Group Philosophy Structure

Introducing the philosophy and structure of the Fukae-kasei Group, which continues to grow as a solution-oriented company group supporting cutting-edge life science research through manufacturing.
The Fukae-kasei Group is a collaborative enterprise group where different companies with distinct roles work together to contribute their strengths towards solving challenges in life science research.

Organizational Chart of the Fukae-kasei Group

Philosophy structure of the Fukae-kasei Group

The corporate philosophy of Fukae-kasei is detailed under the quality policy.

Quality Policy

At the Fukae-kasei Group, we aim to become the leading comprehensive company in the field of biotechnology utilizing plastics. Moreover, we strive to become an indispensable presence in achieving the development of natural sciences and a fulfilling and comfortable life while preserving the symbiosis between humans and nature.    

  1. We aim to improve customer satisfaction by leveraging excellent technology to utilize the characteristics of plastics and deliver more convenient experimental equipment.
  2. We establish a quality management system, regularly diagnose and evaluate our activities, and continuously improve the effectiveness of the system.
  3. We establish quality objectives and business plans for the entire company and each department, and conduct annual reviews.
  4. By striving to enhance the overall evaluation of our brand, price, and quality, we aim to make WATSON a top global brand.

The Three Strengths of the Fukae-kasei Group

High technology and facilities

Product development from the user’s point of view

A spirit of constant challenge

The history of Fukae-kasei Group

  • 1924
    Under the name Kimura Shoten, began selling products as an agent for British Dunlop Rubber Company at 4-1 Nunobiki-machi, Kita-ku, Kobe.
  • 1945
    Moved the office to 3-68 Motomachi-dori, Ikuta-ku, Kobe.
  • 1951
    Moved from Motomachi-dori, Ikuta-ku, Kobe to 4-chome, Kanou-cho, Ikuta-ku, Kobe due to urban planning.
  • 1951
    At Jonai-dori, Nada-ku, Kobe, founded Kimura Shoten Nada Factory as an industrial rubber molding factory.
  • 1958
    Increased capital to 1,000,000 Yen.
  • 1962
    For facility expansion, relocated Nada Factory to Fukae Factory, 2-cho, Honjo-cho, Higashinada-ku, Kobe. Transitioned from a factory manufacturing industrial rubber products to a dedicated facility for plastic molding products.
    Increased capital to 3,000,000 Yen.
The Establishment
  • 1966
    Established Fukae-kasei Co., Ltd. (capitalized at 1,500,000 Yen) by spinning off Kimura Shoten Fukae Factory.
  • 1972
    Increased capital to 6,000,000 Yen.
  • 1973
    Constructed Mikage Factory in 3-chome, Mikagetsukamachi, Higashinada-ku, Kobe, and launched operations as an injection molding Factory.
  • 1974
    Increased capital to 15,000,000 Yen.
  • 1979
    Introduced blow molding machines and launched manufacturing of hollow molded products.
  • 1983
    Constructed a new factory in Seishin Industrial Park.
  • 1984
    Introduced large-scale blow molding machines.
  • 1985
    Moved the headquarters to the new factory in Seishin Industrial Park. Converted the Mikage Factory into an assembly-exclusive facility and relocated the molding division to the headquarters.
  • 1988
    Launched planning, development, design, manufacturing, and sales of proprietary products under the trademark name WATSON. Established the Tokyo Liaison Office (now: Watson Co., Ltd.) in Iwamoto-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
  • 1994
    Established Miki Polymer Co., Ltd. by spinning off the blow molding division.
  • 1995
    Due to the Great Hanshin Earthquake, relocated the Mikage Factory and resumed operations as Miki Sales Office. Constructed the Inami Logistics Center in Inami-cho, Kakogun, Hyogo Prefecture, and consolidated Miki Sales Office into the headquarters factory.
  • 1998
    Established the Tokyo Liaison Office as Tokyo Chemical Research Co., Ltd. Increased capital to 45,000,000 Yen. Birth of the Fukae-kasei Group.
  • 2001
    Opened a branch office in Shanghai, China.
  • 2002
    Established BIO NANOtech’s Co., Ltd. to enter the reagent market.
  • 2003
    Fukae-kasei Co., Ltd. increased its capital to 55,000,000 Yen and made a full-scale entry into the field of nanotechnology. The headquarters factory was gradually renovated into a cleanroom.
  • 2005
    Opening of Tokyo Chemical Research Co., Ltd. Western Japan Branch.
    Fukae-kasei Co., Ltd. increased its capital to 88,125,000 Yen.
  • 2007
    Tokyo Chemical Research Co., Ltd. renamed to Watson Co., Ltd.
    Fukae-kasei Co., Ltd. obtained ISO 9001 certification.
  • 2009
    Fukae-kasei Co., Ltd. established the Seishin Minami Branch due to business expansion.
  • 2010
    The Seishin Minami Branch became the headquarters of Fukae-kasel Co., Ltd.
  • 2012
    Fukae-kasei Co., Ltd. opened its second factory in Seishin Industrial Park. Designated as a cleanroom exclusive facility, it installed a Class 10,000 cleanroom.
  • 2014
    Established the local subsidiary WATSON Bio Lab USA in the United States.
  • 2015
    Fukae-kasei Co., Ltd. obtained ISO 13485 certification.
  • 2017
    Launched Analytical Testing Services.
    Opened the luxurious authentic Chinese restaurant “Shinki” inside the company, which doesn’t seem like an employee cafeteria. It has been open to the public and contributing to the local community.
  • 2018
    Fukae-kasei Co., Ltd. applied for and registered as a medical device manufacturer in Hyogo Prefecture.
    Fukae-kasei Co., Ltd. opened its third factory in Seishin Industrial Park.
  • 2021
    Fukae-kasei Co., Ltd. opened Fuchu Factory in Fuchu City, Tokyo.
  • 2022
    Fukae-kasei Co., Ltd. opened the fourth factory in Seishin Industrial Park.
  • 2023
    Established KIMURA Holdings Co., Ltd. to oversee the management operations of the Fukae-kasei Group. Simultaneously, consolidated sales operations under Watson Co., Ltd., and manufacturing and development operations under Fukae-kasei Co., Ltd., implementing an organizational restructuring to allocate tasks among group companies.
    Establishment of the E-commerce website for the United States market.
    Inherited the business of mold manufacturing from Kyowa Seiki Seisakusho and changed the company name to Kyowa Seimitsu Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Acquired shares of MS TECHNOS Corp. and entered the automatic dispensing Devices market.