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August 1965

The company was founded by the three companies: Inco Limited (Canada), Shimura Kako Co Ltd, and Mitsui & Co Ltd with a Capital of 500 million yen.

March 1967

Manufacture of Nickel Oxide Sinter 75 from Canadian nickel sulfide matte raw material is after fluidized roasting techNo.logy was introduced by Inco Limited

July 1970

Capital participation by Sumitomo Metal Mining Co Ltd

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April 1973

Participation in the Inco Limited Soroako Project with the objective of developing the laterite nickel deposits in the Soroako area of Sulawesi in the Republic of Indonesia

December 1975

Capital participation by Sumitomo Corporation and Nissho Iwai Corporation

December 1976

Capital increased to 750 million yen

May 1978

Nickel Oxide Sinter 75 operations using Indonesian Soroako nickel sulfide matte raw material start

January 1982

Tonimet production starts

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October 1982

Capital participation by Daido Steel Co Ltd and the Industrial Bank of Japan, Limited

October 1983

Tonimet Manufacturing Facility No.. 1 Furnace completed and operation starts

September 1984

Briquette Manufacturing Facility is moved

December 1984

Transfer of all shares held by Shimura Kako Co Ltd to the three companies and capital participation by Nippon Yakin Kogyo Co Ltd

August 1985

Tonimet Manufacturing Facility No.. 2 Furnace completed and operation starts

December 1985

Tonimet 97 production starts

August 1987

No.. 2 Contact Process Manufacturing Facility is completed and operation starts

September 1987

Fluidized Roasting Furnace No.. 2 is completed and operation starts

February 1990

Tonimet Manufacturing Facility No.. 3 Furnace completed and operation starts

July 1992

A new office building at the Matsusaka Refinery is completed

March 1993

Fluidized Roasting Furnace No 3 and the No 3 Contact Process Manufacturing Facility are completed

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June 1993

Fluidized Roasting Furnace No 1 and No 1 Contact Process Manufacturing Facility operations are closed down

July 1993

Fluidized Roasting Furnace No 3 and No 3 Contact Process Manufacturing Facility operations start

March 1995

Capital is increased to 1 billion yen

January 1996

The employee stock ownership plan is established

January 1997

Construction to increase the capacity of the Fluidized Roasting Furnace No 3 and No 3 Contact Process Manufacturing Facility is completed

March 1999

Transfer of goodwill from Inco Limited Japan branch; third-party allocation of shares; capital increased to 2 billion yen; Inco Limited shareholding ratio is 66.7%

April 1999

The company name is changed to Inco Tokyo Nickel Co Ltd on April 1

March 2002

The head office is moved to Nihonbashi Ningyocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

October 2002

ISO 14001 certification

May 2003

ISO 9001 certification

November 2004

New briquette machines introduced

May 2005

Inco Limited shareholding ratio changes from 66.7% to 67.1%

January 2007

The Inco Limited company name is changed to CVRD Inco Limited

March 2008

Company name is changed to Vale Inco Japan Limited on October 3 and the head office is moved to Atago 2-Chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo

April 2009

Employee stock ownership plan is dissolved and Vale Inco Limited acquires its 10,000 shares, increasing their shareholding ratio to 67.5%

October 2009

200,000 shares are acquired from Daido Steel Co Ltd to increase Vale Inco Limited shareholding ratio to 76.1%

September 2010

Company name is changed to Vale Japan Limited on September 1

February 2011

160,000 shares are acquired from Mitsui & Co Ltd, 60,000 shares are acquired from Sumitomo Corporation, and 40,000 shares are acquired from Sojitz Corporation, increasing Vale Canada Limited shareholding ratio to 87.2%

October 2011

Asian Technical Center (ATC) is established at the Matsusaka Refinery

January 2016

Head office is relocated to Matsusaka City, Mie and Tokyo office is closed