Sanden celebrates 75 years of business.

Leading automotive compressor manufacturer Sanden celebrated 75 years of business in 2018, and looks forward with excitement to the next 75 years.



Established in 1943, Sanden began as a manufacturer of dynamo bicycle lamps, after identifying a gap in the market during World War II. Formerly known as Sankyo Electric Company, the business became known for slogans such as ‘second sight in the night’, and a distinctive owl trademark.

During the 1950s, Sankyo Electric Company entered the home electric appliance market, and from there began producing refrigeration machines, initially for business use. This became a major turning point in the history of Sanden.

By 1970, Sankyo Electric Company had started to produce air conditioning compressors for automotive, and a few years later, introduced the Scroll-type automotive compressor into the market. With this pivotal development came a new corporate identity – Sanden.

As Sanden continued to go from strength to strength, it opened European and U.S based offices all over the world. In addition, bases for logistics and manufacturing were established in Europe. By the year 2000, Sanden had become a major player in the manufacturing of automotive compressors and vending machines.

Today, Sanden is newly strengthened by a recent alliance with friendly competitor and compressor manufacturer Unicla, as they partner in an innovative campaign to provide larger capacity compressors for the public transport, refrigeration, marine, agricultural and mining industries.

Sanden’s fundamental founding spirit, ‘Let us develop with wisdom and prosper in harmony’, has grown and developed with Sanden over the years, but remains the same in its promise to pioneer change in order to win prosperity for all.