Company profile

Established in 12th May, 1924
President Shinichi Oyama
Staff 260 persons
Main services Production, Sales, Import and Export of Decorative Fancy Veneer, Flexible veneer sheet, Plywood, Timber.

Largest manufacturer of fancy veneer in Japan

HOKUSAN produces about one million square meters of veneer monthly from the logs which come from all over the world. The number of available species is more than one hundred. HOKUSAN also produces veneer with various backing, such as paper, plywood, glass, plastic and even iron. Not only has HOKUSAN veneer covered the walls of first class cabins of trains and ships, palaces and symphony halls, homes and offices, but it is also found on high quality furniture, musical instruments, high-grade boxes and electronic equipments in many countries.
One of the reasons for the outstanding success of HOKUSAN is because it has been constantly searching for ways to improve the cutting process. Through years of dedicated research, HOKUSAN craftsmen are getting a 200-300% greater yield per log than other veneer companies using standard methods. By slicing thinner layers, more of the log is used not only by less waste, but also by producing a greater number of matching sheets from the same log. Therefore, HOKUSAN is contributing to offer a minimum impact on the environment.
HOKUSAN's simple policy is "to produce veneer from every kind of fine wood in the world." Offices in Japan, Bolivia, Brazil and the United States are dedicating to the pursuit of the most attractive and unusual wood that nature has offered. People feel at ease and comfortable to see beautiful grain of wood veneer, and this is why its usage will be still growing.

Beginning of HOKUSAN

In 1920, young Kanematsu Oyama was walking through a forest in Hokkaido of northern Japan, when he came across a Tamo tree stump peeping through the winter snow. He scraped off the bark and was surprised to find a grain of exquisite beauty - beauty that changed his life.
Since childhood, he had worked with his father making wooden sandals called "geta" which was very popular footwear in Japan at that time. At age of 25, he opened his own geta shop.
Now struck by his discovery of the beautiful Tamo grain, he challenged in making a veneer to overlay on getas he carved. These Tamo veneer getas turned out to be a big success. Oyama decided to devote himself to veneer making, enabling HOKUSAN SHOKAI to become the very first company in Japan to manufacture veneer and veneer products.

History of HOKUSAN

1918 Kanematsu Oyama Opened footwear shop in Hokkaido, Japan.
1920 Kanematsu Oyama started making Tamo veneer to overlay on wooden sandals. Its beautiful figured grain lead to big success in sale of sandals.
1924 Kanematsu Oyama established "HOKUSAN SHOKAI" in Tokyo and started selling veneer as the first veneer company in Japan.
1948 "HOKUSAN SHOKAI" became a joint-stock company from an individual shop for further development of the company.
1951 HOKUSAN started producing veneer overlaid plywood.
1967 HOKUSAN supplied all the veneer for the decoration of Emperor's new palace after passing the strict quality test.
1970 The name of company changed from "HOKUSAN SHOKAI "to "HOKUSAN, LTD."
1988 HOKUSAN started to supply veneer exclusively with special backing for the interior of automobile in Japan.
1997 HOKUSAN developed REALTECtm (technically manipulated fiddle-back figure) veneer.
2001 HOKUSAN had a booth at International trade show INTERZUMat Koln, Germany.
2008 HOKUSAN supplied sanfoot to Opera Houe of Seoul Art Center.
2009 HOKUSAN supplied sanfoot to New York Lincoln Center and San Jose Airport.

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