Kao founder Mr. Tomiro Nagase starts Nagase Shoten, a Western sundry goods dealer that would later become Kao.
Ukechi Factory is completed as a directly managed plant capable of handling the entire production process, from raw material preparation to final product packaging.
Tokyo Azuma Factory (currently the Sumida Complex) begins operations, expanding the scale of the company's soap production.
Housework Science Laboratory is founded as a research facility that takes a scientific approach to housework. (The facility is renamed the Nagase Housework Science Laboratory in 1937 and the Kao Housework Science Laboratory in 1954.)
Kao Industrial (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is established as Kao's first company outside Japan.
Taiwan-Kao Company, Ltd. is established. (The company is renamed Kao (Taiwan) Corporation in 1991.)
Malaysia Kao Company (Private) Ltd. is established in Singapore. (The company is renamed Kao (Singapore) Private Ltd. in 1973.)
Takiya Kao Shoji (Tokyo) and Matsuhana Shoji (Kobe) are established as Kao's first sales companies specializing in wholesaling of Kao products.
Kao (Hong Kong) Ltd. is established.
Sinor-Kao S.A. (Spain) is established.
Nivea-Kao Co., Ltd. is established as a joint venture with Beiersdorf AG (West Germany).
Kao Life Science Laboratory is founded to carry on and expand on the functions of Kao Housework Science Laboratory.
Kao (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. is established.
Kao-Quaker Co., Ltd. is established as a joint venture with Quaker Oats Company (U.S.) to manufacture and sell furan resin for use with casting sand. (The new company becomes a wholly owned Kao subsidiary in 1997.)
Quimi-Kao, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico) is established.
Kitt Siam (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is established. (The company is renamed Kao Commercial (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in 1991.)
Pilipinas Kao, Incorporated (Philippines) is established.
P.T. Pole Kao Indonesia Chemicals is established. (The company is renamed PT. Kao Indonesia Chemicals in 1996.)
Kao acquires Molins Y Puigarnau S.A. (Spain). (The company is renamed Molins-Kao S.A. in 1979.)
Ehime Sanitary Products Co., Ltd. is established. (The company is renamed Kao Sanitary Products Ehime Co., Ltd. in 2015.)
Guhl Kosmetik is established in West Germany as a joint venture with Beiersdorf AG. (The company is renamed Guhl Ikebana GmbH in 1986.) The company develops its hair care business in Europe.
Kao Soap Co., Ltd. is renamed Kao Corporation to reflect the increasingly broad scope of its businesses.
(The English corporate name is changed in 1982.)
Kao acquires a stake in P.T. Dino Indonesia Industrial Ltd. (The company is renamed PT Kao Indonesia in 1997.)
Kao launches the Total Cost Reduction (TCR) program to effect a companywide, top-to-bottom review of organizational operations and workflow.
Kao acquires High Point Chemical Corporation (U.S.). (The company is reorganized as Kao Chemicals Americas Corporation, High Point Textile Auxiliaries LLC, and Kao Specialties Americas LLC in 1999.)
Sinor-Kao S.A. and Molins-Kao S.A. merge to form Kao Corporation S.A. (Spain).
Kao acquires the Andrew Jergens Company (U.S.).
(The company is renamed Kao Brands Company*1 in 2004.)
Fatty Chemical (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. is established.
Kao acquires Goldwell AG (West Germany). (The company is renamed KPSS-Kao Professional Salon Services GmbH*2 in 2003.)
Kao Oleochemical (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. is established.
Kao (Australia) Marketing Pty. Ltd. is established.
Kao acquires Chemische Fabrik Chem-Y GmbH (Germany). (The company is renamed Kao Chemicals GmbH in 1996.)
Kao Corporation Shanghai is established.
Kao adopts the Kao Management Principles as its corporate philosophy.
Kao Chemical Corporation Shanghai is established.
Kao Vietnam Co., Ltd. is established.
Kao Hanbai Co., Ltd. is established following the merger of eight regional Hansha, or sales companies specializing in the wholesaling of Kao products. (The company becomes a 100% subsidiary in 2004, and merges with Kao Cosmetics Sales Co., Ltd. in 2007 which is renamed Kao Customer Marketing Co., Ltd.)
Kao Chemicals Europe, S.L. (Spain) is established.
Kao Consumer Products (Southeast Asia) Co., Ltd. is established in Thailand.
Kao acquires John Frieda Professional Hair Care, Inc., a premium hair care product manufacturer with bases in the U.S. and U.K. (The company is merged into Kao Brands Company*1 in 2004.)
Kao (China) Holding Co., Ltd. is established in China.
The Kao Management Principles are revised and adopted as the Kao Way, a statement of the Kao Group's corporate philosophy.
Kao acquires Molton Brown Ltd. (U.K.).
The Kao Group acquires Kanebo Cosmetics Inc.
The Kao (China) Research and Development Center Co., Ltd. is established in China.
Kao announces the Kao Environmental Statement and unveils a new corporate identity.
Acquisition of premium hair care products factory responsible for Goldwell products, to be renamed Kao Manufacturing Germany GmbH in 2013.
Global Business Harmonization of Beauty Care in the Americas and Europe, Middle East and Africa regions begins. (*1 Renamed Kao USA Inc. *2 Renamed Kao Germany GmbH)
Construction of new plant completed at Kao (Hefei) Co., Ltd. in China.
Construction of new chemical product plant completed at Huludao Jinxing Casting Materials in China.
Corporate acquisition to strengthen Scandinavian beauty care, renamed as Kao Sweden AB.
PT. Kao Indonesia Chemicals builds new manufacturing plant.
New sanitary products factory opens at Sakata Plant.
Construction of the second consumer products plant at Kao Indonesia is completed.
Construction of new plant completed at Kao (Shanghai) Chemical Industries Co., Ltd.
Kao Group Customer Marketing Co., Ltd. is established after succeeding the shares of Kao Customer Marketing Co., Ltd, Kanebo Cosmetics Sales Inc., and others.
Kao acquires Collins Inkjet Corporation (U.S.) and renamed it Kao Collins Inc.
Kao acquires Oribe Hair Care (U.S.).
Kao acquires Washing Systems, LLC in the U.S. and strengthens the professional-use products business.
Kao launches new ESG Strategy “Kirei Lifestyle Plan.”
Completion of Indonesian joint venture company PT Apical Kao Chemicals' new chemical factory.
Kao Group announces new Mid-term Plan “K25.”
Kao Group revamps corporate philosophy “the Kao Way.”
Kao revises its corporate slogan to “Kirei—Making Life Beautiful.”
Kao reviews Mid-term Plan “K25” and announces the new Mid-term Plan “K27.”