Introduction of the history leading up to the founding of Saint-Gobain K.K. in Japan as well as the formation of joint enterprises and expansion of Saint-Gobain business activities in the modern era. In 2017, the Saint-Gobain Group will enter its 100th years of activities in Japan.
From the establishment to 1999
|1917||Start of business in Japan by Norton Company (USA), acquired by Saint-Gobain in 1990|
|1972||Establishment of abrasives joint venture, Kure-Norton Co., Ltd., with Kure Grinding Wheel|
|1975||Establishment of wholly owned trading company subsidiary, Nihon Norton Hanbai K.K., renamed Nihon Norton K.K. in 1978|
|1984||Merger of Japanese abrasives businesses leads to establishment of Japan subsidiary, Norton K.K.|
|Start of operations at Norton's refractories plant in Seto, central Japan|
|1986||Establishment of Nihon Saint-Gobain K.K., a Japanese subsidiary trading glass products, beads and powder|
|1992||Start of operations at Saint-Gobain's plastics plant in Suwa, central Japan|
|1997||Suwa plant awarded ISO 9001 certification, and subsequently ISO 9001 in 1997 (and ISO 14001 in 2001)|
|1999||Acquisition of Japan Abrasives Co. (JACO), maker of ceramic grains for abrasives and refractories refractories and establishment of Saint- Gobain Ceramic Materials K.K.|
From 2000 to the present
|2000||Nihon Saint-Gobain K.K. renamed Saint-Gobain K.K.
Opening of Saint-Gobain K.K. headquarters in Kojimachi, Tokyo, in purpose-built office building showcasing Saint-Gobain products and technology
|2002||Joint venture NSG Vetrotex formed in the reinforcements business with Nippon Sheet Glass, Japan's second-largest flat glassmaker|
|Establishment of Saint-Gobain HanGlas (Japan) K.K., an architectural flat glass joint venture with Hankuk Glass Industries Inc., South Korea’s largest glass maker (renamed Saint-Gobain Glass Japan K.K. in 2019)|
|2003||Joint establishment with Central Glass Co., Ltd. of automotive glass sales company, Central Saint-Gobain K.K., targeting Japanese automakers|
|2008||Acquired shares of MAG Co., Ltd., Japan’s leading glass wool insulation maker, which became an equal joint venture between Saint-Gobain K.K. and Taiheiyo Cement Corporation|
|2010||Acquired the stake owned by Taiheiyo Cement Corporation in MAG, which has become a Saint-Gobain Group company. The company name changed to MAG-ISOVER K.K.|
|2015||All the Saint-Gobain group’s employees worldwide celebrated our 350th anniversary together.|
History of the Saint-Gobain Group
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