History

Introducing the detailed history of the Nippon Paint Holdings Group.

1880s
  • 1881
    Komyosha is founded in Mita, Tokyo
    Komyosha is founded in Mita, Tokyo
  • 1896
    Operations move to a new factory in Minami Shinagawa, Tokyo (the current Tokyo Office)
  • 1897
    Patent is granted for the zinc oxide production method (Nippon Paint's first patent)
    Patent is granted for the zinc oxide production method (Nippon Paint's first patent)
  • 1898
    Company is incorporated and renamed Nippon Paint Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Gavel motif is filed as a trademark
    Company is renamed Nippon Paint Co., Ltd.
1910s
  • 1911
    Patent is granted for anti-fouling paint for marine coatings
  • 1920
    Main operations move to Osaka
  • 1927
    Company is renamed Nippon Paint Co., Ltd.
  • 1929
    Imperial envoy visits the Osaka Plant
  • 1931
    Head office moves to Osaka
  • 1933
    Nichiman Paint Co., Ltd. is established in Liaoning, China
  • 1939
    Manchuria Nippon Paint Co., Ltd. is established
1940s
  • 1940
    Taiwan Nippon Paint Co., Ltd. is established
  • 1942
    North China Nippon Paint Co., Ltd. is established and plant is constructed in Tianjin
  • 1945
    Osaka Plant is ruined by firebombs
  • 1948
    Kozuchi-kai (society for appointed stores in Japan) is formed
  • 1962
    Chiba Plant is completed
    Pan Malaysia Paint Industries is established
    (the current NIPPON PAINT (SINGAPORE) COMPANY PRIVATE LIMITED)
    NIPPON PAINT (SINGAPORE) COMPANY PRIVATE LIMITED
  • 1965
    Nippon Liner Co., Ltd. is established
    Technical tie-up is concluded with PPG Industries (USA)
  • 1966
    Technical and business tie-up is concluded with Daihan Ink and Paint Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (South Korea)
  • 1967
    Hiroshima Plant is completed
    NIPPON PAINT (THAILAND) COMPANY LIMITED is established
    NIPPON PAINT (M) SDN BHD is established
    NIPPON PAINT (M) SDN BHD 設立
  • 1968
    Research Center is completed in Neyagawa, Osaka
    中央研究所
1970s
  • 1970
    Aichi Plant is completed
  • 1971
    Nippon Bee Chemical Co., Ltd. is established
  • 1974
    Sales subsidiary is established in the Shikoku region
    Asahi Solvent Kogyo Co., Ltd. joins the group
    (the current AS Paint Co., Ltd.)
  • 1975
    America Nippon Paint Co., Ltd. is established
  • 1976
    Nippon Paint Philippines, Inc. is established
    NIPPON PAINT PHILIPPINES, INC.
  • 1977
    Business tie-up is concluded with International Paint (UK)
    Sales subsidiary is established in the Tohoku region (the last of eight across Japan)
  • 1981
    Nippon Paint celebrates its centennial
    Meiji Memorial Building opens in Minami Shinagawa, Tokyo
    Tochigi Plant is completed
    明治記念館開館
  • 1982
    Hofu Branch Plant is completed
  • 1984
    Okayama Plant is completed
  • 1989
    Nippon Paint (Europe) Ltd. is established in the UK
  • 1990
    Nippon Paint celebrates its 110th anniversary
    New head office building is completed
    New corporate song is introduced


  • 1992
    NIPPON PAINT (CHINA) COMPANY LIMITED is established
    NIPPON PAINT (CHINA) COMPANY LIMITED
  • 1993
    Fukuoka Plant is completed
    Courtaulds Nippon Paint is established
  • 1994
    Marine paint division is spun off to establish Nippe Marine Sales Co., Ltd.
    (the current Nippon Paint Marine Coatings Co., Ltd.)
    NIPPON PAINT (VIETNAM) CO., LTD. is established
    Nippon Paint (Guangdong) Co., Ltd. is established in China
    NIPPON PAINT (VIETNAM) CO., LTD.
  • 1995
    DIY paint division is spun off and merged with Nippe Home Paint to establish Nippe Home Products Co., Ltd.
  • 1999
    Nippon Paint Industrial Coating Co., Ltd. is established
2000s
  • 2001
    Eco Action 21 certification is acquired for environmental activities
    Miyakojima Weathering Test Center is completed
    宮古島ウェザリングセンター竣工
  • 2002
    Nippon Fine Coatings Inc. is established
    "Guangzhou Nippon Paint Co., Ltd. is established in China"
    GUANGZHOU NIPPON PAINT CO., LTD.
  • 2004
    Mitsui Kinzoku Paints & Chemicals Co., Ltd. joins the group
    (the current Nippon Paint Anti-Corrosive Coatings Co., Ltd.)
    Five regional sales companies are merged to establish Nippon Paint Hanbai Co., Ltd.
  • 2006
    Nippon Paint (Chengdu) Co., Ltd. is established in China
    Nippon Bee Chemical Co., Ltd. and Rohm and Haas Automotive Coatings (USA) are acquired
    NB Coatings, Inc. is established in the USA
  • 2007
    Nippon Paint (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is acquired as a subsidiary
  • 2008
    ASIA INDUSTRIES, LTD. (Taiwan, China) is acquired as a subsidiary
    (the current NIPPON PAINT COATING (TAIWAN) CO., LTD.)
    Nipsea Chemical Co., Ltd. (South Korea) is acquired as a subsidiary
    Nippon Paint Philippines, Inc. is acquired as a subsidiary
    Nippon Paint (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. is established in China
  • 2009
    Osaka Logistics Center is completed
    大阪物流センター竣工
  • 2011
    AS Resin Co., Ltd. is established
    NIPPON PAINT (BANGLADESH) PRIVATE LIMITED is established in Bangladesh
  • 2012
    NIPPON PAINT LANKA (PRIVATE) LIMITED. is established in Sri Lanka
    NIPPON PAINT LANKA (PRIVATE) LIMITED.
  • 2013
    Nippon Paint (Kunming) Co., Ltd. is established in Yunnan, China
  • 2014
    Nippon Paint is reorganized as a holding company
    Company is renamed Nippon Paint Holdings Co., Ltd. and a new
    company for business functions established as Nippon Paint Co., Ltd.
  • 2015
    “Nippon Paint Co., Ltd.” (established on October 1, 2014) is split off into four separate companies by business segment and these four
    companies are merged with some domestic subsidiaries related to respective businesses.
    Nippon Paint Automotive Coatings Co., Ltd.
    Nippon Paint Industrial Coatings Co., Ltd.
    Nippon Paint Co., Ltd.
    Nippon Paint Surf Chemicals Co., Ltd.
  • 2016
    Bollig & Kemper GMBH & Co. KG (Germany) is acquired as a 100% subsidiary
  • 2017
    DUNN-EDWARDS CORPORATION is acquired as a 100% subsidiary in the USA
    DUNN‐EDWARDS CORPORATION
  • 2019
    BETEK BOYA VE KIMYA SANAYI ANONIM ŞIRKETI is acquired
    DULUXGROUP LIMITED is acquired as a 100% subsidiary
    BETEK BOYA VE KIMYA SANAYI ANONIM ŞIRKETI
    DULUXGROUP LIMITED
  • 2021
    The Joint venture companies in Asia between NIPPON PAINT HOLDINGS CO,.LTD and WUTHELAM HOLDINGS LTD and PT NIPSEA PAINT AND CHEMICALS in Indonesia are acquired as 100% subsidaries.
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