• 1893
    Sukejiro Kaihara established a kasuri weaving manufacturing business under the trademark in Tsunekanemarumura, Ashina-gun, (present-day in Tsune, Shinichi-cho, Fukuyama City) Hiroshima Prefecture
  • 1951
    With a capital of 1.8 million yen, 34 weaving machines and 83 employees, Kaihara Textile Co., Ltd. was established.
    Kaijiro Sohara to the chairman, Susumu Kaihara to the president,
    Sadaharu Kaibara to the managing director,
  • 1954
    Independently developed a submerged wringing automatic indigo dye machine (patent approved)
  • 1956
    Developed the world’s first 36-inch (90 cm) wide broad kasuri fabric using an electric loom (Trademark: Nichibo Cony)
  • 1961
    Developed the world’s first 48-inch (122 cm) wide kasuri sarong material, and exported traditional dress sarongs to Middle East Aden (Sarong: Long-skirt type breechcloth)
  • 1962
    Started production of narrow wool kasuri fabric made of wool materials for the first time in the Bingo area (Trademark: Nichibo Wool Kasuri)
    Capital increase by Dainippon Spinners Co., Ltd. with a 20 million yen capital participation
    Established Kaiharasangyo Co., Ltd. (Capital: 1 million yen)
  • 1965
    Established the Hirohaba Kasuri Cooperative Association (Capital: 1 million yen)
  • 1968
    L/C stop by political uncertainty in Middle East Aden and British Pound devaluations, led to overstocked inventory of kasuri sarong (equivalent to the volume of about a one-year stock)
  • 1969
    L/C stopped again and kasuri sarong production discontinued
  • 1970
    Inauguration of Satoru Kaihara as CEO and Sadaharu Kaihara as President
    First delivery of cheese-dyed indigo denim
    Independently developed a consecutive indigo dyeing machine (Rope Dyeing Machine No. 1), and delivered rope-dyed denim for the first time to the Japanese market
  • 1973
    Established Joge Mills
  • 1974
    Established Deny Co., Ltd. (Capital: 50 million yen) (A fifty-fifty joint venture by Unitika, Ltd. and Kaihara Textile Mills Ltd.) Full operation started using 68 looms of Toyota Gu8 weaving machines
  • 1975
    Concluded a Pollution Prevention Agreement with the Shinichi-cho
    Completed a drainage disposal system utilizing activated sludge processing
  • 1976
    Rope dyeing achieved 100,000 anti-monthly production, accounting for 75% of dyeing share in Japan
  • 1977
    Rope Dyeing Machine No. 8 completed
    Recorded an all-time high of 120,000 tan (bolts) of monthly production by rope dyeing machines
  • 1978
    Completed construction of the Kisa Mill, commenced denim production using Sulzer machines(120 machines)
  • 1980
    Finishing machines were introduced at the Kisa Mill (to complete a fully integrated denim production line, from dyeing to weaving to finishing)
  • 1982
    Established a Weaving Division at the Joge Mill and added Sulzer machines to make a total of 120 (Operation of 336 machines for the entire Group)
  • 1989
    Brought in KAPSS (Customer Administration Production Scheduling System) at the Head Office, the Kisa, and the Joge Mills
  • 1990
    CEO: Sadaharu Kaihara
    President: Yoshiharu Kaihara
  • 1991
    Built the Spinning Factory in the Kisa Mill and commenced the OE thread spinning line
    *With this completed, the fully-integrated thread and denim production line from spinning, dyeing, weaving to finishing begun operations
    Company name changed from Kaihara Textile Mills Ltd. to Kaihara Corporation
  • 1992
    Held the Kaihara Corporation 100th Anniversary Ceremony and installed a commemorative stone
  • 1993
    The ring thread spinning line operation starts in Kisa spinning mill
  • 1994
    Started full-scale production of vintage denim by shuttle loom
  • 1995
    finishing process KAPSS (sale support production control system) introduction
  • 1996
    Opened the Kaihara Historical Museum
  • 2000
    Built the Warping and Dyeing Factories in the Kisa Mill
    Established Marusu Kou Co., Ltd. (Capital: 50 million yen)
    Obtained all shares of Kaihara Corporation stocks owned by Unitika
  • 2003
    Inauguration of Sadaharu Kaihara as Consultant, Yoshiharu Kaihara as CEO, and Junji Kaihara as President
  • 2004
    Converted Kaihara Co., Ltd. into a financial and sales company through company split
  • 2005
    Kaiharasangyo merged with Deny Co., Ltd. by absorption, and changed the company name to KAIHARA Co., Ltd.
    Built the Weaving Factory in Sanwa Mill
  • 2008
    Built the Spinning Factory in Sanwa Mill
  • 2009
    KAIHARA Co., Ltd. merged with Hirohaba Kasuri Cooperative
    Association and collective finishing process
  • 2010
    A calendaring machine was introduced.
  • 2014
    Junji Kaihara to the Vice-Chairman, Mamoru Kaihara to the President,
    Tadayuki Kaihara to the Managing Director
  • 2017
    Selected regional future leading company.
  • 2018
    Head office plant wastewater treatment equipment updated.
    125th Anniversary Commemoration
    Established Kaihara Thailand Company Co.,
  • 2007
    7th Porter Award winner
  • 2012
    Combined Filament Yarn Marketing Division Winner
  • 2013
    Ministry of Economy,Trade and Industry 5th MONOZUKURI Japan Grand Prize Award Winner
  • 2014
    100 selected global niche top companies.
    Product Safety Measures Excellent Company Award Special Award Winner
  • 2015
    GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2015 Good Design Award Winner