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History of GC Corporation

The origins of GC Corporation lie in Tokyo. This is where three young Japanese chemists laid the foundation in 1921 for what is one of the world’s largest and most successful suppliers of

dental products

today. The long history illustrates the efforts and achievements of GC Corporation.

In 2016, we published ’95 Years GC Corporation’, a lavishly illustrated history of the company to commemorate its 95th anniversary. You can access the electronic version of the book from the link below. It is a great pleasure for us to be able to share GC’s history with you. Enjoy reading!

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’95 Years GC Corporation’

2016
cad cam blocks95th anniversary of GC Corporation
2015
injectable compositesFDI and GC establish the new project ‘Oral Health for an Aging Population Partnership’
GCC introduces a new "functional management model"
GCC puts a ‘revised and simplified wholesale system’ in operation
2014
dental suppliesGC Corporation is ranked 2nd in JUSE and Nikkei’s Corporate Quality Management Survey
GCA is awarded the Deming Prize
GC India receives ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 certification
2013
dental products class=GCE opens a new administrative center in Leuven
GC International AG established in Lucerne, Switzerland, as the new management platform to lead activities in Europe, the US and Asia
GC R&D Center in Tokyo wins 26th Nikkei ‘New Office Promotion Award’
GCE is one of the 10 finalists at EFQM ‘Excellence Award’
Dr. Kiyotaka NAKAO installed as fifth president and CEO of GC Corporation, his father-in-law Makoto NAKAO functions as chairman of GC Corporation and additional CEO and president of GC International AG in Lucerne
2012
dental tools and equipmentPresident Makoto NAKAO receives the Deming Prize for individuals
GC Corporate Center in Hongo wins the 53rd BCS Prize
GC Corporation is ranked 6th in JUSE and Nikkei’s Corporate Quality Management Survey
GC India incorporated as a Pvt. Ltd. Company
2011
dental composite90th anniversary
International Symposium celebrates 55th anniversary of the GC Membership Society
GC Corporate Center openes in Hongo, Tokyo
Vision 2021 kicks off
2010
digital dental materialsGC Corporation is ranked 3rd in JUSE and Nikkei’s Corporate Quality Management Survey. 1st in the subcategory ranking ‘New Product Development’ and 4th in ‘Quality Assurance and Staff Promotion’
GC Dental (Suzhou) receives the Deming Prize (GCSZ)
GCT Membership Society achieves 1,700 members (GCT)
10th anniversary of GC Taiwan Green Society (GCT)
2009
dental fibreGC Corporation is ranked 12th in JUSE and Nikkei’s Corporate Quality Management Survey
GCE receives EFQM ‘Recognized for Excellence’ award
GC Australasia Dental Pty. Ltd. established in Sydney, Australia
2008
dental impressioningGC Corporation is ranked 8th in JUSE and Nikkei’s Corporate Quality Management Survey
GC Corporation receives award for Excellence in Innovation from the Australian government
GC Europe Campus, Meeting and Education Center’ established in Leuven, Belgium
GC Shanghai Co., Ltd. closed (GCSZ)
GC Asia Dental – branch established in Hyderabad, India
2007
dental cementGC Advanced Technologies Inc. established
GC Corporation is ranked 14th in JUSE and Nikkei’s Corporate Quality Management Survey
GCE awarded EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management)
Committed to Excellence’ award
GC Austrian, GC Benelux Office and GC Nordic AB established
GC Brazil established
GCK’s 20th anniversary (GCK)
Busan and Guwangju office established (GCK)
No. of employees
2006
fiber reinforced85th anniversary of GC Corporation
50th anniversary of the GC Membership Society
60th anniversary of the GC Authorized Dealer Agreement System
GC Spain and GC Iberic branches established
GC Advanced Technologies Inc. established
KGMP (Korean Good Manufacturing Practice) certification acquires (GCK)
2005
dental fibrePresident Makoto NAKAO appointed sixth chairman of JDTA (Japan Dental Trade Association)
GC Corporation is ranked 18th in JUSE (Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers) and Nikkei’s Corporate Quality Management Survey
GCSZ acquires ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 certification (GCSZ)
2004
glass ionomer restorativesGCE acquires ISO 14001 certification
GC awarded ‘Japan Quality Medal’ (only the 18th company in the world to win the pinnacle of quality control)
Nagoya office completed in Aichi, Japan
GCE acquires ISO 14001 certification
2003
impression materialsGC Dental Products Corporation receives the ‘Deming Prize’
20th anniversary of Makoto NAKAO as president and CEO of GC Corporation
GC Corporation awarded ISO 13485 certification
GCT Membership Society founded with 500 people registered (GCT)
GC Shanghai Co., Ltd.(GCSZ) established
GC Asia Dental – India liaison office established
GC Asia Dental enters joint venture in Cooperative Research Centre for Oral Health Science with the School of Dental Science, University of Melbourne, Australia
2002
intraoral scannerGC Europe’s logistics center opens in Leuven, Belgium
GCA acquires ISO 13485 certification
GC Dental (Suzhou) Co., Ltd (GCSZ) established
Launch of Tooth Mousse in Oceania, Asia region
2001
universal bondGC Symposium held in Berlin in celebration of GC’s 80th anniversary in conjunction with the 3rd European Adhesive Dentistry
GC America logistic center opens headquarters
2000
fissure sealantGC Corporation awarded the Deming Prize
Beijing Office established (GCSZ)
GC Asia receives a letter of appreciation from Nepal
1999
fluoride varnishIntroduction of ERP
GCA awarded a ‘Vendor’ from Henry Schein and an ‘Excellent Nakama training’ from the Economic Development Committee
1998
flowable compositeStart of co-development with PLANMECA
Fuji-Oyama factory receives ISO 9001 certification
GCE acquires ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification
GC Asia Dental Pte., Ltd. moves to Changi Logistics Center Singapore
1997
dental suppliesGC Israel branch established in Tel Aviv
1996
dental care productsFirst International Dental Symposium held to celebrate 40th anniversary of the GC Membership Society and 75th anniversary of GC Corporation
GCE’s 25th anniversary
Third European factory completed
European Conformity certificate acquired
President Makoto NAKAO elected as honorary member of ADA (American Dental Association)
1995
dental producsGC Quality Control becomes GC Quality Management
1994
dental cementDental industry’s first company to acquire ISO 9001 certification
President Makoto NAKAO assumes chairmanship of IDM (International Dental Manufacturers Federation)
Second European factory completed
GC Europe Holding Company (GC Europe SA) established in Luxemburg. Branches and sales offices converted into independent corporate entities in sequence (GC France SA, GC Germany GmbH)
GC Belgium acquires ISO 9002 certification
GC Asia Dental Pte., Ltd. in Singapore established
1993
dental compositeDistribution center in Fuji-Oyama factory completed
GC UK office established in Newport Pagnell, UK
GCA acquires ISO 9001 certification
GC Korea established in Seoul
1992
dental tools and equipmentThe world’s first light-cured glass ionomer filling material, ‘Fuji Ionomer II LC’ launched
GC Italy established in Milan
Coe Laboratories Inc.’ renamed ‘GC America Inc.’ Main office / factory and logistic center move to Alsip, Illinois
Artificial tooth factory closed and GCT moves to Zhonghe City (GCT)
1991
injectable compositesCompany renamed ‘GC Corporation’
Introduction of corporate identity (including company philosophy, name, brand and corporate color) as a part of Vision 2000
19 Korean dealers visit Fuji-Oyama factory
Import business from Taiwan branch started, products sold to Taiwan dealers through Nisseido (GCT)
1990
impression materialsGC Dental Industrial Corp. merge with ‘Coe Laboratories Inc.’
1989
glass ionomer cementFirst European factory built in Belgium, which starts to ship ‘GC Vest’ (made-in-Belgium product) from European factory
1988
cad cam blocksGC Hong Kong Branch established (GCSZ)
GC Taiwan Corporation established as artificial tooth factory in Sindian City (GCT)
1987
fiber reinforcedTodent Korea (predecessor of GC Korea) established
1986
digital dental materials65th anniversary ceremony
GC visits 20,646 customers throughout Japan and the gained information is analyzed to improve operations
GC Germany established in Hofheim
1984
dental care productsGC European branch (GCE) completed, moves from Kortrijk to Leuven, Belgium, and opens a warehouse
US facility expanded
1983
dental compositeMakoto NAKAO installed as fourth president. Former President Toshio NAKAO passes away
1981
dental cement60th anniversary
President Toshio NAKAO announces the concept of GQC (GC’s Quality Control)
GCI US Branch established in Scottsdale, Arizona
Joins ADTA (American Dental Trade Association) as the first Japanese dental company
1978
dental fibreIncreasing international exchanges
1977
dental impressioningEvolutionary new glass ionomer cement ‘Fujiionomer’ launched
1976
dental productsFuji-Oyama factory completed in Oyama, Shizuoka
Chairman and former President Kiyoshi NAKAO passes away
1974
dental suppliesGCI French sales office opened in Paris, France
1973
dental tools and equipmentCompany renamed ‘GC Dental Industrial Corporation’
‘GC Dental Equipment Corporation’ established
1972
digital dental materialsGCI establishes a European branch (GCE) in Kortrijk, Belgium
1971
fiber reinforcedGC International Corporation (GCI) established
1969
cad cam blocksFounder Tokuemon MIZUNO passes away
1967
fissure sealantNew plant completed in Itabashi, Tokyo, with enshrined ‘Gigeiten’ statue
1966
flowable compositeKiyoshi NAKAO installed as chairman, Toshio NAKAO installed as third president
1963
fluoride varnishOffice in Osaka completed
1961
glass ionomer cement40th anniversary
Special lectures organized to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the ‘GC Membership Society’
1959
glass ionomer restorativesR&D Center completed in Itabashi, Tokyo, with enshrined ‘Yumetagai Kwannon’ statue
1958
impression materials‘GC Toushi Kogyo Corporation’ established in Kasugai, Aichi
1956
injectable composites‘GC Membership Society’ founded with 3,600 members
1954
intraoral scannerPresident Kiyoshi NAKAO receives the Medal of Honor with green ribbon from the Japanese government
1951
luting cementAmerican dentistry delegation (Dr. George Pfaffenbarger) visits Japan’s dental industry
Development of new products that meet ADA standards, ‘Blue Band Series’
1950
restorative materialsEconomic boom due to special procurements by Korean war
1948
universal bondFirm for manufacturing porcelain teeth completed
‘Plastone’ hard dental plaster launched
1946
dental care productsCompany renamed ‘GC Chemical Industrial Co., Ltd.’
Kiyoshi NAKAO installed as second president
‘GC Authorized Dealer Agreement System’ founded with 200 dealers
1941
dental cement20th anniversary
Company renamed ‘GC Chemicals Research Laboratory’
1938
dental compositeNew firm completed in Itabashi, Tokyo. From Ikebukuro to Itabashi. Total number of Associates: 455
1935
dental fibreExports started, sales channels to major markets sought, GC logo changed
1934
detal impressioningIncorporated as a joint-stock company with Yoshinosuke ENJO as first president and Kiyoshi NAKAO as executive director
1925
dental productsFirst success launched with ‘Crystalline Cement’
1922
dental suppliesFirst product, ‘Standard Cement’, fails to establish itself on the market
1921
dental tools and equipment‘GC Chemical Research Laboratory’ established in Ikebukuro, Tokyo
Zinc phosphate cement developed
1920
dental care productsProspectus of development and manufacture of dental materials