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)
1910s
  • 1911
    Patent is granted for anti-fouling paint for marine coatings
  • 1927
    Company is renamed Nippon Paint Co., Ltd.
  • 1931
    Head office moves to Osaka
1940s
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1975
    America Nippon Paint Co., Ltd. is established
  • 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
  • 1984
    Okayama Plant is completed
  • 1989
    Nippon Paint (Europe) Ltd. is established in the UK
  • 1992
    NIPPON PAINT (CHINA) COMPANY LIMITED is established
    NIPPON PAINT (CHINA) COMPANY LIMITED


  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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