Takasago International Corporation

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Takasago International Corporation
Public K.K. (TYO: 4914)
Industry Flavours and Fragrance
Founded 1920
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Yoshinari Niimura (Chairman and CEO)
Products Flavours and Fragrances
Revenue $US900 million (2006)
Number of employees
Website www.takasago.com

Takasago International Corporation (高砂香料工業株式会社, Takasago Kōryō Kōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha) (TYO: 4914) is a major international producer of flavours and fragrances headquartered in Japan, with presence in 24 countries worldwide and net sales of $900 million in 2006.[2] Major competitors include Firmenich, International Flavors and Fragrances, Givaudan, Frutarom and Symrise.


Takasago International Corporation was founded on 9 February 1920 as the Takasago Perfumery Company Limited. In 1938 the headquarters of Takasago was moved to Taihoku (modern-day Taipei) and in 1940 a branch office and factory were set up in Shanghai. In 1945, the Taipei headquarters and Shanghai office were taken over by Republican China. In 1951, the Takasago Chemical Company in Taipei was closed and a new company, Takasago Chemical Industry Company was founded. The new company later changed its name to Takasago Perfumery Industry Company and merged with Takasago Perfumery Company.

During the 1960s, Takasago established offices in New York City and Paris and their headquarters were moved to Hatchoubori 2-11, Chūō Ward. In 1963, Takasago Company Limited was listed in the Tokyo 2nd stock market, but by 1969 they were listed in the Tokyo 1st stock market. Since then the company has opened offices around the world including São Paulo, Mexico City, Singapore, London, Brussels, Zurich and Barcelona.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2001, Takasago's Professor Ryōji Noyori won the 2001 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the study of chirally catalyzed hydrogenations.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ profile page takasago.com
  2. ^ 2006 Prospectus PDF