YKK Zippers


Take a look at the zip on the jeans that you are wearing, or the zip on the top that's wrapped around your chair. Do you see the three inconspicuous little letters `YKK' on the zip pull? The chances are, unless you own some kind of highly-specialised garments that most of your clothes' zips are brandished with this ubiquitous mark. Why is this the case, and what does YKK even mean?

YKK is an abbreviation of Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha, a Japanese company founded in 1934 by Tadao Yoshida after his previous employer, which was also a company producing zippers, went bankrupt. After a set-back before the onset of WWII with his whole factory burning down, the business rapidly expanded overseas, developed and acquired new technologies such as automated manufacturing and a unique method of concealing the teeth of the zips.

YKK Group is now the worlds foremost zip manufacturer. In fact, more than 90% of all zips in the world are made in over 206 YKK facilities in 68 countries around the world, with the largest factory in Georgia making over 7 million zips per day. YKK don't just want to be known for zips: YKK continue to grow both vertically and horizontally, producing not only zips, poppers and buttons, but also the machines and the brass used to make them.

They have such a colossal hold on their industry (which is nearly always the Japanese way) that other manufacturers opt not to compete and rather buy the zips from them. This is why even if your zip doesn't say YKK on it, the chances are that it was made on a YKK machine, or in a YKK-owned plant.

What's the secret behind Yoshida's success? His company is following what he's calling The Cycle of Goodness, which rests on the belief that, `No one prospers unless he renders benefit to others.'

This philosophy can be seen not only on the sheer quality and popularity of YKK's products, but also on their environmental and HR policies. For instance, YKK claims to be the first zip company to promote environmental protection measures, and it was recently named in the top ten companies to work for in the glass industry.

Saban hari kita memulakan hari dengan memakai seluar untuk ke sekolah, tempat kerja, bersosial dengan rakan-rakan dan ke mana-mana sahaja dalam dunia ini. Pasti ada perkara yang kita ambil remeh tentang kehidupan seharian kita. Cuba tengok zip seluar anda, tertera huruf YKK. YKK bermakna Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha iaitu sebuah kilang membuat zip terbesar di dunia yang menghasilkan zip seluar yang anda pakai sekarang . Ia telah diasaskan di Jepun pada 1934. Kumpulan YKK juga mengilang produk kancing lain seperti butang-butang, produk seni bina, dan juga mesin industri. Pada awal penciptaan zip ia telah dipanggil "clasp locker" . Ia telah direka pada 1891 oleh Whitcomb L Judson. Kemudian, pada 1913, Gideon Sundback Sweden mengubahsuai zip "clasp locker" dan menggunakan gigi logam lalu terciptalah zip seperti yang kita lihat hari ini, dan terpaten ia pada 1917. Hari ini, terdapat juga zip yang dibuat daripada plastik. Jenama YKK biasanya dijumpai dalam barangan : * Pakaian * Perabot * Kenderaan * Beg * Peralatan Sukan Satu kawasan kilang YKK di Macon, di Amerika Syarikat menghasilkan 7 juta zip sehari, dalam sejumlah 1,500 jenis dan dalam lebih daripada 427 standard warna-warna. Ia merupakan kilang zip terbesar dunia. Kilang zip di Macon ini juga menghasilkan acuannya yang sendiri untuk membuat gigi-gigi zip dan bahagian-bahagian gelangsar untuk zip tersebut. Kilang sama juga mengeluarkan dan mewarna benang itu. YKK juga mengeluarkan mesin-mesin itu yang membuat zip itu.

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