History

1903 Usaku Utsunomiya founds Utsunomiya Shoten store, which handles medical supplies.
1911 Transactions with Dunlop Far East begin.
Becomes exclusive distributor of medical rubber products in the Far East.
1918 Commercial introduction of the Right Water Pillow, the original model of modern water pillows
1919 Initiated imports of clinical thermometers from Germany
1927 Expanded sales networks from Tokyo to Kyushu in Japan and to Taiwan, Korea, and China overseas
1928 Concluded exclusive distributorship agreement with Dunlop Far East to sell seamless water pillows
1935 Incorporated as Utsumoniya Shoten Co., Ltd.
1940 Merged with/absorbs Dunlop Medical Rubber Sales.
1943 Renamed Utsunomiya Seisaku Co., Ltd.
1946 Launch of Right Clinical Thermometers
1947 Established Engineering Product Division; first sales of industrial rubber products
1949 Becomes exclusive distributor of Dunlop in Japan after the war.
1954 Commercial introduction of Vinylite (vinyl light PVC) gloves
1964 Opens Tokyo branch.
1971 Capitalization increased to 30 million yen
1978 Capitalization increased to 50 million yen
1982 Launch of THOMA Plastic disposable gloves
1984 Launch of Two-Way switching resin cocks
1985 Start of production of powder-free plastic gloves
1986 Opening of Fukuoka Sales Office; commercial introduction of SINGER Denshaku Bo caps, which keep hair out of food and workspaces
1988 Obtained JAN code to print bar codes on major products
1991 Launch of Three-Way switching cocks
1996 Head office relocated to Higashiosaka-shi, integrating administrative and sales organizations; CI undertaken. Promulgated new company emblem and logo. Obtained utility model patent for UT-2 Structure, switching cocks (flowing water switching device), and patent for UT-3 Structure.
1999 Established the International Product Department to actively explore overseas products
2000 Nursing care product department spun off to establish Kurashi ikiiki Co., Ltd. (“a happy and fulfilling life”)
2003 Ceremony commemorating Company’s centennial
2004 Obtained ISO 14001 certification
2005 Obtained ISO 9001 certification
2006 Tokyo Sales Office renamed the Tokyo Branch as operations expand. Capitalization increased to 90 million yen by investment from Osaka Small and Medium Business Investment & Consultation Co., Ltd.
2009 Integrated Kurashi ikiiki Co., Ltd.; Fukuoka Sales Office renamed the Fukuoka Branch
2010 Fukuoka Branch relocated as operations expand
2013 Ceremony commemorating 110th anniversary of the Company’s founding; established the Mamoruwo tsukuru! concept message; Kenji Onishi receives Health, Labour and Welfare Minister’s award for contribution to medical affairs.
2014 Integrated ISO14001 into ISO9001
2015 Launch of the new Pro+ product line
2017 Head office relocated to Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, as operations continue to expand; former head office renamed the Higashiosaka Monozukuri (craftsmanship) Center.