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KGS America LLC

KGS America LLC is a distributor of high quality products manufactured and marketed by the KGS Corporation.

Our value-added services include the design, fast prototyping and selection assistance with your particular component requirements. We can also accomodate design assistance and manufacture of special purpose solenoids for military/aerospace applications.

The KGS brand Braille and Graphic Cells can also be custom manufactured to your exact specifications for use in your end products.


A Brief History of KGS Corporation (Japan)
1953

The company was established in Minato-ku, Tokyo under the name of Kogyosha Co., Ltd. to manufacture communication devices and parts.

1959

Began production of DC solenoids (electromagnetic) for industrial use.

1969

Completed construction of the factory in Ogawa-machi, Saitama.

1978

Completed construction of the second factory in Saitama.

1980

Introduction of Mypewriter, a new electric typewriter based on magnetronics technology.

1981

Completed construction of the third factory in Saitama.

1983

Increased operating capital to 71.5 million yen.

1984

Commenced the development and sales of Braille Cells for the Visually Impaired Persons (V.I.P.).

1985

Commenced the sale of braille indicator units for the V.I.P.

1989

Changed the company name to KGS Corporation.

1991

Introduced the Braille Note, a braille computer display device for the V.I.P.

Increased operating capital to 100 million yen.

1992

The Braille Note series were given the special good-design interface award in Japan.

1993

Commenced the sale of the Everest Braille Embosser braille printer.

1995

Established KGS Philippines Corporation, an overseas subsidiary company.

Takeo Kurematsu, then a managing director, became the president of the KGS Corporation in April.

1996

Commenced the sale of Mountbatten Brailler, a braille word processor and Basic-D, a braille printer produced by INDEX, a Swedish manufacturer.

1997

Consolidated the Corporate Headquarters and factory in Ogawa-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama.

Developed the Graphic Cell SC5 for the V.I.P. market and received the excellent new technology award for the small to medium-sized enterprises.

Commenced the sale of the Braille Note 46D.

Commenced the sale of the PIFA, a tactile image maker. Entered into a technological alliance with the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Communications Research Laboratory in the field of graphic cells for the V.I.P. and completed the delivery of its products.

1998

Entered into a technical alliance with NHK (Japanese Public Broadcasting System) Science & Technical Research Laboratories in the field of the braille terminal unit.

KGS celebrated its 45th anniversary.

1999

The world's first Automatic Braille Labeler, and the world's smallest & lightest Braille Cell SC6 were introduced.

2000

Obtained ISO 14001 certification on December 20, 2000.

Braille electronic pocketbook Braille Memo was introduced.

2001

KPC, the KGS subsidiary in the Philippines, obtained ISO 9002 certification.

Entered a joint technological venture with the Japanese Space Agency (NASDA) in the development of a large sized tactile graphic display device model GD-8X6B.

Commenced the sales of Braille Labeler on worldwide basis.

Commenced the sales of Imagnifier, a product manufactured by LVI.

2002

Introduced the Braille Note 46X braille display device.

Also introduced the smallest and most lightweight Braille Cells SC7 and SC8.

Established the industy's fastest delivery commitment of its selected solenoid products.

2003

The 'Dot View' Tactile Graphic Display device DV-1 introduced to the world market.

Successful launch of finer pitch Braille Graphic Cell SC10 for the V.I.P. market.

Continued development of the next generation Tactile Graphic Display device DV-2 using the SC10 Graphic Cells.

2004

The latest model 'Dot View' Tactile Graphic Display device DV-2 introduced to the world market.

KGS America LLC was established in the United States of America to market and distribute products in North America.

2008

Establishment of a new Sales Representative in Southern California to promote our product lines to additional markets.


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