1896 - 1940s
Employee education program established with Shinsui Kawai as teacher.
Empress Teimei visits Gunze Head Office.
Company stock listed on Kyoto Stock Exchange followed by listing on Osaka Securities Exchange.
Knitted innerwear production launched at Miyazu Factory,
later transferred to Yanase Factory in 1959 and Kuse Factory in 1961 to strengthen business.
1950s - 1990s
Slogan "Golden quality for silver prices" launched for innerwear.
Gunze Kobunshi Corporation established.
Women’s outerwear business launched.
Tohoku Gunze Co., Ltd. established for innerwear production.
Sales offices closed and replaced by local sales companies to strengthen clothing sales.
Gunze Distribution Co., Ltd. established.
First Gunze World Tennis Tournament (held 20 times until 1993).
First Gunze Music Special (held 12 times until 1996).
Gunze Sports Co., Ltd. established to start sports club management.
Electronic component business launched.
Apparel Divisions Group established (by merging Inner Wear Division and Foundation Division).
Tsukashin” shopping complex opened on premises of old Tsukaguchi Factory.
SOZ Divisions Group established through merger with Shin-Osaka Zoki Co., Ltd. to enter printing and food-related machinery business.
Thai Gunze Co., Ltd. established for innerwear production and marketing.
Dalian Gunze Fashion Garments Co., Ltd. established for production and marketing of foundation garments.
P.T. Gunze Indonesia established for production and marketing of thread.
Gunze Plastics & Engineering Corporation of America established for plastic film production and marketing.
Gunze (Vietnam) Co., Ltd. established for innerwear production and marketing.
Centennial celebration event held.
Shanghai Gunze Tsuko Seni Co., Ltd. established for production and marketing of sewing thread and accessories (presently Shanghai Gunze Fiber Co., Ltd.).
Shanghai Gunze New Packaging Co., Ltd. established for processing and marketing of OPP laminates and shrink film products.
Electronic Components Division established.
Engineering Plastics Division established.
GGI Technology Ltd. established for touch screen production and marketing.
Elma Co., Ltd. established for electronic component manufacturing.
From the 2000s onward
Sports business expanded by acquiring business from COMS Sports Club.
Shanghai Gunze New Plastics Film Co., Ltd. established for plastic film production and marketing.
Dongguan Guan Zhi Electronics Ltd. established for functional electronic material production and marketing.
Tsukashin Town Create Co., Ltd. established for shopping center management and operations.
Beijing Beiren Gunze Machinery Co., Ltd. established for production and marketing of stacker-bundlers and peripheral printing equipment.
Commercial facility development business launched; natural spa “Yunokaro” in Tsukashin Shopping Center opened.
Corporate Officers system launched.
Machinery Division integrated into SOZ Divisions Group.
Shandong Gunze Apparel Processing Co., Ltd. established for distribution and processing of apparel products.
G&U System Service, Ltd. established for information systems service.
Gunze Engineering Plastics (Hong Kong) Limited established for engineering plastics marketing.
Shandong Gunze Apparel Ltd. established for innerwear and hosiery production.
“Gunze Town Center TSUKASHiN” celebrates grand opening.
Corporate governance system strengthened (by changing term for directors to one year, inviting two outside directors to the board, and introducing anti-takeover measures).
Gunze Love Earth Club for social contribution established as part of company’s 110th anniversary celebration.
Internal control system strengthened (by establishing Rules for Whistleblower Protection, Information Security Policy and Standard Countermeasures, Basic Policy for Internal Control System Improvement, etc.)
Stock option plan for directors introduced.
Changshu Gunze Accessories Co., Ltd. established for production and marketing of woven and knitted elastics.
Special benefit plan for shareholders established.
Elumi Kounosu opened on premises of old Kounosu Factory.
Gunze Engineering Co., Ltd. established for engineering and energy-saving services.
Gunze Commemoration Hall and Gunze Museum designated as “Modern Industrial Heritages” by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Jun Hong Optronics Corp. established for ITO film production.
Gunze Commemoration Hall and Gunze Museum named Kyoto Prefecture’s “Scenic Assets.”
Jun Hong Optoelectronics Corp. starts operation.
SOZ Divisions Group renamed Mechatronics Division.
“BODY WILD Under wave” store opened in Harajuku, Tokyo.
Development Department established.
Medical Division established
Fukushima Plastics Co., Ltd.’s new factory completed (Plastic Film Company).
Joint-venture agreement signed with Coretronic Corporation (Electronic Components Division).
Agreement reached to establish Beijing Aimer Gunze Apparel Ltd. (Apparel Company).
Gunze Medical Devices (Shenzhen) Limited stablished for marketing of medical materials.
Beijing Aimer Gunze Apparel Ltd. established for import and marketing of innerwear.
Gunze (Shanghai) Energy-Saving Equipment Trading Co., Ltd. established for energy saving-related consulting services.
Brand statement “a touch of comfort” established.
QOL (Quality of Life) Research Center established.
Ayabe Gunze Square opened.
Gunze Korea Limited established.
Company designated as a leading company for women’s empowerment in Osaka City.
Gunze Sports (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. established for sports club operations.
Jean's Casual Dan Co., Ltd. and Date Department Store Co., Ltd. become subsidiaries of Gunze Limited.
Gunze Museum opened after renovations as part of Gunze’s 120th anniversary celebration.
Comprehensive collaboration agreement formed between Gunze and Osaka Prefecture.
New medical materials factory established in Ayabe.
Comprehensive collaboration agreement formed between Gunze and Kyoto Prefecture.
"Agreement on the Supply of Ginkgo Trees on Midosuji Avenue" formed between Gunze and Osaka City.
GUNZE signed UN Global Compact.
Gunze, APB and Sanyo Chemical reached an agreement regarding collaboration on mass production of current collector of next-generation lithium ion batteries called “All Polymer Battery".
125th anniversary corporate history published.
Gunze Medical Limited established.