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About TOTO

Founded in 1917 by Kazuchika Okura, TOTO is the world’s largest toilet manufacturer. Driven by Japan’s spirit of perfection, the company has not only pioneered the development of modern sanitary ware, it has also changed the way we experience the bathroom. Over the years, its unparalleled commitment to quality and innovation has earned the company its reputation as a trendsetting and trustworthy go-to brand for private homes and commercial establishments alike.


Guided by the four pillars of our company motto, TOTO continues to strive for perfection in everything we do:

“Take pride in your work,

Strive to do your best,

Quality and Uniformity,

Service and Trust,

Cooperation and Prosperity.”

TOTO’s first overseas factory was established in Indonesia in 1977 under PT. Surya Toto Indonesia. It is now one of the largest sanitary manufacturing facilities in the world with eight state-of-the-art kilns and a fully automated line.

To highlight the company’s commitment to the environment, our factories are ISO 14001 certified for its environmentally responsible management system.
The facility recycles its own water supply and uses Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to power its kilns, effectively minimizing exhaust emission.

The adoption of advanced technology to make large-scale manufacturing an environmentally responsible practice once again highlights the company’s philosophy of making both the home and the world a better place.

TOTO Chronology


The company is established by Kazuchika Okura under the name of TOYO TOKI CO., Ltd., which is later renamed to TOTO.


The Great Kanto Earthquake strikes, devastating Tokyo. A sewage system is built during the reconstruction and the demand for sanitary ware grows rapidly.


After World War II, TOTO begins to manufacture metal fittings and faucets as well as ceramics.


TOTO is again at the forefront of bathroom technology, developing the prefabrication methods necessary to meet the need for mass production, which saves time and energy on construction.


TOTO’s first overseas factory opens: PT. Surya TOTO Indonesia.


TOTO launches the WASHLET, providing consumers with a whole new level of cleanliness and comfort.


Following in the wake of the WASHLET, TOTO starts moving its advanced technology into other products by introducing high-end modular kitchens.


TOTO Begins trading in the USA, having already extended into Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Hongkong.


The launch of the NEOREST toilet brings about the fullest realisation yet of the principle of Clean Technology, incorporating the WASHLET and a compreshensive range of TOTO’s innovations into a bathroom of the highest aesthetic and performance quality


TOTO launches HYDROTECT, a patented photocatalytic technology. The material’s surface self-cleans and breaks down pollutants in the air, making it ideal for external use. Easy to clean, it eliminates odours and bacteria – making it ideal for internal use, too.


The TOTO Universal Design Research Centre is built.


TOTO launches in Europe at the ISH Exhibition in Frankfurt, 10-14 March.

TOTO Global
Enviromental Vision

Since its founding, TOTO has always been aware of the tremendous value of water. Today, with the increasing threat of of global warming and prevalence of water shortages, we are compelled to redefine our relationship with this essential resource. Now more than ever, TOTO strives to help sustain the environment through the development of high-quality, water-efficient products.


Turning on a faucet and taking a shower may seem like ordinary activities but they are also opportunities to save water and reduce CO2 emissions. Adding “protection of water resources” to our list of Global Environment Goals highlights our effort to produce technologies that facilitate environmental sustainability.

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