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1918-1959

1918Nitto Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. forms in Ohsaki, Tokyo, to produce electrical insulating materials in Japan.corporate_history_img_oosaki
1924Introduces electrical insulating varnishes.
1941Ibaraki Plant begins operation.corporate_history_img_ibaraki
1945Head Office in Ohsaki, Tokyo, destroyed by air raids.
1946Head Office is relocated to Ibaraki, Osaka.
Begins production of Black Tape.
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1949Opens Osaka and Tokyo Branch Offices.
Begins production of anticorrosion tapes.
1951Produces first plastic tapes in Japan.
1957Begins production of electrical insulating casting and molding products.
1959Suita Plant begins operation.

1960-1969

1961Opens first overseas office in New York ;
Begins production of fluoroplastic products (NITOFLON) ;
Begins production of surface protection vinyl sheets (SPV).

1962Lists common stocks on Second Sections of Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Stock Exchange ;
Toyohashi Plant begins operation.
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1964Begins production of FRP electrical insulating products and double-coated adhesive tape.
1966Begins production of semiconductor encapsulating materials.
1967Lists common stocks on First Sections of Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Stock Exchange ;
Kanto Plant begins operation.
Begins production of medical adhesive sheets.
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1968Forms Nitto Denko America, Inc. (Now called Nitto, Inc.)
1969Kameyama Plant begins operation ;
Forms Nitto Denko Taiwan Nitto Denko as the first overseas manufacturing base.
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1970-1979

1973Begins production of flexible printed circuits.
1974Forms Nitto Belgium N.V. ;
Begins production of sealing materials (NITTO EPTSEALER ).

1975Forms Nitoms, Inc.;
Begins production of polarizing films for liquid crystal displays.
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1976Begins production of high-polymer separation membranes (reverse-osmosis membranes, ultrafiltration membranes).
1977Tohoku Plant begins operation.
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1980-1989

1981Begins production of tapes for athletes and rehabilitaion, taping tapes (NITREAT). 
1983Begins production of transdermal drug delivery patches. 
1985Begins production of reinforce and vibration damping materials (NITOHARD).
1986Shiga Plant begins operation.

1987Acquires Hydranautics in the U.S.A.
1988Celebrates 70th anniversary and changes name to Nitto Denko Corp.
1989Begins production of retardation films for liquid crystal displays(NRF);Develops plant tissue culture technology (Tissue-cultured Panax Ginseng).

1990-1999

1992Begins production of protective films for painted surface of automobiles.  
1994Forms Nitto Denko (Shanghai Pu Dong New Area) Co., Ltd.
1995Forms Nitto Denko(Shanghai Songjiang) Co.,Ltd.  
1996Onomichi plant begins operation ;
Forms Nitto Medical Corp.(Now called Nitoms, Inc.);
Begins production of printed wiring material for HDD (use for wireless suspension) ;
Forms Nitto Lifetec Corp.(Now called Nitoms, Inc.);
Receives Miles prize.
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1997Forms Nitto Denko Material (Thailand) Co., Ltd, and P.T. Nitto Materials Indonesia ;
Forms Nitto Shinko Corp. and Saitama Nitto Denko Corp.

1998Begins production of Polarization Conversion Films.
1999Forms Nitto Denko Packaging System Corp. (Now called Nitto Denko CS System Corp.), Nitto Denko Vietnam and Korea Nitto Optical Co., Ltd. 

2000-2009


2000Forms Mie Nitto Denko Corp., Korea Nitto Denko., Ltd. ;
Forms Regional holding company, Nitto America, Inc. ;
Forms Nitto Denko Himawari Corp., and Nitto Denko Technical Corp..
   
2001Forms Nitto Denko Tape Materials (Vietnam) Co., Ltd, Nitto Denko Philippines Corp.
2002Forms Aichi Nitto Denko Corp. ;
Forms Regional holding company, Nitto Denko (China) Investment Co., Ltd. ;
Acquires Acoustiseal in the U.S.A., (Now called Nitto Automotive, Inc.)
   
2003Forms Taiwan Nitto Optical Co., Ltd.
2004Forms Kinovate Life Siences, Inc. ;
Corporate Training Center "Juninkan Hall" opened at Ibaraki Site ;
Forms Nitto Denko(Tianjin)Co., Ltd. and Nitto Fine Circuit Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
2005Forms Shanghai Nitto Optical Co., Ltd.;
An invention of the method of manufacturing wide-view-angle birefringent film for LCDs receives the Prime Minister Prize.
2006Head Office is relocated to Osaka(HERBIS OSAKA).
2007Kyoshin Corp. and Nitto Denko Matex Corp. are consolidated into Nitto Denko Corp.
2008High performance reverse osmosis (RO) membrane element for seawater desalinaion"SWC5"receives 2007 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards for Excellence ;
Forms Nitto Denko Asia Technical Center in Singapore.
2009Forms Nitto Denko India Private Ltd.in Manesar, India.

2010-

2011Acquires Avecia Biotechnology Inc. in the U.S.A.   
2012Avecia Biotechnology changes name to Nitto Denko Avecia, Inc.;
Acquires Bento in Turkey;
2013Head Office is relocated to Osaka(Grand Front Osaka).
2014Forms Nitto (Qingdao) Technology Research Institute, Co.,Ltd.
2016Forms Nitto Biopharma, Inc.;
Opens "inovas", a facility for R&D and human resource development in Ibaraki, Osaka.
2017Receives Prime Minister’s Prize for invention of manufacturing method for ultra-thin polarizing film.;
Forms Nitto Reinsurance Micronesia Co., Ltd..
2019Receives 46th ”Environment Award” Excellent Award for
organic-solvent free double-coated adhesive tape
2020Opens Tokyo Head Office
  

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