Corporate history

 The history of PLUS CORPORATION started in 1948, when Chiyoda Stationery Co., Ltd. was founded through the merger of two wholesalers of office supplies in Tokyo – Imaizumi Shoten and Suzuki Shoten. The company name was then changed to PLUS CORPORATION in 1959. The name was derived from the fact that two companies were merged together (equaling a “plus”), as well as the implication of the founder’s aspiration to create a company that would be a plus to society. Further, it was with a view to expanding future business that we named our company differently from other companies at the time that named them-selves after the products they handled or the industry they were in, such as ○○ Office Equipment or △△ Stationery Wholesaler. Since then, we have been working enthusiastically as a manufacturer in product development, and have steadily transformed from a wholesaler of stationery and office supplies into a branded manufacturer, and then a full-scale manufacturer with our own factories. We have meanwhile continued to promote market creation, includ-ing developing unique distribution services such as ASKUL and Biznet which are not bound by the business practices of the industry or the product ranges of stationery and office furniture. In response to this ever-changing economic environment, we focus on each business operation such as manufacturing and distribution, while still seeking optimal management systems, and as a management company of our group companies engaging in logistics, manufacturing, sales, and other business worldwide, we aim to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction.

  • ・Chiyoda Stationery Co., Ltd. founded.
  • ・Company name changed to PLUS CORPORATION.
  • ・Established PLUS Steel Industries Corporation.
  • ・Developed and released the market’s first electronic copyboard BOARDFAX.
  • ・Released the personal stationery set product TEAM DEMI.
  • ・Established PLUS Logistics Corporation.
  • ・Completed PLUSLAND, an industrial complex consisting mainly of office furniture factories.
  • ・Transformed from a manufacturing wholesaler to a full-scale manufacturer with our own factories.
  • ・Completed Bien Hoa Plant of PLUS VIETNAM INDUSTRIAL Co., Ltd. in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam.
  • ・Established ASKUL Corporation.
  • ・Established Biznet Corporation.
  • ・Established Shantou PLUS Instruments Co., Ltd. in Guangdong, China, which manufactures and sells electronic copyboards and other products.
  • ・Established JOINTEX Corporation (later merged with PLUS Corporation) through the merger of the main sales and wholesale departments in PLUS.
  • ・Opened +PLUS in Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
  • ・Released Kes’pon Stamp which protects personal information.
  • ・Opened European logistics base for stationery and office supplies in Gelderland, The Netherlands.
  • ・Completed Nhon Trach Plant in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam.
  • ・Established European sales subsidiary of stationery and office supplies in Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • ・Increased the floor area of Nhon Trach Plant of PLUS VIETNAM INDUSTRIAL Co., Ltd. Started to manufacture scissors.
  • ・Re-defined PLUS's corporate mission, namely “PLUS no kokoro”.
  • ・Started ”PLUS Nationwide Cleanup activities” initiative.
  • ・Established Retail Support Company.