Tatsuo Oshikiri

In 1936, Tatsuo Oshikiri, the founder of Oshikiri Machinery Ltd., moved to Tokyo from his hometown and start living in Tokyo. He worked for a Machine Tool Fabricator during the day and a Full-Time Student at the University during the night. It was tough for him to live such a life, but at the same time, it was a big step to become an Industrialist for his future.  He showed his fine skills at the workplace instantly in the field of Mechanical Engineering. He had been passionate to self-improve and enhance his imagination. He was appointed as the Chief Engineer of Technical Development. In 1940, after his graduation, he worked for the same company, but then later was drafted due to the onset of World War II.

In 1945, at the end of WWII, the Company which Tatsuo worked for, had to be shut down by the order of the General Headquarters of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers (GHQ). Even after this circumstance, Tatsuo still sought his passion for Engineering. In 1948, he witnessed a very bad labor environment at bakeries. He came up with the idea of “Automatic Production” to replace Manual Operation. He then immediately invented the “Horizontal Mixer”, similar to the one we still use today, with the 100v specification. In 1949, he then established Oshikiri Machinery Ltd.

Tatsuo Oshikiri had contributed to the invention of Japan Bakery and Confectionery Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (JBCM). After WWII, while multiple Machinery Manufacturers Association arose, he took a lead to unite those Associations. In 1962, JBCM was established and he was appointed as their first Chairman. He played a major role in the Association and contributed to the development of the industry in Japan. In 1972, he brought Bakery Equipment designed for the American market to the Baking Expo, held annually in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 1982, he was recognized for his contribution in the industry and he received a Medal, along with a Yellow Ribbon, which is a highly recognized National Honor in Japan.

As an Engineer, Tatsuo Oshikiri thought that Education is the key factor to inventing great machines. He brought that message along with the fundamental principles and the passion for Engineering to young Engineers. He bridged many gaps between generations. It all started as a Bakery Mixer fabricator in the beginning and then grew into one of the largest Global Machinery Fabricators of today. Oshikiri Machinery Ltd. continues his legacy today with the renovation of technology. Oshikiri will continue to expand its market and move forward in developing mass and automated Equipment, always keeping Tatsuo’s philosophy in mind…