[WCSA – Wowtimes - Almanac Events & Achievements 2023] Milestones in 110 years of development of Tombow Pencil, famous Japanese stationery company (1913)


(wcsa.world) Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of high-quality stationery products. The company is committed to innovation and environmental sustainability, and its products are used by people of all ages all over the world.

Tombow Pencil Co.,Ltd. is a private Japanese manufacturing company of stationery products. The company was founded in 1913 as Messrs "Tombow" and has since grown into an international business.


Tombow is headquartered in Tokyo and has two overseas production facilities in Thailand and Vietnam. Tombow is known for its high-quality products, including pencils, colored pencils, markers, correction tapes, and other stationery items.


(Wowtimes)Tombow’sHistory andAchievements

  • 1913: Harunosuke Ogawa opened a shop, Harunosuke Ogawa Shoten, in Asakusa. H.O. Pencil was released.
  • 1927: Dragonfly (“tombow” in Japanese) mark was adopted as house mark and registered as a trademark for pencils.
  • 1946: Start of pencil sharpener production.
  • 1957: Tombow’s first mechanical pencil HOMO holder was released.
  • 1963: The "Mono" brand was introduced in 1963, initially for a line of pencils. Nowadays, Mono brand comprises different pencils, erasers, mechanical pencils, and correction tapes.
  • 1971: The Pit brand was introduced to name Tombow's glue sticks. It became a major brand line of the company.
  • 1974: The company released Fluorescent Highlighter, Japan’s first fluorescent marker.
  • 1980: Tombow Pen & Pencil GmbH established in Cologne, West Germany.
  • 1986: Zoom was born as a ballpoint pen and mechanical pencil brand.
  • 1990: Overseas production site Tombow (Thailand) Co., Ltd. was established in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2003: Tombow Vietnam Co., Ltd. was established in a suburb of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  • 2005: Tombow obtained ISO 14001:2014 certification.
  • 2011: Tombow Pencil (Dalian) Co., Ltd. was established in Dalian, China.
  • 2017: Tombow pencil receive “Eco Mark World 2017” Excellence Award.
  • 2020: Glue Tape”PiT AIR” won iF design award 2020.
  • 2021: “MONO graph Lite”,”Pit Air Mini Refillable Type” won the reddot design award and Good design award 2021.


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