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Corporate History of USS

1980- Starting with just 255 vehicles, working to build a solid business base

October 1980
Established Aichi Automobile General Services Co., Ltd., the predecessor of USS Co., Ltd., and adopted USS as the brand name.
August 1982
  • Launched our first auction site — Nagoya — in Nawa-machi, Tokai, Aichi Prefecture.
    Conducted our first auto auction with only 255 vehicles up for auction.
October 1982
Introduced a POS bidding system for the first time in the Chubu (Nagoya) region.
Membership reached 500 firms, with almost 250 POS seats.
May 1987
Began two-lane auctions at Nagoya auction site.
Membership soared to 1,500 firms, POS seats approach the 500 mark.
With the expansion of the auction site, the number of POS seats rose to 570 (the largest in Japan).

1990- Starting to build a nationwide network

January 1990
Opened the Kyushu auction site in Tosu, Saga Prefecture. Introduced two-lane auctions for the first time in the Kyushu region.
May 1994
Opened the Tokyo auction site in Noda, Chiba Prefecture.
November 1994
Opened the Kyushu Gold auction site in Tosu, Saga Prefecture. Renamed Kyushu as USS Kyushu First.
December 1994
Established US Butsuryu Co., Ltd.
March 1995
Changed the corporate name to USS Co., Ltd.
July 1995
Launched Satellite TV Auto Auctions.
April 1996
Relocated the Nagoya auction site to Shinpo-machi, Tokai, Aichi Prefecture.
July 1996
Opened the Okayama auction site in Sanyo-cho, Akaiwa County (currently Akaiwa City), Okayama Prefecture.
November 1996
Opened the Shizuoka auction site in Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture.
March 1998
Opened the Sapporo auction site in Ebetsu, Hokkaido.
November 1998
Opened the West Tokyo auction site in Mizuho-cho, Nishitama County, Tokyo.
September 1999
Public listing – USS Co., Ltd. went public on the second section of the Nagoya Stock Exchange.
October 1999
Opened the Gunma auction site in Fujioka, Gunma Prefecture.
November 1999
Established USS CarbankNet Co., Ltd.

2000- A leading company in the used vehicle distribution market

April 2000
Turned Sarl Auto Auction Tohoku Co., Ltd. into a subsidiary (currently the Tohoku auction site)
December 2000
USS Co., Ltd. listed on the first sections of both the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Nagoya Stock Exchange.
January 2001
Relocated the Tohoku auction site to Shibata County, Miyagi Prefecture.
November 2001
Opened the Osaka auction site in Nishiyodogawa Ward, Osaka.
October 2002
Turned World Communications Co., Ltd. (currently Reproworld Co., Ltd.) into a subsidiary.
March 2003
Opened the Fukuoka auction site in Chikushino, Fukuoka Prefecture.
December 2003
Established Arbiz Co., Ltd.
February 2004
Opened the Yokohama auction site in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.
June 2004
Opened the USS-R Nagoya auction site, in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture.
October 2004
Relocated the Tokyo auction site to Kimagase, Noda, Chiba Prefecture.
February 2005
Turned RAA Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary USS Ryutsu Auto Auction Co., Ltd. into USS subsidiaries.
April 2005
Turned Misawa Toyo Co., Ltd. into a subsidiary.
May 2005
  • Opened the USS-R Tokyo auction site in Noda, Chiba Prefecture.
  • Changed company name of Misawa Toyo Co., Ltd. to USS Toyo Co., Ltd.
September 2005
Opened the Kobe auction site in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture.
March 2006
  • Rebuilt the Osaka auction site.
  • Established USS Support Service Co., Ltd.
March 2007
Turned KUA HOKURIKU Co., Ltd. (currently the Hokuriku auction site) into a subsidiary.
April 2007
  • Merged Tokyo auction site and USS-R Tokyo auction site.
  • Turned Fujioka Interchange Auto Auction Co., Ltd. into a subsidiary.
  • Opened the Niigata auction site in Mitsuke City, Niigata Prefecture.
May 2007
Opened the Fujioka auction site in Fujioka City, Gunma Prefecture.
January 2008
Tokyo auction site introduced the first 10-lane auction system in the auto auction industry.
April 2008
  • Split the used car purchasing and sales business from CAR QUEST Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of USS, and transferred the business to World Automobile Co., Ltd., another wholly owned subsidiary. Changed company name to R&W Co, Ltd.
May 2008
Relocated the Ryutsu auction site from Saitama to the former site for R-Tokyo.
March 2009
Relocated the West Tokyo auction site to Iruma, Saitama Prefecture, and renamed it Saitama Auction Site.
January 2010
Merged the Gunma and Fujioka auction sites.
September 2010
Opened the Shikoku auction site, in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture.
February 2011
Established USS Logistics International Service Co., Ltd.
March 2011
Concluded MOUs for capital tie-ups with IK Co., Ltd. (currently BIKE O & COMPANY Ltd.) and Japan Bike Auction Co., Ltd. to start motorcycle auctions at the USS Yokohama and Kobe auction sites.
July 2011
Merged the Tokyo auction site and Ryutsu auction site.
November 2011
Commenced bike auctions at the Kobe auction site (managed by Japan Bike Auction Co., Ltd.)
February 2012
  • USS Toyo Co., Ltd. merged with CAR QUEST Co., Ltd., and the merged entity retained the name CAR QUEST Co., Ltd.
May 2012
Commenced bike auctions at the Yokohama auction site (managed by Japan Bike Auction Co., Ltd.)
August 2013
Rebuilt the Nagoya auction site.
July 2014
Split the used car purchasing and sales business from R&W Co., Ltd. and established Rabbit Car Network Co., Ltd.
August 2014
Relocated the Okayama auction site to Nagao, Akaiwa, Okayama Prefecture.
January 2015
Changed the company name of R&W Co., Ltd. to Reproworld Co., Ltd.
October 2015
  • Split the rubber recycling business from CAR QUEST Co., Ltd. and established Toyo Rubber Chips Co., Ltd.
    Increased USS’s shareholding ratio in Japan Bike Auction Co., Ltd. to 66% and converted it into a subsidiary.
December 2015
Sold all Toyo Rubber Chips Co., Ltd. shares to ENVIPRO HOLDINGS Inc. (5659.T), a major player in the resource recycling business.
April 2016
Acquired CAR QUEST Co., Ltd. through absorption-type merger.
May 2016
Rebuilt the Sizuoka auction site.
July 2016
Relocated the USS-R Nagoya auction site to Tokai, Aichi Prefecture.
February 2017
Tokyo auction site introduced the first 12-lane auction system in the industry.
May 2017
Rebuilt the Sapporo auction site.
August 2017
Acquired 66.04% of Japan Automobile Auction Inc. (JAA) stock and made this company a subsidiary.
October 2017
Relocated the Hokuriku auction site to Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture.
March 2018
Made Japan Automobile Auction Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary.