History

For over 100 years since its founding, PILLAR has worked to serve the needs of growing industries by quickly utilizing new materials in order to commercialize new products and thereby contribute to the realization of a prosperous, sustainable society.
Going forward, we will continue to provide original, high-quality products and services while further improving of our fluid control technologies.

Origin of our company name

This naming is derived from the fact that "Patented Pillar Packing No. 1" developed first as our product in 1924 was pillar-shaped.

Patented Pillar Packing No. 1

Meeting current needs by developing products that create value

Our pathway to meeting the needs of the times

  • 1920
  • Main needs: ShipbuildingFrom our founding to the establishment of our production system
From our founding to the establishment of our production system
Founder Kaju Iwanami Founder
Kaju Iwanami

1924●Kaju Iwanami devised an alloy pillar packing for cylinder-ground marine reciprocating engines and established Nippon Pillar Packing Industries.

Established a new factory in Yodogawa-ku, Osaka, and began full-scale production of industrial-use sealing packings

1926●Established a new factory in Yodogawa-ku, Osaka, and began full-scale production of industrial-use sealing packings

1932●Began production of gaskets for automobiles and marine engines

  • First patented product Pillar packing First patented
    product Pillar
    packing
  • Automotive gaskets Automotive gaskets
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  • 1940
  • Main needs: EnergyTechnological breakthroughs
Technological breakthroughs

1948●Reorganized as a joint-stock company and established Nippon Pillar Packing Co., Ltd. with 2 million yen in capital
Opened the Tokyo Branch Office (currently Tokyo Branch)

1951●Developed and began production of a mechanical seal (shaft sealing device), the first in Japan

1952●Developed a vertical gasket for high-temperature, high-pressure pipe flanges
●Began production of fluorine plastic products (Series name: PILAFLON™)

Construction of the Sanda Factory in Sanda, Hyogo, Japan

1967●Construction of the Sanda Factory in Sanda, Hyogo, Japan

1969●Became the first JIS-certified factory for spiral gaskets for JIS B 2404 pipes

1970●Developed and commenced production of carbonized fiber, a new alternative material to asbestos

1974●50th anniversary

  • Japan’s first mechanical seal Japan’s first
    mechanical seal
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  • 1980
  • Main needs: EnergyEstablishment of our brand and global expansion
Establishment of our brand and global expansion
Construction of the head office building

1980●Construction of the head office building
●Established Korea Pillar Packing Co., Ltd., as our first joint venture outside Japan

1981●Began production of ISO series mechanical seals

1984●Listed on the Osaka Securities Exchange as a specially appointed brand in the Second Section (“New Second Section”)
●Started development of fluororesin products for semiconductor manufacturing equipment and launched initial sales of fittings (PILLAR Fittings)

1987●Developed and commenced production of PILLAR Mark III, expanded graphite packing

Construction of the Fukuchiyama Factory in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto prefecture, Japan

1989●• Construction of the Fukuchiyama Factory (currently Fukuchiyama Office) in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto prefecture, Japan

1993●Established Nippon Pillar Singapore Pte Ltd. as a sales hub for Southeast Asia

1994●Started full-scale shipments of EDP*, a new packing compliant with the US Clean Air Act
* EDP is an acronym for “Emission Defense Packing.” It is a type of low-leak, high performance packing with features to prevent even permeation and leaking inside the packing.

1995●Obtained certification of ISO 9001 registration
●Redesignated the company’s stock under the Second Section of the Osaka Securities Exchange

1999●E• Established Nippon Pillar Corporation of America in the U.S.A.
●Obtained certification of ISO 14001 registration

  • ISO series mechanical seal ISO series
    mechanical seal
  • First semiconductor fitting Pillar fitting First
    semiconductor
    fitting Pillar
    fitting
  • Expanded graphite packing Pillar Mark III Expanded graphite
    packing Pillar Mark III
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  • 2000
  • Main needs: SemiconductorsAchieving further globalization and creating new businesses
Achieving further globalization and creating new businesses

2001●Listed on the First Sections of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange
●Established Taiwan Pillar Industry Co., Ltd. in Taiwan

2002●Began production of Super 300 Type PILLAR FITTING with a revolutionary sealing mechanism, the first of its kind in the world

2003●Began production of PILLAR TECHNO BLACK No. 2603-EEE, helping in the conversion to nonasbestos products at an early stage
●Established Suzhou Pillar Industry Co., Ltd. in China

2004●Construction of the Kyushu Factory in Koshi, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan

2007●Established Shanghai Pillar Trading Co., Ltd. in China

2012●Began production of a new type of rotary joint for the semiconductor market

2015●Established Nippon Pillar Middle East FZCO in the UAE
●Established Nippon Pillar (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in Thailand

2016●Established NPK Fluid Control Systems Mexico S.A. de C.V. in Mexico

2017●Moved the head office to Nishi-ku, Osaka

2018●Established Nippon Pillar Europe GmbH in Germany

2019●Established PT. Nippon Pillar Manufacturing Indonesia and PT. Nippon Pillar Indonesia in Indonesia
●Added a production facility in Nippon Pillar Corporation of America Houston Office

Construction of the new Sanda Factory

2020●Construction of the new Sanda Factory
●Established Pillar Technology (Chuzhou) Co., Ltd. in China

2021●Began operation of Pillar Technology (Chuzhou) Co., Ltd.

2022●Acquired 100% ownership of Masuko Manufacturing Co., Ltd
●Moved from the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange to the Prime Market

2023●Acquired 100% ownership of TANKEN SEAL SEIKO CO., LTD.

2024●100th anniversary
●Nippon Pillar Packing Co., Ltd. renamed PILLAR Corporation

  • Pillars Spera 300 Pulsation-free Bellows Pump Pillars Spera 300
    Pulsation-free
    Bellows Pump
  • Super-300 TYPE PILLAR FITTING Super-300
    TYPE PILLAR FITTING
  • Pillar EDP Packing Pillar EDP®
    Packing
  • Pillar UNITON bearings Pillar UNITON
    bearings

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