About Us - History
- The three companies of Itochu Corporation, Marubeni Shoten, and Kishimoto Shoten merged to form Sanko Co., Ltd.
The Lumber Section of Sanko is the previous body of DAIKEN Industries.
- The three companies of Sanko, Kureha Bouseki, and Daido Boueki merged to form DAIKEN Sangyo Co., Ltd.
Sanko's Lumber Section became Daiken Sangyo's Lumbering Division which operated a forestry business unit in Togamura (Toyama Prefecture), and manufactured plywood and woodcraft in Inami (Toyama Prefecture).
- All operations under the Forestry Division of DAIKEN Sangyo were ceded to the newly formed Daiken Mokuzai Kogyo.
Daiken Mokuzai Kogyo
The Inami Plant began operations to make special plywood for industrial applications (such as vehicle and shipbuilding use).
- The Okayama Plant began production of insulation boards made of wood fiber. These boards were sold under the name, "DAIKEN Board". This became the company's first environmentally-driven initiative in the Eco-materials business. DAIKEN developed a special sales channel to promote sales of this board. The DAIKEN Board sound absorption board was used to build the Crown Prince's Palace in 1959.
- The Okayama Plant began production of the "EXCELTONE". EXCELTONE is an inorganic ecological products made from residual "slug" left after refining minerals. Its light weight, fire resistance, and sound absorption properties made it the common material for ceiling paneling in buildings, stores, and apartment buildings.
- Participated in the Living Industry Pavilion at the Osaka Expo. The theme of our exhibition was "Better Living Comfort". Since then, DAIKEN expanded its operations to housing construction materials and interior fixtures including floor, wall, and ceiling paneling, interior doors, storage compartments, staircases, and more.
- Opened an office in Singapore.
Introduced a new corporate identity to mark our 45th anniversary
Introduced a new corporate identity to mark our 45th anniversary. Renewed all identity elements such as our corporate logo and symbol.
- Established our first overseas production center, DAIKEN SARAWAK SDN. BHD. in Sarawak, Malaysia. The plant began production of medium density fiberboard (MDF) made from residual pieces of local lumber. The MDF business becomes a major pillar in our eco-materials business.
- The year after the Great Hanshin Earthquake, construction began at our Okyama plant to build a factory for making a new material.
This new product is made from rockwool and volcanic silicate, previously untapped sources of raw material. It became popular as a heavy-duty surface wood for its light, inorganic qualities, and offers excellent properties such as fire-resistance, ant-repellent, earthquake-proof, and moisture permeability.
- Established DAIKEN Industries (Ningbo) Corporation in Yuyao, Zhejiang (China), and began production of doors, interior building materials, and floor paneling.
Established Daiken Industries (Ningbo) Corporation
- Made Samling Fiber Board SDN. BHD., a Malaysian manufacturer of MDF boards a subsidiary, and formed DAIKEN MIRI SDN. BHD. . This became our 2nd production center for MDF.
- Established DAIKEN (SHANGHAI) CORPORATION.
- Established DAIKEN NEW ZEALAND LIMITED, our 3rd MDF production center in Rangiora (New Zealand). Opened a showroom in Akihabara, Tokyo.
- Opened a showroom in Umeda, Osaka. Established the base for our Overseas Sales Division in Singapore.
- Moved our Singapore Branch, Taipei Office, and Seoul Office under the Overseas Sales Division.
- Opened Indonesia office.