Toto Ltd.

This article is about the Japanese toilet manufacturer. For the American pop/rock band, see Toto (band). For other uses, see Toto (disambiguation).
Public K.K.
Traded as
Industry Manufacturing / Ceramics

Kokura, Kitakyushu, Japan

(May 15, 1917 (1917-05-15), Toyo Toki Company)
Headquarters 1-1 Nakashima Nichome, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu, 802-8601, Japan
Area served
worldwide, especially Asia
Key people
Products Plumbing fixtures
Revenue Increase ¥433,577 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Increase ¥14,104 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Profit Increase ¥5,115 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Total assets Increase ¥379,215 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Total equity Decrease ¥180,164 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Number of employees
consolidated: 23,143
non-consolidated: 7,755
(As of June 30, 2010)
The head office of TOTO
TOTO SW981G「カゴット」toilet

Toto Ltd. (TOTO株式会社 Tōtō Kabushiki-gaisha) (TYO: 5332, OTC Pink: TOTDY) was founded in 1917. It is a company based in Kitakyushu, Japan. It is the world's largest toilet manufacturer.[1]

The name "Toto" is an abbreviation of the two Japanese words forming its full name, Tōyō Tōki (東洋陶器 Oriental Ceramics). The company invented and patented the Washlet. Plants outside Japan are:[2]

Toto set up business in the UK in 2010, where they operate through their own showroom in Farringdon, London. Toto products can be seen mostly in malls, shopping centres and metro stations around the globe.

Toto recently announced plans for a 58 million USD toilet manufacturing plant in Gujarat, the home state of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. '"India was on the radar of the company," ever since the country started allowing sanitary-ware imports in 2000, Madoka Kitamura, president of Toto told WSJ.'[4]


The Toto Washlet is an innovative toilet seat that features an integrated bidet. The bidet feature activates at the push of a button on the seat or a remote control; a small wand extends from the back of the rim and begins to jet water towards the backside of the user. Different Washlet models have features such as air fresheners, seat heaters, and dryers.

See also


  1. Telegraph Archived October 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. Ceramic World Review. No. 69. 2006
  3. IBtimes
  4. IBtimes
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