The company was established in 1898 in Nagoya as Aichi Tokei Denki Seizo Co., Ltd (Aichi Watch and Electric Manufacturing Company). Aircraft production started in 1920, and the company relied on technical assistance from Heinkel, which influenced some of their designs. In 1943 the aircraft division was spun off as Aichi Kokuki Co., Ltd. (Aichi Aircraft Company). After the war, the company was dissolved. Its current descendant, Aichi Machine Industry Co., Ltd., manufactures automotive parts and light trucks for Nissan.
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