About Tombow - Chronicle
Follow us back in time and discover how a Japanese pencil-producer became an internationally operating and highly successful company. A company with products for almost every application and price range.
Mr. Harunosuke Ogawa founds Messrs. Tombow. Specialty: production of pencils.
Foundation of the brand Tombow
Upon request by the Japanese Government, Tombow develops and produces a pencil for technical drawing
Development of a pencil sharpener
Tombow starts producing felt-tip pens and ballpoint pens
Introduction of mechanical pencils
Tombow develops MONO 100 – an acknowledged top quality pencil
|1971||Tombow is the first Japanese manufacturer to produce glue sticks
|1974||Development of Tombow markers with hazardous solvents
|1975||Introduction of ultra-polymer leads for mechanical pencils
|1979||Tombow Pen & Pencil GmbH in Cologne is founded as subsidiary responsible for the distribution on the European market|
|1982||Tombow presents roll pens with a capillary system for liquid ink|
|1983||American Tombow Inc. is founded as subsidiary responsible for the distribution Tombow products on the North American market|
|1984||Development of a cartridge with a capillary system for ink rollers containing water-resistant and non-fading pigment ink|
|1984||Introduction of ABT Dual Brush Pens, a marker with two tips
|1986||First design products named ZOOM: Super Pen Havanna and an extra flat mechanical pencil|
|1987||Design Collections ZOOM 707, EGG and Classic are introduced|
|1988||Haus Industrieform, Essen awards ZOOM 707 as „Best of the Best“|
|1989||„Design Plus“ for ZOOM 707 by Frankfurt International Fair|
|1989||ABT Dual Brush Pen program is enlarged to 144 (!) different colours|
|1990||Development of Design-Collection Surge – exclusive ink roller with 22 carats gold or bicolor|
|1990||Industrie Forum Design Hannover gives iF-Award to Tombow for the Havanna Collection|
|1991||Introduction of the Monotech-Series – a new generation of mechanical pencils for professional use|
|1993||Tombow Oceanic is developed. A famous writing instrument with natural roots|
|1995||The Original MONO Sideway is introduced into the market. It is the first correction tape with a sideway system|
|1996||MONO Sideway wins after one year in the market the „red dot award“ and „iF Design Award“ for highest product design and quality|
|1996||Development of Object Collection in black and silver colour. One year later additional colours are presented – it´s a popular classic till this day|
|1997||The glue rollers MONO Adhesive capture the market in a permanent and non-permanent version|
|1998||The timeless ZOOM 980 series is introduced|
|1998||The European Centre Tombow Pen & Pencil GmbH moves from Cologne to Kelsterbach|
|1999||Introduction of MONO Highlighters. Exceptional product, as it works dry and can be erased easily with the finger|
Just in time for the „Millennium“ Tombow introduces the high-class ZOOM. Tombow (Thailand) Co., Ltd receives ISO Certificate 9002
Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd receives ISO Certificate 9001
The second production facility outside of Japan starts in Hoh Chi Minh City
With ZOOM 727, LADIES Collection and the XPA three new writing instruments are introduced. The ZOOM 727 directly wins the „iF Award“ of Industrie Forum Designs Hannover
|2006||Right after the launch of the possibly thinnest multifunctional writing investment of the world the Zoom 414 receives the important Design Awards iF award and red dot award 2006.
|2007||Launch of the probably lightest writing instrument of the world – the Zoom 101 Collection. The body consists of 100% Carbon and the unbelievable light weight of 14g is very well balanced.
Tombow captures the world of artists, scrapbooker and card maker with the Creative Collection. The Creative Collection from Tombow offers a large variety of products for the creative hobby. Sketching, drawing, painting, scrapbooking, rubber stamping, glueing....Have fun with Tombow! (check www.tombow-creative.de)
|2008||Due to the worldwide patented air-pressure technique, the AirPress Pen can be used “everywhere”. Even writing on wet paper or writing overhead is no problem for the AirPress Pen.|
|2008|| With its length of only 11 cm, the “ZOOM 717”, the latest and shortest dragonfly ever even fits into the most common timer systems. The mat-silver-coloured body is complemented by 3 different grips and clip-balls: cool blue, pastel pink or soft orange.
|2009||Another award-winning Tombow product: The brandnew ballpoint pen PFit receives the red dot design award when being launched.|
|2009||Finally! Good news for all designers, drawing artists and fans of perfect pencils: The world famous MONO 100 - Tombow´s highest quality pencil is now also available in Europe.|
|2010||A brilliant start for Tombow into the new decade: The products PFit and MONO Zero receive the renowned "iF product design award 2010".
|2010||Launch of the ONBOOK Pen which is the ideal attendant for notebooks as it fits due to its special form perfectly down the spine or cover of a book.
|2010||The award-winning story continues: The products AirPress Pen and MONO Zero receive the renowned "red dot award 2010".|