Our Company 

Welcome to Okamoto USA, Inc.

You might not recognize the name Okamoto USA, Inc., but there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with one or more of our products, including Beyond BodiHeat® heat pads and BEYOND SEVEN® condoms, as well as many other offerings in the automotive and home furnishing industries. Okamoto USA, Inc. of Sandusky, Ohio, a wholly owned subsidiary of Okamoto Industries, Inc. of Tokyo, Japan, has been busy building a reputation for high-quality rubber and plastic products. Our focus on innovation has made us pioneers in the field and ensures that every product bearing the Okamoto name is of the highest quality. At Okamoto, we’re dedicated to bringing you innovative products – and to ensuring a brighter future for our employees, our Sandusky community and the planet on which we all live.

Okamoto Japan
Since 1935, spanning multiple generations, name changes and the influences of ever-evolving consumer trends, Okamoto Japan has continued to grow and thrive by offering rubber and plastic products of the highest quality to enhance the lives of our customers.

Ibaraki Plant, City of Ryugasaki; Ibaraki, Japan
Ibaraki Plant
City of Ryugasaki; Ibaraki, Japan

Known as a company always looking to push the boundaries of science and technology, Okamoto is driven by the desire to achieve higher levels of customer comfort and satisfaction. We’ve focused our energies to develop innovative processes that allow us to manufacture reliability into every product that bears our name. And we will continue to use our resources to enrich the experiences of our customers and the fortunes of our employees, shareholders, vendors and the community in which we live and operate.

Production
Okamoto Japan has a vast network of facilities throughout the country that research, develop and produce the products that fuel our international growth and continued success. Most products are produced in one of three plants in Japan – operating with the highest degree of quality, consistency and efficiency.

 

Shizuoka Plant:
  • Plastic films (PVC, PP, TPO, ABS, etc.)
  • Food wrapping film
  • Automotive interiors
  • Flexible containers
  • Wall coverings
  • Wood grain film
  • Others
Ibaraki Plant:
  • Condoms
  • Heat pads
  • Gloves
  • Adhesive tapes
  • Douches
  • Others
Fukushima Plant:
  • Rubber tire chains
  • Boots
  • Ice packs
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic films
  • Flexible containers
  • Humidity absorbers
  • Others

History
The Japan Rubber Industry was founded in January 1934 with just 50,000 yen and a corporate mission to manufacture a line of rubberized clothing and raincoats. Just one month later, latex condoms were added to the product mix under the name Okamoto Rubber Co., Ltd., an addition which has fueled our steady growth ever since.

Yoshiyuki Okamoto, President, Okamoto Industries, Inc.
Yoshiyuki Okamoto
President, Okamoto Industries, Inc.

1949 was a milestone year, the year we were listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Nine years later, a major merger began another period of rapid growth and expansion. By joining forces with Nippon Gum Industries, Ltd. and Riken Rubber Co., Ltd., we became an even more cohesive and dynamic enterprise, strengthened by the ideas and technologies that our new associates brought to the table.

By 1974, Okamoto USA, Inc. opened in New York, as our operations in Japan and other countries continued to expand and strengthen. Over the years, our successful joint ventures with Reebok Japan, Inc., Michelin Japan and other strategic partners have helped put us on the fast track in lucrative markets, as we continue to build a reputation for the highest quality, most innovative products and processes available today.