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Company History

1948
Founded as a manufacturer for fishing needles and wire processing in Kusunoki-Cho, Hiroshima.
1950
Began manufacturing of hand-sewing needles.
1953
Started manufacturing and exporting of crochet hooks, and knitting needles for handicrafts.
1955
Acquired trademark rights of the Tulip brand.
1963
Corporate organization formed as Harada Seishinsho Incorporated with a capital of JPY 2,000,000.
1965
Established Kake Factory in the former Kake-Cho, Yamagata-Gun, Hiroshima (now Akiota-Cho).
1966
Increased capital to JPY 5,000,000.
1970
Changed company name to Tulip Company Limited
Increased capital to JPY 7,500,000.
1973
Crochet hooks set received the Most Valuable Product Award at the 14th All Japan Small-Size Company Importing Exhibition.
Increased capital to JPY 10,500,000.
1976
With rapid increase in sales volume of needles, crochet hooks, and knitting needles for handicrafts, new investments were made to expand the Kake Factory.
Production equipment was transferred to the Kake Factory.
1979
Implemented quality control system.
Started manufacturing precise probes for microelectronics industries.
1980
Started QC circle activity.
Started manufacturing contact probes.
1981
Began QC circle contest.
1982
Second expansion on the Kake Factory.
Increased capacity and flexibility to match market demands.
1983
Authorized as a JIS (Japanese Industrial Standards) licensed factory. (JIS S 3008)
1986
Exhibited in the Handarbeit + Hobby Exhibition in then-West Germany.
1990
Tulip Corporation Company Limited was established.
1991
New headquarters building was built.
1996
First participation of JPCA Show.
1998
50th anniversary of our foundation.
2000
Established Misasa Factory.
2002
Established Yuki R&D Center.
2003
Exhibited in SEMICON Japan.
2006
First participation of Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival.
2007
Expanding Yuki R&D Center adding a clean room.
2008
60th anniversary of our foundation.
2009
ETIMO Crochet Hook with Cushion Grip received Encouragement Prize of the 11th Hiroshima Good Design Awarded in Universal Design category.
2011
carryC Interchangeable Bamboo Knitting Needle Set received Encouragement Prize of the 12th Hiroshima Good Design Awarded in Universal Design category.
2013
Participated Daniel Ost & Yawatagaki Exhibition in IZUMO an event to celebrate Izumo Taisya the Grand Shrine "The Sengu of the Heisei Period".
2014
ETIMO Rose Cushion grip crochet hooks set and "HIROSHIMA NEEDLE" HARISHIGOTO are certified as "The Hiroshima Brand".


Ceremony to certify products as "The Hiroshima Brand".