Development

1886 Founder Chubei Kobayashi established Kobayashi Seidaido,
an unlimited partnership company, in Monzen-cho, Naka-ku, Nagoya
The Company sold general merchandise, cosmetics
Chubei Kobayashi established Kobayashi Seidaido
1894 Launched 10 types of proprietary pharmaceuticals including
Daikokumaru, Ichinichimaru and Tamushichinki
10 types of proprietary pharmaceuticals
1912 Established Kobayashi Daiyakubou, a limited partnership company, in Hiranomachi, Higashi-ku, Osaka
1919 Incorporated as Kobayashi Daiyakubou Co., Ltd. in Kyomachibori, Nishi-ku, Osaka through a merger involving unlimited partnership company Kobayashi Seidaido and limited partnership company Kobayashi Daiyakubou
Kichitaro Kobayashi is appointed as the first president
1939 Launched Hakkiri, a headache medicine
1940 Spun off the manufacturing unit of Kobayashi Daiyakubo, to establish Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Juso Plant began operations in Higashi-yodogawa-ku, Osaka (currently Yodogawa-ku)
1948 Saburo Kobayashi is appointed as the second president
1956 Kobayashi Daiyakubou Co., Ltd. and Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. were merged and renamed Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Relocated the Head Office to Dosho-machi, Higashi-ku, Osaka (currently Dosho-machi, Chuo-ku)
1958 Teruko Kobayashi is appointed as the third president
1966 Launched Ammeltz, an external anti-inflammatory,as trial sales Ammeltz
1967 Launched Ammeltz, an external anti-inflammatory,as nationwide sales
1969 Launched Bluelet, a toilet bowl cleaner, and entered the household products market Bluelet
1972 Formed partnership with C.R. Bard, Inc. of the U.S. to establish medical devices importer-Japan Medico, Inc. and enter the medical devices market
1975 Launched Sawaday, a toilet air freshener, and entered the deodorizing air fresheners market Sawaday
1976 Kazumasa Kobayashi is appointed as the fourth president
Japan Medico, Inc. became Medicon, Inc., a joint venture company with C.R. Bard, Inc.
1983 Established Toyama Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture)
1988 Angel Ltd. made a consolidated subsidiary of Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. to gain a manufacturing site (Niihama City, Ehime Prefecture)
1992 Established Kobayashi Medical, as part of the Medical Devices Business
1993 Established Sendai Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Kurokawa-gun, Miyagi Prefecture)
1996 Launched Toughdent, denture cleanser
1998 Established Shanghai Kobaysahi Friendship Daily Chemicals Co., Ltd., a joint venture company in China
Established Kobayashi Healthcare, Inc. in the U.S.
1999 Listed on the Second Section of the Osaka Securities Exchange
Launched nutritional supplements through the mail order sales channel
2000 Listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange
Established the Central R&D Laboratory in Ibaraki City, Osaka Prefecture
Spun-off the Trade Company to form Kobashou Co., Ltd.
2001 Acquired Kiribai Chemical Co., Ltd. a body warmer manufacturer, as a subsidiary (Yodogawa-ku, Osaka)
Established Kobayashi Healthcare Europe, Ltd. in the United Kingdom
2002 Established Kobayashi Pharmaceutical (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. in Hong Kong
Made Shanghai Kobayashi Friendship Daily Chemicals Co., Ltd. into a wholly owned subsidiary and changed its name to Shanghai Kobayashi Daily Chemicals Co., Ltd.
Took over the health food business, mainly for Tochucha (Eucommia leaf tea), from Hitachi Zosen Corporation
2003 Angel Ltd. renamed Ehime Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
2004 Yutaka Kobayashi was appointed as the fifth president.
2005 Obtained exclusive distribution rights for women's health medicine Inochi No Haha A from Sasaokayakuhin Corporation
2006 Made eVent Medical Ltd., a medical device manufacturer, into a subsidiary in Ireland
Made HeatMax Inc., a body warmer manufacturer in the U.S., into a subsidiary
2008 Kobasho Co., Ltd. and Mediceo Paltac Holdings Co., Ltd. conducted share exchange
Spun off the manufacturing division of Kiribai Chemical Co., Ltd. to establish Kiribai Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Obtained trademark right for Bisrat Gold from Ishihara Chemical Co., Ltd.
2009 Established Kobayshi Pharmaceutical (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. in Singapore
2010 Spun off medical device division into Kobayashi Medical Co., Ltd.
2011 Transferred all eVent Medical INC. shares in a management buy-out
Established Kobayashi Healthcare (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia
Established Kobayashi Pharmaceutical (Taiwan) Co., Ltd. in Taiwan
2012 Made Grabber, Inc., a body warmer manufacturer in the U.S., a subsidiary
Established PT. Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Indonesia in Indonesia
Established Hefei Kobayashi Daily Products Co., Ltd. in China
Transferred 80% of Kobayashi Medical Co., Ltd. shares to Mitsubishi Corporation
2013 Made Rokuyo Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., a pharmaceutical product, quasi-pharmaceutical product, and cosmetics manufacturer, into a subsidiary
Established Kobayashi Healthcare Australia Pty., Ltd. in Australia
Transferred all Japan Medicalnext Co., Ltd. shares to Mitsubishi Corporation
Akihiro Kobayashi is appointed as the sixth president
Established Kobayashi Healthcare (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in Thailand
Made Juju Cosmetics Co., Ltd., a cosmetics manufacturer, into a subsidiary
2015 Acquired Ganyaku Hitifuku brand from Hitifuku Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd.
Dissolved its joint venture with U.S. company Bard International Inc.
and sold all its shares to Medicon, Inc.
2016 Acquired monascus purpureus business from GUNZE LIMITED
Made perfecta products, Inc., a U.S. company involved in the planning and sales of OTC pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, into a subsidiary
2017 Acquired exclusive marketing rights in Japan for Bioil from Union Swiss(Pty) Ltd (headquartered in South Africa)
Established The Kobayashi Foundation
2018 Established Kobayashi (China) Co., Ltd in China
Acquired Jiangsu Zhongdan pharmaceutical Co,. Ltd, a pharmaceutical products manufacturer, and changed the company name to Jiangsu Kobayashi pharmaceutical Co,. Ltd.