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1952

After Japan and the United States have signed the peace treaty, German staff and management of SECO and Leybold are allowed to return to Japan.

1961

SECO continues to profit from Japan’s economic upswing, and the country in the Far East becomes West Germany’s biggest trading partner in Asia.

1962

Having been presented with an honorary doctorate from Hamburg University in recognition of his services towards German-Japanese relations, Dr.h.c. Kurt Meissner becomes founding president of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Japan.

1968

As first German company, SECO uses the newly standardized shipping containers to export goods from Hamburg to Japan.

1968

SECO signs business agreement with gear grinding machine maker, expanding its portfolio from mainly chemicals and consumables.

1972

Transition from black and white to colored photo paper: SECO chartered freight cargo airliner Boeing 747 to deliver urgently required paper to Japan.