"I want to produce an artificial nipple which is very similar to mother’s nipple"
- Yuichi Nakata, founder of Pigeon
With no available research data and know how, Mr. Nakata found his own unique methods to study the sucking mechanism of babies.
Mr. Nakata’s research data has contributed to the development of artificial teats. What Yuichi Nakata saw was the unique movements of the tongues of babies when they sucked milk. Scientifically named “Peristaltic Movements” much later, they formed the basis of all the bottles and nipples made in the PIGEON research centre.
Spreading our wings to over 40 countries
With the range of products encompassing every need in maternity and baby care, PIGEON is a one-stop shop for mothers and mother-to-be.
Spreading its wings to over 40 countries, PIGEON is the top player in the international markets today. Headquartered in Japan, PIGEON has subsidiaries in Singapore, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Korea, China, and USA. Singapore is the regional headquarter for the ASEAN countries.
For over 5 decades, PIGEON has dedicated research capabilities towards the sucking behaviour of babies. Having established a solid foundation of research, PIGEON is recommended today by most top medical and academic professionals.
Pigeon Honyuki Honpo Corporation
Pigeon Honyuki Honpo (Nursing Bottle Manufacturing) Corporation established in Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Head office relocated to Kanda-Higashimatsushita-cho, Tokyo
Ichikawa Plant opened in Chiba Prefecture; Osaka Office established
Fukuoka Office established
Nagoya and Sapporo offices established
Name changed to Pigeon Corporation
Hiroshima Office established
Sendai Office established
Branch offices reorganised as stores; head office new building in Kanda-Tomiyama-cho, Tokyo, constructed
Pigeon Singapore Pte. Ltd. established in Singapore
Yoichi Nakata appointed President
Adopted Corporate Identity
Omiya Sales Office renamed Omiya Store
Newborn Baby Commemorative Tree-Planting
The “Newborn Baby Commemorative Tree-Planting” Campaign launched as part of our corporate identity
Tsukuba Office opened
Tsukuba Office opened in Ibaraki Prefecture (relocated from Ichikawa); Pigeon Will Corporation established
Thai Pigeon Co., Ltd. established as a joint venture in Thailand
Joso Research Center
Joso Research Center (now Central Research Center) established in Ibaraki Prefecture
“Pigeon Land” child-minding facility for infants launched at Joso Research Center (now Central Research Center)
Pt. Modern Pigeon Indonesia established as a joint venture in Indonesia
Listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
Pigeon Industries (Thailand) Co., Ltd. established as a joint venture in Thailand
Hitachiota Logistics Center began operations
Listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
Kanzaki Logistics Center (Hyogo Prefecture) began operations
Pigeon Kids World Corporation established
Seiichi Matsumura appointed President and Chief Operating Officer; Yoichi Nakata appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Pigeon Manaka Corporation established
The “Newborn Baby Commemorative Tree-Planting” Campaign conducted for the 15th time
Tsukuba Office acquired ISO14001 certification
PHP Hyogo Corporation joins the Pigeon Group
Pigeon (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established in China
Operation of licensed daycare centers, Pigeon Land Joso and Pigeon Land Yukitani, started
Fukuyo Ibaraki Corporation changed its name to PHP Ibaraki Corporation
Pigeon Kids World Corporation changed its name to Pigeon Hearts Corporation
PHP Hyogo Corporation changed its name by replacing the katakana representation of “PHP” to its romanised form
Tahira Corporation joins the Pigeon Group
Operation of Sanno national child-minding facility (Ota-ku, Tokyo) launched
Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc. in the USA joins the Pigeon Group
Operation of 113 child-minding facilities in hospitals of the National Hospital Organization (independent administrative agency) launched
Privacy Mark certification acquired
Pigeon Manufacturing (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established in China
Tahira Corporation changed its name to Pigeon Tahira Corporation
The “Newborn Baby Commemorative Tree-Planting” Campaign conducted for the 20th time
Head office relocated to Nihonbashi-Hisamatsu-cho, Tokyo, as a result of the integration of all offices
Akio Okoshi appointed President and Chief Operating Officer; Seiichi Matsumura appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer;
Yoichi Nakata appointed Executive Advisor and Member of the Board
Recoup brand of anti-aging products launched
Representative office established in India
Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc. acquired sales rights for Soothies brand
Pigeon India Pvt. Ltd. established in India
Exclusive sales rights of “Mamas & Papas” (British company) products in Japan acquired
Sales of UK brand “Mamas & Papas” products launched
Sales of Double Heart brand launched in South Korea
Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc. took over “mOmma” business
Pigeon Malaysia Trading Sdn. Bhd. established in Malaysia after a local sales company became our wholly-owned subsidiary
Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc. acquired all of Health Quest Ltd. shares
DoubleHeart Co., Ltd. established in South Korea
Shigeru Yamashita appointed President and Chief Operating Officer; Akio Okoshi appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Pigeon Corporation absorbed and merged with Pigeon Will Corporation
Lansinoh Laboratórios Do Brazil Ltda. established in Brazil
LANSINOH LABORATORIES BENELUX established in Belgium
LANSINOH LABORATORIES SHANGHAI established in China
PT PIGEON INDONESIA in Indonesia became consolidated subsidiary
Norimasa Kitazawa appointed President and Chief Executive Officer
Shigeru Yamashita appointed Chairman of the Board
First nursing bottle (A-type) with a wide neck
Doufu-Boueki, the predecessor of Pigeon Corporation, was established. First nursing bottle (A-type) with a wide neck was introduced in Japan. This pioneering design was more hygienic than previous bottles with a connected nipple.
A-type nursing bottle — prototype of the current design — was introduced.
B-type nursing bottle with a narrow neck was introduced.
C-type improved nursing bottle with a connected nipple was introduced.
S-type polyethylene nursing bottle was introduced in Japan
S-type polyethylene nursing bottle was introduced in Japan. The hexagonal shape not only helped babies grasp it easily but the new material also brought dramatic product improvements.
The F-type nursing bottle, which was small and even suitable for fruit juice, was introduced.
Pigeon Corporation was established
L-type high-density polyethylene nursing bottle was introduced. This was designed to withstand boiling during sterilization, a weakness of traditional bottles.
The H-4-type and H7-type
The H-4-type and H7-type nursing bottles, both with narrow necks and directly attached nipples, were introduced.
The H-4-type nursing bottle was used at the Japan Red Cross Hospital, which was an important first step in the eventual widespread use of nursing bottles at hospitals and maternity hospitals.
AN-type polyamide (nylon resin) nursing bottle was introduced.
A-D silicone nipple was introduced.
Isoprene rubber nipple, which resists wear compared with natural rubber, was introduced.
Polycarbonate (PC) nursing bottle was introduced. Made to withstand sterilization, this tough, transparent, and lightweight design fulfilled all requirements for nursing bottles.
R-8-type nursing bottle was awarded the Tokyo Invention Prize, and was recommended by Japan Red Cross Hospital.
A-type glass nursing bottle was introduced, becoming a best-selling product for 15 years.
W-8-type nursing bottle was introduced
W-8-type nursing bottle was introduced. Thanks to improved bottle-mouth molding, the bottle’s flat mouth inner surface simplified cleaning for enhanced hygiene.
Exporting to global markets started.
Nursing bottle with a cap was approved by the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee and awarded the JIS Mark.
Pigeon's market share for nursing bottles in Japan reached 80%.
P-type nursing bottle was introduced
P-type nursing bottle was introduced. This was specially designed for proper feeding of babies with cleft palate or inadequate sucking strength.
K-type nursing bottle was introduced.
K-type nursing bottle was introduced. With its wide-end and rounded-corner square-bottom design, this uniquely stable shape was easy to hold and keep clean, and also simplified formula mixing.
Peristaltic motion in baby's natural sucking
Pigeon Basic Research group identified peristaltic motion in baby’s natural sucking action. This research has contributed many studies of infant growth to pediatric healthcare institutions, etc.
Nursing bottle and nipple (Bonyu-soudan-shitsu) were introduced to promote education in breastfeeding.
Concern about endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the environment led to media focus on polycarbonate (PC) nursing bottles.
Glass nursing bottle sales shipments rose to 80% of market share.
Five major manufacturers prepared and presented guidelines for safe use of polycarbonate (PC) nursing bottles.
Polyethersulphone (PES) nursing bottle was introduced.
Extensive research in breastfeeding
Based on extensive research in breastfeeding, a nursing bottle (Bonyu-jikkan) with a soft, elastic, flexible nipple was introduced. This helped babies to open their mouths wide and supported natural sucking action.
Polyethersulphone (PES) nursing bottle (Bonyu-jikkan) was introduced. This lightweight bottle design allowed convenient portability.
Polyphenylsulphone (PPSU) nursing bottle (Bonyu-jikkan) and nipples in four sizes were introduced.
A new version of our nursing bottle (Bonyu-jikkan), which was designed to enable seamless switch between breast and bottle.
To meet our aim of faithfully replicating the important movements that occur during attachment, sucking and swallowing, the bottle was redesigned with new materials.
The P-type nursing bottle was redesigned with a focus on ease of use.
To accommodate the mouths of babies with cleft lip and cleft palate, the nipple had a redesigned shape and was made with new material. In addition, the available sizes were increased to 2.
The bottle’s new material was soft, allowing it to be squeezed to support babies with weak sucking.
New designs of our specially decorated nursing bottles (Bonyu-jikkan) were introduced.
Based on trends found from conducting customer surveys and analysis, three different designs for the decorative versions of our nursing bottle (Bonyu-jikkan) were added. Since then, the bottle’s designs have changed in accordance with current trends.
A new nursing bottle (Bonyu-jikkan my Precious) was introduced.
The bottle was designed with a round shape that made it easy and comfortable to hold, and a previously compact 80ml size, which was designed to suit the amount newborns drink, was added.
It received the 2017 Good Design Award.
We also added a nursing bottle nipple in size LL for parents who want to continue giving breastmilk to their babies for a long time, even after they have started eating baby food.
A coated nursing bottle (Bonyu-jikkan Coating) was introduced.
The glass nursing bottle was developed with a silicon coating that gave it a new texture.
The thin silicone coating increased the safety of the glass bottle by reducing the possibility that glass shards would fly if the bottle broke.
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