HISTORY History of KANSAI PAINT
Founding Period 1918 - 1948 “Leading through virtue rather than speech”
Founder Katsujiro Iwai valued the spirit of “leading through virtue rather than speech.”
This means making big-picture decisions based on sincerity at all times to build a relationship of mutual trust with the customer without chasing short-term profits.
Everything that Kansai Paint has achieved in becoming a 100 year old company started from this aspiration.
1918 Company founded by Katsujiro Iwai in Amagasaki City with 500,000 yen in capital
The company was founded along the banks of the Kanzaki River which flows along the border between Hyogo and Osaka Prefectures.
Located in the middle of the Hanshin Industrial Zone, the site was fortunate to be in an area of major paint consumption and a port of export, and it also had the advantage of being close to a port of entry for raw materials such as vegetable oils and natural resins.
1920 Released “Japanite”, Japan’s first spar varnish. Created an opportunity for the nationalization of paint production
1926 Released “CELVA”, Japan's first domestically produced lacquer
Featuring unprecedented quick-drying properties, superior luster and durability, CELVA was the first lacquer developed and sold in Japan.
The catchphrase at the time was, “CELVA lacquer is finished while you wait”. In addition to pleasing many customers, Kansai Paint's performance for the year achieved significant gains.
1927 Established the “CELVA Paint Research Laboratory”
The “Celva Paint Research Laboratory” was established in Konohana-ku, Osaka primarily to provide spray coating technical instruction to company engineers.
The company also proactively hosted events such as paint technique competitions and demonstrations which significantly contributed to popularizing spray coating, which was unknown in Japan at the time.
Released the anti-corrosive paint “Sabinite”
As the company exerted significant effort to expand the CELVA business, it successively developed new products
in various fields starting with synthetic resin coatings, oil paints, and special paints.
The “Sabinite” product released in 1927 became an important product as a specially-blended (Patent No. 76819 issued in May of 1928) oil-based rust prevention paint.
1930 Successfully nationalized the production of oil-soluble phenol resin
1931 Successively released new products starting with “FTALIT”, a phthalic acid resin paint. Established a management foundation
1933 Opened the Tokyo branch office and the Tokyo factory
1934 Established the Kansai Paint Young Men's Military Training Center
Established a private military training center for young men within the main factory after receiving a request from the government which was accelerating militarization of Japan. The center conducted military drills and vocational training for young men who had completed their compulsory education.
Established the private Kansai Paint Boys’ School in April of the following year after discontinuing the Young Men's Military Training Center in accordance with the enactment of the Youth School Order.
Internal technical employees and reservists provided education in the school. The school was rated as one of the best schools within Amagasaki City, but it was closed in 1945 when the war ended.
1941 Established the company song
1945 The head office and various factories were hit by B-29 aerial bombing
The offices and factories of Kansai Paint were hit one after another in air raids carried out by the U.S. Air Force.
Although the casein factory, container warehouse, lake factory, and finishing plant burned down in an air raid on June 15th, the employees were able to protect the main factories for paint, enamel, and CELVA from burning down through arduous fire fighting efforts.
Post-war Growth Period 1949 - 1986 Shifting From “Standard Paint Products” to “Maximum Production, Best Technology”
Asking “What should we do with the company?” instead of “What will happen to the company?” During this period, Kansai Paint applied its unique vitality and teamwork to overcome difficulties immediately after the end of the war and achieve significant progress.
The tiny paint manufacturer started near the Kanzaki River grew to a capitalization of over 8.7B JPY, more than 2,800 employees, and annual revenues of over 130B JPY during the roughly 60-year period extending to 1986.
1949 Publicly listed on the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges
1950 Completed the head office
This occurred five years after the Edobori head office located in Osaka’s Nishi Ward burned down during the war and relocated to the Amagasaki main plant.
The company was finally able to achieve the long-awaited expansion into Osaka’s commercial center.
The scale was not significant, but the building was the first post-war building to use steel-reinforced concrete construction.
Released new products consisting of “Neo-Celva”, “Amylac”, “DIALAC”, and “VINYLENE”
In April of 1950, the company held its first post-war new product press conferences to introduce its “Neo-Celva”, “Amylac”, “DIALAC”, and “VINYLENE” products at locations around Japan.
In addition to the reconstruction and expansion of production facilities, the development of new technology was a significant issue for post-war reconstruction.
The new products were met with significant interest by representatives from various industries.
1952 Released “VINYRIA”, a vinyl paint for the bottom of ships
During the previous year, the company developed “VINYRA”, a vinyl chloride and vinyl acetate copolymer resin-based anti-corrosive paint for the bottom of ships.
The performance was highly rated from demonstration results and began to be adopted in newly constructed vessels.
1953 The first large-sized Kansai Paint neon sign was installed
The first large-sized Kansai Paint neon sign was completed near the head office in southeastern bank of the Yodoyabashi district.
Located in Osaka’s commercial center, it was an excellent location with frequent traffic facing Nakanoshima Park, a popular place for residents to relax. The sign colored the nighttime scenery and attracted the gaze and interest of many people.
1955 Released “Zolacoat”, a multi-color design finishing material
The first technology introduced by Kansai Paint was the “Zolacoat” multi-color design finishing material. In order to promote the product at the same time as the sales release, the company hosted roughly 40 information sessions around Japan intended for press organizations, targeting special agents, vendors, painters, and general consumers. As the years passed, Zolacoat even became a kind of trend in building construction as the product’s appeal spread.
1956 Six employees died when a fire broke out at the Tokyo plant due to thinner
On the morning of November 15th, six employees died in an unfortunate accident when a fire broke out in the thinner workshop. In addition to praying for the repose of the six deceased employees in a joint company funeral, Kansai Paint established an Office of Safety and Health reporting directly to the plant manager in each plant. This unfortunate accident provided the company with an opportunity to be more thorough about safety and health issues.
1958 Released the emulsion paint “VinyDeluxe”
Many synthetic resin coatings were created during this time starting with the “VinyDeluxe” superior emulsion paint, the “SD Mixed Paint” long oil length alkyd resin paint (1955), and the “RETAN” polyurethane resin paint (1959).
1956 Published the first issue of the “Ougi (Fan)” in-house newsletter
In 1959, the first issue of the “Ougi (Fan)” in-house newsletter was published.
The main purpose of the newsletter was to deepen the employees’ understanding of the company’s current situation and thinking, to provide a common space for employees working in different locations, and to improve internal PR and human relationships.
1960 Hiratsuka plant completed
To enhance the production system, roughly 93,000 square meters of land was purchased in the Yawata area of Hiratsuka City in Kanagawa Prefecture, and operations started in November of 1960.
1961 Completed the Nagoya plant
The Nagoya plant was built to respond to the increase in paint demand mainly from the automobile industry in the Chukyo area.
1962 Released the thermosetting acrylic resin paint “MAGICLON” and the acrylic lacquer “ACRIC”
The company launched the new top-grade “Magiclon” baking paint which had superior weatherproofing characteristics compared to the amino-alkyd industrial baking paints which were common at the time and “Acric”, which initiated a new phase in lacquer which had previously been limited to nitrocellulose lacquer.
1965 Established a joint venture with United Paints Pte. Ltd. (currently Kansai Paint (Singapore) Pte.Ltd.). Progress toward internationalization and formal expansion into the Southeast Asian region
1967 50th anniversary of the company’s founding Enacted corporate policies
1968 Established Thai Kansai Paint Co.,Ltd. through a joint venture with the Thaihat company
1971 Completed the Kanuma plant Expanded and established a position in the field of automobile paint
Completed the fifth plant in Kanuma after building plants in Amagasaki, Tokyo, Hiratsuka, and Nagoya. The plant was equipped with modern facilities to establish a system for efficiently producing and supplying highly reliable products. The plant also received an award of excellence in the first Tochigi Prefectural plant greenery contest for its early environmental design considerations.
1983 Released “RETAN PG80”, a quick-drying type of automobile maintenance paint
The company released “RETAN PG80”, a quick-drying type of automobile maintenance paint and hosted presentations around Japan. Market share increased significantly due to the superior quality and assertive sales efforts.
1985 Commercialization of the "FANTAC" marking film
Commercialized the "FANTAC" marking film to cultivate new areas of business. Established the Tokyo Center in 1987 and the Osaka Center in 1990 to improve the sales network and expand sales.
Established Taiwan Kansai Paint Co., Ltd. and began manufacturing and sales
1986 Invested in Goodlass Nerolac Paints Ltd. (India)
Overseas Expansion Period 1987 - 2010 To become a trusted paint manufacturer crossing national boundaries
Kansai Paint started to officially globalize with the overseas expansion of domestic Japanese automobile manufacturers. In addition to expanding production capacity overseas, the company endeavored to improve its global price competitiveness and technology development capabilities and establish a technical support system.
1987 Officially announced the new “ALESCO” corporate brand
Launched KANSAI PAINT（AMERICA）, INC.
1988 70th anniversary of the company’s founding Hosted “ALESCO '88 IN KOBE”
Hosted the “ALESCO '88 IN KOBE” convention at Kobe World Hall to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the company’s founding. The design for the new “ALESCO” corporate brand, which was adopted during the previous year, was announced.
Establish the joint venture KDK Automotive Coatings Co.,Ltd. together with Kunsul Chemical CO.,LTD (Korea) and DuPont
The Kansai Paint Training Center’s “Easy Paint Reader” teaching materials won the Japan Vocational Ability Development Association Chairman's Award
1990 Established the Du Pont-Kansai Automotive Coatings Inc. as a joint venture in the United States
Established Kansai Paint Europe Limited
1992 Established the Tianjin Kansai Paint & Chemicals Co.,Ltd. as a joint venture company in Tianjin,
China The overseas businesses made further progress as internationalization increased. Particularly in Asia, the expansion of overseas joint ventures and the self-reliance due to the management efforts of each company resulted in a strengthening of the management foundation.
Completed the Ono plant
1994 Established Shenyang Kansai Paint Co.,Ltd. as a joint venture in Shenyang, China
Established Tianjin Beacon Kansai Paint & Chemicals Co.,Ltd. as a joint venture in Tianjin, China
1995 Established Chongqing Kansai Paint Co.,Ltd. as a joint venture in Chongqing, China
Established Hunan Kansai Automotive Coatings Co.,Ltd. as a joint venture in Changsha, China (Current: Hunan Xiangjiang Kansai Paint Co., Ltd.)
Launched Cosco Kansai Paint & Chemicals (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Established Sime Kansai Paint Sdn, Bhd. as a joint venture in Kelang, Malaysia
Launched "Kansai Resin （Thailand） Co., Ltd."
1999 Converted Goodlass Nerolac Paints Ltd. (India) into a subsidiary (Current: Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd.)
Acquired additional shares in Goodlass Nerolac Paints Ltd. to convert it into a subsidiary of Kansai Paint. Started to accelerate the enhancement of our global network to prepare for the robust demand trends in the Asian region.
2000 Developed the first water-based coat for use as an automobile maintenance paint in Japan
Established P.T. KANSAI PAINT INDONESIA as a joint venture in Indonesia
2001 Established Nichiyu Kansai Marine Coatings Co., Ltd. (NKM) as a joint venture
2002 Established Kansai Paint Philippines, Inc. as a joint venture
Converted Sime Kansai Paint Sdn.Bhd. (Malaysia) into a subsidiary
2004 Established PPG Kansai Automotive Finishes as a joint ventures in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom
2005 Converted Tianjin Winfield Kansai Paint & Chemicals Co., Ltd. Into consolidated subsidiaries
2006 Launched Cosco Kansai Paint & Chemicals (Zhuhai) Co., Ltd.
Launched Suzhou Kansai Paint Co.,Ltd.
Kansai Paint Group aquired Sime Coatings Sdn Bhd in Malaysia, and named Kansai Coatings Malaysia Sdn.Bhd.
2007 Converted NKM Coatings Co,.Ltd , NTS, Guanzhou Kansai Paint Co.,Ltd. , Kansai Paint Philippines,Inc into consolidated subsidiaries
Converted Akzo Nobel Industrial and Automotive Coatings Industry and Trade A.S Turkey into a consolidated subsidiary
Aquired the management right of KANSAI ALTAN BOYA SANAYI VE TICARET A. S.
2008 Completed and moved into the new head office
Kansai Paint constructed the company's own ten-story building with two basement floors for its new head office which faces Imabashi Avenue in the center of the Osaka business district.
2010 Launched Kansai Paint Middle East FZCO
Converted Kansai Paint (Shenyang) Co., Ltd. into a consolidated subsidiary
Established the Kansai Paint (China) Investment Co.,Ltd.
Period of Accelerating Globalization 2011 - 2017 Automobiles, Construction, Industry.
Growing into a global company based on three pillars
Overseas markets exhibit an increasing demand for paint due to the remarkable economic growth mainly in developing countries.
Kansai Paint improves the profitability of its domestic Japanese business and further strengthens its management foundation as it accelerates its globalization efforts.
It develops into a global company based on the three pillars of automobiles, construction, and industry.
2011 Established Chongqing ALESCO Kansai Paint Co., Ltd.
Acquired the shares of Freeworld Coatings Limited. (South Africa) and converted it into a consolidated subsidiary. (Cuurent: Kansai Plascon Africa Ltd.)
The major South African paint manufacturer Freeworld Coatings Ltd. was converted into a consolidated subsidiary to accelerate the development of emerging markets and to establish a business foundation in the growing African market.
Acquiring the company enhances Kansai Paint’s competitiveness in the construction field with Freeworld’s strengths in construction paints.
Established Kansai-Alphanam Paint Co.,Ltd. (Vietnam) as a consolidated subsidiary
2012 Acquired the shares of P.T. Kansai Prakarsa Coatings. (Indonesia) and converted it into a consolidated subsidiary
Established COSCO Kansai Paint & Chemicals (Shanghai) Co.,Ltd.
Converted Kansai Paint Nepall Pvt., Ltd. into a consolidated subsidiary (Current: KNP JAPAN PVT.LTD.)
Signed a global partnership agreement with Manchester United
With as many as 659 million fans around the world and the de facto champion of the sports world, soccer club Manchester United signed its first official global partnership with a paint manufacturer.
The two companies together aim to become global leaders based on the common philosophy of delighting customers and richly providing color to their lives.
2013 Established DNT Kansai Mexicana S.A. de C.V. as a joint venture
Converted Astra Industries Ltd. of Zimbabwe into a subsidiary
2014 Established Zhaoqing Kansai Shenglian Powder Coating & Technology Co.,Ltd.
Converted Kansai PLC Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia into a consolidated subsidiary
Newly established Kansai Paint Rus LLC, run the booth at MOSBUILD 2014(Moscow Expo Centre)
2015 To clarify the role as the regional HQ, changed the company name of Kansai Coatings Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. to Kansai Paint Asia Pacific Sdn.Bhd.
Established Japan Powder Coating Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Established Kansai Paint Myanmar Co.,Ltd. in Yangon as a joint venture
Established Kansai Paints Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd. as a joint venture in Sri Lanka
Signed a comprehensive partnership agreement with IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation)
2016 Converted US Paint Corporation (United States) into a consolidated subsidiary
Acquired pipeline inner surface coating technology from Mirodur S.p.A. (Italy)
Acquired the shares of SANCora Paints Industries SDN BHD (Malaysia)
Acquired the shares of Polisan Corporation (Republic of Turkey) (Current: Polisan Kansai Boya Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.)
Converted European paint manufacturer Helios Group to a consolidated subsidiary to add the third pillar of industrial paint to the areas of automotive and construction paint
2017 Acquired the shares of Sadolin Paints, a construction paint manufacturer in the Eastern African region. Cuurently "Kansai Paint East Africa Ltd"
Infection control measure paint promotion project in Zambia was adopted as a JICA's “Collaboration Program with Public & Private sector for Disseminating Japanese Technology for Social and Economic Development of Developing Countries.”
The project to promote infection control paint (anti-mosquito paint, anti-virus paint) in the Republic of Zambia was adopted as a “Collaboration Program with Public & Private sector for Disseminating Japanese Technology for Social and Economic Development of Developing Countries” advanced by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The project is expected to have a significant impact in preventing the spread of malaria infections by mosquitoes.
Hosted the Kansai Paint x Manchester United Soccer School!
The company invited two official coaches from Manchester United to host a soccer school for approximately 190 elementary school students and coaches.
Those accompanying the participants were provided with a paint workshop using Kanpe Hapio NURO and a nutritional lecture to create a wonderful spring vacation experience.
Developed a plaster Japanese wallpaper from “Ales Shikkui Montyart” plaster paint and Echizen Washi by making the most of their characteristics.
2018 2018 Launched Hong Kong Kansai Paint Co. Ltd.
FUTURE Toward the Next100Years
The Kansai Paint Group wishes to deliver a smile to people and society.
Because it is "the form of happiness" that does not change forever.
For its realization, we will make a constant progress as a company
that designs the future environment and makes people and society smile,
in addition to "coloring" and "protecting" with the power of chemistry that is our specialty field,