Noritake was established in 1904 in Japan. Their goal was to create western style dinnerware for export.
Nortiake grew from a trading company called Morimura Brothers that started in 1876 in New York. The Morimura Brothers trading company imported chinaware, paper lanterns, curios (cabinet), and other gifts.
In 1904, the Noritake Company branched from Morimura Brothers and was established in the village of Noritake, a small suburb in Japan. Noritake had their first shipment for export in 1914, ten years after they had founded Noritake.
The first dinnerware plates were mostly hand painted, often with gold accents.
By the early 1920's, Noritake introduced an assembly line which allowed for mass production of high quality, yet affordable dinnerware.
Noritake is sold to customers in over 100 countries and are used in hotels, resturants and airlines throughout the world.
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