Bayer in Japan
History of Bayer in Japan
|1886||The red direct dye Benzopurpurine developed by Bayer and Agfa's Congo Red are introduced to Japan.|
|1890||Bayer changes its agent in Japan from H. Ahrens & Co. to Carl Rohde & Co.|
|1899||Regular imports of Bayer pharmaceuticals to Japan begin.|
Schimmel & Co., at that time one of the world's leading fragrance and flavor producers applies for trademark registration in Japan.
|1907||Richard Veit, a dyeing engineer posted in Japan, establishes dyeing laboratories in Yokohama and Kobe.|
|1911||Friedrich Bayer & Co. is established as a wholly owned subsidiary.|
|1924||Doitsu Senryo is established to deal with dyes and chemicals.|
|1927||Bayer-Meister Lucius Yakuhin is founded to distribute pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals.|
|1941||A joint venture for the production of crop protection agents is established as Nihon Tokushu Noyaku Seizo.|
|1950||E. Ott & Co., which handles Bayer dyes and chemicals, establishes a new department to expand business.|
|1951||Import of Bayer pharmaceuticals resumes through Yoshitomi Seiyaku (import agent) and Takeda Yakuhin (sales agent).|
|1955||Hong Kong-based company Chemdyes (60% Bayer, 40% E. Ott) becomes agent in Japan for dyes and chemicals.|
|1960||Wholly owned Japanese subsidiary Chemdyes Doitsu Senryo is set up by Bayer to handle dyes and chemicals.|
|1962||Bayer Yakuhin is established as wholly owned subsidiary of Bayer.|
|1969||Sumitomo Bayer Urethane is established as a joint venture between Bayer and Sumitomo Chemical.|
|1973||Bayer Yakuhin is reorganized as a joint venture of Bayer, Takeda Yakuhin and Yoshitomi.|
|1976||Adalat, anti-angina pectoris agent, is introduced. (Additional indication for hypertension approved in 1985.)|
|1979||Bayer's Shiga Factory is completed.|
|1985||The Yuki Research Center, Bayer's crop protection research center in Yuki, Ibaraki Prefecture is opened.|
|1986||Hinochloa, a herbicide developed in Japan, is introduced.|
|1988||Ciproxan, a broad-spectrum anti-infective, is introduced.|
Bayer becomes the first German manufacturer to be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
|1991||Nihon Tokushu Noyaku Seizo changes its name to Nihon Bayer Agrochem.|
|1992||Admire, an insecticide synthesized and developed in Japan, is introduced.|
Bayer Japan Ltd. changes its name to Bayer Ltd.
|1993||H. C. Starck Japan and V Tech merge to become H. C. Starck-V TECH Ltd.|
Glucobay diabetes treatment is introduced.
|1994||Miles-Sankyo changes its name to Bayer-Sankyo.|
|1995||The textile dyeing businesses of Bayer and Bayer Kasei are transferred to DyStar Japan.|
|1997||Admire becomes the top insecticide in the world.|
|1998||Teijin-Bayer Polytec Ltd. is established as a joint venture between Bayer Ltd. and Teijin Chemicals K.K.|
|1999||Bayer Medical Ltd. is established.|
Agfa-Gevaert Japan becomes independent from Bayer in Japan.
|2000||Baynas, a treatment for allergic rhinitis, is introduced.|
DIC Bayer Polymer Ltd. is established as a joint venture of Bayer Ltd. and Dainippon Ink and Chemicals Inc.
DyStar Japan becomes independent from Bayer in Japan.
|2001||New anti-platelet agent Bayaspirin is introduced.|
Sumitomo Bayer Urethane Co., Ltd. changes name to Sumika Bayer Urethane Co., Ltd.
Bayer Yakuhin, Ltd. becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Bayer Ltd.
Innova, a new one-shot herbicide for use in rice paddies, is launched.
|2002||Haarmann & Reimer K.K. becomes independent from Bayer in Japan.|
Bayer CropScience K.K. is established.
|2003||Bayer Chemicals Japan K.K. is established.|
|2004||Levitra, an erectile dysfunction treatment, is launched.|
Bayer Chemicals Japan K.K. changes name to LANXESS K.K.
|2005||LANXESS K.K. separates from Bayer in Japan as an independent entity, following the spin off of LANXESS AG from the Bayer Group.|
H.C. Starck-V TECH Ltd. change its name to H.C. Starck Ltd.
|2006||Bayer announces the acquisition of Schering AG. |
Sumika Bayer Urethane Co., Ltd. successfully achieves two million work hours without accident or incident at its Niihama Plant.
|2007||Bayer Yakuhin and Nihon Schering are integrated and the new Bayer Yakuhin starts. Bayer MaterialScience Ltd. Is established.|
|2008||Operations commence at Bayer Holding Ltd., the holding company of Bayer in Japan.|
Bayer House Osaka, the new center of operations for the Kansai area starts.
Nexavar is launched for the treatment of kidney cancer.
|2009||Bayer MaterialScience’s Innovation Center is expanded and commences full-fledged operation.|
|2010||Intendis K.K. is integrated into Bayer Yakuhin as a new business unit.|
|2011||Bayer in Japan is marking its 100th anniversary.|
|2012||Key service and support functions are integrated into the new Country Group Platform in Bayer Holding Ltd.|
|2013||Bayer celebrates the 150th anniversary of its foundation worldwide. The company sends an airship around the world including Japan.|
|2014||The new Consumer Care (CC) organization is launched in Japan in July.|
In October, Bayer acquires the consumer care business of US-based Merck & Co., Inc.
The Open Innovation Center Japan is established in June and signed a two-year collaboration agreement with Kyoto University Society-Academia Collaboration for Innovation in September.
|2015||Bayer MaterialScience is independent under the name Covestro.|
|2016||Bayer in Japan - first products imported 130 years ago. |
Transformation into a Life Science Company.
|2018||In August, Dr. Thomas-Peter Hausner becomes the new Senior Bayer Representative for Japan.|
Supply center Shiga celebrates its 40th anniversary, and Hofu factory celebrates its 50th anniversary.