About us

We were introduced in an article about Enterprises in Port Island on the website of Kobe City.


Since our establishment in 1969, we have constantly promoted technical development, in particular in relation to our environmental and power-saving equipment, in order to respond to the needs of the times through the effective use of our patented technology.

In recent years, we have aimed to become an enterprise contributing to resource recycling. Thus our major products are various types of solvent recycling systems and vacuum steam cleaning systems (with built-in solvent recycling systems) that were developed for the purpose of recycling and reusing fossil fuels.

As for the vacuum steam cleaning system, we were honored to be awarded with the Matsubara Invention Distinguished Service Prize of the 29th (2003) Japan Invention Grand Prize of the Japan Society for the Advancement of Inventions sponsored by the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Ltd. Taking this opportunity, we strive in making every effort to produce new concepts and ideas by not being satisfied with the status quo.

Company Profile

Company name KOBEX Co., Ltd.
President Suetou Hirayama
Address 4-2-12, Minatojima-Minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, 650-0047, Japan
TEL +81-78-303-2501
FAX +81-78-303-2400
Capital 40,000,000 yen
Established 1969
Business items
  • Solvent recycling systems
  • Parts cleaning systems
  • Solvent deodorizing systems
  • Sales of various types of solvents (including toxic and hazardous substances)
  • Sales of environmental and energy-saving systems

Company history

1969 Established as a private enterprise
1970 Incorporated
Developed an energy saving plant for casting
Developed a dust collector
1972 Delivered a container painting plant for mobile telephone switchboards to Shin Maywa Industries Ltd.
1973 Developed an automatic thermal spraying system. Delivered to TOCALO Co., Ltd.
(Acquired patents for energy-saving relating to solvent and energy-saving facilities)
1974 Developed a solvent recycling system that subjects hydrocarbon-type waste gas to activated carbon treatment
Delivered to Shinto Paint Co., Ltd.
1976 Developed an external hull plate painting system for repaired ships. Delivered to Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
1980 Developed a solvent recycling system for the purpose of resource recovery and the reuse of waste thinner
1982 Delivered hull painting robots and blasting robots to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
1983 Delivered an external hull plate automatic cleaning system to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
1985 Awarded with Clean Japan Center Chairman Prize as an enterprise contributing to resource recovery
1987 Developed a hydrocarbon-type distillation recycling system
Acquired many patents and designs under Clean Ace product name
1993 Developed a hydrocarbon-type cleaning solvent vacuum distillation recycling system
1997 Developed a waste thinner vacuum continuous distillation recycling system and acquired patent
2000 Developed a waste cloth absorbed solvent drying system
2003 Acquired patent for hydrocarbon-type vacuum cleaning system
2004 Awarded Matsubara Invention Distinguished Service Prize Japan Invention Grand Prize for hydrocarbon-type vacuum cleaning system
2006 Awarded with Japan Invention Grand Prize Invention Plan Prize for waste solvent vacuum continuous distillation recycling system
2008 D Company awarded with President Prize for CA101
2010 Headquarters moved to newly-constructed building on Port Island
2011 Selected as a market cultivation support enterprise under Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Infrastructure Development Mechanism of Kobe City Foundation
2012 Certified as an excellent enterprise originating from Kobe