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Journey We Have Taken
Our history is the history of home wellness appliances industry of the Republic of KoreaCOWAY has grown into a leader in the home wellness appliance industry, and has built a solid foundation as a company specializing in water and air purity since 1989.

  • 2015~
    Taking off as
    Life Care Company
    • Developed IoCare Solutions
    • Declared Vision of
      The Life Care Company
  • 2010~
    Expansion of
    Growth
    • Began Cosmetics Business
    • Started Homecare Business
    • Expanded Business Overseas
  • 2005~
    Strengthening of Core
    Business Competency
    • Established R&D Center in
    • Seoul National University Launched
    • Design Institute Declared 20th
      Anniversary of Service Innovation
  • 1998~
    Growth in Rental
    Business
    • Started Rental Business
    • Adopted Cody Service
    • Entered Trillion Sales Club
  • 1989~
    Start of Door-to-Door
    Sales Business
    • Launched Water Purifier Business
    • Started Air Purifier Business
    • Established Research Institute
      & Built Plant
~ 2015
2016
  • October Chosen for the Carbon Management Sector Honors by CDP
    (Carbon Disclosure Project) for eight consecutive years
  • September Celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the
    Establishment of the Operation in Malaysia


    Newly included in the DJSI World & certified for
    the DJSI Asia Pacific for four consecutive years
  • May Reached a business agreement with Haier on the sale of products
    in China
  • March Certified by NSF International for counteracting algae
  • February Declared New CI and Vision of
    ‘The Life Care Company'
    LIFE, CARE. COWAY
  • January Participated in CES 2016 and
    Released ‘IoCare Integrated Solution'
    a Customized Customer Care Service

    Korea's first water purifier certified international carbon labeling (Carbon Balloon)
    Obtained the international carbon labeling
    for water purifier (Carbon Balloon)
2015
  • December Completed Digging 1,000 Wells in Cambodia
    World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) signed a partnership with the Korea Headquarters
    Signed a partnership with WWF-Korea
  • November Obtained the CVC (China Vkan Certification) Selected as an excellent company in carbon management for
    seven consecutive years by the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project)
    Selected as the best water management company
    by CDP Water
  • October Obtained the "Water Footprint" verification for water purifier Enrolled into the DJSI Asia Pacific for three consecutive years
  • September Certified as the best company for labor-management culture
  • August Obtained NSF/ANSI 401 and WQA at the same time
  • May Signed a business agreement with the Ministry of Trade,
    Industry and Energy for IoT industry development
  • April Started the IoT-based
    Smart Air Care Service
  • March Declared 'IoCare' a Customized
    Customer Care Service

    Signed MOU with KT for IoT-based Smart Home Care joint venture
    Signed an MOU to jointly conduct IoT-based
    smart home care business with KT
  • January Obtained the Carbon Neutrality Certification
    for Water Purifier

    Carbon neutral products CO2 ZERO mark
2010 ~ 2014
2014
  • December Obtained the ISMS certification
  • November Developed the ‘3 Layer Type Carbon Filter'
    for water purifier
    Obtained the ‘IEC 61770' certification
    for authorized testing laboratory
  • October Obtained the NET certification for the bidet
  • September Certified for DJSI Asia Pacific for two consecutive years
  • January Exceeded Annual Sales of One Million Units
2013
  • December Received the One Hundred Million Dollar Export Award
  • September Included in the DJSI Asia Pacific
2012
  • July Held a Ceremony for Launching
    HomeCare Doctor Organization

  • May Completed International Safety Certification Center
2011
  • November Completed building Yugu Distribution Center
  • October Launched Mattress Care Rental Business
  • September Established a design institute
  • August Launched New Herbal Cosmetics Brand ‘Allvit'
    Allvit
2010
  • October Included in the DJSI Asia Pacific
  • September Launched New Prestige Cosmetics Brand ‘Re:NK'
    Re:NK
  • April Held a ceremony for completing 500 wells in Cambodia
  • February Acquired Green Entech Co., Ltd., a specialized water treatment
    and engineering company
2005 ~ 2009
2009
  • October Selected as an excellent company in carbon management
    by the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project)
  • September Launched 'W-class' Service Program for
    Best Customers

    W_class
  • July Launched ‘HEART SERVICE' Brand that
    Connects Minds

    you meet heart service
2008
  • November Awarded USD 30 million Export Tower
    at the 45th Trade Day anniversary
  • October Launched 'Pay Free Members' a Membership
    Benefit Service

    payFree
  • February Constructed Coway R&D Center
    in Seoul National University

  • January Acquired ‘Saehan' a specialized filter company
2007
  • August Designated as an Official RoHS Testing Institute by TUV
  • May Established operation in the U.S.
  • April Started the operation of the European center
    for logistics in the Netherlands
2006
  • December Established Operation in Malaysia
    Release 'HEART Services' brand through the hearts and minds
  • May Rental Customers Exceeded 4Million
2005
  • June Signed an agreement with Seoul National University
    for construction of R&D center
  • May Rental Customers Exceeded 3Million
1998 ~ 2004
2004
  • December Joined the 1 Trillion Won Club of Sales
2003
  • August Established operation in Thailand
  • April Rental Customers Exceeded 2Million
2002
  • November Earned the International Testing Lab Certification by KOLAS
  • June Completed building Pocheon Plant
  • May Started Electric Bidet Business
    looloo
  • March Rental Customers Exceeded 1Million
2001
  • August Listed on the Korea Stock Exchange
2000
  • December Rental Customers Exceeded 500,000
  • June Established operation in China
1999
  • December Codies, Selected as ‘New Intellectual'
    by the Ministry of Labor

1998
  • April Started Rental Business
1989 ~ 1997
1996
  • November Entered the water treatment plant project business
  • October Designated as the drinking
    water quality inspection agency
  • August Awarded Gold Prizes for water purifier
    by LA International Invention Fair
  • June Acquired ISO certification for
    Environmental Management System
  • March Became a member of Japan Society on Water Environment
    Awarded Guinness Certificate as Korea's
    Largest Water Purifier Company

    Asia's first NSF (USA Hygiene Association) acquired quality certification
    Obtained Asia's first NSF Quality Certification
1995
  • November Earned Korea's first CWS* certification by WQA
    * CWA: Certified Water Specialist
  • September Obtained the A/S quality certification mark
  • April Became the WQA-certified CWA
1994
  • December Started Air Purifier Business
  • April Completed Building Yugu Plant
1993
  • January Established the R&D Center
1992
  • August Earned the WQA Gold Seal Trademarks
1990
  • April Started Water Purifier Business
1989
  • January Established COWAY Co., Ltd.
  • 01/1989Established COWAY Co., Ltd.
  • 04/1990Started water purifier business
  • 08/1992Earned the WQA Gold Seal trademarks
  • 01/1993Established the R&D Center
  • 12/1994Started air purifier business
  • 11/1995Earned Korea's first CWS* certification by WQA
    CWS: Certified Water Specialist
  • 04/1998Started rental business
  • 05/2002Started electric bidet business
  • 11/2002Earned the International Testing Lab Certification by KOLAS
  • 08/2007Designated as an official RoHS Testing Institute by TUV
  • 02/2008Constructed Coway R&D Center in Seoul National University
  • 05/2012Completed International Safety Certification Center
  • 12/2013Received the One Hundred Million Dollar Export Award
  • 01/2014Exceeded annual sales of one million units
  • 01/2015Obtained the Carbon Neutrality Certification for Water Purifier
  • 03/2015Declared 'IoCare' a Customized Customer Care Service
  • 04/2015Started the IoT-based Smart Air Care Service
  • 08/2015Obtained NSF/ANSI 401 and WQA at the same time
  • 10/2015Enrolled into the DJSI Asia Pacific for three consecutive years
  • 11/2015Obtained the CVC (China Vkan Certification)Selected as an excellent company in carbon management for seven consecutive years by the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project)Selected as the best water management company by CDP Water
  • 12/2015Completed Digging 1,000 Wells in CambodiaSigned a partnership with WWF-Korea
  • 01/2016Participated in CES 2016 and Released ‘IoCare Integrated Solution' a Customized Customer Care ServiceObtained the international carbon labeling for water purifier (Carbon Balloon)
  • 03/2016Certified by NSF International for counteracting algae
  • 05/2016Reached a business agreement with Haier on the sale of products in China
  • 09/2016Celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Operation in MalaysiaNewly included in the DJSI World & certified for the DJSI Asia Pacific for four consecutive years
  • 10/2016Chosen for the Carbon Management Sector Honors by CDP(Carbon Disclosure Project) for eight consecutive years