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About Musashi Paint Group

Musashi History

An introduction to the half century long history of Musashi Paint since its foundation in 1958.
From here onward, we will treasure each step of our journey as a group in hopes of continuing it for another 100 or 200 years to come.

Musashi Paint Group Chronology

  • 1958-70 Founding period
  • 1980s-1990s
Moved to plastic coating
  • 2000 onward Became a global company
Year Important Events Major Products Group Changes and Growth
1958

Founded by Toshio Fukui in Kosuge, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo

  • Start Up Building 社屋

    Startup Building

  • Toshio Fukui The founder

    Toshio Fukui The founder

NITORON

Start with just 8 members
1959

Relocated to Honden Shibue-Machi, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo;
land acquisition in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture;
construction of Kawaguchi plant

  • Relocated to Honden Shibue-Machi, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo; land acquisition in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture; construction of Kawaguchi plant

  • Relocated to Honden Shibue-Machi, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo; land acquisition in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture; construction of Kawaguchi plant

MELARL UREX ビ• ニトロン

MELARL
UREX
BE.NITRON

 
1960

Sales headquarters relocated to Zoshigaya, Toshima-ku
Formation of the "Musashikai" Tokyo Dealers Association
Formation of the Musashi Paint Cooperative (Materials Supplier)

  • Sales headquarters relocated to Zoshigaya, Toshima-ku Formation of the "Musashikai" Tokyo Dealers Association Formation of the Musashi Paint Cooperative (Materials Supplier)

 

JPY 100 million
42 employees

1961

Formation of the Empitsu Musashikai

   
1962

Relocation to the Saitama Bldg. (Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku)
Entrance into the Japan Paint Manufacturers Association

  • Saitama Bldg

    Saitama Bldg

RYLCON FUTALBET EPONICE

RYLCON
FUTALBET
EPONICE

 
1963

Kawaguchi Plant Expansion Formation of the Paint Colloquium (Later the Kanto Paint Manufacturers Association)

  • Kawaguchi Plant

    Kawaguchi Plant

   
1964 Formation of "Munikai"    
1965

Founding member of the Kanto Paint Manufacturers Association

Hi JET PUTTY

 
1966  

PLA-ACE 713 (Pioneered use of plastic grain paints)

PLA-ACE 713
(Pioneered use of plastic grain paints)

PLA-ACE 716

Chakuron (Light alloy plating for auto emblems, consumer electronics. etc.)

Chakuron
(Light alloy plating for auto emblems, consumer electronics. etc.)

 
1967   NEO CHAKURON  
1968

Celebration of 10th anniversary of founding

   
1969

Osaka branch office established

PLA-ACE WW(Pioneered wiping technology)

 
1970

Completion of the Iruma No. 1 Plant, and beginning of operations

the Iruma Plant

the Iruma Plant

Hi MELARL
BYTARON
JPY 500 million
59 employees
1971  

MOKUMERON
(Pioneered water transfer technology)

 
1972

Sales partnership with Du Pont, USA

   
1973

Celebration of 15th anniversary of founding
Completion of the second Iruma plant

Celebration of 15th anniversary

Celebration of 15th anniversary

ZERON MM  
1974

Relocation to Minami-Ikebukuro 2-30-16, Toshima-ku (current location)

   
1975

Musashikai expands into a nationwide association

   
1976   HITOMAC  
1977

Relocation to the Iruma plant completed
Relocation of the Osaka office to Genjigaoka

  JPY 1 billion
69 employees
1978

20th anniversary celebration of founding
Construction of main headquarters complete (Guriggu Bldg.)
Completion of Iruma plant research facility

   
1979   Bonrezar  
Advanced R&D in special materials for use with metals, plastics, and more
Made trail-blazing advancements in the automotive field
Increased the name recognition of Musashi Paint, established a firm position in the industry
Began exporting product
Year Important Events Major Products Group Changes and Growth
1980   NEO CHAKURON(太陽熱温水器用で大ヒット)PLA-ACE A(家電用で好調)HAIUREX M

NEO CHAKURON
PLA-ACE A
HAIUREX M

 
1981   HAI UREX-P Strong exports to Korea, Hong Kong
1982

Relocation of the Osaka office to Amagasaki
Establishment of the Seibu Musashikai

  JPY 2 billion
78 employees
1983 Celebration of 25th anniversary of founding

Celebration of 25th anniversary of founding

BONSUEDE
PLA-ACE PP
 
1984

First foreign technological collaboration (Sam Young Ink, South Korea)
Technological collaboration with Great Century Paints, Taiwan

First foreign technological collaboration (Sam Young Ink, South Korea) Technological collaboration with Great Century Paints, Taiwan

   
1985

Partnership with BDI, Singapore
Osaka office elevated to its own plant and relocated to new facilities in Kawada, Higashi-Osaka

COMPIX  
1986      
1987

Acquisition of Elecoat One (company's first acquisition)

   
1988 「MPC Assosiation」established

MECKYANTEX

 
1989

Second president, Hide Akiyama, assumes office
Chairman Toshio Fukui honored with the Fifth Order of the Sacred Treasure

Second president, Hide Akiyama, assumes office Chairman Toshio Furui honored with the Fifth Order of the Sacred Treasure

Rubbersan  
1990

Chairman Toshio Fukui dies
Provision of technology to U.K. company, Sonneborn & Rieck

Chairman Toshio Furui dies Provision of technology to U.K. company, Sonneborn & Rieck

   
1991   SUPER PRIMER  
1992

Order center established

PEACHSKIN  
1993

Establishment of the Kemisanku Corporation

   
1994

Third president, Shuhei Fukui, assumes office
First exhibition at Paint Show '94
Death of President Hideo Akiyama
Construction of multi-level storage facility completed

Registered purchase code for Rubbersan, peach skin IBM components

 
1995   QUARTER MAN  
1996

Ten-year long term plan established

   
1997

ULTRA VIN
(Advancements in UV curing,
mobile phones)

 
1998

Exhibition at Paint Show
Construction of new color mixing plant completed

PANUCO MG
(magnesium primer)
 
1999

Founding of Musashi Paint Zhongshan
Founding of Musashi Paint Hong Kong

Founding of Musashi Paint Zhongshan Founding of Musashi Paint Hong Kong

   
Catchphrase Technology, Sincerity, and Ideas
Moved away from large scale (metal) toward small scale (plastic) computers
Established an organizational vision toward proactive global expansion
Rapid sales growth in the mobile phone field (initially with car phones, PHS, etc.)
Year Important Events Major Products Group Changes and Growth
2000

Founding of Musashi Paint Korea
Founding of Musashi Paint Malaysia (Johor Bahru)

Founding of Musashi Paint Korea Founding of Musashi Paint Malaysia (Johor Bahru)

ARMOR TOP
(mobile phone painting)

JPY 3 billion
111 employees
2001

Five-year plan established (group sales of 10 billion yen)

  JPY 4 billion
116 employees
2002

Exhibition at Paint Show
Founding of Musashi Paint Suzhou

ECO PLA-ACE
ECO HAIUREX

 
2003

ISO14001 certification
Founding of Musashi Paint Kunshan
Founding of Musashi Paint Intl. Hong Kong

KING JPY 5 billion
125 employees
2004

Founding of Musashi Paint Tianjin
Founding of Musashi Paint Trading Company (Shanghai)
Founding of Musashi Paint Color Development Center (Beijing)

NEOUREX JPY 8 billion
154 employees
2005

New five-year plan established
(group sales of 40 billion yen)
Founding of Musashi Paint Manufacturing Co.
ISO9001 certification

NEORABASAN
NEOPEACHSKIN
JPY 9 billion
164 employees
2006

Exhibition at Paint Show
Founding of Hungary Musashi Paint
Founding of California Musashi Paint
Founding of Musashi Unified Paint Trading Company (Shanghai)
Founding of Musashi Paint Color Development Center (Shanghai)

HAIUREX P
JPY 10 billion
190 employees
2007

Celebration of 50th anniversary of founding

Celebration of 50th anniversary of founding

   
2008

Founding of Musashi Paint Thailand

  JPY 12 billion
250 employees
2009

Osaka Plant relocates to Mizuhai, Higashi-Osaka
Founding of Musashi Paint U.K.
Founding of Vietnam Musashi Paint

   
2010

Founding of Musashi Paint India

   
2011

president, Hideki Sato, assumes office
Death of Chairman Shuhei Fukui
Founding of Musashi Paint Manufacturing (Thailand) Co.

Capital investment in U.S. Paint
Corporation, inclusion into the Musashi Group

   
2013 3 Years new MUSASH GROUP plan start    
Successive establishment of overseas production bases (joint ventures)
Next-generation development (environmentally conscious)
Expansion of automotive paints
  • 1958-70 Founding period
  • 1980s-1990s Moved to plastic coating
  • 2000 onward Became a global company
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