History

NICHIAS was founded in 1896 as a pioneer in the field of thermal insulation materials. The Company quickly established itself as a leader in the sector by developing outstanding product technology and engineering capabilities. Over more than a century, NICHIAS has continually risen to the challenge of developing new products and innovations. The Company will remain firmly fixed on this path of progress in the 21st century.

1890 1896 Founded in Osaka
1900 1909 Moved Head Office to Tokyo
1923 TOMBO brand registered
1931 Produced Japan's first joint sheet gasket
1937 Moved Osaka Factory to the newly constructed Ohji Factory
1938 Became first company in Japan to manufacture rock wool products
1939 Moved Tokyo Factory to the newly constructed Tsurumi Factory
1950 1951 Developed prototype of fluoropolymer products
1952 Commenced manufacture of spiral wound gaskets
NICHIAS stock approved for trading on the OTC Market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
1956 Established the Research Laboratory in Tsurumi in commemoration of 60th anniversary
1958 Commenced production of ceramic fiber
1960 1961 Listed on Second Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange
1962 Listed on First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange
1964 Established Fukuroi Factory
1967 Commenced manufacture of access floor
1968 Listed on First Section of Osaka Securities Exchange
1970 1971 Moved Corporate Head Office to Shibadaimon, Minato-ku, Tokyo
1974 Established Yuki Factory
1979 Established NICHIAS SINGAPORE PTE. LTD.
1980 1983 Commenced manufacture and sales of alumina fiber and rigid polyurethane pipe supports
Established PT. SUNIJAYA (Now PT. NICHIAS SUNIJAYA) in Indonesia
1985 Developed ultra-high temperature ceramic thermal insulation tile
Commenced manufacture and sales of rubber coated metal gaskets
1987 Reorganized business divisions into independent profit centers
Developed fluoropolymer products for semiconductor production equipment
1988 Established PT. KUNISEAL NUSANTARA (Now PT. NICHIAS ROCKWOOL INDONESIA) in Indonesia
1990 1990 Established PT. PYN MANUFACTURING (Now PT. NICHIAS METALWORKS INDONESIA) in Indonesia
Established NICHIAS FGS SDN. BHD. in Malaysia
1994 Established Hamamatsu Research Laboratory
Established SUZHOU NICHIAS SEAL MATERIAL CO., LTD. in China
1995 Established NT RUBBER-SEALS SDN. BHD. in Malaysia
Established PT. NICHIAS ROCKWOOL INDONESIA
1996 Celebrated NICHIAS' 100th anniversary
1997 Second stage construction of Hamamatsu Research Laboratory completed
1998 Began issuing stock options
1999 Introduced executive officer system
2000 2001 Formulated the NICHIAS Environmental Charter
Established NICHIAS HAIPHONG CO., LTD. in Vietnam
2002 Established SUZHOU NICHIAS INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS CO., LTD. in China
2003 New building completed at Tsurumi Research Laboratory
Established NICHIAS (Shanghai) TRADING CO., LTD. in China
2004 Established NICHIAS CZECH, s.r.o
2005 Established Procurement Guidelines
Acquired shares in three subsidiaries of NIPPON STEEL CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
2006 Completed new factory building at Hashima Factory
2007 Opened Construction Technical Center
Completed Autoparts Technical Center
2008 Formulated "The New NICHIAS Spirit" as the corporate philosophy
Formulated "A New Step towards the Next 100 Years" as new corporate slogan
Established NICHIAS INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS PVT. LTD. in India
2009 Completed new autoparts factory at Yuki Factory
Completed new manufacturing line at METAKOTE INDUSTRY CORPORATION's Okayama Factory.
2010 2011 Formulated "The NICHIAS Philosophy" as the new corporate philosophy
2012 Expanded second rock wool product line at PT.NICHIAS ROCKWOOL INDONESIA
Established the second METAKOTE manufacturing line at NICHIAS FGS SDN. BHD.
2013 Moved Corporate Head Office to Hatchobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Completed new factory building at KIMITSU ROCK WOOL CORPORATION
2014 Established INOCRETE CO.,LTD.
2015 Expanded Autoparts Facotry at PT. NICHIAS ROCKWOOL INDONESIA
Established Kobe sales Office
Established NICHIAS SOUTHEAST ASIA SDN. BHD. in Malaysia
Established NICHIAS EUROPE (UK) LTD in United Kingdom
2016 Celebrated NICHIAS’ 120th anniversary
Acquired shares in an auto parts manufacturing company (Currently APJ Corporation)

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