molten Moving with Passibilities

History

1958 - 1989

Nov.1958

Head Factory founded in Nakahiromachi, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima. Kiyoshi Nobori appointed as president

Nov.1958

Feb.1959

First Molten sports ball manufactured

Feb.1959

Apr.1959

Manufacture of automotive rubber parts commenced

Jun.1960

Basketball approved by Japan Basketball Association

Jul.1960

Volleyball approved by Japan Volleyball Association

Oct.1962

Handball approved by Japan Handball Association

Feb.1965

Hideo Masuda appointed as president

Jun.1969

Volleyball approved as 'Official Ball' by International Volleyball Federation (IVBF)

Apr.1973

Basketball approved as 'Official Ball' by International Basketball Federation (FIBA)

Jun.1973

Football approved as 'Official Ball' by International Football Association (FIFA)

Apr.1974

Manufacture of anti-vibration rubber for bridge prop commenced

May.1975

Handball approved as 'Official Ball' by International Handball Federation (IHF)

Oct.1976

Hideo Masuda appointed as chairperson, Fumiya Tamiaki appointed as president

May.1979

License contract concluded with Adidas regarding Tango footballs

Dec.1980

Basketball selected as the official ball of the 1982 FIBA Men's Basketball World Championship in Columbia

Nov.1981

Basketball / Adidas Tango football selected as the official ball of the 1980 Olympic Games in Los Angeles

May.1982

Representative office opened in Dusseldorf, West Germany

Aug.1982

Football approved as 'Inspected Ball' by Japan Football Association

Oct.1983

Company name changed to "Molten Corporation"

Sep.1985

Basketball selected as the official ball of the 1986 FIBA Basketball World Championship Games in Spain

Dec.1986

Trade agreement concluded with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

May.1988

Trade agreement concluded with Isuzu Motors Limited

Jan.1989

MOLTEN (THAILAND) CO., LTD. established

1990 - onward

Apr.1990

MOLTEN U.S.A. INC. established

Dec.1990

MOLTEN (NORTH AMERICA) CORP. established

Mar.1991

Production commenced at Hofu Factory

Apr.1991

Sale of the "Marinx" floating pier

Apr.1991

Sep.1991

Molten Europe established

Oct.1991

Sale of "Hanayuragi" pressure ulcer prevention air mattress

Oct.1991

Nov.1991

Exclusive contract with Japan Professional Soccer League (J-League) as the official tournament ball

Aug.1994

MOLTEN ASIA POLYMER PRODUCTS CO., LTD. established in Thailand

Jul.1998

Basketball selected as the exclusive official ball of the FIBA Basketball World Championships

Jun.2000

Official supplier agreement concluded with Parma A.C., Serie A.

Apr.2001

President Fumiya Tamiaki awarded the Purple Ribbon Medal of Honor by the Government of Japan

Jul.2001

Official supplier agreement concluded with A.C. Fiorentina, Serie A.

Aug.2001

President Fumiya Tamiaki awarded the FIBA Order of Merit

Jun.2002

Healthcare Products Division established; becomes a three divisional system

Jul.2002

Official supplier agreement concluded with Modena F.C.1912, Serie A

Aug.2002

Basketball selected as the exclusive official ball for the 2002 Men's & Women's FIBA Basketball World Championships

Apr.2003

MOLTEN JIAXING CO., LTD. established in China

Jul.2004

Sale of the "Molfloat 400-C", an environmentally friendly oyster raft boat

Dec.2004

Sale of an innovative 12-panel basketball (G model)
Sale of new innovative football/soccer ball featuring ACENTECR Technology

Dec.2005

Production of waterproof sheets commenced at Molten Laminas

Jan.2008

Sale of the "Grande" high-function, advanced air mattress

Jun.2008

Sale of the "Impress" advanced electric reclining bed for nursing care

Nov.2008

50th Anniversary of Molten

Feb.2009

Molten Medical obtains ISO13485

Apr.2009

Awarded the "General Excellence Award" for three consecutive years from Sumitomo Wiring Systems

Jul.2009

Sale of the JIS-certified model of the "Impress" advanced electric reclining bed for nursing care

Oct.2009

Sale of the "Valkeen" innovative whistle for football/ soccer referees (Exclusive official equipment for J-League in 2010)

Dec.2009

Sale of the "Peach" highly durable, body pressure dispersion cushion

Jul.2010

Awarded the "Quality Merit Award" for three consecutive years from Yazaki Corporation

Aug.2010

GL7/GL6 selected as the exclusive official ball of the 2010 FIBA Basketball World Championships
Kiyo Tamiaki appointed as the fourth president

Dec.2010

Sale of the "Stagia" air mattress

Dec.2010

Apr.2011

Awarded the "Quality Excellence Award" for four consecutive years from Sumitomo Wiring Systems