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株式会社Too

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1919 1940s From establishment to war

1919
Soyo Ishii established Izumiya Art Supply Store on Kami-dori in Shibuya, Tokyo
1931
Relocated the store near Atelier Village at the west exit of Ikebukuro
1943
Temporarily closed the store due to evacuation during war
1945
Resumed the store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

1950 60s The arrival of the design era

1950
Incorporated Izumiya Limited Company at the same location
Hideko Ishii became CEO
1952
Newly created the Trading Department and External Sales Department, and started direct delivery to design departments in domestic major industries, government agencies, and schools
1957
Opened the Shinjuku Store in Shinjuku, Tokyo
1963
Became a member of Namuta, the All American Design Material Supplier Association
1965
Started export of art supplies to Europe and the U.S.
1967
Relocated headquarters in Shibuya, Tokyo
1968
Established Magic Marker Corporation of Japan, a joint venture with Magic Marker Corporation in the U.S.
1969
Opened the Osaka Branch in Umeda, Osaka

1970s Expanded its business nationwide as a corporation

1970
Reorganized into Izumiya Corporation
1973
Opened the Nagoya Office in Nagoya
1974
Opened the Sapporo Local Office in Sapporo
1975
Developed Design Scope and started sales
1977
Opened the Sendai Printing Materials Business Department in Sendai
Opened the Fukuoka Office in Fukuoka
1979
Relocated headquarters to Ebisu from Sendagaya

1980s Fully implemented equipment sales

1981
Developed the automatic precision drafting system, Lynax 800, and the copy machine for design, 200J Graphic Type, and started sales
1982
Concluded a distributor contract with Canon
Held the first Graphic Art Message '82 Exhibition in Tokyo and Fukuoka
1984
Eiichi Ishii became the new president
1985
Opened Presen House Shinjuku in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Started handling of the Apple Macintosh
1986
Won the Canon 15th All Japan NP Challengers Contest
1987
Opened the Kyoto Office in Kyoto
Developed the design marker, COPIC, and started the sales
Developed Irotec, Riversaright, etc. and proposed COPIALIZE, the image realization concept using copy machines
1988
Developed RENEAS 2000 and started the sales
RENEAS 2000 and COPIC won the Good Design Award in the industry machinery section and education section, respectively
1989
Established the 70th Anniversary Business Committee and started CI activities

1990s Renamed the company to Too for the upcoming digital era

1991
Opened the CAT Building as the electronic design promotion site where the Development, Sales, and Service Departments were consolidated in Ebisu, Tokyo.
Established the Izumiya Software International Corporation for software development business
1992
On June 1, renamed Izumiya Corporation to Too Corporation
Renamed Magic Marker Corporation to Too Maker Products Inc.
Renamed Izumiya Software International Corporation to SOFTWARE Too CORPORATION
Established Presen House Too Corporation
Developed the ISDN communication device, Too Net 11, and started sales
Obtained the sales agency of Quark Inc.
1993
Relocated System Device Osaka to Edobori Yatani building in Osaka, and opened the electronic design promotion site
Established Font Too Corporation for sales of digital fonts and software
Developed COPIC SKETCH and started sales. Won the Good Design Award
Obtained the sales agency of Adobe Systems Incorporated
1995
Developed the original imager setter, ImageAxes Series, and started sales
Obtained the sales agency of the ISDN high-speed file transfer system, 4-Sight iSDN Manager, and started the sales
Developed the original printer paper, Inkjet Material, and started sales
1997
Opened the Digital Media System Department to expand multimedia business
1999
Made the Over-the-Counter Department and Industrial Design/Sales Department for the education field independent to establish TOOLS INTERNATIONAL Corporation
Started the sales of INKJET MATERIALS Large Format Series

Responded to the 21st century information network

2000
Opened the web shopping site dedicated for design and creative tools, NetShop.Too
Established Too Staff Service INC. for temporary help business
2001
Made the Service & Support Department independent to expand customer support business to establish Too Service & Support Corporation
2002
Relocated headquarters to Sakurashinmachi, Tokyo
2003
Built an internet live streaming solution for bridal and education markets
2005
Obtained the information security standard, BS7799, and certification of ISMS Conformity Assessment Scheme
2006
Won Best Sales of the Year in the Design & Publishing section of Apple Inc.
Obtained the sales agency of the generic document auto layout engine, Ge-DALe, and started sales
Obtained the sales agency of the digital editing software, Proof Checked PRO, and started sales
2007
Obtained the certification of ISO27001, the international standard for information security management system
2009
COPIC won the Good Design Long Life Design Award
2010
Developed the LED tracer, Picture Tracer, and started sales
Started handling of Apple iPad
2011
Eiichi Ishii became CEO Chairman and Gota Ishii became CEO President
2012
Relocated the headquarters to Toranomon, Tokyo

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