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The beginnings of the Moriroku Group can be traced back to the year 1663 in the former province of Awa in Tokushima Prefecture. Thanks to your patronage and support, this year in 2013, we will mark the 350th anniversary of our founding.
Have a look for yourself at the long history that the Moriroku Group shares with the development of chemical industries in Japan, starting with our initial forays in the distribution of the natural raw materials of indigo and manure.


Video commemorating our 350th anniversary

Timeline of Moriroku history

Timeline of Moriroku history

1663~

1663 Foundation
Started dealing in Awa indigo and manure in Awa
(Tokushima)

1853
Established Kanto area sales headquarters in Edo (Tokyo)

1878
Exhibited Awa indigo at Paris International Exposition

1882
Started wholesaling of domestic and foreign fertilizers

1899
Opened Osaka and Kobe Offices

1900~

1909
Opened Osaka Office

Started import and sales of dyestuffs, industrial chemicals and sodas

1916
Established as a stock company Incorporated Moriroku Shoten as a stock company
(Capital: 1 million yen, Head Office: Tokushima, Branch Offices: Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe)

1927
Moved the head office to Osaka (Opened Shikoku Office)

1939
Started dealing in food mold inhibitors (Advanced into modern chemical products business)

1940
Opened Nagoya Office

1949
Started dealing in vinyl chloride (Advanced into resin business)

1950~

1958
Started dealing in low-pressure polyethylene, and developed product application methods (Advanced into pro-duction business)

1962
Moved the head office to Muromachi, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Opened Osaka branch)

1963
Changed the trade name to Moriroku Trading Company, Ltd.

1965
Constructed new factory in Suzuka-shi, Mie

1968
Moved the head office to Kasumigaseki Building, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

1969
Increased the capital to 100 million yen

1976
Increased the capital to 200 million yen

1979
Opened the Technical Service Center

1980~

1980
Constructed Kanto Plant in Ohizumi-cho, Ohra-gun, Gunma

1982
Changed the trade name to Moriroku Company Ltd., and increased the capital to 300 million yen

1983
Constructed the Technical Research Center and prototype facility in Kawagoe-shi, Saitama

Opened Hong Kong Representative Office

1986
Established a local corporation Greenville Technology, Inc. in Ohio, U.S.A. through joint venture with Honda

1987
Increased the capital to 450.1 million yen

1990~

1990
Constructed Meiwa Factory in Meiwa-cho, Ohra-gun, Gunma

Established a local corporation, Moriroku Company (HK) Ltd., in Hong Kong
Increased the capital to 1,358.1 million yen

1994
Established a local corporation, Moriroku Philippines, Inc. in Laguna, Philippines

1996
Opened Bangkok Representative Office

Established a local corporation, Moriroku UT India Pvt., Ltd., in New Delhi, India

Established a local corporation, Listowel Technology, Inc., in Ontario, Canada

Established a local corporation, Moriroku (Singapore) Pte., Ltd., in Singapore

1997
Established a local corporation, Moriroku (Thailand) Co., Ltd., in Bangkok, Thailand

2000~

2000
Established a local corporation Rainsville Technology, Inc. in Alabama, U.S.A.

2001
Established a local corporation,Guangzhou Moriroku Technology, Co.,Ltd. in Guangzhou,China

2002
Established a local corporation,Suzhou Moriroku Technology Co.,Ltd.in Suzhou,China

Established a local corporation,Moriroku(Shanghai)Co.,Ltd. in Shanghai,China

2003
Established Moriroku (Guangzhou) International Trading Co., Ltd.

Established Production Operational Headquarters Development Center to integrate the production operational headquarter functions in Moka-shi, Tochigi

2004
Moved the head office to Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo


Established a local corporation, Wuhan Moriroku Technology Co., Ltd. in Wuhan, China. started to operate in Nov. 2005

2005
Increased capital to 1,640.1 million yen

2006
Consolidated Chemical Department and Plastic Department into Chemical Business HQ(reorganization).

2007
Established Moriroku Precision Co., Ltd.

Established Moriroku (Tianjin) Co., Ltd.

Established Moriroku Austria GmbH

2008
Established Moriroku America, Inc.

Moved the Suzuka Plant to Ifuna-cho, Suzuka-shi, Mie-ken.

Changed its trade name to Moriroku Holdings Company, Ltd., at the same time establishing new operating companies, Moriroku Chemicals Company, Ltd. and Moriroku Technology Company, Ltd., which would take over the chemical and production sectors of the company, respectively (transition to a holding company structure).

2010
Established Moriroku Agri Co., Ltd.
Established Moriroku Technology(Thailand)Co., Ltd.

2011
Established Moriroku Chemicals Korea Co., Ltd.

2012
Established PT. Moriroku Technology Indonesia