Milestones

1861
Founded as a raw silk wholesaler in the Nishijin District of Kyoto, Japan
After being founded as a raw silk wholesaler, Chori began handling rayon yarn in 1926.
As the rayon market drew very little interest at the time, we began making frequent visits to weavers to spur more interest in rayon yarn. This spurred an expansion of the rayon market as we continued to enhance the quality of rayon yarn. In 1937, we became a major yarn trader in the silk yarn industry, handling around 30% of silk yarns produced in Japan and establishing our foundation as a specialized trading company in textiles.
The name “Chori” originates from the combination of the Japanese characters “蝶” (cho), derived from the image of a moth creating raw silk, and “理” (ri), stemming from the first name of Chori’s first president, Riichiro Ohashi.

Chori was founded as a raw silk wholesaler in Kyoto in 1861 on the eve of the new Meiji Era. In the more than 160 years since, we have continued to evolve with the times by addressing the needs of society and actively expanding our business.

1861 Chori founded as a raw silk wholesaler in the Nishijin district of Kyoto, Japan.
1926 Began handling rayon yarn in line with dramatic growth of rayon industry.
1937 Handling 30% of the total annual rayon yarn production in the Japanese market, Chori became the largest rayon yarn trader in Japan.
1948 CHORI CO., LTD. established with capital of ¥5 million.
1952 The head office moved to Higashi-ku (presently Chuo-ku), Osaka, Japan.
1953 Founded a company to manufacture and sell Woolly Nylon in cooperation with Toyo Rayon Co., Ltd. (presently TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.), paving the way to leadership in the synthetic fiber industry.
1956 Began handling synthetic resins, chemicals, machinery and other products.
1957 Established an overseas subsidiary, Chori New York Co., Ltd. (presently CHORI AMERICA, INC.) as a base for Chori's imports and exports operations.
1959 Stock listed on the Osaka Exchange.
1961 Stock listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Designated as a friendly trading company by the government of china, Chori thereafter became a pioneer in Japan-China trade.
1963 Established an overseas subsidiary, Chori GmbH (presently Chori Europe GmbH) in Dusseldorf.
1969 Established a representative office in Moscow, Russia.
1973 Established an overseas subsidiary, CHORI SINGAPORE PTE LTD.
1974 Established an overseas subsidiary, THAI CHORI CO., LTD., in Bangkok.
1975 Facing an economic downturn after the oil crisis and the effects from overinvestment in real estate, companyworked to improve operational efficiency and reduce the size of business, helped by the support of majorsuppliers and banks.
1978 Established a representative office in Santiago, Chile.
1980 Established a representative office in Beijing, China.
1987 The Tokyo Branch renamed the Tokyo Head Office, initiating the two head offices system.
1989 Increased capital through a ¥9.1 billion by public offering.
Established an overseas subsidiary, CHORI TRADING (MALAYSIA) SDN. BHD., in Kuala Lumpur.
Established a representative office in Qingdao, China.
1993 Established CHORI (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD. as Chori's first subsidiary in China.
1994 Established a representative office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
1995 Established an overseas subsidiary, PT. CHORI INDONESIA, in Jakarta.
1997 Launched the "EPOC21" medium-term management plan.
Increased capital ¥15.4 billion by third-party allotment.
2000 Launched the "CC-21" medium-term management plan.
Increased capital ¥19.0 billion by third-party allotment.
2001 Launched the executive officer system.
Established an overseas subsidiary, Chori Middle East FZE, in Jeddah, Dubai.
2002 Synthetic resin Business Division into a separate company.
2003 Launched the "Reborn Management Plan" medium-term management plan.
After reduced capital, increased capital through a ¥6.5 billion by third-party allotment.
2004 Launched the Yakushin 2006 medium-term management plan.
Established an overseas subsidiaries CHORI (TIANJIN) CO., LTD. and CHORI (DALIAN) TRADING CO., LTD.
Chori became a consolidated subsidiary of TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
2005 Established an overseas subsidiary CHORI (CHINA) CO., LTD. in Shanghai.
2007 Launched the Yakushin 2008 medium-term management plan.
2008 Launched a new Corporate Identity (CI) program.
60th anniversary of incorporation
2009 Launched the Yakushin 2010 medium-term management plan.
Resumed dividend payments.
2010 Established a representative office in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
2011 Established a representative office in Manila, Philippines.
150th anniversary of Chori’s founding.
2012 Launched the Yakushin 2013 medium-term management plan.
Established an overseas subsidiary, CHORI KOREA CO., LTD., in Seoul.
Capital participation in MEGACHEM LIMITED, a chemistry article trading company in Singapore.
2013 PTI Japan Limited (presently CHORI GLEX CO., LTD.) became a wholly owned subsidiary.
Established a representative office in Cambodia.
2014 Launched the Yakushin 2016 medium-term management plan.
Moved Tokyo head office in Shinagawa.
Established an overseas subsidiary, CHORI TRADING INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, in Mumbai, India.
2015 Miyako Kagaku Co., Ltd., a chemistry article specialized trading company, became a wholly owned subsidiary.
2016 Established an overseas subsidiary, CHORI VIETNAM CO., LTD., in Ho Chi Minh City.
Shifted structure from a company with company auditors to a company with audit and supervisory committee.
2017 Established Chori Machinery Co., Ltd.
Launched the Chori Innovation Plan 2019 medium-term management plan.
Established an overseas subsidiary, CHORI COMERCIAL DE MEXICO, S.A. DE C.V.
Established a representative office in Lima, Peru.
Asada U CO., LTD., a sales company of interior and packaging materials, became a wholly owned subsidiary.
2018 KOZAKURA SHOKAI CO., LTD., a sales company of a variety of chemical products, became a wholly owned subsidiary.
Established an overseas subsidiary, TAIWAN CHORI MERCHANDISE COOPERATION LTD. in Taipei, Taiwan.
70th anniversary of incorporation.
2019 Established an overseas subsidiary, CHORI (DALIAN) COMMERCIAL IMPORT EXPORT CO., LTD.
2020 Launched the Chori Innovation Plan 2022 medium-term management plan.
2021 Sumitex International Company Limited (presently STX Company Limited), manufacture and sales of textiles-related products, became a wholly owned subsidiary.
2022 Launches Companywide business transformation project
2023 Launched the Chori Innovation Plan 2025 medium-term management plan.