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Corporate History

Maruzen Pharmacy (the predecessor of Maruzen Chemicals Co., Ltd.) was separated and spun off from Maruzen Co., Ltd. in 1895. Since its establishment as a pharmaceutical trading company, Maruzen Chemicals Co., Ltd. has been walking through over 120 years of history with the support of its stakeholders. The history was not an easy to cumulate, and there were many hardships, but at that time, we overcame them with wisdom, ingenuity and enthusiasm, and now we grew up to be a global multifunctional trading company with six business divisions.
By providing optimal products and the best solutions, we will continue to meet the needs of society and our customers by flexibly responding to changes in the world.

Meiji period - Taisho period

  • 1869

    Yuteki Hayashi established Maruya Trading Company (predecessor of Maruzen Co., Ltd.) in Yokohama.

    About Yuteki Hayashi
    Yuteki Hayashi established Maruya Trading Company in Yokohama. Yuteki Hayashi established Maruya Trading Company in Yokohama.
  • 1871

    Maruya Trading Company opened the Osaka Branch with a bookstore and pharmacy in Sakai-suji Nishiiru, Minamikyuhoji-machi, Osaka.
    Isohachi Suga joined the Tokyo office.

  • 1880

    The company was renamed Maruzen Trading Limited.

    About the name "Maruzen"
    The company was renamed Maruzen Trading Limited. The company was renamed Maruzen Trading Limited.
  • 1893

    The company was renamed Maruzen Co., Ltd.

  • 1895

    Maruzen Pharmacy was spun off as an independent company by the resolution of the annual general meeting (AGM) of Maruzen Co., Ltd.

    Isohachi Suga headed Maruzen Pharmacy.

    Independence of Isohachi Suga and Maruzen Pharmacy
    Isohachi Suga Isohachi Suga
  • 1916

    Saburo Yanagihara, the eldest son of Isohachi Suga, inherits the pharmacy business.

    Giving back to Takagura Village, home of the Yanagihara family
    Saburo Yanagihara Saburo Yanagihara Saburo Yanagihara

Showa period

  • 1938

    The company was restructured as Maruzen Pharmacy Co., Ltd. with 450,000 yen in capital.
    Saburo Yanagihara inaugurated as President.

    Former office building

    Former office building constructed in 1937.

  • 1943

    The company was renamed Maruzen Chemicals Co., Ltd.

    Reason for the name change to Maruzen Chemicals Co., Ltd. and adoption of the new company emblem
    The new company emblem was registered on the company name change.

    The new company emblem was registered on the company name change.

  • 1947

    Ryohei Yanagihara was inaugurated as President.Local office opened in Kumamoto.

    President Ryohei Yanagihara

    President Ryohei Yanagihara

  • 1951

    Agrochemical Section established.

    Establishment draft for the Agrochemical Section

    Establishment draft for the Agrochemical Section

  • 1953

    Local office opened in Fukuoka.Representative office opened in Nagoya.

  • 1958

    Tokyo and Fukuoka offices upgraded to branch offices.

    Tokyo and Fukuoka offices upgraded to branch offices.
  • 1959

    Representative office opened in Sapporo.Nagoya office upgraded to branch office.Chemical Section established.

  • 1961

    Trading Section established.

  • 1963

    Representative office opened in Sendai.

  • 1979

    Ryohei Yanagihara, the President, was awarded the Medal with Blue Ribbon for his contribution to the industry.

  • 1984

    Ryohei Yanagihara, the President, was inaugurated as Chairperson of the Osaka Pharmaceutical Industry Health Insurance Society and Chairperson of the Osaka Pharmaceutical Industry Welfare Fund.

  • 1987

    Ryoichi Yanagihara inaugurated as President.
    Ryohei Yanagihara inaugurated as Chairperson.

  • 1988

    Representative office opened in Hiroshima.

Heisei period

  • 1989

    The 10th capital increase brought the total capital to 330 million yen.
    Representative office opened in Takamatsu.

  • 1990

    A divisional system was adopted.

    Established Chemical Division, Agricultural Materials Division, Synthetic Resins Division, Overseas Division.

  • 1994

    Completion of our new office building, Maruzen Doshomachi Building.

    Celebrating the completion of the new building Celebrating the completion of the new building

    Celebrating the completion of the new building

  • 1995

    100th anniversary of Maruzen Chemicals Co., Ltd.

    100th anniversary and the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake
  • 1997

    Food Division established.

    Matec, Inc established in Oregon, U.S.A.

  • 2000

    Construction Materials Division established.

  • 2001

    Yejing Technologies, Ltd. established in Taiwan.
    Electronic Materials Division established.

  • 2002

    Maruzen Chemicals Singapore Pte. Ltd. established in Singapore.

  • 2003

    Osaka and Tokyo head offices acquired ISO 14001 certification.
    Sales Administration Division established.

  • 2004

    Maruzen Chemicals Taiwan Co., Ltd. established in Taiwan.

  • 2005

    Sale office opened in Mobara.

  • 2007

    Maruzen Chemicals (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established in China.

    Fine Materials Division established.

    Opening of the showroom on the ground floor of Osaka Head Office.

  • 2008

    Sale offices opened in Sakai, Toyama, and Fukuyama.
    Advanced Electronics Division established.
    Technology Development Office established.
    Taisho Logistics Center established.
    Malaysia office established in Kuala Lumpur.

  • 2009

    Suminoe Logistics Center established.
    Maruzen Chemicals created a corporate symbol.

    The Ideas Behind the Corporate Symbol
  • 2011

    Sale office opened in Keiji.
    Vietnam office established in Ho Chi Minh City.
    Technical Business Headquarters established.

  • 2013

    The Electronic Materials Division was spun off into Maruzen Intec Co., Ltd.
    Maruzen Chemicals (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. established in Malaysia.

  • 2014

    Sales office opened in Kumamoto.
    EU Representative Office established in Düsseldorf, Germany.

  • 2015

    Commemoration of Maruzen's 120th anniversary.

  • 2016

    President Ryoichi Yanagihara was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun with Gold and Silver Rays.

    Agricultural Division and Life Science Division established

  • 2017

    Daisuke Yanagihara inaugurated as President, and Ryoichi Yanagihara inaugurated as Chairperson.
    MARUZEN CHEMICALS EUROPE GmbH established in Germany.
    Ryoichi Yanagihara, the Chairperson, was inaugurated as Chairperson of the Osaka Pharmaceutical Industry Health Insurance Society and Chairperson of the Osaka Pharmaceutical Industry Welfare Fund.

Reiwa period

  • 2019

    Relocation of Fukuoka branch.

  • 2020

    Maruzen Chemicals formed a business alliance with OAT Agrio Co., Ltd. in the agrochemical and fertilizer industry.
    Formulation of Mid-term Management Plan Maruzen Vision 25
    Maruzen Chemicals Co., Ltd. Korea Contact Office established in South Korea

  • 2021

    Complete refurbishment of Osaka Head Office.
    Expansion and refurbishment of Tokyo Head Office.
    Relocation of Sapporo Sales Office.

    Intention of renewal of the workplace environment
  • 2022

    Certified as a 2022 Excellent Health and Productivity Management Organization (Large Enterprise Category).
    Construction Materials Division renamed to Water & Environmental Solutions Division.

  • 2023

    Relocation of Nagoya Branch
    Relocation of Sendai Sales Office
    Certified as a 2023 Excellent Health and Productivity Management Organization(Large Enterprise Category).

  • 2024

    Relocation of Maruzen Chemicals Co., Ltd. Korea Contact Office