About TEXMAC/Itochu

CELEBRATING OVER 40 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE


OUR HISTORY
TEXMAC Inc. was established in 1974, a little over a century after the founding of its grandparent company, ITOCHU Corporation  (Japan) in 1858. From ITOCHU Corp., TEXMAC inherits its  legacy of strength and vision. And from its parent company, ITOCHU International, inc, TEXMAC traces its American roots, which go back more than a century. TEXMAC Inc. is a member of  ITOCHU's Machinery Group division that imports and exports a vast array of machines ranging from pocket calculators to satellites. As a natural extension of its century-old tradition in the textile trade, TEXMAC began as a leading importer and exporter of textile machinery, and continues to hold this position today.  At the same time, TEXMAC continues to develop new markets in semiconductor, printed circuit board, composite material, ceramic, plastic, air bag, film and apparel machinery.

   Chronology
1923 - Taking advantage of the local climate and resources, Happy makes its initial launch in the foundry industry. 
           (Today, HAPPY's Corporate Headquarters occupies the site of the original foundry.)
1947 - Grand opening, Tokyo Office
1948 - Grand Opening, Osaka Office. HAPPY begins exporting sewing machines around the world. 
1953 - Company name changed to Happy Sewing Machine Mfg. Co., LTD
1955 - Happy begins direct sales of sewing equipment to Montgomery Ward's.  Machines are sold under the Montgomery Wards' label. 
1965 - Happy splits into two divisions: Happy Sewing Machine Division and Happy Machinery Division.
1978 - Opening of Taiwan Happy Sewing Machine Mgr. Co., Ltd.
1980 - Establishment of liaison office in Dusseldorf, Germany. During this period, many electronics manufacturers establish plants in Yamagata, Japan.
          HAPPY concentrates on development and manufacturing of computerized sewing machines.
1984 - Company is further structured into Happy Sewing Machine Division., Mechatronic Division., and Machinery Division. Happy introduces its line of
          computer-controlled multi-head sewing machines.
1985 - HAPPY changes its name formally to Happy Industrial Corporation.
2003 - HAPPY introduces the HCS Voyager compact single-head, the first portable machine of its size with big-machine capabilities.  The machine
          is manufactured at the same plant as HAPPY's large commercial machines in northern Japan.
2005 - HAPPY introduces the HCD-1501 commercial 1-head embroidery machine, achieving big jumps in user-friendliness and production for commercial 
          embroiderers.  TEXMAC also begins the process of integrating a direct to garment printer line with its product offerings.
2008 - HAPPY introduces the HCD-series multi-head embroidery machine line - the fastest, quietest and most user-friendly multi-heads to date.  TEXMAC 
          begins establishing the SOLO direct to garment printer product line for printing on dark & light colored garments.  
  2009 - TEXMAC formally introduces SOLO Direct-to-Garment printer, a product of the Mastermind Company of Japan - already with several generations of
          experience designing and manufacturing direct to garment printers.
 
2012 - TEXMAC launches a new generation of HAPPY embroidery machines with numerous refinements, most significantly a new, user-friendly touch
          screen control panel.
  2013 - TEXMAC introduces HAPPY's newest compact 7-needle Journey embroidery machine to the market.  The machine is targeted to a wider market with
          entry-level pricing but with a feature set from larger 1-head embroidery machines.  Machine quality / durability proves impressive despite its
          status as a new model.  Impressive sales numbers mark the first 2 quarters that the machine is in the market.
 
  2014 - TEXMAC launches HAPPY's HCR2-series multi-head embroidery machine line, with numerous improvements over the previous-generation HCR-series
          multi-head line.  Most signicant is a new, large 10" touch screen controller.  Other major improvements inclued a drive system and sewing head that
          improve sewing quality, increase sewing speeds, while offering quieter, smoother operation.