Noritake is for me a very special company, because it is an amazing example of a Japanese traditional company with a long history of doing global business. Noritake Co., Limited, commonly known as “Noritake,” grew out of a trading company established in Tokyo and in New York City by the Morimura Brothers in 1876. The New York site was a retail and wholesale office responsible for the import of traditional Japanese products like china ware, curios, paper lanterns and other gift items. These brothers realized early on the business potential if the quality of Japanese art and skilled craft could be adapted to the needs and taste of the American consumer.
A visit then to the World Fair in Paris by Ichizaemon Morimura caused the company to focus on manufacturing high quality western style dinnerware for export. Therefore in 1904 the Nippon Toki Kaisha Ltd was established. As early as in 1908 the first products from the new company left Japan, but not until 1914 after many trials the first fine porcelain dinnerware suitable for export was produced. Most of the company’s early wares carried one of the various “Nippon / Noritake” back stamps to indicate its country of origin. Today, most collectors agree that the best examples come from the “Nippon-era” (1891–1921), which is hand painted porcelain. Although collectors have called these wares, “Noritake” or “Nippon” since the 1920s, the Japanese parent company did not officially change its name to the Noritake Co., Limited until 1981.
During the last two years Noritake Lanka in Sri Lanka was set up. The local facility now has increased their production from 300,000 pieces to one million pieces per month and running to full capacity.
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