HISTORY

Our former body, the then Auto-Body Industries Union, was ordered to dissolve by the Organization Restriction Regulations in 1948 after the WWII. Then, we were reborn as an“Auto-Body Industries Association”. After going through a number of changes, we were renamed to “JapanAuto-Body Industries Association (JABIA)” in 1953, and in 1958 its registration system was changed from a regional association registration to an individual registration. In 1970, it was reorganized as an incorporated association under an approval of Trade and Industry Department. Meanwhile, nine branches were established nationwide starting with the Kanto Branch in 1991 aiming to further revitalize our activities.
Activities of our branches are aimed to deal with issues unique to their respective regions and are performed in a mutually complementary relationship with the Head Office as if they were wheels of a vehicle.

In February 1954, we held a competition for a design of our Membership mark. We entrusted Mr.Takeo Terada, a member of Association of Artists,or Nikakai, witha judgment and out of twenty three entries he selected the design shown left, a tire with a feather arranged, for our membership badge.

1948
Auto-Body Industries Association was established.
1953
Renamed to Japan Auto-Body Industries Association.
1965
Material Division was established (as an associate member).
1970
Re-organized to Japan Auto-Body Industries Association Inc.
1991
Nine branches were established to become a nationwide organization.
1998
Celebrated the JABIA’s 50th anniversary.
2004
Moved to new office “Nihon Jidousya Kaikan”.
2008
Celebrated the JABIA's 60th anniversary.
2011
Shited to General Incorporated Association.
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