1. Corporate Information
  2. Corporate History

1929
Shinobu Suzuki establishes the company in Shizuoka Prefecture.
1940
POLA Chemical Industries, Inc. is formed.
1946
POLA Cosmetics, Inc. is launched.
1954
The Shizuoka Plant is completed.
1958
Expansion into Hong Kong is the company's first venture into overseas markets.
1960
The POLA Ginza Building is completed in Ginza, Tokyo.
POLA USA is established. Full-fledged overseas expansion begins.
1961
The Yokohama Plant is completed and the mass production system is put into place.
1964
The Yokohama R&D Center, offering all modern science resources, is completed.
1966
POLA Thailand Inc. is established.
1971
The POLA Gotanda Building is completed and POLA headquarters offices are relocated.
1976
POLA Research Institute of Beauty and Culture is established.
1977
The Fukuroi Plant is completed.
1979
POLA establishes the POLA Foundation for the Promotion of Traditional Japanese Culture in celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary.
1982
POLA makes major inroads into the health foods market with nationwide sales of Saint Bijou.
1983
POLA becomes a major investor in Kayaku Co., Ltd. and enters the pharmaceutical business.
1989
POLA’s department store business commences with nationwide sales of the “APEX-i” personalized cosmetics line.
POLA's department store business commences.
1992
The Totsuka R&D Center is established in Yokohama.
1994
The 18th Congress of the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) is held in Venice, Italy,where POLA wins the highest award.
1995
The Health Science Research Center is established.
1996
The POLA Art Foundation is established.
POLA wins a high award at the 19th IFSCC Congress held in Sydney, Australia.
1997
The Shizuoka and Fukuroi plants receive ISO 9002 certification.
1998
New quasi-drug ingredient, Rucinol®, for brightening is developed.
POLA wins the highest award at the 20th IFSCC Congress held in Cannes, France.
The Shizuoka and Fukuroi plants receive ISO 9001 certification.
2000
The Shizuoka and Fukuroi plants receive ISO 14001 certification.
The corporate message, “Consultation first POLA,” is announced.
2002
POLA introduces its “New Venture Declaration.”
The POLA Museum of Art opens at Sengokuhara in Hakone. The POLA Museum Annex opens in Ginza.
2004
The Fukuroi Plant receives the Prime Minister’s Award, recognizing it as an Outstanding Green Plant.
2005
“POLA THE BEAUTY” premium esthetic salons are launched.
2006
Pure holding company POLA ORBIS HOLDINGS INC. is founded.
2007
POLA Sales, Inc. is integrated into the headquarters.
POLA Cosmetics, Inc. is renamed POLA Inc.
2008
POLA wins the Best Basic Research Award at the 25th IFSCC Congress held in Barcelona, Spain.
2009
The POLA Ginza Building is renovated in Ginza, Tokyo.
2010
POLA ORBIS HOLDINGS INC. is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section.
Granted the “Kurumin” next-generation certification mark from the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare.
2011
POLA introduces its “AAA (Anti-Aging Alliance) Declaration.”
POLA introduces its Communication Message, “Consultation A POLA.”
2012
POLA wins the Best Poster Award at the 27th IFSCC Congress held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Granted the “Kurumin” next-generation certification mark from the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare.
2014
The Shizuoka and Fukuroi plants are integrated.
POLA wins the highest award at the 28th IFSCC Congress held in Paris, France.
2015
POLA is awarded the Diversity Management Selection 100 Award (a Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry commendation).
POLA announces its new brand strategies.
2016
POLA introduces "Science. Art. Love.", its new brand strategy offering unique value.

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