The history of Japanese plant painting is the history of our quest for painting perfection

Overcoming trials and tribulations during the period of Japan’s post-WWII reconstruction, our quest for improvement in painting technique mirrors the history of plant painting itself. In fact, so central is Kashiwabara’s position in the industry that we have played a pivotal role in developing national standards and laws regarding plant painting.

Origins (post-WWII)

1949: Kashiwabara Painting founded
1958: Japan’s first petrochemical industrial complex completed in the Otake and Iwakuni.
Kashiwabara becomes Japan’s first petrochemical facility painter

Growth (the high economic growth period in Japan)

  Kashiwabara is called on to paint petrochemical plants nationwide, amassing huge experience and expertise
Improvements to rust- and corrosion-inhibiting technologies specializing in plants enable Kashiwabara to earn ever-greater trust and recognition.

Transition (during the oil shocks)

1973: Development of original scaffolding for interior painting of spherical tanks
Kashiwabara develops Round, a revolving ladder for use as scaffolding for inspecting and painting spherical tank interiors, resulting in reduced scaffolding assembly costs.
1975: Act on the Prevention of Disaster in Petroleum Industrial Complexes and Other Petroleum Facilities is enacted
1976: The Fire Services Act had been amended.
Sefty inspection system had been newly-established.
1982: FB600 floor blasting machine is jointly developed and patented
The FB600 succeeds in improving hard, dirty, and dangerous working conditions; shortening work schedules; and reducing waste. Issues remain, however, with operability.

Repeated improvements lead to…

Development of the “High-Gritter”
Kashiwabara develops an original Shot Blasting Machine. More compact, lighter, and with better performance than conventional blast machines, the “High-Gritter” produces 95% less industrial waste than its competitors.


Expansion (

1985: Comprehensive Scaffolding Method developed
Scaffolding, which was traditionally assembled by different teams who specialized in one particular kind of scaffolding, is made easier through integrated management based on stringent safety regulations. This contributed to cutting both time and cost.
2001: Revolving scaffolding for spherical tank exteriors patented
Kashiwabara develops scaffolding that revolves around the periphery of spherical tanks used to store municipal gas supplies – ideal for inspection and painting.

  Kashiwabara develops a series of scaffolding for special applications
  3D CAD technology used to design and simulate scaffolding
Kashiwabara has always been a pioneer of state-of-the-art technology in the industrial community. Using an original system, Kashiwabara is able to instantaneously calculate the number of parts, the area, and the time a scaffolding assembly needs. Furthermore, Kashiwabara developed Japan’s first 3D CAD system that allowed the buffer zones between scaffolding and pipes to be confirmed on screen.

  Coating Maintenance System
The Coating Maintenance System enables us to study and determine the state of coating films on clients’ properties, and to offer optimized painting solutions. The systems allow our clients to benefit from our unrivalled solutions for facility maintenance and management.

Our quest for technical development never stops. Today, as yesterday, we seek out new challenges aimed at improving our quality even further.

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