KST History & Milestones

2023

Achieved ISO 45001 Certification

KST proudly achieves ISO 45001, demonstrating our commitment to a safe and healthy work environment. We align core values with broader environmental, social, and governance goals, continually improving OH&S performance. Safety and well-being of employees and stakeholders remain paramount.

ISO 45001 OHSMS Certificate

2022

Expanded production capacity of EV Charging assembly line

Plastic injection robot arm EV Charging Connector

2021

Moved Automation Center into newly expanded facilities

Plastic Injection Insert Mold

2020

Awarded Supplier Qualification Program Achievement Award and Global Security Verification by Intertek

Awarded Supplier Qualification Program Achievement Award and Global Security Verification by Intertek

2018

Achieved IATF 16949 Certification

IATF 16949:2016 replaces ISO/TS 16949. The new certification from the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) provides an interdisciplinary approach that is more focused on risk management, customer satisfaction, leadership and process.

Achieved IATF 16949 Certification

Designed and Built New Consolidated Taiwan R&D Center
(300 Person Capacity)

Research & Development Center (300 person capacity)

2016

June

Established subsiduary in Indonesia

PT. K.S. Terminals Technology (Indonesia)

Established subsiduary in Indonesia

2016

February

Established subsiduary in Vietnam

K.S. Terminals (Vietnam)

Vietname warehouse & subsiduary

2014

Achieved ISO/IEC 17025 testing laboratory certification in Suzhou, China

Achieved ISO/IEC 17025 testing laboratory certification in Suzhou, China

2013

December

Invested in Honley Autoparts Co., Ltd.

An International, specialized, large-scale parts manufacturing services company including hot stamping technology, hydroforming pipe fittings, tailored welding technology.

Honley Autoparts Co., Ltd.

2013

Established Thai Subsiduary, K.S. Terminals (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

KST Thailand Warehouse

2012

Launched EV Charging Solution product line

EV Charging Connectors

Established US Subsiduary

KST United States Branch Office

2010

January

Achieved IECQ QC 080000 Hazardous Substance Process Management certification

The IECQ QC 080000 Hazardous Substance Process Management (HSPM) system is based on the international quality management system ISO 9001. It covers the key requirements of the various environmental protection directives such as the Restriction of use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

IECQ QC 080000

2010

Established Cable Tie Factory in Changbin Industrial Park, Taiwan

Injection Molding Automatic Packaging

2008

September

Achieved ISO/IEC 17025 testing laboratory certification

ISO/IEC 17025

2006

December

Achieved ISO TS 16949 certification and began developing KST products for the automotive industry

IATF 16949:2016 is a technical specification aimed at the development of a quality management system which provides for continual improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the automotive industry supply chain and assembly process.

Achieved IATF 16949 Certification

2005

July

Established Taipei Office to develop IT/IA/IO Connectors

KST Taipei U-Town Office

2004

December

Achieved ISO 14001 certification

ISO 14000 is a family of standards related to environmental management that exists to help organizations (a) minimize how their operations (processes, etc.) negatively affect the environment (i.e. cause adverse changes to air, water, or land); (b) comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements; and (c) continually improve in the above.[1]

ISO 14001 certification

2004

Underwent digital transformation by integrating financial, warehouse and inventory information through centralized ERP, PLM and EIP information management systems.

Digital transformation of management information systems including ERP, PLM and EIP

2003

November

Achieved QC 9000 certification for Quality Assurance in production, servicing, and installation

QC 9000 certification

2003

Established Suzhou China factory

Suzhou Factory

Received license for UL authorized independent testing laboratory

Recieved DAP license in 2003, with WTDP starting the same year. CTDP qualification was first obtained in 2004.

UL Data Acceptance Program Certificate of Qualification

2002

February 19th

K.S. Terminals Inc. was officially listed on the Taiwan Stock Market (3003)

Prodouction processes are in full compliance with government environmental regulations and emission standards.

K.S. Terminals Inc. (3003)

2002

Established ISO 9001 Electroplating Factory in the National Industrial Zone

Production processes are in full compliance with government environmental regulations and emission standards.

Electroplating Factory

2001

January

Achieved JIS Standard certification from the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and industry

2000

July

Completed construction of KST new headquarters and factories

KST HQ in Changbin Industrial Park, Changhua, Taiwan

2000

Launched Battery Modular Connector (BMC) Product Line

KST Battery Modular Connector (BMC)

1996

January

Achieved ISO 9001 certification for Quality Assurance in production, servicing, and installation

ISO 9001 certification for Quality Assurance in production, servicing, and installation

1987-1993

Introduced and implemented Total Quality Control (TQC) System

Total Quality Control (TQC), System for optimizing production based on ideas developed by Japanese industries from the 1950s on. … The concept of kaizen, the notion that improvement must involve all members of a company, is central to TQC.

1984

Launched pre-insulated continual terminals and crimping tool product lines

Continuous Reel and Crimping Machine

1983

Developed and implemented over 300 automated terminal assembly machines

KST Terminal & Connnector Assembly Factory

1981

Launched solderless copper insulated / non-insulated terminals product lines

Non-insulated Copper Tubular Lugs

1976

Started developing automated continuous manufacturing techniques for electrical terminals

Electrical Terminals

1973

May 13

Registered in 1973, Changhua, Taiwan

Originally K.S. Workshop Ltd.