On behalf of Ishida Co., Ltd.
With great sadness, we announce that Mr. Ryuichi Ishida, honorary chairman of Ishida Co., Ltd. Japan, passed away on Saturday, January 18th, 2020, in Kyoto, Japan, due to severe complications from his recent illness. He was 82 years old. The entire Ishida family and all associates mourn his passing.
In 1960, Mr. Ishida joined Ishida, founded in 1893 by his great-grandfather, and in 1967, he became the fourth generation of the Ishida family to ascend to the position of President of Ishida. Throughout his 42 year presidency, Mr. Ishida epitomized the company’s 3-Way Harmony philosophy; pursue good for customers, society, and company. Mr. Ishida was a pioneer within the weighing and packaging industries and in 1972 was the innovator of the world’s first computer combination weigher. Under his leadership, he expanded Ishida’s global reach to more than 105 countries. Mr. Ishida was also the recipient of the SNAC International prestigious Circle of Honor award in 1998, highlighting his numerous innovations and impact on the global snack food industry. In 2010, Mr. Ishida became the chairman as his son, Takahide Ishida, was named the fifth President of Ishida’s global operations. Upon his retirement in 2014, Mr. Ryuichi Ishida was named Honorary Chairman.
Since its establishment in 1893, Ishida has been an important presence in society as an innovator of advanced industrial technology. As Japan’s first privately held domestic manufacturer of weighing equipment, Ishida has made a significant contribution to the Japanese economy and has been a leading representative of weighing industries worldwide. In past years, Ishida has extended its scope of business to include the fields of packaging, inspection, and display technology, in addition to building on its continued success in the field of weighing. Ishida currently provides products that consistently satisfy customers in more than 105 countries worldwide.
Heat and Control expresses deep condolences to the Ishida family and wishes to honor the great life and the achievements of Mr. Ryuichi Ishida. The partnership between Heat and Control and Ishida began in 1980 under the leadership of Mr. Ryuichi Ishida and, through close relationships and shared philosophy, developed into a strong alliance committed to providing world-class technology and service.