History

Moriroku's long journey to the present day

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, we marked the 350th anniversary of our founding in 2013.
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.

Early history from 1663 to 1915

Sales of indigo dyed goods commenced and spread nationwide

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 Kobe Offices

1909

Opened Osaka Office
Started import and sales of dyestuffs, industrial chemicals and sodas

Image: A Moriroku newspaper ad in the late 1800s
A Moriroku newspaper ad in the late 1800s
Image: Moriroku's office in the early years
Moriroku's office in the early years

Growth from 1916 to 1948

The company was reorganized into a modern chemical trading business

1916

Moriroku reorganized as a joint-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

Image: Former President Rokuro Mori
Former President Rokuro Mori
Image: Moriroku's former branch in Nagoya
Moriroku's former branch in Nagoya

Laying solid foundations from 1949 to 1964

Moriroku continued to establish a foothold as a manufacturer

1949

Started dealing in vinyl chloride
→Advanced into resin business

1958

Started dealing in low-pressure polyethylene, and developed product application methods
→Advanced into production 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.

Image: Netron brand protective bottle covers
Netron brand protective bottle covers
Image: Hi-Zex brand polyethylene on display at a plastic trade show
Hi-Zex brand polyethylene on display at a plastic trade show

Transformation from 1965 to 1985

The company started full-fledged production of auto parts

1965

Constructed new factory in Suzuka-shi, Mie

1968

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

1979

Opened the Technical Service Center

1980

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

1982

Changed the trade name to Moriroku Company Ltd.

1983

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

Image: The original Suzuka Plant
The original Suzuka Plant
Image: A celebration marking the opening of the Kanto Plant
A celebration marking the opening of the Kanto Plant

Expansion from 1986 to 2007

Moriroku began expanding its operations globally

1986

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

1990

Constructed Meiwa Factory in Meiwa-cho, Ohra-gun, Gunma
Established a local corporation, Moriroku Company (HK) Ltd., in Hong Kong

1994

Established a local corporation, Moriroku Philippines, Inc. in Laguna, Philippines
Opened Shanghai Representative Office in China

1996

Opened Bangkok Representative Office
Established a local corporation, Listowel Technology, Inc., in Ontario, Canada
Established a local corporation, Moriroku UT India Pvt., Ltd., in New Delhi, India
Established a local corporation, Moriroku (Singapore) Pte., Ltd., in Singapore

1997

Established a local corporation, Moriroku (Thailand) Co., Ltd., in Bangkok, Thailand
Opened Hezliya Representative Office in Israel

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

2002

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

2003

Established Moriroku (Guangzhou) 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.

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

Image: The opening ceremony for Guangzhou Moriroku Technology Co., Ltd.
The opening ceremony for Guangzhou Moriroku Technology Co., Ltd.
Image: The building in Hong Kong housing Moriroku Company (HK) Ltd. in 1993
The building in Hong Kong housing Moriroku Company (HK) Ltd. in 1993
Image: The building housing Moriroku's office in Hezliya, Israel
The building housing Moriroku's office in Hezliya, Israel
Image: Moriroku's office in Shanghai
Moriroku's office in Shanghai
Image: Moriroku's office in Guangzhou
Moriroku's office in Guangzhou
Image: Moriroku's office in Vienna, Austria
Moriroku's office in Vienna, Austria

Reorganization from 2008

A holding company framework was adopted and Moriroku Holdings was publicly listed

2008

Established Moriroku America, Inc.
Moved the Suzuka Plant to Ifuna-cho, Suzuka-shi, Mie.
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
Established Moriroku Technology De Mexico S.A. De C.V.

2016

Consolidated Kanto Plant, Meiwa Plant and Mold Production Plant (in Kawagoe-shi, Saitama) into Ota-shi, Gunma.
Established PT. Moriroku Chemicals Indonesia

2017

Moriroku Holdings was listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

Image: The certificate for listing on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
The certificate for listing on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

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