1930
Keiichi Nakanishi founds Nakanishi Manufacturing to produce dental handpieces in Kanda Toshima-cho, Chiyoda, Tokyo.
1945
During WW2, all of the manufacturing machines were sold to the Muto Rubber Company in Kanuma, Tochigi to keep them safe.
1951
Nakanishi Manufacturing is reestablished in Kamihinata, Kanuma after buying back the sold equipment from the Muto Rubber Company.
1953
The company is officially incorporated and its name is changed to Nakanishi Dental Manufacturing.
1958
Upon launching the company’s own brand of products, the NSK mark is engraved onto the company’s products. NSK is an acronym of Nakanishi Shika Kikai in Japanese (Nakanishi Dental Manufacturing).
1972
The world's first air turbine with replaceable cartridges, Pana-Air is released.
Tokyo office is opened in Ueno.
1976
Keiichi Nakanishi is appointed the chairman and Takasuke Nakanishi is appointed the president.
1979
The world's first air turbine with a ring light, "Opticasystem" is released.
1981
The company is reorganized into a corporation and its name is changed to Nakanishi Dental Equipment Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
1982
Started industrial business as a new business domain.
1984
NSK America Corp. is established in Chicago, USA.
1988
In response to the large increase in exports, a second factory (current B-Wing) is constructed in Shimohinata (location of the current headquarters).
1990
To further increase production, another building (current A-wing) is constructed.
1993
The Clean Head System, the world’s first infection prevention system, is developed and wins the Best Applied Technology Award in the Europe.
1995
A technical center (current C-wing) is constructed at Shimohinata.
1996
The company's name is changed to Nakanishi INC.
1997
Acquisition of quality management certification, ISO9001.
1999
Acquisition of environmental management certification, ISO14001.
2000
Eiichi Nakanishi is appointed the president.
Nakanishi Inc. becomes listed on the JASDAQ on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
NSK Middle East FZCO is established in Dubai, UAE.
2001
New headquarters (current G-wing) is completed at Shimohinata and all departments from the former headquarters in Kamihinata are transferred.
2003
NSK Europe GmbH is established in Frankfurt, Germany.
2005
NSK Shanghai Co., Ltd. is established in Shanghai, China.
NSK France S.A.S. is established in Paris, France.
The CNC factory (current F-Wing) is constructed in Shimohinata.
Started medical business as a new business domain.
2006
NSK Oceania Pty. Ltd. is established in Sydney, Australia.
NSK Oceania Ltd. is established in Auckland, New Zealand.
2007
NSK United Kingdom Ltd. is established in London, United Kingdom.
NSK RUS LLC is established in Moscow, Russia.
2008
NSK Dental Spain S.A. is established in Madrid, Spain.
NSK Europe GmbH new company building is constructed in the outside Frankfurt, Germany.
2009
NSK Nakanishi Asia Pte. Ltd. is established in Singapore.
2011
NSK America Corp. new company building is constructed in the outside Chicago, USA.
2013
Italian autoclave (steam sterilizer) manufacturer Dental X S.p.A. is acquired.
2014
NSK Dental Korea Co., Ltd. is established in Seoul, Korea.
A new brand slogan, CREAT IT, is established. The new branding is begun.
As a part of the branding, the uniforms at the headquarters factory is redesigned.
2015
Ti-Max Z45L, the world's first contra-angle with 45-degree angle head, wins gold medal at U.S. Edison Awards.
2016
NSK values, Our Core, is spread throughout the company.
NSK Europe GmbH expands its floor space.
Websites and catalogs for its dental businesses win gold, silver, and bronze awards at the 2016 Japan B2B Advertising Awards.
Advertising for its industrial business wins top prize in the creative category at the Nikkei BP Marketing Awards.
2017
New headquarters R&D center “RD1” is built.
RD1 wins the 29th Tochigi Prefecture Marronnier Prize for Architectural Excellence.
The 2017 Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare’s awards for contribution in development in vocational skills is received.
Selected as a Company Driving Regional Growth by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
2018
"Branding 2.0" Project is started.
New factory “A1” is built.
The Honorary Chairman, Takasuke Nakanishi received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.
Carry out activities to commemorate the company's 88 year anniversary.
Integration Diagnostics Sweden AB, a Swedish manufacturer of dental implant stability measurement devices, is acquired.
2019
NSK MUSEUM Showroom Wins Gold Prize in the Shop Space Category at the Japan Space Design Awards.
Dental X S.p.A., an Italian subsidiary, establishes a sales division for dental products, and its name changes to NSK Dental Italy s.r.l.
2020
Our long-term vision VISION2030 and medium-term management plan NV2025 are announced.
Invests in DCI International, LLC, a U.S. dental chair manufacturer, makes it an affiliate.

Keiichi Nakanishi, Founder (1930)

Products that were manufactured when Keiichi Nakanishi, founder, started out in business (1930)

Clean Head System (Infection prevention system) (1993)

Public company on “JASDAQ”, Tokyo Stock Exchange (2000)

CNC factory (F-Wing) (2005)

Construction of a company building in Germany (2008)

NSK America company building (2011)

New headquaters and R&D center, “RD1” (2017)

New factory “A1” (2018)