The company is established by Kazuchika Okura under the name of TOYO TOKI CO., Ltd., which is later renamed to TOTO. Five years previously, in 1912, Okura had set up a laboratory to develop the kind of sanitary ceramics that had become common in Europe and America. (Ironically, considering how sophisticated Japan’s bathroom culture is today, wooden toilet bowls were still prevalent and there was no sewage system.)
The Great Kanto Earthquake strikes, devastating Tokyo. A sewage system is built during the reconstruction and the demand for sanitary ware grows rapidly.
After World War II, TOTO begins to manufacture metal fittings and faucets as well as ceramics. Ever since, innovation in the field of precision machining technology has gone hand-in-hand with developments in the firing and casting of sanitary ware as two of TOTO’s core businesses.
Japan is in the midst of its economic miracle when it hosts the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and is enjoying the construction boom that accompanies it. TOTO is again at the forefront of bathroom technology, developing the prefabrication methods necessary to meet the need for mass production, which saves time and energy on construction. The modular prefabricated bathrooms TOTO creates for the 1,044 rooms in Tokyo’s Hotel New Otani, opened for the Olympics.
TOTO develops "Aqua-Electronics" for use in Washlet toilets & sensor-operated faucets and flush valves.
TOTO's first overseas venture - P.T. Surya TOTO Indonesia established.
TOTO launches the WASHLET, providing consumers with a whole new level of cleanliness and comfort. It quickly becomes a Japanese cultural and commercial sensation.
Following in the wake of the WASHLET, TOTO starts moving its advanced technology into other products by introducing high-end modular kitchens.
TOTO (H.K.) LIMITED was established in 1984 as a regional sales office of its principal, TOTO LTD., Japan, the largest manufacturer of plumbing related equipment in Japan.
Our major role is for the coordination of sales and marketing of TOTO ceramic sanitary equipment and plumbing hardware in Hong Kong, Macau and China. Over the past 30 years, it has supplied of TOTO products to hundreds of famous hotels, commercial buildings and residential buildings in Hong Kong, Macau and China.
TOTO begins trading in the USA, having already extended into Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
TOTO expands business to China in 1994.
The launch of the NEOREST toilet brings about the fullest realization yet of the principle of Clean Technology, incorporating the WASHLET and a comprehensive range of TOTO’s innovations into a bathroom of the highest aesthetic and performance quality.
TOTO launches HYDROTECT, a patented photocatalytic technology. The material’s surface self-cleans and breaks down pollutants in the air, making it ideal for external use. Easy to clean, it eliminates odours and bacteria – making it ideal for internal use, too.
TOTO Neorest EX and SD toilet Series as a winner of Design for Asia Award 2003. Design for Asia Award 2003 recognizes outstanding achievements of companies for their innovative use of designs that have made an impact on Asian Lifestyles.
The TOTO Universal Design Research Centre is built. Its purpose is to create new products through an extensive process of customer dialogue and feedback.
TOTO launches the RENESSE designed by Marc Berthier, eliumstudio. RENESSE designs are characterized by straight lines, smooth, flat surfaces and right angles finished with astonishing detail to a platinum mirror shine.
TOTO launches in Europe at the ISH Exhibition in Frankfurt, 10-14 March.
Green Challenge, TOTO has established a new environmental vision. As a leading brand in the bathroom industry, TOTO constantly launches the energy-saving and environmental products.
TOTO makes a breakthrough technology of sanitizing its WASHLET product. This new technology effectively removes the bacteria that cannot be cleansed in the past, bringing unprecedented clean.
TOTO Hong Kong Flagship Showroom - TOTO Architectural & Design Centre was opened.