History

History
1940
1946, September
Kazumi Usui founded Usui Shoten

1950
1956, May
Took over the paint brush manufacturing and exporting business from Sansei Inc.
1956, September
Incorporated and renamed to Usui Shoten Inc.Kazumi Usui assumed the office of president and CEO
1957, February
Opened Ishiyagawa factory for paint brush manufacturing in Mikage Ishiya, Kobe

1960
1964, June
Commended by the Japanese Minister of Trade and Industry for contributions to exports
1966, January
Changed company name to Usui Kosan
1968, June
Opened Narimatsu factory (Tanba, Hyogo)
1969, February
Ishiyagawa factory and sales office united to become a head office and main factory in Mikage, Kobe

1970
1972, February
The world’s first commercialized High-grade Synthetic fiber paint brush, TAKLON launched
1972, May
Opened Hikami Factory (Tanba, Hyogo). Formalize production of paint handle in Mikage factory

1980
1980, August
Established USUI NEW YORK INC. in New York
1982, November
Kazumi Usui received The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays from Japanese government
1983, June
Production was partially automationed by new electric devices
1986, July
Acquired German brush factory WERU LANKA in Sri Lanka
1986, September
Established USUI LANKA(PVT) LTD. in Sri Lanka

1990
1990, April
Soichiro Usui assumed the office of president and CEO Kazumi Usui assumed the office of Chairman
1993, December
Renewed main office
1997, December
Opened USUI LANKA(PVT) LTD. Factory in Sri Lanka

2000
2000, October
Private nail brand “b-r-s” launched
2002, April
Transferred Narimatsu factory and opened Kamo factory (Tanba, Hyogo)
2004, April
Extended Sri Lanka factory
2004, October
Private nail brand “b-r-s” launched
2009, September
b-r-s nail brush was redesigned

2010
2013, February
Yoshiaki Usui assumed the office of president and CEO Soichiro Usui assumed the office of Chairman
2013, December
Private makeup brush brand “usui” launched
2014, October
Established USUI CAPITAL
2014, December
Established USUI PROPERTIES
2016, January
Changed company name to USUI BRUSH Inc. Moved head office and main factory to Chuo-ku, Kobe
2017, September
Established USUI INTERNATIONAL
2018, July
BRS makeup brush was renamed after USUI makeup brush
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