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of Japan

Supplier to IT and electronics, chemicals, life industry, plastics, housing and eco-materials worldwide.

1890 Inabata Senryoten was established as an importer of dyestuffs in Kyoto

1894 Started making muslin; researched European technologies and imported equipment for making muslin

1897 Imported first cinema projection equipment in Japan. Moved head office to Osaka.

1944 Nippon Senryo merged with Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. Inabata became the exclusive distributor of dyestuffs, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals for Sumitomo Chemical.

1961 Separation of the Plastics Department from the Chemicals Department

1974 Established Building Materials Division

1977 Food Department became independent of the Chemicals Division

1983 Set up Machinery and Electronics Materials Division

1984 Set up separate Pharmaceutical Division

2000 Established Inabata UK

2002 Acquired Nobel Enterprises from ICI. Nobel was based in Ardeer; manufactured and supplied a range of pyrotechnic and propellant devices, rocket motors and demolition stores.

2005 Inabata UK Ltd sold Nobel Energetics Limited (aka Troon Investments) to Chemring.

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