About Ichiba

Company Outline

Name Ichiba Co., Ltd.
Established August 4, 1959
Capital ¥20 million
Employees 49 (as of the end of March 2011)
Directors President and CEO: Hiroyuki Ichiba
Director: Kazuyuki Fujii
Director: Kaori Ichiba
Main Banks SMBC, Hojo Branch
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Himeji-Chuo Branch
Shoko Chukin Bank, Himeji Branch
Head Office 1309-3, Nakano-cho, Kasai City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Tel.: 0790-49-1883
Fax: 0790-49-2255
Product Center 1455-10 Aza Kamiyama, Nakano-cho, Kasai City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Tel.: 0790-49-0034
Fax: 0790-49-2578
Delivery Center 1297 Aza Minami-kamiyama, Nakano-cho, Kasai City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Yokohama Office 1-4F 2-15-1 Shin-yokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Tel.: 045-475-1824
Fax: 045-475-1826
Nature of Business Planning and design of furniture and other home products.

Awards

2010: Good Design Award
(U-La adult armchairs and armless chairs)
2010: 4th Kids Design Award: Future Products Category
(E-ko mini-desks and mini-chairs)
2011: Selected for Kansai Design Potential Map 2011 hosted by the Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and Osaka Design Center
(U-La adult armchairs and armless chairs)

History

October 1950 Ichiba Abacus Store is opened (1053 Nakano-cho, Kasai City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan)
October 1957 Abacus factory is built. Sales are good.
August 1959 Ichiba Abacus Store is incorporated (capital: ¥1 million)
June 1968 Capital is increased to ¥4 million.
October 1968 Warehouse is extended. Ichiba’s main product changes from abacuses to wood-beaded doorway curtains (noren). Sales are steady.
June 1970 Name is changed to Ichiba Co., Ltd., and head office is relocated to 1309 Nakano-cho.
March 1974 Capital is increased to ¥7 million.
October 1975 Local sales and wholesaling are thriving. The showroom and warehouse are renovated and extended.
September 1977 Capital is increased to ¥10 million. Ichiba begins making wooden screens (tsuitate) and low tables (zataku).
July 1979 Due to space constraints caused by the growth in employee numbers, a new warehouse is built in 1052 Nakano-cho.
April 1986 An additional office is opened in Yokohama to branch into the market in Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures.
October 1986 Production is outsourced overseas so that quality furniture can be produced more cheaply.
October 1986 A new warehouse is opened in 1310 Nakano-cho to accommodate growing production.
May 1989 Ichiba wins the Hyogo Prefecture Local Industry Association President’s Prize
May 1990 Contract with welfare program institution.
December 1990 The Yokohama office is relocated due to a growth in employee numbers. (1-8-9 Mita, Tama-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan)
November 1991 Land is procured for a delivery center (1297 Aza Minami-kamiyama, Nakano-cho, Kasai City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan)
February 1993 Capital is increased to ¥20 million.
October 1995 A delivery center is built with moving shelves to enable steady distribution.
January 1997 Company intranet is built.
February 1999 Online ordering system is introduced.
March 2000 Planning and Development Department is established to promote a constant flow of new ideas.
April 2001 Contract with welfare program institution.
October 2003 Ichiba acquires 13,400m2 vacant lot from a former junior high school in a five-year plan.
March 2004 Phase 1 of construction completed for Product Center.
March 2005 Phase 2 of construction completed for Product Center; new Product Center now complete (1455-10 Aza Kamiyama, Nakano-cho, Kasai City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan).
October 2005 New distribution monitoring system introduced.
October 2007 ichiba Net, a members’ network, is created to help meet people’s needs.
March 2008 Overseas logistics is started (from Vietnam)
October 2008 Yokohama office is moved to a better location (1-4F 2-15-1 Shin-yokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan)
January 2011 A new office developed in a five-year plan and a new warehouse and showroom are set up in the Product Center.

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