History

The history of the JP Group has evolved hand-in-hand together with the Japanese paper distribution industry.

1845 - 1959 Foundation --- Creation of a paper trading company.

1845
  • Saburobei Nakai establishes a private paper company, Koshisan Shoten, in Kyoto. The company deals in traditional Japanese paper (washi).
1876
  • Begins dealing in machine-made paper. First in Japan to deal in this type of paper.
1882
  • Product distribution contract with Paper Company (Current Oji Paper Co., Ltd.) signed.
1902
  • The main store moved to Tokyo from Kyoto, with the establishment of Nakai Shoten.
1916
  • Becomes a limited company, name changed to Nakai Shoten Limited.

    Tokyo head office, circa 1910.

1955
  • Hong Kong Representative Office Opened (now Japan Pulp & Paper (HK)).
1963
  • Company name changed to Nakai Limited.
1967
  • New York Representative Office Opened.

1970 - 1999 Establishment of Japan Pulp and Paper Company Limited --- Stock listing and expansion of business activities

1970
  • Japan Pulp and Paper Company Limited formed through the merging of Nakai Limited and Fuji Yoshiten Company.
    Jakarta Representative Office opened.

    Signing of the merger between Nakai Limited and Fuji Yoshiten Company

1972
  • Dusseldorf Representative Office opened (now Japan Pulp & Paper GmbH).
1973
  • Company listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • JP Resources Co., Ltd. established.
1974
  • Japan Pulp & Paper (U.S.A.) Corp. established.
1981
  • Beijing Representative Office opened.(now Japan Pulp & Paper (Shanghai) Beijing Branch Office)
1994
  • Talico established in Mexico.
1998
  • Safeshred Co., Inc. in the USA became a subsidiary, marking the start of the JP Group's full-scale entry into the wastepaper recycling business outside Japan.

    Safeshred Co., Inc.

2000 - Response to globalization --- Promotion of environmentally friendly business activities

2000
  • JP Co-operative Logistics Co., Ltd. established.

    JP Loginet, Iwatsuki Office

2002
  • JPTS Electronics Materials (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established.
2003
  • Purchased Pulp and Paper sales division of the Tomen Group and acquired shares of Oriental Asahi JP Carton Box.
2004
  • Kawabe Biomass Power Generation Co., Ltd. established.
2005
  • Japan Pulp & Paper (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established.
2006
  • Taipei Representative Office opened.
2007
  • Seoul Representative Office opened. (now Japan Pulp & Paper (Korea))
  • Moscow Representative Office opened.
  • Eco-Port Kyushu Co., Ltd. established.

    Eco-Port Kyushu Co., Ltd.

2008
  • Dubai Representative Office opened.
2009
  • Eco Paper JP Co., Ltd. acquired the paper manufacturing operations of Tokiwa Corporation.
2010
  • Gould Paper, a major independent U.S paper merchant, became a consolidated subsidiary of JP, expanding the JP Group's business activities throughout North America and Europe.
  • Acquired shares of Pan Pacific Fiber, Inc., expanded the Company’s wastepaper recycling business in Los Angeles.
2011
  • Acquired shares of Corelex Group, a major player in the recycled household paper sector.
2012
  • JP Asian Electronics Materials (M) established in Malaysia.
  • KCT Trading, an Indian paper merchant, came under the JP umbrella and expanded the JP Group's business activities throughout India.
  • Talico do Brasil established.
2013
  • JP Loginet Group established.
  • Eco Power JP Co., Ltd. established, and entered solar power generation business.

    Eco Power JP Co., Ltd.

2014
  • Hanoi Representative Office opened.
  • Noda Bio Power JP Co., Ltd. established, and started to construct biomass power generation plant in Iwate prefecture.
2015
  • Manila Representative Office opened.
  • Operations have commenced at the Kushiro Onbetsu Solar Power Generation Plant by Eco Power JP.
  • Operations have commenced at the Corelex Group's New recycled household paper mill.

    Corelex Group's New recycled household paper mill

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