Tombow History

American Tombow, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan for distribution of Tombow brand office and art products in North America. Established in California in 1983, American Tombow, Inc. moved to Georgia in 1992 and in 2003 relocated to a larger facility with state of the art technology in Suwanee, Georgia.

Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd. was established in Japan in 1913 as a manufacturer of wood-cased lead and colored pencils. It is not an exaggeration to say that every student in Japan has grown up with the Tombow pencil.

During the past four decades, Tombow has diversified its manufacturing program to include ballpoint pens, roller ball pens, markers, correction tape, glue sticks, liquid glues, adhesive tape, and dry highlighters. Today, Tombow has achieved an outstanding reputation for its unique, innovative and original products. Our exciting designs are offered at affordable prices that truly benefit the consumer. In fact, Tombow is one of Japan’s top five office products manufacturers.

Tombow’s main factory is in Shinshiro, which is located in the central part of Japan, with additional factories in Tokyo.

In 1991, Tombow established Tombow (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in Bangkok, Thailand to produce products under strict quality control by our production engineers. This was to compensate for the severe international price competition that had developed in the marketplace.

In addition to the Georgia Corporation, Tombow has a subsidiary in Frankfurt, Germany, which distributes various Tombow products throughout Europe. We also have very strong distribution in most of the Southeast Asian countries and our Tombow brand name has become synonymous with superior quality.

Their continuing commitment to product quality and excellent service will ensure that you will be very pleased with Tombow products.