History

Together with chemistry, and with society. 100 years of development

History of OHARA

Jan.1916 Ohara Shunji Shoten founded for the purpose of manufacturing, importing and exporting chemical-industry products.  
Dec.1918 Ohara Shoten Co., Ltd. established with capital of 500,000 yen. thumbnail
April1929 Relocated to Kobuna Gashi (now Kobuna-cho) in Nihonbashi-ku, where the head office is currently located. thumbnail
April1935 Osaka Branch opened (now Osaka Branch). thumbnail
Dec.1944 Company name changed to OHARA & CO., LTD.  
Aug.1955 Capital reached 25 million yen. In response to the development of the petrochemical industry, entered new fields, such as organic chemicals and composite resins in addition to the conventional field of inorganic chemicals.  
July1957 Capital reached 50 million yen. thumbnail
Jan.1962 Capital reached 100 million yen. thumbnail
1963 Ishinomaki Factory established within the factory premises of Tohoku Pulp Co., Ltd. (now NIPPON PAPER INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.) in Ishinomaki City. Aluminum sulfate production started. thumbnail
Aug.1969 Capital reached 150 million yen.  
May1973 Fukuyama Office (now Fukuyama Sales Office) opened.  
1980 Annual sales topped 30 billion yen  
1974 Entered new fields, including pharmaceutical intermediates, animal drugs and food.  
Sept.1982 Capital reached 250 million yen.  
1983 Entered the then latest fields, including new materials, bio technology and new ceramics.  
Aug.1985 Nagoya Sales Office(now Nagoya Branch) opened. A new head office building completed. thumbnail
June1988 70th anniversary of the founding.
Bangkok Office opened to expand overseas business.
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The telephone card made in 70th anniversary

March1990 Capital reached 784.6 million yen.  
Sept.1993 Bangkok Office closed and a new corporation, OHARA (THAILAND) CO., LTD. established.  
Dec.1998 80th anniversary of the founding.  
May2000 OHARA CHEMICALS SINGAPORE PTE. LTD. established in Singapore.  
March2002 ISO 14001 acquired.  
May2002 OHARA CHEMICAL (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD. established in Shanghai.  
Dec.2008 90th anniversary of the founding.  
2010 Entered automotive field.  
June2013 OHARA CHEMICALS (THAILAND) CO., LTD. established.  
Feb2015 PT. OHARA HALIM CHEMICALS INDONESIA established.  
April2015 Nagoya Sales Office promoted to Nagoya Branch.  
Dec.2018 100th anniversary of the founding.