Established as a confectionary equipment manufacturer
Suzumo started off as a developer of equipment for making Japanese-style confections.
Development of Suzumo's first sushi robot
Development of the sushi-wrapping robot
Development of a wooden bowl-styled sushi robot
Suzumo developed a sushi robot in the style of an "ohitsu" wooden sushi rice bowl that would look good even if it were placed out front outside the kitchen to help maintain sushi's image as a high-end food made by a craftsperson. Sushi is traditionally prepared using this wooden bowl to hold the sushi rice. This sushi robot helps give the appearance to customers that their food is being prepared by a proper sushi chef.
Development of the shariben robot
Suzumo's development efforts have also helped automate the preparation of foods other than sushi. For example, this year saw the development of the "shariben" robot, which dispenses cooked rice into a bowl. The machine dispenses rice in a manner that keeps it from clumping, and fills the bowl with the correct amount of the cooked grain. The user can also pick the amount of rice they want dispensed, and fill their bowl with just the press of a button. The robot won high marks for its capacity to improve restaurant and shop operations, and is the most widely adopted machine of its type being used in Japan’s leading fast food restaurants and other establishments.
Newly listed on the JASDAQ exchange
On April 25, 2003, Suzumo made its stock market debut on the JASDAQ exchange.
U.S. local subsidiary Suzumo International Corporation established
Suzumo established a local subsidiary in the United States with the goals of improving sales in North America and spreading awareness of Japanese food culture.
Singapore joint venture Suzumo Singapore Corporation Pte. Ltd. established
This Singapore-based joint venture was established with the goal of boosting sales and service capabilities in the ASEAN region.
Suzumo International Corporation opens East Coast office
Suzumo's local subsidiary opened an office in New Jersey with the goal of improving sales in the U.S. East Coast region.
Sign a capital and business partnership with Mizuho Gulf Capital Partners Ltd. and Gulf Japan 1.
In the Middle East region, Suzumo promotes the business activity to spread and expand the Japanese rice eating culture including sushi to local consumers.