HISTORY

1922

Kaneshige Nohmura establishes the Nohmura Tent Company in Osaka, Japan.

1929

Development of tents supported by inflated tubes instead of tent poles. The building principle is identical in today's large, air-supported buildings and is still considered a viable concept for many large membrane structures.

1947

Company name is changed to Taiyo Kogyo Corp., Ltd.

1967

An office is opened in New York City, USA.

1970

Expo '70: World Expo in Osaka, Japan – first large-scale application of a cable-secured, air-supported membrane structure: the U.S. Pavilion.

1988

Tokyo Dome is Japan's first, permanent air-supported structure, used as a baseball stadium and event space for conventions and concerts.

1992

Taiyo Kogyo acquires common stock and a 100 percent controlling interest in Birdair, Inc.

1994

Expansion of the Asian market.

Taiyo Kogyo Corporation

Our company has built the world's first membrane arena.

1948

Company founder Walter Bird and the Birdair team successfully construct a pneumatic dome with a diameter of 15 m. This dome is the prototype of the so-called "radomes".

1956

Birdair, Inc. is founded to develop mesh structure technologies for early warning radar systems.

1973

The Campus Center at the University of La Verne, California, is the first permanent tensile membrane structure with PTFE (Teflon®, coated fibreglass): This marks the beginning of tensile membrane constructions as a solution for permanent structures.

1975

Pontiac Silverdome – the roof with the world's largest span until the construction of the BC Place Stadium (1983). Its design represents a milestone and is one of the first of many air-supported structures that are being used in large sports arenas.

1981

Hajj Terminal Jeddah – the roof system with a surface area of 440,000 square metres is built to protect people against the heat of the desert sun.

Birdair

Birdair, Inc. is the global market leader for tensile and air-supported membrane structures.

1872

Founder Ludwig Stromeyer establishes L. Stromeyer & Co. in Konstanz, Germany.

1957

Dance Pavilion, Federal Horticulture Expo – the pavilion is an extraordinarily impressive and innovative structure. Its function: to protect open-air dancers from sudden rain showers. It was designed by Professor Frei Otto.

1967

German Pavilion, Expo '67, Montreal, Canada – this building, completely realised as a lightweight construction, uses its own structure to illustrate its revolutionary construction technology. The pavilion, once again designed by Professor Frei Otto, has had one of the most significant influences on modern architecture.

1985

Schlumberger Cambridge Research Centre, UK – first large-scale, Teflon-coated fibreglass construction in the UK. L. Stromeyer & Co. transforms into Stromeyer & Wagner GmbH.

1997

Together with Birdair, Inc., Taiyo Kogyo buys Stromeyer & Wagner GmbH in order to be able to meet the needs of European customers better. Stromeyer & Wagner GmbH is now Birdair Europe Stromeyer GmbH.

2004

Taiyo Europe GmbH is established in Munich.

Taiyo Europe GmbH

Stromeyer & Wagner GmbH are active pioneers in the areas of lightweight construction and the development of modern tent structures.