1808-1907The origins of Shiono Koryo
|1808||Founding of Shionoya Kichibe-Shoten, a crude drug wholesaler dealing in Japanese and Chinese medicines, pearls, etc.|
|1816||Succeeds drug trading privileges from Fukushimaya Hanbe and becomes a formal, independently-managed broker in crude drugs|
|1880||The third-oldest kindergarten in Japan (now Aishu Kindergarten) opens in Kitahama 5-chome. Kichibe III becomes the kindergarten’s first director|
|1889||Kichibe III serves as general director of the Osaka Druggist Wholesale and Brokerage Association|
|1904||Founding of Osaka Doshu School of Pharmacy (now Osaka University of Pharmaceutical Sciences). Kichibe III serves as a founding member|
The Dosho-machi area of Osaka becomes a center for druggists from the mid-Edo period onward due to the authorization of local drug brokers to form a commercial guild that enjoys preferential purchasing rights for medicines. The Dosho-machi of the period is a vibrant area, an unparalleled place for young people with visions of the future.
1908-1921Developing Japan’s first domestically produced essence
|1908||Focusing on the future possibilities of fragrances, shifts primary business to this field|
|1917||Establishes Housei Chemical Laboratory in Iwaya, Nada Ward, Kobe|
|1921||Starts the manufacturing and sale of various synthetic perfumes while also perfecting domestically-produced Fan Brand essences (lemon, orange, banana) through Japan’s first integrated operations|
1914. Outbreak of World War I, which engulfs Europe. Japanese fragrance companies are no longer able to import fragrances from the United Kingdom or Germany. The European trade is revived with the end of the war in 1919. Overseas products start to enter the Japanese market.
1922-1940Promotion of market development through a proactive approach
|1923||Develops and starts to sell strawberry, pineapple, cider, and peppermint essences|
|1929||Foundation of Shiono Koryo Kaisha Ltd.|
|1933||Constructs Osaka plant along the Kanzaki River in Yodogawa Ward, Osaka|
|1935||Establishes branch office in Tokyo (establishes business office in 1961)|
|1937||Constructs Zhudong factory in Zhudong Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan Starts management of own farm to assure self-sufficiency in fragrance ingredients|
|1940||Starts management of plantation on Hainan Island, China. Constructs Kawanoishi factory in Kawanoishi, Ehime Prefecture|
With the death of Emperor Taisho in 1926, Japan’s era name changes from Taisho to Showa. In 1929, the worldwide economic crisis of the Great Depression originates in the United States, impacting significantly on the Japanese economy. Meanwhile, in Osaka, Japan’s first full-scale terminal department store, Hankyu Hyakkaten, opens for business. Japanese dress shifts from Japanese clothing to modern Western-style clothing. 1939 marks the start of an agonizing era with the outbreak of World War II.
1941-1951Overcoming the war and starting on a new course
|1941||Company is renamed Shiono Chemical Co., Ltd.|
|1943||Becomes first Japanese company to successfully synthesize polystyrene resin. Launches industrial production|
|1945||Closure of Zhudong factory, Taiwan and Hainan plantation, China with the conclusion of the war|
|1947||Creates company song. Lyrics by Iku Takenaka, composition by Kosaku Yamada|
|1951||Company name is changed back to former name of Shiono Koryo Co., Ltd.|
World War II ends in 1945. Shiono Koryo employees join their countrymen in the aim of reconstruction and resume normal business. In 1947, trade between Japan and Taiwan is re-established, and Shiono Koryo resumes exports to Taiwan.
1952-1976Forming the foundations for a technological Shiono
|1954||Closure of Kawanoishi factory|
|1957||A gas chromatograph is introduced into Osaka factory|
|1962||Launches research into irritant properties of fragrances and skin permeability|
|1965||Establishes joint-venture company Shiono Koryo Kaisha in Taiwan|
|1969||Launches AP project into synthetic meat production|
The San Francisco Peace Treaty comes into force in 1952, ending the state of war between Japan and many of the Allied countries. Import restrictions in Japan are lifted, and large quantities of high-quality fragrances flood into the Japanese market from overseas. In the mid-1960s, Japanese industries all experience a period of high economic growth. Shiono Koryo’s business continues to expand further.
1977-2000Forming the foundations for a technological Shiono
|1987||Establishes joint-venture company FLAVOR CONSORTIUM INC., in Los Angeles, USA|
|1990||Re-organizes Tokyo sales office into Tokyo branch. Constructs headquarters building|
Cooperates with the International Garden and Greenery Exposition by supplying fragrance-production devices for the museum Strange Forest Pavilion (Matsushita Pavilion), and by supplying environment fragrances for the Inner Trip Pavilion
|1995||Establishes Shanghai Fangjing Flavors & Fragrances Co., Ltd. in Shanghai|
|1996||Establishes Shiono Finesse, Ltd.|
Shino Koryo is computerized in 1982 and a business management system forming an online connection between head office with the Osaka factory is built. In 1990, the International Garden and Greenery Exposition (EXPO ’90) is held in Osaka’s Tsurumi-Ryokuchi, creating a festive mood.
Shino Koryo is computerized in 1982 and a business management system forming an online connection between head office with the Osaka factory is built.
2001-A Shiono Koryo that responds flexibly to the changing times
|2002||Gains ISO9001 certification|
|2004||Closure of American joint-venture company FLAVOR CONSORTIUM INC.|
|2006||Gains ISO14001 certification. Introduces ERP system|
|2008||Celebrates 200-year anniversary|
|2013||Gains FSSC22000 certification|
|2014||Opening of historical archive. Establishes representative office in Bangkok|
|2016||Gains ISO/IEC17025 certification|
In 2008, Shiono Koryo celebrates the 200th anniversary of its founding. The following year, with the aim of strengthening its high-efficiency and high-profit structure, the company implements SPI-160, a movement aiming at minimization under the banner of “Muda–Muri–Mura.” The company is approaching the next 100 years with its gaze firmly fixed on the future lying beyond its 200th anniversary.
Shiono Koryo Historical Archive
Based on the publication of Two Hundred Years of History, a volume that details the history of the company over the 200 years since its foundation, Shiono Koryo established its Historical Archive at the Osaka factory. The archive presents the panel exhibits “The History of Shiono Koryo” and “An Introduction to the Shiono Family” and reproduces the atmosphere of historical times through exhibits of tools and ingredients for crude drugs in use from the Edo period through the early years of the Meiji period. In the Experiential Corner Introducing Research and Development, guests are able to smell fragrance samples. The corner has been extremely well-received by guests. The DVD monitor presents a company promotion video and video materials.