Zenno's history from its establishment in 1915 to the present

Zenno & Co., Ltd. (called Zenno Shoten back then) was established at 1-7 Isogamidori in Kobe. It was located in the area where the G33 Hotel Sunroute Sopra Kobe and Kongou Building are located today. It is Zenno's birthplace.

  • Mar. 1915

    Shutaro Zenno founded Zenno Shoten in Kobe, and started export of waste yarn and carded products and sales of railroad cars.

  • 1935

    Kuhachizo Zenno, the eldest son of the founder, succeeded the family business.

  • Mar. 1945

    The office moved to Sannomiya, Ikuta-ku, Kobe, and the factory and warehouse moved to Naruo, Nishinomiya after war damage.

    History 1/5

    In March 1915, Zenno Shoten was founded by Shutaro Zenno at 1-7 Isobedori, Fukiai Ward, Kobe City, during the economic boom amidst World War I. Though Zenno Shoten was engaged in businesses that we are not even related to today, such as the sale of railcars, the company also exported waste yarn and carded products, this business became interior section in later time. In addition, the founder Shutaro Zenno was committed to the development of the region and industry by making substantial efforts, including becoming the promoter of the establishment of the Hyogo Recycled Cotton Cloth Export Industry Association in 1929.

  • May 1947

    The company was incorporated as a private limited company.

  • Jan. 1952

    The Osaka branch opened at the location of the company's present headquarters.

  • Oct. 1952

    The company was reorganized into a joint-stock company.

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    In 1935, Kuhachizo Zenno, the eldest son of the founder, took over the business and continued to run it. However, during World War II, massive air raids continued, and the company could not avoid damage from war. In March 1945, the office was moved to the Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street (officially established right after the end of the war in 1946) and the factory and warehouse were moved to Naruo, Nishinomiya City. In May 1947, the company was incorporated as a private limited company (reorganized into a joint-stock company in 1952) and strengthened the foundation as a company on which we do business today.

  • 1967

    The Chemical Fiber department was newly established to start domestic sales of raw materials of chemical and synthetic fibers. The company also started sales of imported cotton.

  • Mar. 1968

    The company's headquarters moved to its present location.

  • 1969

    The Nonwoven department was Unit was newly established to start sales primarily of raw materials for nonwoven fabrics and nonwoven fabric products.

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    In March 1968, the headquarters was moved to its present location at 1-20-21 Edobori, Nishi Ward, Osaka City, where the Osaka Satellite Office had been located. In 1967, the company started the businesses that led to the present businesses of Zenno as a trading company specializing in fiber raw material by establishing the Chemical Fiber Department and starting to sell raw materials of chemical and synthetic fibers and import and sell cotton. In 1970, the Nonwoven Department was newly established to sell mainly raw materials for nonwoven fabrics and nonwoven fabric products.

  • 1970

    The Interior division was newly established to start sales primarily of raw material of fibers,spinning yarns,and final products.

  • 1982

    Susumu Zenno, the eldest son of the second president, became the third president.

  • Jul. 1989

    The company was renamed as Zenno and Co., Ltd.

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    In 1969, thick needle-punched nonwoven fabrics for carpets were the most common in the nonwoven industry. The company newly entered the hygiene product market together with suppliers and users by developing sanitary napkin application nonwoven, whose material was mainly paper at that time. After disposable diapers were put on the market in 1981, this area became the company's main business.

  • Oct. 1995

    Siam Zenno Co., Ltd. was established in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Bangkok cityのイメージBangkok city

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  • Oct. 2007

    Susumu Zenno, the third president was promoted as chairman, and Ryo Zenno was inaugurated as fourth president.

  • Feb. 2012

    Zenno (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. was established in Tianjin, China.

    Tianjin cityのイメージTianjin city

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    After starting operations in Thailand in 1995, Zenno expanded its business into China and then Indonesia. Zenno is a globally active company that utilizes its wide range of products and networks to conduct community-based business activities.

  • Jun. 2015

    PT. Zenno Trading Indonesia was established in Surabaya, Indonesia.

    Indonesia cityのイメージIndonesia city

  • Jan. 2023

    ◆ Global Textile Sales
    ◆ Life Solution Dept.
    ◆ Functional Products Sales Dept.
    ◆ Machinery Products Dept.