1921 Shozaburo Shimano establishes Shimano Iron Works in Sakai, Osaka, Japan
1936 New 25,000 square metre plant built and operations shifted to Oimatsu-cho, Sakai, the present location.
1951 Name changed to Shimano Industrial Co. Ltd. New forging and hardening procedures drive increased sales.
1970 Fishing tackle division launched; rod, reel and cooler production commences. First range of reels is the DUX series.
1971 50th anniversary. Shimano Adachi Co. Ltd. established, specializing in fishing rod manufacture.
1972 Shimano Europe (as being Shimano Europa GmbH.) is established in Dusseldorf, West-Germany
1974 Shimano exhibits tackle in Europe for the first time.
1977 Shimano uses Kevlar in rod manufacturing for the first time.
1980 Prototype Aero reel sets new Japanese casting record. First Aero reels launched.
1991 70th anniversary: the corporate name is changed from Shimano Industrial Works to SHIMANO INC.
1995 Shimano Europe moves to The Netherlands; Nunspeet becomes the new headquarters of Shimano Europe
1997 G.Loomis Inc. Joins Team Shimano
2008 Innovative Textiles Inc. (maker of PowerPro fishing line) joins Team Shimano
2012 40 years commemoration Shimano Europe