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DKSH Japan at a glanceWe help companies grow their business in existing markets and expand into new ones.

We are the leading Market Expansion Services provider for companies who want to grow their business in Japan. With Market Expansion Services along the entire value chain – from sourcing, marketing and sales to distribution and after-sales services – our team at DKSH Japan offers attractive business solutions for companies wanting to grow their business in new and existing markets.

Since its inception, DKSH Japan's development has been closely connected with the history of Japan. Hermann Siber and Caspar Brennwald founded their trading company in Yokohama in 1865, when they were young men in their twenties. Their company seat, Yokohama Ko 90-ban Kan (picture left: conveniently named after its address), soon established itself at the heart of Japan's silk trading activities.

The company later went on to help set up the gas light system for Yokohama and Ginza, and also began to import watches and machinery from leading Swiss manufacturers. It was renamed Siber Hegner & Co. in 1910 and its reputation as a trading company grew rapidly despite the inevitable setbacks: a warehouse fire, several wars, and the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. The company's survival is indeed testimony to its resilience and adaptability. The firm entered a new era in 1932, when the company's headquarters were moved from Yokohama to Zurich, Switzerland. SiberHegner Holding Ltd. continued to grow, opening branches throughout the world and becoming an important player in key markets. In 1965, on the occasion of the company’s 100th anniversary, it was formally incorporated in Japan as Nihon SiberHegner K.K. After becoming part of DKSH Group in 2002, the company changed its name to DKSH Japan K.K. in April 2009.

Message from the President

Founded in Yokohama in 1865 by Hermann Siber and Caspar Brennwald, DKSH Japan K.K. in the course of 150 years has overcome many challenges to become a major contributor to culture and business in Japan. Our strong roots result in our very unique way of doing business, where the cultures of Japan and Switzerland - of Europe and Asia - harmoniously complement one another.

We have learned to steer a clear course among these two distinctive cultures, taking the best of both worlds to serve the constantly evolving needs of our clients. Our reputation is founded on consistency in partnerships and long-term engagement. We are proud of our employees who are still animated by the same pioneering spirit that inspired our founders.

Japan is a highly sophisticated and complex market with high entry barriers for western companies. Irrespective of whether the client is a multinational or a medium-sized company, and no matter whether consumer goods, specialty chemicals and ingredients, or advanced machinery are involved, our DKSH specialists know what makes Japan tick and have a deep understanding of the needs of our Japanese business partners.

At the same time, we assist Japanese companies to sell their products in markets they wish to enter, making full use of our brand strength and comprehensive network across both Europe and Asia. For Japanese and European companies alike, we provide the ideal mix of sourcing, marketing, brand building, sales, distribution, and after-sales services. We are continuously enhancing our capacities across the entire value chain in order to earn the trust invested in us and actively work with our business partners to expand their business for our mutual benefit.

In 2015, DKSH Japan celebrated its 150th annivesary. My thanks go to all our business partners for their continued support and trust.


Dr. Jeorg Wolle
Representative Director
DKSH Japan K.K

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DKSH Japan Board of Directors

Dr. Joerg Wolle President & Chairman
Shigeru Ishihara Director/Executive Officer
Masahiro Hoshino Auditor