YKK - Little Parts. Big Difference.




1934 ~ present
  • 2019.Jul.

    Started selling Textile and Plastic Parts & Buttons by integrated sales with YKK FASTENERS PRODUCTS KOREA Co., Ltd.

  • 2008.Dec

    Achieved the sales of 100 million dollar

  • 2008.Jan

    Started selling Snap & Button by integrated sales with

  • 2003.Mar

    Completion of the building B of a new factory

  • 2002.Feb

    YKK Korea Co., Ltd. Increase of capital 10 million dollar
    (Capital 5 billion 2 hundreds twenty million won)

  • 2000.Jan

    Completion of the building A of a new factory

  • 1999.Dec

    25 million dollar
    (Capital 3 billion 5 hundreds 97million won)

  • 1999.Jun

    Merger with YKK SEOUL and changing the
    name of company –YKK Korea Co., Ltd.

  • 1984.Dec

    Extending and enlargement for the first

  • 1977.Dec

    Constructed the factory in Pyeongtaek-si

  • 1977.Oct

    Bought land in Pyeongtaek-si

  • 1977.Sep

    Established YKK Korea Co., Ltd.
    (30th nation of overseas expansion)

  • 1975

    Operated kyushu factory in Kumanoto ken Yaheusirosie

  • 1974

    Operated Tohoku factory in Miyagi Sidagun Sambongkiho

  • 1972

    Operated Shikoku Plant in present
    Ayauta District Utajeuchyo

  • 1963

    Relocated the head office to
    Tokyo Chiyodagu Kandaijeumichyo(the present address)

Switch to passivation-automation

No one agreed, because manufacturers at that time thought that it would be better to make them cheaper by using manual dexterity of Japanese than mechanization. So there was no choice but to get the permission of import from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry(Korea: the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy) alone and imported automatic zipper machines from Japan for the first time.
It became an overwhelming position, and had a rush of orders in the world by the successful development of type of chain machine and its development of automatic slider machine.
YKK brought innovation to the Japanese zipper business, and eliminated the obstacle and breakdown after changing the production methods from production process to product management. And it established No. 1 overseas affiliated company(manufacture and sale of fastener) in 1959 in New Zealand.

After the Second World War is over,

Yoshida Tadao resumed business alone in his home, Toyama ken Uozu, with machines of Tokyo factory burned by air raid.
Production of fasteners at that time was almost hand work, and it was produced by the manual press which planted one by one to the cloth tape picked up with skewer-shaped metal, by grabbing the teeth with both hands(meshing portion of the zipper). For the work, there were 13 people in 1 team, and 12 people among them were female workers who did the planting work, and remaining 1 people did the pressing work. This Echisen press work was a hard labor which was driven out by 12 people, and it was merely enough to pay a few extra 2,3 hops of rice every day in a poor era which didn’t have anything to eat.

Zippers produced at that time were sold as much as they were made, and the sales office was established in Tokyo for the purpose of export. But American fasteners known through the American buyer who came in July of that year was much cheaper than YKK fasteners and the quality was incomparably good.
It became a big challenge to the founder Tadao Yoshida, and he made decision to produce YKK fasteners into products that can be competed when exported, and it became the opportunity to bring the time of automated production forward.

Establishment of YKK in 1934

Yoshida Tadao who came up to the capital in 1928 got a job in Furuya store(the birthplace of the future Yoshida Industry) which was doing the porcelain trade in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, and he went through the difficulty in management according to the Manchurian Incident in 1931. In September, 1933, he started the sales of fasteners with the help of fasteners brand(SSS) in Osaka. But Furuya store was bankrupt and Yoshida Tadao established the company(Saneseu store) which processed and sold fasteners with inventory of fasteners in Furuya store in the same place in January, 1934.
It was the meeting of Tadao Yoshida and fasteners.
After the establishment, Saneseu store which grew up in a difficult situation received damage that plant was burned down
in World War II.

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