Always aiming at a richer life
History of HARIO
Oct. 1921 Founded Hiromu Shibata Works at Kanda-Nishikicho, Tokyo.Started production and sales physical- and chemical-use glass products.
Apr. 1937
Reorganized Hiromu Shibata Works to an unlimited partnership.
Aug. 1940
Constructed a plant and a glass-melting furnace at Ueno Hanzanocho, Taito Ward, Tokyo to start research of glass melting.

Founder: Hiromu Shibata


Mar. 1943 Hiromu Shibata Works was merged with Tadashi Shibata Works to organize an unlimited partnership named Shibata Works.
Mar. 1945
Shibata Works was reorganized into Shibata Chemical and Machinery Co., Ltd.
Mar. 1947
Standard production of Hiromu-brand beakers, flasks, laboratory dishes and coolers.
Aug. 1949
Succeeded in melting "HARIO GLASS" as a result of many-years research.
May. 1951
Constructed a glass-melting furnace at Shirakawa, Koto Ward, Tokyo, the location of the current Headquarters. Constructed the Fukagawa Plant for integrated production.
Jun. 1955 Constructed the industry-first tanking furnace for HARIO Glass, 1st-grade hard glass inside the new plant.

Catalog of Shibata Works
(Issued in 1940)

(Housed in the Kinoshita Collection)

Nov. 1957 Reorganized the Fukagawa Plant into Shibata Hario Glass Co.,Ltd.
Sept. 1961 Qualified as a JIS-indication-authorized plant (for glass products for chemical analysis, and glass-tube/rots).
Feb. 1962 Completed the Hario Building.
May. 1962 Installed the industry-first automatic glass-tube-forming machine.
Dec. 1963 Installed the industry-first automatic below-forming machine.
Apr. 1964 Separated the heat-resistant glassware division to establish Hario Co., Ltd. (former Hario Sales Co., Ltd).
Jan. 1968 Succeeded in development of ¡§HARIO-32 Glass,¡¨ 1st-grade hard glass, and started mass-production.
Apr. 1968 Acquired 27,000 m2 of land at 1371 Morokawa, Sanwacho, Sarushima Country, Ibaraki Prefecture to construct the Koga Plant.
Jan. 1971 Completed the Koga Plant.
Mar.1971 The Koga Plant started full-fledge operations.
Oct. 1971 Held a ceremony celebrating the completion of the Koga
Plant and the 50th anniversary of foundation.

Catalog of Hiromu Shibata Works
Cover of catalog of Hiromu-brand glass filter
Housed in the Kinoshita Collection

Photos: From "History for 150 Years of Japan's Physical- and Chemical-use Glass Product"

Dec. 1972 Succeeded in development the "direct-current-passage glass-melting furnace" with own unique technologies.
Started production using this furnace.
*Feb. 1977: Won the Japanese Invention Grand Prix.
*Mar. 1983: Won the Award of Director General, Science and Technology Agency.
Aug. 1980 Branched out into the head lens for the automobile.
Jun. 1983 Moved the Headquarters to Nihonbashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo, and increased capital to 40 million yen.
Oct. 1983 Completed the word's first computer-controlled multi-product small-lot-sized production line for glass products in the Koga Plant, and start fll-fledged production.
Oct. 1985 Separated the koga Plant to establish "Shibata Glass Co., Ltd." With 300 million yen of capital.
Sep. 1987 Increased capital of HARIO Co., Ltd to 100 million yen.
Jan. 1992 Signed an agreement with Vetrie, Italy for licensing the electric melting technology for the borax-boric-acid glass.
Aug. 1993 Completed a Glass Instrument Factory at Shenyang, China.
Hario Co., Ltd. Moved to Shirakawa, Koto Ward, Tokyo, the place of its origin.
Sep. 1997 Increased capital to 400 million yen.
Jul. 1998 Opened its homepage.
Apr. 1999 Hario Co., Ltd was merged with Shibata Glass Co., Ltd. to organize "Hario Glass Co., Ltd." and increased its capital to 450 million yen.
Sep. 1999 Established Hario Distribution Center.
Dec. 2000   Moved the Headquarters to Nihonbashi Tomizawa-cho, Chuo
Ward, Tokyo.

HARIO's network is ever extending globally
HARIO GLASS focuses on friendly relationships with people, and this policy is matreialized as international collaboration in overseas activities. We have exported a variety of products, such as heat-resistant glassware, and physical- and chemical-use glass products, to the Americas, Europe and Southeast Asia, and now, people in 18 countries are using our products. In addition, we have also assisted construction of glass plants and transferred glass-related technologies. Our hope for global activities are ever extending worldwide steadily.
Outlines of the company

Company name: Hario Glass Co., Ltd.
Head Office:9-3 Tomizawa-cho, NihonBashi,
Chuo-Ku TOKYO 103-0006 Japan

Tel: 03-3642-0101 (Main) Fax: 03-5620-1414
Koga Plant: 1371 Morokawa, Sanwa-cho
Foundation: October 1921
Establishment: April 1999
Capital: 450 million yen
President: Yasuhiro Shibata
Business lines: Planning, production and sales of heat-resistant glassware, and home-use products
Development and production of glass materials of physical- and chemical-use glass products and heat-resistant glassware, the head lens for the automobile, and glass materials for industrial- and medical-use products
Osaka Office: 2-6-5 Higashitenma, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0044
Tel: 06-6356-2141 (Main) Fax: 06-6356-2171
Fukuoka Office: 1-3-14 Yutaka, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City 812-0042
Tel: 092-411-8282 (Main) Fax: 092-411-8286

Affiliated companies

Hario Laboratory Co., Ltd
Head Office: 3-10-1 Shirakawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0021
Tel: 03-3642-5501 (Main) Fax: 03-3630-2668
Capital: 100 million yen
Business lines: Book publishing, research and development, and management of real estate
President: Takehiro Shibata

Shibata Kagaku Co., Ltd
Head Office: 3-1-25 Ikenohata, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0008
Tel: 03-3822-2121 (Main) Fax: 03-3822-2127
Foundation: October 1921
Establishment: March 1945
Capital: 100 million yen
Business lines: Production and sales of physical-, chemical- and medical-use use glass products, industrial-use glass production equipment, scientific machinery, and environmental and sanitary measurement equipment
President: Masahiro Shibata

Shibason Inc. (joint-venture with SONY)
Head Office/Plant: 1 Nakane-cho, Soka City, Saitama Prefecture 340-0005
Tel: 0489-31-9111(Main) Fax: 0489-31-9115

Establishment: October 1962
Capital: 90 million yen
Business lines: Production and sales of glass valves for cathode-ray tubes on TV sets and for industrial-use special cathode-ray tubes
President: Isao Takano