Corporate history

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PLUS Corporation started in 1959 when Chiyoda Stationery Co. , Ltd., which had
been founded in 1948 by the merger of two stationery wholesalers in Tokyo, Imaizumi
Shohten and Suzuki Shohten changed its corporate name. The corporate name of
“PLUS” came from put t ing two firms together = “+” as well as the implication of
the founders’ sincere wish to bring up the company to be a plus to the society.

1948
Feb.
Chiyoda Stationery Corporation founded.
1959
May
Trade name changed to PLUS CORPORATION.
1967
Sep.
Headquarters relocated to new building constructed in Otowa,Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.
1979
Dec.
Kanto Logistics Center constructed and started operation.
1980
May
PLUS USA Corporation founded.
1982
July
First PLUS Stationery Academy Karuizawa Seminar organized (annually held until 1992).
July
"Freedom of dress" adopted for employees.
Nov.
Office System furniture VOICE released.
1983
Mar.
DLM Japan Ltd. founded.
Apr.
Office Environment Institute founded.
1984
Feb.
Electronic copyboard BOARDFAX launched, and awarded 【1984 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards for Superiority】
Feb.
Corporate philosophy of lifestyle "bright people" announced.
Dec.
Personal stationery set TEAM-DEMI launched, and awarded 【1985 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards for Superiority】
1985
Aug.
Super-compact copier COPY-JACK launched, and awarded 【1985 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards for Excellence】
Aug.
TAIWAN PLUS CORPORATION founded.
Nov.
Initiated "Office Convenience Business".
1986
Jan.
Concluded a business partnership with Olivetti Synthesis S.p.A, an Italian company, for sales of office furniture.
Nov.
Acquired all shares of Saitama Silver Seiko Ltd., renamed as PLUS Industrial Co., Ltd. and relaunched operation.
Dec.
Multifunctional stationery FACTORY launched, awarded Design Plus Award at Frankfurt Messe in February, 1987.
1987
May
Educational Environment Institute founded.
Oct.
Super-compact voice recorder Voice Memo launched, awarded Design Plus Award at Frankfurt Messe in February, 1988.
1989
Mar.
ASTRUM and Voice Memo 60 awarded IF Design Award in Hanover, 1989.
1990
Feb.
PLUS U.S.A. dissolved, and PLUS Corporation of America founded.
Mar.
Phase-1 construction of PLUSLAND's Block 2 (factory and logistics facilities) started.
May
PLUS Logistics Corporation founded.
1991
Mar.
Higashi Ohgishima Center opened.
Apr.
PLUSLAND Maebashi Factory completed; production of LINX started.
May
Iruma File Factory founded.
1992
May
Ohta Factory founded.
June
Phase-2 construction of PLUSLAND's Block 4 (training facilities) started.
1993
Mar.
ASKUL Business launched.
July
PLUSLAND Otowa Club (training facilities) and PLUS heliport completed.
1994
Mar.
Meeting Scene Business launched.
Oct.
PLUSLAND Factory Area selected as a Good Design Facility of 1994.
1995
May
PLUS Industrial Co., Ltd. founded PLUS Vietnam Industrial Co., Ltd. in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam.
Aug.
Tokorozawa File Factory founded.
Oct.
PLUSLAND Otowa Club selected as a Good Design Facility of 1995.
1996
June
Bien Hoa Plant of PLUS VIETNAM INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.,started full-scale operation.
1997
May
ASKUL Corporation founded.
Sep.
QDS (Quick Delivery System) Business launched.
Dec.
Iruma Factory of PLUS Industrial Co., Ltd. acquired ISO9001 Certification.
Dec.
Catalog-mail-order service for educational supplies SKLEX Business started.
1998
Feb.
Maebashi Factory and Ohta Factory acquired ISO9001 Certification.
Feb.
Compact, light-weight, high-brightness digital projector UP-800 launched.
Mar.
PLUS Industrial Co., Ltd. and Maebashi Factory acquired ISO9001 Certification.
1999
May
QDS Business renamed as Biznet Business.
Sep.
Garage Business launched.
2000
Jan.
VOICE Office System business launched, providing furniture and related services.
Feb.
PLUS CORPORATION headquarters, PLUSLAND, and Iruma Factory of PLUS Industrial Corporation acquired ISO14001 Certification.
May
Biznet Corporation founded.
Oct.
"Environmental Materials Procurement Guideline" for office furniture established.
Oct.
Full-scale sales of custom-made office furniture of Schiavello Commercial Interiors Pty. Ltd from Australia started.
Nov.
Acquired part of ITO Corporation's business.
Nov.
PLUSLAND awarded the Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry Director's Award for tree-planting contribution.
2001
Jan.
Projector manufacturing and sales base established in Shantou City, Guandong Province, China.
Apr.
JOINTEX Corporation founded.
May
PLUS CORPORATION and PLUS Industrial Co., Ltd. restructured businesses through spin-offs, resulting in 4 newly established companies: PLUS Vision Corp., PLUS Stationery Corp., PLUS Space Design Corp., and PLUS Industrial Co., Ltd.
Nov.
Construction of Atelier Factory in PLUSLAND completed.
2002
June
PLUS Logistics Corporation entered the auction market for used office furniture.
June
Atelier Factory achieved the zero-emission target.
Aug.
PLUS Space Design Corporation acquired business rights of Dodwell Marketing Co., Ltd.'s Interior Division.
Oct.
PLUS Vision Corporation and PLUS Industrial Co., Ltd. merged.
2003
Feb.
PLUS Vision Corporation and PLUS Stationery Group acquired ISO14001 Certification.
Aug.
JOINTEX Corporation launched Smart Office Business.
Oct.
PLUSLAND awarded the Economy, Trade and Industry Minister's Award for tree-planting contribution.
2004
Mar.
PLUS Logistics Corporation acquired Green Management Certification.
2005
Mar.
PLUS Corporation and PLUS Furniture Company acquired ISO14001 Certification.
Apr.
Acquired both the ISMS and BS7799 certification for its Information Security Management System.
Apr.
PLUS CORPORATION and JOINTEX Corporation merged.
Sep.
Joint-venture company Shanghai Hanhong PLUS Stationery Co., Ltd. established.
2006
Apr.
PLUS Corporation's wholly-owned subsidiary. PLUS Vision Corporation transferred business rights of Projector Division to Kaga Components Co., Ltd.
Nov.
BTO (Built-to-order) office furniture showroom +PLUS opened in Akasaka, Tokyo.
Dec.
PLUS CORPORATION's headquarters relocated from Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo to Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo.
2007
Feb.
The trademark PLUS renewed, marking the year as the start for inaugurating further brand-image strengthening efforts.
Apr.
PLUSLAND Maebashi Factory awarded the 2007 Prime Minister's Award for Contributions to the Green Campaign.
Dec.
Kes'pon (ID Guard stamp) launched, awarded 【2008 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards for Superiority】
2008
Apr.
Hankyu Cargo Service Co., Ltd. became PLUS Logistics Corporation's wholly-owned subsidiary.
May
JOINTEX Company and Educational Environment Division consolidated.
2009
Jan.
Catalog-mail-order service for educational supplies SKLEX renamed as smartschool.
Dec.
Acquired entire business of PLUS Vision Corporation.
2010
Feb.
Merged with PLUS Stationery Corporation.
May
Nhan Trach Plant, the second factory of PLUS VIETNAM INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD., started full-scale operation.
June
PLUS Europe GmbH founded in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Sep.
Merged with PLUS Space Design Corporation.
2011
Jan.
+PLUS showroom renovated and re-opened.
May
Merged with DLM Japan Ltd.
June
Shanghai Hanhong PLUS Stationery Co., Ltd. became a 100% foreign-capital company, wholly-owned by PLUS, and was renamed PLUS Stationery Shanghai Co., Ltd.
2012
June
PVI MOLDING FACTORY, the third factory of PLUS VIETNAM INDUSTRIAL CO.,LTD., started full-scale operation.
June
NSK corporation bcame PLUS Logistics Corporation's Wholly-owned subsidiary.
Sep.
The stationery factory of Shanghai Hanhong PLUS Stationery Co., Ltd. is relocated and extended.