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Company History
1920s
1921
Oct.
Hiromu Shibata Works was founded at Kanda Sudacho, Tokyo. Started the production and sales of laboratory glassware.
1940s
1940
Aug.
Constructed a factory and a glass-melting furnace at Ueno Hanazonocho, Taito-ku, Tokyo to start research into glass melting.
1947
Mar.
Standard production of Hiromu-brand beakers, flasks, laboratory dishes and coolers.
1949
Aug.
Succeeded in melting "HARIO Glass" (HARIO's original glass material) after many-years of research.
1950s
1951
May.
Constructed a glass-melting furnace at Shirakawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo, the location of the current headquarters.
1955
Jun.
Constructed the industry's first tanking furnace for "HARIO Glass", 1st-grade hardness glass in the new factory.)
1960s
1961
Sep.
Qualified as a JIS certified factory (for chemical analysis glassware, and glass tubes and rods).
1962
May.
Installed the industry's first automatic glass-tube molding machine.
1964
Apr.
Separated the heatproof glassware division to establish HARIO Co., Ltd. (formerly HARIO Sales Co., Ltd).
1968
Jan.
Succeeded in developing "HARIO-32 Glass," 1st-grade hard glass, and started mass-production.
1970s
1971
Jan.
Completed the Koga Factory.
Mar.
The Koga Factory started full-fledge operations.
1972
Dec.
Succeeded in developing the "direct current melting furnace" using original technology. Started production using this furnace.
1980s
1980
Aug.
Branched out into the production of headlight lenses for the automobiles.
1982
Apr.
Received the Director-General's Award for Science and Technology Agency.
1983
Oct.
Completed the world's first computer-controlled glass production line which allows multi-production in small lots at the Koga Factory, and start full-fledged production.
1985
Oct.
Separated from the Koga Factory to establish SIBATA GLASS CO., LTD.
1990s
1992
Jan.
Signed an agreement with Vetrerie Riunite S.p.A., Italy for licensing the electric melting technology for borosilicate glass.
1993
Aug.
Completed the plant for Shenyang Glass Instruments Factory in China.
HARIO Co., Ltd. was relocated to Shirakawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo, its birthplace.
1999
Aug.
HARIO Co., Ltd. and Sibata Glass Co., Ltd. merged to establish HARIO GLASS CO., LTD.
Sep.
Established HARIO Distribution Center.
2000s
2000
Dec.
The Koga factory was qualified as an ISO9001-authorized plant.
The headquarters was relocated to 9-3, Nihombashi Tomizawa-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo as part of the activities to celebrate the 80th anniversary of its founding.
2001
Nov.
Qualified as an ISO14001-authorized plant.
2003
Jul.
The headquarters' building, a registered tangible cultural asset, was recognized as "valuable national asset" by the Agency of Cultural Affairs. (Registration number 13-0148)
2010s
2010
Apr.
Established HARIO Shanghai Co., Ltd.
2011
Feb.
Established HARIO Science Co., Ltd.
2012
Mar.
Established HARIO Korea Co., Ltd.
Nov.
HARIO Glass Co., Ltd. and HARIO TEC CO., LTD. merged to establish HARIO Co., Ltd.
2013
Oct.
Established Lampwork Factory (LWF).
Dec.
Established HARIO Paper filter Factory in Beppu and Amsterdam.
2014
Jun.
Established HARIO ASIA PTE. LTD.
Sep.
Established HARIO TRADING CO., LTD.
Dec.
Established HARIO USA, INC.
2015
Apr.
Established HARIO Lampwork Factory Co., Ltd.
Jul.
Established HARIO EUROPE B. V.

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