Who we are

World leader in the design and manufacture of writing and creative instruments.

Our mission

Our mission

Uni Mitsubishi Pencil has a long tradition of innovation.

Founded in Tokyo in 1887 more than 130 years ago, the Uni Mitsubishi Pencil Group designs and manufactures writing and creative instruments. Through our UNI, UNI-BALL and POSCA brands, we are recognised worldwide for the high quality of our technologies and products.

Whether it be for our inks, mechanisms or product design, our Group is constantly breaking new ground in writing quality and comfort. More than 1,000 proudly held patents testify to the many innovations in ink density, colour depth, mechanism technology and tip quality.

Constantly striving for excellence, the ultimate goal of our technologies has always been to offer consumers high-quality, high-performance writing and drawing instruments that are easy to use and, above all, a true source of pleasure and inspiration for everyone.

For the home or in a professional setting, to jot down notes or undertake the most beautiful creation, in everyday life as well as for special moments, whether you are a writer or an artist, amateur or experienced, when you choose Uni Mitsubishi Pencil you choose the heart just as much as the mind!

Our mission

Our key figures

Our key figures

  • 100 present in over 100 countries
    100
    present in over 100 countries
  • 7 production sites around the world
    7
    production sites around the world
  • 3500 employees worldwide
    3500
    employees worldwide
  • 1050 global technological patents
    1050
    global technological patents
  • 3000 references in the catalogue
    3000
    references in the catalogue
  • 130 over 130 years of history
    130
    over 130 years of history
Registered office in TOKYO, Shinagawa district 1
Registered office in TOKYO, Shinagawa district 2
Registered office in TOKYO, Shinagawa district 3
Registered office in TOKYO, Shinagawa district
Registered office in TOKYO, Shinagawa district 1
Registered office in TOKYO, Shinagawa district 2
Registered office in TOKYO, Shinagawa district 3
Registered office in TOKYO, Shinagawa district

Our philosophy

Our philosophy

The pleasure of writing, the joy of creating

Pleasure, desire, write, create: four fundamental words for Uni Mitsubishi Pencil.

Our commitment is to offer each person a choice of writing and creation tools that will meet all their expectations and desires.

We have pens for writing in all conditions. Sitting, at a desk. Standing, on a wall. Lying down, on your bed. On the ground or in an airplane. Even in the rain. Intensively without tiring your hand or else taking time for calligraphy.

We have rollerballs and felt-tip pens for signing crucial documents securely.

We have markers for writing or drawing, in the office, in a workshop or outdoors, on all manner of surfaces.

In a nutshell, we have the writing and creation tool that you need: the tool that will give you pleasure and satisfaction, that will accompany during those important moments and that will never let you down when it really matters!

Our value

Our value

TRANSMISSION

TRANSMISSION

Write and create. For yourself and for others. Sharing your values and passions. Leaving a trace for future generations.

EXPRESSION

EXPRESSION

A pen, felt-tip pen, a marker for work, to express yourself. To release your dreams, push back the frontiers. To assert your personality. To testify.

CREATION

CREATION

Set imagination and creativity free. Of beginners and experienced users. With no judgement, no frontier. And always with passion.

EXCELLENCE

EXCELLENCE

Finesse and discipline of Japanese culture. Pertinence of the design and industrial excellence. Pushing back the limits and choosing to aim high. While remaining humble.

RESPONSIBILITY

RESPONSIBILITY

Passion as much as the need for citizen commitment and a sustainable approach. On a daily basis and in the medium and long term, be aware of our responsibility towards our employees, users and the planet.

Our CSR commitment

Our history

Our history

First concepts
1878

First concepts

At the World Fair in Paris, Niroku MASAKI discovered the first wooden pencil concepts and took this idea back to Japan.

1887

10 employees

He founded the Masaki Pencil Manufacturing Company in Tokyo which, in 1903, became Uni Mitsubishi Pencil. At that time, the company had 10 employees.

1927

Internationally

Start of the international adventure and the first export partnership with Mexico. India, Egypt, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium and Holland followed soon afterwards.

Post-war
1946

Post-war

At the end of the Second World War, following a long period of production standstill, Mitsubishi Pencil started up its factories again and introduced the “No. 9800”, the iconic wooden pencil that is still on sale today.

1959

First ballpoint pen

The company took its first steps as a manufacturer of versatile writing instruments with the launch of its first ballpoint pen.

1961

Diversification

Diversification continued with the launch of the first automatic mechanical pencil.

First
1979

First "Uni-Ball"

Uni Mitsubishi Pencil marketed the very first "Uni-Ball", which was then the world's first rollerball pen with a metal tip. The writing flexibility was exceptional, ensuring immediate success.

POSCA creative marker
1983

POSCA creative marker

That year saw the birth of the incredible water-based all-surface POSCA creative marker. It was an immediate success. Today, this creative tool has been adopted by artists as well as by the creative leisure loving general public.

Uni-Ball EYE rollerball
1994

Uni-Ball EYE rollerball

Uni Mitsubishi Pencil once again shook up the market with the launch of the Uni-Ball EYE rollerball. With its incredibly vivid pigmented liquid ink and incomparable glide, the EYE soon became the world's best-selling rollerball.

The Retractable Uni-Ball Signo
1997

The Retractable Uni-Ball Signo

The world's first retractable gel rollerball, the Uni-Ball Retractable Signo was launched with a brand new ink and a unique double-ball technology.

One innovation after another
2001

One innovation after another

One innovation after another. The Uni-Ball VISION ELITE was released, equipped with Airplane Safe technology guaranteeing calm air travel with no risk of ink leakage whatever the variations in pressure.

The Jetstream technology
2004

The Jetstream technology

Uni Mitsubishi Pencil invented JETSTREAM technology, a new generation of eponymous rollerballs that revolutionised the world of writing by combining, for the first time, the fast drying speed of the ballpoint pen with the perfect glide of the gel ink rollerball.

Uni-Ball FANTHOM rollerball
2011

Uni-Ball FANTHOM rollerball

Write, erase and write again, ad infinitum: the launch of the Uni-Ball FANTHOM rollerball, incorporating heat sensitive ink. This ink will disappear under the effect of heat generated by rubbing the eraser integrated in the cap. Some years later the FANTHOM was succeeded by the Uni-Ball SIGNO TSI which incorporated a second, finer and more precise eraser.

Uni-Ball AIR
2015

Uni-Ball AIR

A brand new, ultra-flexible acetal plastic tip was unveiled for the market. Mounted on the brand new Uni-Ball AIR, it offered a revolutionary writing sensation for a rollerball, similar to that of a fountain pen.

A new POSCA tip
2017

A new POSCA tip

POSCA's range of markers was increased with the introduction of a new broad bullet tip, the PC7M, for even more impressive outlines and colours.

POSCA Pencil and POSCA Pastel
2019

POSCA Pencil and POSCA Pastel

On the strength of its international success and love brand status among communities of enthusiasts, POSCA expanded its brand territory into Fine Arts with the launch of a range of oil-based colour pencils and a range of pastel sticks: POSCA Pencil and POSCA Pastel.

Expansion of our flagship brands
2020

Expansion of our flagship brands

Several market benchmark ranges have been extended: for its 25th anniversary, the Uni-Ball EYE saw the introduction of a 1mm tip, the Uni PIN range was extended to include several new tip sizes and new colours, and the Uni CHALK marker was given new metallic colours.

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