Company Summary

Toward the stage of the 21st century,
we continue to give light of a dream
~from heart to heart.~


Since established in 1929, the Kobe Match group has been able to continue walking steadily in defiance of a social change and an economic drastic fluctuation it underwent some times. We owe this entiely to our related people and companies, to which I want to extend my hearty gratitude.
Under an international severe situation, the industrial circles of our country are now confronted with a problem of ecology and an authentic high-tech and information-oriented era, and so it is required to restructure the management system and foster an eiffcient staff toward the 21st century.
Our group is proceeding with diversification such as creation of a new selling network and breaking into a new enterprise so as to respond to our customers' desires. And with a forward looking attitude all the time, we intend to make more and creative efforts toward a business group that can meet social needs, so we hope for your continued guidance and assistance.
Akira Sagayama, President



Company name: Kobe Match Co.,Ltd.
Location: 414,Ikaruga, Taishi-cho, Ibo-gun, Hyogo-ken 671-15 Japan
Established: May 1,1929
Settling day: April 30
Capital: 40 million yen
Number of employees: 80(Men=25,women=55)
Area of land: 16,200m2 for factory, 19,000m2 for others
Area of buildings: 8,200m2 for factory, 3,150m2 for others
Related companies: Kobe Shoji Co., Ltd.
Sagayama Printing Co., Ltd.
Kobe Aiwa Shokai Co., Ltd.
Ryuko Printing Co., Ltd.
Production capacity: 500 match tons/mo. for household matches
2,000 match tons/mo. for advertising matches
4 million pcs. for tissue packs
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ


Corporate History

May 1929: Sagayama Match mfg.. established at Tamade, Himeji-shi as a personal company of the first president Sakuichi Sagayama.
Apr. 1932: Bought up land at 414, Ikaruga, Taishi-cho, Ibo-gun where the present factory stands to newly build Ikaruga Factory, Sagayama Match Mfg. Co. Both factories
put into operation.
May 1937: The factory in Himegi closed and merged into Ikaruga Factory.
Apr. 1947: A wooden splint and matchbox mfg. factory newly built.
May 1948: Reorganized into an corporation with a capital of 3 million yen, renamed Kobe Match Co., Ltd., which succeeded to the business of the predecessor.
Nov. 1955: Qualified as a JIS-marked factory. Qualification No.4382
Feb. 1962: Purchased an automatic match mfg. machine from West Germany earlier than competing companies to streamline the production.
Aug. 1963: Tokyo Sales Office opened for sales expansion of advertising matches.
Mar. 1965: Sagayama Printing Co., Ltd. established.
Jul. 1965: Capital increased to 12 million yen.
Jul. 1966: Capital increased to 30 million yen.
Nov. 1966: A home-produced continuous automatic match mfg. machine added.
Jul. 1967: Capital increased to 40 million yen.
Sep. 1968: Purchased a continuous book match mfg. machine from the U.S.A. to pioneer a new field.
Sep. 1971: Kobe Shoji Co., Ltd. established.
Mar. 1973: Overseas Dept. organized to export advertising matches.
May 1983: Started production of wood book matches to pioneer a high grade field.
Jun. 1984: Tissue pack production initiated at a newly formed pocket tissue paper factory.
Jan. 1986: Started production of deodorant matches(Match On)
May 1988: Celebrated the 60th anniversary of establishment.
Jan. 1994: Started production of pocket memos.
Apr. 1995: Succeeded to Airin Shoji Co., Ltd.(established in 1938)(Nagoya-shi)
Jun. 1995: Succeeded to Ryuko Printing Co., Ltd.(established in 1953)(Tokyo)
Jan. 2001:

D.Grace Co.,Ltd established.
Launch of outdoor advertisement business as an exclusive distributor of Lintec.

Mar. 2006: Adult day care center MOMOKA established.
May. 2007: Certification enterprise KOBE MATCH CO.,LTD.
Certification of ISO 9001:2000
Certificate No.01881-2007-AQ-KUB-UKAS
This Certificate is Valid for Matches and Pocket Tissues