What was our founder, Sakujiro Suzuki, imagining when he established Aichi Sharyo (now Aichi Corporation)? And what achievements did he leave behind?

Founder Sakujiro Suzuki

Aiming to “create a safe and comfortable workplace”

Our founder, Sakujiro Suzuki, was born in Tochigi Prefecture in 1916. When he was a child, he saw a workman electrocuted while working on a power line plunge to the ground in a ball of flames. This experience was the starting point of his awareness. During the war, he fully realized the difference in the mechanical power available overseas. After the war, seeing the diverse mechanized vehicles of the occupation forces will convince him that “these machines are exactly what will play the leading role in the recovery of Japan.” However, the big Japanese manufacturers were not making much of an effort to produce laborious specially-equipped vehicles and mechanization had not proceeded very far. So Suzuki began to make pole setters himself. Through his own efforts, he sold his product throughout Japan. The response was great and strengthened his desire to “make work more efficient and improve safety through mechanization.” It was shortly after this that he started Aichi Sharyo.


Achievements at the Time of Establishment

A pioneer in the development of specially-equipped vehicles, mechanizing all kinds of work, such as building, digging, lifting, hanging, and carrying,

Mechanization of various work that had previously been done manually based on the following creed: “Finish mainly manual tasks without loss of life through mechanization. There is no job so wonderful or so useful to society.” The company overturned the conventional wisdom in a variety of fields.
Pole Setter Type A
The first vehicle produced after the establishment of the company, a three-wheeled Kurogane KY model (2t vehicle) fitted with a crane for pole setting.
The crane mechanism was rotated manually.
Digger Derrick Type A
A tower was fitted to a four-wheeled chassis (2t vehicle), the drill was propelled under its own weight, and lifted using a winding winch.
Pole Setter Type B
The Pole Setter Type B, which employed a hydraulic crane mechanism for the first time instead of a conventional mechanical one. This vehicle was revolutionary as a pioneer of the hydraulic drive systems that would become commonplace. Developed in October 1962.
Digger Derrick / Pole Setter Type ACD4E
A best-selling vehicle consisting of a derrick fitted to the well-regarded Pole Setter Type AC4 that employed hydraulics for everything, including the crane, rotation mechanism and outrigger
Developed in June 1966.