The manufacture and sales of felt-tip pen, marking nib, cosmetic nib.
AuBEX is, have always tireless passion for manufacturing, it will continue to support the future of life.

History and Overview of AuBEX

AuBEX was founded by Eiichi Shibusawa, who is considered to be the father of Japanese capitalism. The company was established as Tokyo Hat K.K. in 1892 for the domestic production of top hats, which were mostly imported at that time. It changed its name to AuBEX Corporation in 1985.
AuBEX has undergone several changes in our long history stretching back to 1892. By applying the processing technologies developed through many years of manufacturing hats, we entered the pen nib business and now command a large share of the global market as a pen nib manufacturer. Likewise, we have enhanced our pen nib manufacturing technologies and expanded our businesses to the fields of medical equipment and cosmetics products.

Corporate History

  • 創業者 渋沢栄一(渋沢史料館所蔵)

    Founder Eiichi Shibusawa
    (Source: Shibusawa Memorial Museum)

  • 東京帽子株式会社設立届 東京都公文書館所蔵

    Notification of incorporation of Tokyo Hat K.K.
    (Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Archives)

  • 明治42年 柳島分工場(渋沢史料館所蔵)

    Yanagishima Branch Plant in 1909
    (Source: Shibusawa Memorial Museum)

December, 1892
Established Tokyo Hat K.K. at Hikawashita, Koishikawa-mura, Tokyo (current Koishikawa, Bunkyo-ku) as the first company in Japan for the domestic production of top hats. Founders included Eiichi Shibusawa, Kokutoku Masuda, and Kyohei Makoshi, with an initial capital amount of 36,000 yen.
October, 1926
Commended by the Japan Industrial Association for achievements in the hat manufacturing business.
March, 1945
Head Office and Honjo factory are lost in the war.
October, 1946
Rebuilt Honjo factory and resumed the manufacture of fedora hats.
July, 1947
Relocated Head Office to Nihonbashi Horidome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
May, 1949
Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (Now listed on the 2nd Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.)
August, 1955
Started the manufacture of safety helmets made of fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP).
March, 1957
Started the planning, production, and sales of men's clothing such as casual shirts and knit wear.
April, 1958
Started the production of nibs for fiber pens for marking at the Honjo factory.
August, 1960
Manufacture of hats for Japanese athletes competing at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.
August, 1962
Moved the Head Office from Horidome, Chuo-ku to Narihira, Sumida-ku. Changed name of Honjo factory to Head Office factory.
October, 1963
Submitted patent application for manufacturing technology to make synthetic fiber pen nibs for writing thin letters.
October, 1964
Delivered hats for the official blazers of athletes and officials at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
August, 1966
Started the manufacture of pen nibs made of polyester staple fiber bundle.
March, 1970
Sold Expo hats at the Expo '70 held in Osaka.
August, 1970
Established Chiba factory (now in Shiroi-shi).
June, 1971
Started manufacture of plastic pen tips.
January, 1976
Started sales of 0.8 mm plastic pen tips. Usefulness of ultra-thin pen tips made widely known.
April, 1985
Tokyo Hat K.K. renamed AuBEX Corporation.
April, 1987
Established Asahi Shoji Co., Ltd. (currently a consolidated subsidiary)
December, 1992
100th anniversary
April, 1996
Started sales of vessel fusers for infusing drug solutions.
January, 2001
Established Chiba Distribution Center. Relocated the Head Office and Asahi Shoji Co., Ltd. factory are relocated to the site of the new center.
April, 2001
Established AMI Incorporation. (currently a consolidated subsidiary)
June, 2004
Withdrew from the safety appliance business.
November, 2005
Established Tianjin AuBEX Technology Co., Ltd. (Tianjin, China).
December, 2006
Sold the land and building of the Head Office.
January, 2007
Transferred the Hat Department of Apparel Business Division to AURORA Co., Ltd.
March, 2007
Withdrew from the apparel business.
April, 2007
Relocated Head Office to Arca Central 22F, 1-2-1, Kinshi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo.
November, 2007
Started operating Tianjin AuBEX Technology Co., Ltd. (a Chinese subsidiary).
May, 2010
Relocated Head Office to Hulic Ryogoku Building 9F, 4-31-11, Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo.
November, 2016
Established Chiba New Tech Center (Inzai-shi).