History of Merck Ltd.

1968
  • Established E. Merck Japan Limited in Minato-ku, Tokyo
1975
  • Built a Delivery Center near Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture (Atsugi Site)
1976-1979
  • Established R&D labs for pearl luster pigments and liquid crystals at the Atsugi Site
1981
  • Began producing liquid crystals at the Atsugi Site
1984
  • Built the Onahama Factory in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture
  • Started R&D and production of pearl luster pigments in Japan
1986
  • Built a Liquid Crystal Techinical Center at the Atsugi Site
  • Established R&D and production of liquid crystals
1988
  • Expanded the Onahama plant pigment production line (3rd line)
1990
  • Built a pigment surface treatment plant at the Onahama Factory
1991
  • Expanded the R&D facilities at the Onahama Factory
  • Moved the Tokyo head office to Meguro-ku, Tokyo
1995
  • Expanded the LC production facilities at the Atsugi Site
1997
  • Built a liquid crystal R&D Building for MITI project at the Atsugi Site
  • LC Division acquired ISO 9002 certification
1998
  • Pigments Division acquired ISO 9001 certification
1999
  • Expanded the Onahama plant pigment production line (4th line)
  • Expanded the Atsugi liquid crystal production facilities
2000
  • Built an Alumina Flake production plant at the Onahama Factory
  • Acquired land ajacent to the Atsugi Site
2001
  • The entire company acquired ISO 14001 certification
2002
  • Changed the company name to Merck Ltd.
  • Expanded the Alumina Flake production plant at the Onahama Factory (2nd line)
  • Expanded the pigment surface treatment plant at the Onahama Factory (2nd line)
  • Expanded the liquid crystal R&D Building at the Atsugi Site
2003
  • Launched EPIPEN, the first Ethical drug, in Japan
  • LC & Pigments Divisions acquired ISO 9001 (2000 version)
2005
  • Built the Factory 2 for liquid crystal production
2006
  • Expanded the Alumina Flake production plant at the Onahama Factory (3rd line)
  • Expanded the R&D facilities at the Onahama Factory
  • Build a new Distribution Center at the Atsugi Site
2007
  • Built an Innovation & QC Center at the Atsugi Site
  • Pharmaceutical Division spun off as an independent entity, Merck Serono Co., Ltd.
2009
  • Expanded the Alumina Flake production plant Roller Hearth Kiln (4th line)
2011
  • Biotest K.K. becomes subsidiary company of Merck Ltd.
  • Integration of Nihon Millipore K.K.
2012
  • Integration of Biotest K.K.

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