Japan.|
|2007||The 60th anniversary of the foundation.
Licensed as a medical-device first-class marketing authorization holder (License No. 28B1X00013)
|2008||Established KMTL Edge Tech CO., LTD.
Received capital increase from Osaka Small and Medium Business Investment & Consultation Co.,Ltd.(SBIC West Japan).
Established Synchrotron Analysis LLC as a limited liability company to start business in synchrotron radiation analysis.
|2010||The 25th anniversary of Tsurui Chemical Co., Ltd.
The 20th anniversary of Ibaraki Workshop/Office.
|2011||Tsurui Chemical Co., Ltd. certified to ISO 9001.|
|2012||Reapproved to GE S-400, GE Transportation Aviation Special Process Certification (material testing).|
|2015||Opened Kyushu Sales Office in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-city.
Approved by Boeing as a D1-4426 approved process source.
Started as new Kobe Material Testing Laboratory Co., Ltd. that incorporated Kobe Material Testing Laboratory Co., Ltd., Minatogawa Test Piece Manufacturing Co., Ltd., and Tsurui Chemical Co., Ltd.
|2017||The 70th anniversary of the foundation.
Obtained Nadcap (Non Metallic Materials Testing–Mechanical Testing) accreditation.
Opened Hitachi Minami Factory of Ibaraki Workshop in Tome-cho Hitachi, Ibaraki Pref.
|2019||Authorized by Pratt & Whitney as an commercial material testing laboratory|
|2020||The 30th anniversary of Ibaraki Workshop|
Sales Department Kobe Sales Office47-13 Niijima, Harima-cho Kako-gun, Hyogo 675-0155
Tokyo Sales Office4-10-3 Higashiueno Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0015
Ibaraki Sales Office1270-60 Tome-cho Hitachi, Ibaraki 319-1231
Harima Workshop47-13 Niijima, Harima-cho Kako-gun, Hyogo 675-0155
Tsuchiyama Factory1-12-2 Kitanozoe, Harima-cho Kako-gun, Hyogo 675-0158
Chemical Test Department2-1-1 Shinhama, Arai-cho Takasago, Hyogo 676-8686
Hitachi Minami Laboratory, Ibaraki WorkshopHitachi Nanbu Industrial Park 1270-60 Tome-cho Hitachi, Ibaraki 319-1231
Hitachi Minami Factory, Ibaraki WorkshopHitachi Minami Industrial Park 1270-16 Tome-cho Hitachi, Ibaraki 319-1231
Open Laboratory at Tokyo Sales Office4-10-3 Higashiueno Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0015 ASANO Building 101
Tohoku University Satellite Laboratory6-6-04 Aramaki Aza Aoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-857
KMTL Edge Tech Co., Ltd.A proficiency testing provider. KMTL Edge Tech is backed by technical expertise developed in Kobe Material Testing Laboratory Co, Ltd.—machining, testing, analysis, and evaluation.
ALCY-ONEThe only company in the world specializing in synchrotron radiation analysis. It utilizes the industrial analysis beamline BL05 at the NewSUBARU synchrotron radiation facility of Laboratory of Advanced Science and Technology for Industry (LASTI) at University of Hyogo. The extremely high brightness of synchrotron radiation extracts X-rays in a wide range. ALCY-ONE provides chemical state analysis services that is available only with synchrotron radiation.
Nihon Techno-Plus Co. Ltd.Nihon Techno-Plus Co. Ltd., developsing and manufactures equipment for physical property measurement. It is a world’s top-class manufacturer and distributor of resonance elastic-modulus measurement devices.
CETIMCetim, the French Technical Center for Mechanical Industries, is the largest national research institute in in France. They provide comprehensive array of services to the worldwide industries, especially aerospace, automotive, transportation, energy, and medicine. Their services include failure analysis of products and materials, mechanical testing, NDT, design support, and consulting.
EMIC CORPORATIONEMIC CORPORATION has a top-class delivery record of vibration testing systems and combined testing systems in Japan. They provide comprehensive solution services for vibration and environmental testing at lab centers in Japan, including Hyogo Test Lab Center located in KMTL Harima Workshop, and worldwide.
CLEARIZE Co., Ltd.CLEARIZE Co., Ltd. is specialized in contract analysis services. They mainly provide instrumental analysis—chemical analysis, property evaluation, structural analysis, mechanical testing, corrosion testing, NDT and a wide range of contract testing services.