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HISTORY OF WASHLET™

Company history


2020

2019

50 million WASHLET™ models sold world-wide since the product was launched in 1980.

2019

New GALLERY TOTO at Narita Airport. The public restroom area at Tokyo's Narita Airport is designed to function simultaneously as a showroom, gallery and wellness centre.


2017

TOTO Museum opens in the Japanese city of Kitakyushu, offering insights into the company's history and values.


2015

TOTO sells 40 million WASHLET™ models.


2013

TOTO brings the first self-cleaning WASHLET™ to market at Frankfurt's ISH, and introduces its ACTILIGHT and EWATER+ technologies in Europe.


2012

Market launch of the unique EWATER+ technology, which thoroughly and sustainably cleans the toilet bowl and WASHLET™ wand jet.


2011

TOTO sells 30 million WASHLET™ models.


2010

TOTO opens its first showroom in London.


2010

2009

TOTO celebrates its entry into the European market at ISH in Frankfurt, and brings its first NEOREST WASHLET™ to the European market.


2006

The TOTO Universal Design Research Centre is built. Its purpose is to create new products through an extensive process of customer dialogue and feedback.


2005

TOTO sells 20 million WASHLET™ models.


2005

TOTO establishes the Water Environment Fund.


2004

The development of a remote control for the WASHLET™ S series introduces a variety of new design options for TOTO. It's now possible to create smaller, simpler formats.


2002

TOTO is the first sanitary ware manufacturer to develop the RIMLESS TOILET with the especially effective TORNADO FLUSH.


2000

1999

TOTO launches the "Wonder Wave" wash feature with WASHLET™ Apricot. It offers more effective cleansing while using less water and conserving energy.


1998

TOTO launches HYDROTECT, a patented photocatalytic technology. The material’s surface self-cleans and breaks down pollutants in the air, making it ideal for external use.


1997

TOTO develops the CEFIONTECT glaze, now standard on all TOTO ceramics sold in Europe.


1993

Introducing the next WASHLET™ generation, NEOREST WASHLET™, offering additional hygiene features.



1990


1989

TOTO begins trading in the USA, having already extended into Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Chinese market follows in 1994.



1987

One million WASHLET™ models sold.


1985

GALLERY-MA opens in Tokyo - an architecture-based exhibition run by TOTO.


1983

TOTO develops the self-cleaning wand jet that guarantees a thoroughly clean WASHLET™.


1980

WASHLET™ is born, along with a new culture: cleansing with warm water instead of toilet paper.


1980

1977

TOTO’s first overseas factory opens: P.T. Surya TOTO Indonesia.


1976

Market launch of the CS series with a water-saving, noise-reducing toilet.


1970

1969

TOTO introduces its company logo, which is still in use today

1964

Japan is in the midst of its economic miracle when it hosts the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and is enjoying the construction boom that accompanies it. TOTO is again at the forefront of bathroom technology, developing the prefabrication methods necessary to meet the need for mass production, which saves time and energy on construction.


1960


1950

1946

After World War II, TOTO begins to manufacture metal fittings and faucets as well as ceramics.


1940


1930

1923

The Great Kanto Earthquake strikes, devastating Tokyo. A sewage system is built during the reconstruction and the demand for sanitary ware grows rapidly.


1920

1917

The company is established by Kazuchika Okura under the name of TOYO TOKI CO., Ltd., which is later renamed to TOTO.


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