In February 1947, Hoshizaki Europe’s parent company, Hoshizaki Electric Company, was established in Nagoya, Japan by Mr. Shigetoshi Sakamoto. Over the years, Hoshizaki Electric has manufactured and sold a variety of products including stoves, refrigerators and freezers, vending machines, water purifiers, dispensers and refrigerated display cases. Since the launch of its first ice machine in 1965, Hoshizaki has grown significantly. In 1981, Hoshizaki America was established in Peachtree City, Georgia. Eleven years later Hoshizaki Europe was established in Amsterdam in the Netherlands to expand the business in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
In 2006 Hoshizaki acquired the American Lancer Corporation, a leading, global manufacturer and marketer of beverage dispensing systems. Halfway through 2008 the Danish Gram Commercial A/S joined the Hoshizaki group focusing on high quality refrigeration for professional use. Since 10 December 2008 Hoshizaki is listed on Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchange.
The total Hoshizaki Group comprises 46 affiliated companies around the world with over 10.000 employees, providing the highest level of quality in the products and services delivered to all customers and resulting in yearly sales of over 1 million icemakers in more than 100 countries worldwide. Today, Hoshizaki Electric Company operates 6 plants in Japan, 2 in the United States, 1 in China and 1 in the United Kingdom. The Telford factory (UK) is responsible for 80% of the Hoshizaki ice machines sold within Europe.
Throughout Hoshizaki’s years of operation in Europe, sales offices were established in Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom,Spain. In other European countries and throughout Africa an extensive dealer network has been built up. In 2011 a Hoshizaki Gram Middle East branch has been opened up, operating from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Building on its long and reputable history, Hoshizaki, through its team of dedicated Research and Development engineers, continues to provide new and innovative products cementing its international reputation for quality and reliability.