amuse boucheThe Story of IKINABATA around You
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1946: Dyestuff can label

The wartime controls were lifted, and the company resumed its handling of dyestuffs. In 1949, it became a special agent of Nissin Chemical Co., Ltd. (now Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.) In the year after, the company resumed its import based on preferred foreign currency and expanded its import of dyestuffs by becoming a special agent for many companies overseas. The IK logo was naturally on the labels of cans holding dyestuffs in this period.

1948: Aikei (IK) calligraphy by Katsutaro Inabata

Katsutaro Inabata, our founder, grounded the business in the spirit of love and respect (ai and kei in Japanese) and asserted that the company could win the trust of society only if it always retained its integrity.

1954: New building for the Osaka head office

Once the period of post-war disruption was over, the company erected a new building for its main store in Osaka in May 1954. The letters IK were displayed at the very top of the building. The company made the transition from postwar recovery and entered a new phase of booming economic growth.

1987: Reception area of Siam Inabata Co., Ltd.

The subsidiary Siam Inabata Co., Ltd. (now Inabata Thai Co., Ltd.) was established in Thailand, where many Japanese firms have sited. At the time of its founding, the reception area was also emblazoned with the IK logo.

2001: The IK mark and company logo today

In 2001, the company formulated the "Creative Guidelines of Inabata & Co., Ltd." and unified the logo type. It was at this time that IK acquired its current color and shape as a symbol of our resolve to carry on the tradition and trust we have accumulated over the preceding 110 years as well as of our vitality and uniqueness for blazing the future.