1894

Founded as a cotton-cloth wholesaler in Nagoya.

1912

Kowa Spinning Company, Limited is incorporated.

1919

Started spinning operation.

1939

Separated the spinning division from the trading division to establish the present Kowa Spinning Company, Limited.

1945

Branched out into the non-textile field to establish the present Non-Textile Division.

1946

Branched out into the optical equipment field to establish the present Electronics & Optics Division.

1947

Branched out into the pharmaceutical field to establish the present Pharmaceutical Division.

1954

Established Kowa Shinyaku Company, Limited.

2004

Kowa Shinyaku Co., Ltd. transfers their ethical drugs business operations to Kowa Co., Ltd..

2006

Nikken Chemicals Co., Ltd became a wholly owned subsidiary of Kowa Co., Ltd. Kowa Co., Ltd and Nikken Chemicals Co., Ltd integrated their ethical pharmaceutical sales division.

2006

Established Kowa Pharmaceutical Company, Limited.

2011

Establishment of Kowa Optimed Europe Ltd. with subsidiary Kowa Optimed Deutschland GmbH. Companies activities are focusing on providing high technology products manufactured by the Electronics & Optics Division of Kowa including medical equipment, lenses for machine vision and CCTV, sporting optics and latest LED technologies.