Foundation of Gunze Silk Manufacturing Co., Ltd in Kyoto (Japan) by Tsurukichi Hatano, a company producing silk apparel.
Nylon full-fashion stocking production launched at Ayabe Factory and Tsukaguchi Factory.
Gunze Plastics & Engineering NV established in Hasselt (Belgium) as a subsidiary of Gunze Ltd in Japan and starts producing plastic casings. It also establishes a corporation in the US for plastic film production and marketing.
Gunze’s Australian partner for sales and marketing “Vector” opens a sales office in Hasselt.
Gunze in Belgium achieves ISO 9001 and, as the first company on the European mainland, BRC-IOP, the food packaging hygiene standard.
Gunze sells the production plant to Vector, its sole customer.
Viscofan acquires 100% of the Vector Group and starts investing heavily in the plant, updating the machinery and the supporting IT systems which has led to a complete integration of the company within the Viscofan Group.
Viscofan Vector Belgium achieves a double certification: ISO 14001 in Environmental Management and ISO 45001 in Occupational Health and Safety