Established in April 1989, Box-1 is entering its 30th year.
Over the past three decades, we have experienced 30 years, we have experienced many events that disturbed our calm such as the collapse of bubble economy, the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, Lehman Shock and the Great East Japan Earthquake.
When we look back on what happened in our workplace and our home over these decades, the most amazing thing that happened may have been the shift from analogue to digital. Most of what we have around including TV sets, music, cameras and books, may have been digitized. A further development in IT technology diffused the use of smart phones, which are possessed by most people today. Their features are versatile with phone, email, music, photo and video just to name a few and this one device in our hand allow us to connected to the world and access various information all over the world instantly over the Internet. As a result, our work styles and speed changed dramatically compared to 30 years ago.
Let me guide you through the brief history of Box-1.
Box-1 was established as a subsidiary of Fujiya Co., Ltd.in Minamisunamachi, Koto City, Tokyo in April 1989, right after the current emperor succeeded to the throne. It was the year commemorating the introduction of 3% consumption tax as well as the beginning of global democratization movements exemplified by the Tiananmen Square incident and the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
On the other hand, our main exhibition site used to be the Tokyo International Trade Center in Harumi before we saw the emergence of Makuhari Messe and Tokyo Big Site. It was around that time that Box-1 started to introduce Octanorm construction systems for booths and stands taking the opportunity afforded by an overseas exhibition organizer. Empowered by the versatility of the systems, Box-1 succeeded in expanding its business broadly from booth construction to fundamental construction. Our material storage which started with 300 sqm space in Urayasu rapidly increased the volume of systems held. In 14 years, we purchased a piece of land in Yachimata City, Chiba Prefecture to construct our 4,900 sqm corporate warehouse.
Four years later in 2007, we acquired our present corporate building in Koiwa and made FORMZ Co., Ltd, our subsidiary responsibility for carpentry two years later. Box-1 which started as an 11-member firm grew into a company with 70 staff members now.
30 years passed by in the blink of an eye and our 40th and 50th anniversaries rest on the shoulders of younger generations. As our slogan of the year goes, “BOX-1 with a boxful of passion”, I will continue to engage with and empower each and every employee to build their future with pride and passion in their work.