Shimada Shoji’s past and future
The current Shimada Shoji is the pioneers’ will,
wisdom, and technology. The future will build a business
that is wider and more convenient than ever.
Founder Sadajiro Shimada becomes independent and opens Shimadasada Store at Shiidera-cho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka.
Sadajiro modifies a shell button making machine to make buttons out of buffalo horn; designs a machine to drill four holes simultaneously.
The store moves first to Watayamachi and then to Takeyamachi, Minami-ku, Osaka.
The store moves to Tanimachi, Higashi-ku. Ceases production of buttons and concentrates efforts on wholesaling.
Sadajiro retires and is succeeded by Moriyuki Shimada.
A 6-day work week is introduced, an innovation in the industry at this time.
The Osaka Button Wholesalers Union is formed.
Moriyuki becomes the chief director.
Store closes temporarily during World War II.
Store commences business after completion of a residence-store at 2-chome, Tanimachi.
Tsunehiro Shimada resumes business by opening the Sadabishi Store.
Company name changes to Shimada Button Co., Ltd. with capital of one million yen.
Tokyo Branch opens at Matsueda-cho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
Kansai YKK Fastener Co., Ltd. is established.
Gifu Branch opens.Hirakata Business Office opens.
Exports of sewing materials to Korea begin.
Shimada Sangyo Co., Ltd. is established.
Head Office building at Funakoshi-cho, Higashi-ku,Osaka, is completed.
Shimada Button Co., Ltd. merges with Kansai YKK Fastener Co., Ltd. and is renamed Shimada Shoji Co., Ltd.
Construction of Tanimachi Business Office in 3-chome, Tanimachi, Higashi-ku, Osaka, is completed.
An agent contract in Korea is solidified.
First merchandise exhibitions are held in Osaka and Tokyo.
Participates in the accessories exhibition held in Beijing, China.
Kojima Branch opens.
Tsunehiro Shimada becomes Chairman, and Yukio Simada President.
Tokyo Branch is renamed Tokyo Head Office.
Commemoration ceremonies are held in Tokyo and Osaka, celebrating 100 years of business.
Shimada Shoji (H.K.) Limited is established.
Hi-G Nihonbashi Building is completed at Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
Hirakata Business Office moves to a new location, and a manufacturing plant is established and begins operation.
Hi-G Shokai Limited Liability Company is established.
Upon completion of the new office building, Kojima Branch is renamed Okayama Branch.
Osaka Headquarters building is completed (current Head Office).
Beijing Shimada Shoji Clothes Auxiliary Materials Co., Ltd. is established.
Takayuki Shimada becomes President.
Thai Shimada Co., Ltd. is established.
Shimada Shoji (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. is established.
Representative Office In Ho Chi Minh City opens.
International standardization ISO 14001 certification acquisition of environmental management system at Head Office.
Representative Office In Shanghai opens.
Tsunehiro Shimada becomes Chief Executive Officer, and Akira Shimada Chairman.
Tsunehiro Shimada becomes Adviser.
Exhibited at China International Garment & Textile Fair in Dalian, China.
Takayuki Shimada becomes chairman and Masatake Shimada President.
Shimada Shoji (Vietnam) Co., Ltd. is established.
Exhibited at Intertextile Beijing in Beijing.
Participated in the ISPO MUNICH and Intertextile SHANGHAI trade fairs.
TOWA PLUM Co., Ltd. became a subsidiary.
Exhibited at Mod’Amont Exhibition in Paris.
Nobuhiro Shimada and Toshio Shimada take on representative roles as Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director respectively.
Chairman Takayuki Shimada takes on role of Auditor.
Representative Office In Jakarta opens.
Exhibited at A+A in Dusseldorf.
Shimada Shoji becomes a bluesign® system partner.
Shimada Shoji adopted the business unit system for its organizational structure. I.D.S. Co., Ltd. is established.
PT. SHIMADA SHOJI INDONESIA is established.
VIETNAM TRIM PARK COMPANY LIMITED is established.
CRAFT PARKS CO., LTD. is established.
New Building of Fukuyama Office is completed.
Masatake Shimada becomes chairman and Nobuhiro Shimada President.