COMPANY HISTORY

1922
Kajo Shofu III established SHOFU DENTAL MFG.CO., LTD. for the manufacture and sale of artificial teeth and R & D on dental materials.
 
1955
Opened the Tokyo Sales Office to strengthen the sales base for the east Japan area.
1956
Completed a new research building in order to strengthen the Research Department.
1963
Shofu shares were registered as over-the-counter stocks in the Osaka District of the Japan Securities Dealers Association.
1965
Released, Shofu Spherical Amalgam, the first dental spherical amalgam in the world.
1971
Established SHOFU DENTAL CORPORATION in California, USA.
1973
Established SHIGA SHOFU INC. in Shiga Prefecture, as a factory for resin teeth.
1975
We invested capital and established a new enterprise in Taiwan,transferring part of artificial resin teeth.
1976
The SHOFU DENTAL CLUB was established and started to recruit members.
1978
Established SHOFU DENTAL GmbH in Duesseldorf, Germany.
1980
Established SHOFU DENTAL SINGAPORE PTY.LTD. (In 1987, it became SHOFU INC. SINGAPORE BRANCH.)
1983
Changed the company name to SHOFU INC. Introduced managerial and organizational restructuring.
1985
Began sales of the first Japanese-made light-cured composite resin, SHOFU LITE-FIL.
Changed the Taiwan company's name to SHOFU DENTAL TAIWAN CO., LTD. and received the right to use the JIS mark for resin teeth produced here.
1986
Began sales of ENDURA, our new hybrid resin teeth.
1987
Completed a new office building and implemented a new computer system.
1988
Hybrid resin teeth, ENDURA were recognized by the Japanese health insurance system.
1989
Listed our stocks on the Second Section of the Osaka Stock Exchange and on the Kyoto Stock Exchange.
1991
Purchased a British dental material manufacturer, ADVANCED HEALTHCARE LTD. in preparation for EU integration.
1992
Established SHOFU DENTAL PRODUCTS LTD. in the UK. Established the Institute for Life Technology Inc. as a developmental base for dental equipment computer software.
1994
Began selling SOLIDEX, the light-cured hard composite resin material for crown & bridge.
Issued Swiss franc bonds with stock warrants.
1996
Established SHOFU INC., SHANGHAI REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE in Shanghai, China.
Established PROMECH INC., to manufacture articulators.
1997
Acquired CE certification.
Completed a new research building, the most advanced facilities in the dental industry.
Began cooperative management of our first dental technician education and training center in China.
1999
Began selling Johnson & Johnson’s products.
2000
Completed manufacturing control center.
2001
Entered the dental laser equipment business.
2002
Acquired ISO 14001 certification.
2003
Established overseas manufacturing subsidiary, SHANGHAI SHOFU DENTAL MATERIAL CO., LTD., in China.
2005
Established overseas sales subsidiary, SHOFU DENTAL SUPPLIES (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD., in China.
Took on SHOKEN INC. as a wholly owned subsidiary.
2006
Completed training center at our Kyoto headquarters.
2007
Listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
2008
Took on NAIL LABO CORPORATION., Ltd. as a subsidiary.
2009
Business alliance with Mitsui Chemicals Inc. and Sunmedical Co. Ltd.,.
Withdrew from Osaka Securities Exchange
Established SHOFU DENTAL TRADING (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD
2010
Closed SHOFU DENTAL PRODUCTS LTD.
Established SHOFU UK(BRANCH)

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