Corporate History

Corporate History

1847 Komatsuya founded (Nihei Hisamitsu)
1869 KISHINTAN launched
1871 The company name, Komatsuya, changed to Hisamitsu Joeido (Yoichi Hisamitsu)
1903 Hisamitsu & Co. (Saburo Nakatomi) established
ASAHI MANKINKO® launched
1907 KAIFUKUGAN® launched
1934 SALONPAS® launched
1944 Hisamitsu&Co. played a leading role in the incorporation of Miyaki Seiyaku Co.
1951 Hisamitsu&Co. incorporated (Masayoshi Nakatomi)
1952 Osaka Representative Office (current Osaka Branch) established
1957 Tokyo Representative Office (current Tokyo Head Office and? Branch) established
1960 Taiwan Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (current Taipei Branch) established
1962 The company’s stocks listed in the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange; Shares listed on the Fukuoka Stock Exchange
1963 AIR® SALONPAS launched
1964 Shares listed in the Second Section of the Osaka Stock Exchange
1965 The company renamed Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Inc.
1966 Nagoya Representative Office (currently Nagoya Branch) established
1968 SALONPAS® E launched
1970 Sapporo Representative Office (current Sapporo Branch) established
1971 SALONSIP® launched
Shares listed in the Second Section of the Nagoya Stock Exchange
Construction of the Tosu Laboratories completed
Sendai Representative Office (current Sendai Branch) established
1972 Section to the First Section of the Tokyo Shares shifted from the Second Stock Exchange, Osaka Stock Exchange and Nagoya Stock Exchange
PAPSALON® launched
1975 P.T. Salonpas Indonesia established
1978 PAPSALON® G launched
1981 Masayoshi Nakatomi became a Chairman of the Board of Directors and Hirotaka Nakatomi took a charge of president & CEO
1982 SALONPAS-HI® launched
1983 Takamatsu Representative Office (current Takamatsu Branch) established
Hiroshima Representative Office (current Hiroshima Branch) established
1984 VESICUM® (cream and ointment) launched
1985 SALONPAS® A launched
1986 Hisamitsu Farmaceutica do Brazil Ltda. established
SALONPAS® 30 launched
ANAAKI SALONPAS® A (Porous SALONPAS® A) launched
SECTOR® GEL launched
1987 Hisamitsu America, Inc. established
NOBINOBI® SALONSIP® launched
Construction of Utsunomiya Factory completed
1988 The Nakatomi Foundation for Promotion of Health Science established
MOHRUS® launched
1989 Hisamitsu’s corporate new logo used
SECTOR® (cream and lotion) launched
1990 Construction of Tsukuba Laboratories completed
Nakatomi Memorial Foundation established
1991 AIR® SALONPAS® EX launched
1992 VOLLEY® (cream and lotion) launched
1993 SALONSIP® HEAD PAD? launched
1994 Hisamitsu’s corporate logo changed
Hisamitsu KBC Augusta Golf Tournament held
Hisamitsu Vietnam Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. established
1995 Nakatomi Memorial Medicine Museum opened
Operations at the Factory in Vietnam started
MOHRUS® TAPE launched
1997 SALONPAS® Ae launched
1998 California Laboratories established
London Representative Office (current Hisamitsu UK Ltd.) established
Kumamoto Sales Office (current Kumamoto Branch) established
La SALONPAS® launched
Lifecella® Face Mask® launched
NOBINOBI® SALONSIP® -α launched
1999 Acquires ISO 14001 Certification (Kyushu Head Office)
2000 Kyoto Sales Office (currently Kyoto Branch) established
ESTRANA® launched
Acquired ISO 14001 Certification (Utsunomiya Factory)
2001 Tokyo Head Office relocated to Marunouchi,Tokyo
2002 Operations at Manaus Factory in Brazil started
MOHRUS® TAPE L launched
Malaysia Representative Office (current Singapore Branch) established
Lifecella® Essence Sheet Mask launched
Hisamitsu UK Ltd. established
2003 Hisamitsu’s corporate logo changed
BUTENALOCK® launched
FEITAS® launched
FLEX® launched
Taipei Branch established
2004 The honorary consulate of Brazil opened.
AIR® SALONPAS® Indomethacin 1.0% launched
2005 New Jersey Representative Office established
Hisamitsu took over the ethical drugs division from SSP co.,Ltd (Hisamitsu
Medical Co., Ltd. founded)
MOHRUS® 60 launched
KEPLAT® launched in Italy
MOHRUS® PATCH launched in Hong Kong
SALONPAS World Ladies Golf Tournament (currently LPGA Tour World Ladies Championship SALONPAS CUP) held
SALONSIP® L launched
2006 Kagoshima Branch established
Roma Representative Office (integrated with Hisamitsu UK Ltd.) established
Lifecella® Gel Mask launched
NOBINOBI® SALONSIP® S launched
FEITAS® (lotion, cream and tick) launched
TULOBUTEROL TAPE “HMT” launched
NABOAL® PAP launched
NABOAL® TAPE L launched
2007 Hisamitsu celebrated the 160th anniversary of the company’s founding
Lifecella® Milky Lotion Sheet Mask launched
FEITAS® L launched
Singapore Branch established
SALONPAS® LOTION launched
Construction of the Utsunomiya Second Factory completed
FEITAS® HOT launched
CSR Promotion Office established
The NAS Battery System inplemented
2008 SALONPAS® PAIN RELIEF PATCH was approved by the US-FDA
BUTENALOCK® V launched
AIR® SALONPAS® DX launched
GAN RYO JUN® launched
SALONPAS® EX launched
FEITAS® L HOT launched
FEITAS® (gel, tick and gel-patch) launched
Lifecella® Essence Mask (3 items) launched
2009 Lifecella® Eye Mask (3 items) launched
Hisamitsu® ICING SHEET launched
AIR® SALONPAS® ICING SPRAY launched
CHOLESTON® launched
FEITAS® Z (tape, gel-patch and gel) launched
Hisamitsu U.S., Inc.established
Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (U.S.A.) integrated
FEITAS® SIP HOT launched
SALONPAS® EX HOT launched
2010 BUTENALOCK® V AIR® SOKAI POWDER launched
Hisamitsu® ICE TOWEL launched
Fentany Transdermal System launched in the U.S
FENTOS® TAPE launched
2011 NORSPAN®TAPE launched
Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Technology
Consulting(Beijing)Co., Ltd.established
2012 BUTENALOCK®Vα launched
FENTANYL 3-DAY TAPE “HMT” launched
Allegra® FX launched
2013 Tokyo head office relocated to Marunouch building
NEOXY® TAPE launched
Abstral® Sublingual Tablets launched
  • Emblem of 'Komatsuya'
    Emblem of "Komatsuya"
  • Mr. and Mrs. Saburo Nakatomi and Mr. and Mrs. Masayoshi Nakatomi
    Mr. and Mrs. Saburo Nakatomi and Mr. and Mrs. Masayoshi Nakatomi
  • SALONPAS in the 1930's/SALONPAS in the 1950's
    SALONPAS in the 1930's/SALONPAS in the 1950's
  • Display of AIR® SALONPAS in 1960's
    Display of AIR® SALONPAS in 1960's
  • Construction of the Tosu Laboratories completed
    Construction of the Tosu Laboratories completed
  • P.T. Salonpas Indonesia established
    P.T. Salonpas Indonesia established
  • NOBINOBI® SALONSIP® launched
    NOBINOBI® SALONSIP® launched
  • Construction of Utsunomiya Factory completed
    Construction of Utsunomiya Factory completed
  • MOHRUS® launched
    MOHRUS® launched
  • Construction of Tsukuba Laboratories completed
    Construction of Tsukuba Laboratories completed
  • AIR® SALONPAS® EX launched
    AIR® SALONPAS® EX launched
  • Hisamitsu Vietnam Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. established
    Hisamitsu Vietnam Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. established
  • MOHRUS® TAPE launched
    MOHRUS® TAPE launched
  • Lifecella® Face Mask® launched
    Lifecella® Face Mask® launched
  • ESTRANA® launched
    ESTRANA® launched
  • Operations at Manaus Factory in Brazil started
    Operations at Manaus Factory in Brazil started
  • BUTENALOCK® launched
    BUTENALOCK® launched
  • FEITAS® launched
    FEITAS® launched
  • SALONPAS® PAIN RELIEF PATCH was approved by the US-FDA
    SALONPAS® PAIN RELIEF PATCH was approved by the US-FDA
  • CHOLESTON® launched
    CHOLESTON® launched
  • Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (U.S.A.) integrated
    Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (U.S.A.) integrated
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