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.
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 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.
2007 Opened Construction Technical Center.
Completed Autoparts Technical Center.
2008 Established NICHIAS INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS PVT. LTD. in India.
2010 2011 Formulated "The NICHIAS Philosophy" as the new corporate philosophy.
2012 Established the second METAKOTE manufacturing line at NICHIAS FGS SDN. BHD.
2013 Moved Corporate Head Office to Hatchobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
2014 Established INOCRETE CO.,LTD.
2015 Expanded Autoparts Facotry at PT. NICHIAS ROCKWOOL INDONESIA.
Established NICHIAS SOUTHEAST ASIA SDN. BHD. in Malaysia.
Established NICHIAS EUROPE (UK) LTD in United Kingdom.
Celebrated NICHIAS’ 120th anniversary.
Acquired shares in an auto parts manufacturing company (Currently APJ Corporation).
2017 Formulated "TATSU-TAMOTSU technologies for a brighter future" as new corporate slogan.
Established new No.1 building at Ohji Factory.
Established the No. 5 Development Research Building and Innovation Gallery at Hamamatsu Research Laboratory.
Established the third METAKOTE manufacturing line at NICHIAS FGS SDN. BHD.
Established NICHIAS AUTOPARTS EUROPE GmbH in Germany.
Established the fourth,the fifth factory at KUMAMOTO NICHIAS CORPORATION.
2018 Established new general office building office building at Tsurumi Factory.
Established the fifth factory at NICHIAS HAIPHONG in Vietnam.
2019 Won the Energy Conservation Grand Prize of the Minister Prize of Economic,Trade and Industry for Aerogel Overwrapping Insulation Method for resuscitating degraded thermal insulation.
Established SUZHOU SHUANGYOU AUTOPARTS in China.

*TOMBO is a registered trademark or trademark of NICHIAS Corporation.

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