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History of the Morimura Group

History of the Morimura Group

Morimura Group (which is one of the largest ceramics corporate group in the world) has its origin from "Morimura Gumi", which was established by Ichizaemon and Toyo in 1876.By its business entity, Morimura Brothers Inc. is the one that directly took over Morimura Gumi.
Morimura Gumi which made a great effort by exporting pottery and porcelainware, fans, and dolls, etc. to America in the Meiji Era, started to focus on the progress of manufacturing pottery and porcelainware, and established Nippon Toki Gomei Kaisha in January 1904. (Presently Noritake Co., Limited) The sanitary ware divisions of both companies were then spun off in May 1917 to form Toyo Toki Co., Ltd. (currently TOTO Ltd.), which subsequently spun off its insulator department to establish NGK INSULATORS, LTD. in May 1919.
In the same year, Okura Toen (currently Okura Art China, Inc.) was established. Thereafter,NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd. (a spin off from Nihon Gaishi NGK spark plug division) was established in October 1936.
Diagram of the Morimura Group's History
■Yukio Sunagawa's "The Unselfish Life of Ichizaemon Morimura" was published by Soshisha Publishing.
Just what kind of secrets and history lies behind the formation of the Morimura Group? What kind of person was Ichizaemon Morimura, who was the man behind the Group's formation, and what kind of contributions did he make to society?
His noble spirit, superior management techniques and surprisingly austere way of life that have until now been almost entirely unknown are vividly and tangibly depicted in this book.
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Group Company Websites

Noritake Co., Limited
Noritake; Japan's best tableware brand, also sells grinding and polishing tools, ceramic materials and heating systems etc.
Introduces plumbing products, such as bidets and system kitchens, and also provides information to distributors, structural renovation companies and events and publications at its galleries and Bookshop TOTO etc.
NGK INSULATORS, LTD. helps build a better society through its ceramic technologies, including the technologies underlying insulators used to transmit and transform electric power, ceramics used to clean exhaust emissions, and NAS batteries for storing electricity.
NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd.
Developing and manufacturing NGK spark plugs, that are highly evaluated by world's automobile manufacturers and NTK new ceramic that enrich industries and people's lives.
Morimura Bros., Inc.
The corporate website of the general trading company that performs the import, export and domestic sales of ceramics, heat resistant raw materials, aircraft materials, metals, industrial raw materials and products for the electronics industries, chemicals, plant machinery, flavorings and foodstuffs, and household goods, etc.
Okura Art China
"Create the finest of fine porcelain" has been the slogan since its establishment in 1919. As Japan's finest tableware brand, we continue to produce artistic highly valued chinaware by using traditional methods.

The website of related organization

The Morimura Foundation
The Kazuchika Okura Memorial Foundation
The foundation was established by following the footsteps of Kazuchika Okura who was one of the founders of each group company. Since then, they have supported to the recognition of research which contributes to future development of ceramics.

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