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Maruman Lighters

Began in 1950 as Nippon Gold Metal Industry Co., Ltd. and in 1952 changed the company name to Maruman Co., Ltd. In 1953 development of the first electric gold plating method in Japan. 1955 Started the manufacture of wrist watch bands. 1959 Development of the first gas lighter in Japan and in 1961 Won the first prize in the New York International Lighter Fair.
1965 Development of first electronic gas lighter in world. The 1970s saw the company expand to golf clubs and their diversification continued in the 1980s.

SOURCE: http://www.maruman.co.jp/english/company/history/index.html