Media Coverage about YKK
YKK Corporation has recently marked the one-year anniversary of the YKK Digital Showroom, which was launched in April 2021 as a virtual space for communicating with customers and introducing products.
YKK featured in Rivet’s Fall/Winter 23-24 In Season Look Book.
YKK Zips Up Title of Automotive Supplier of the Year (200-plus Employees) in 2021 Georgia GEAR Awards
One might not associate a company that makes zippers for your jacket or pants with a company that makes parts for your car, and yet that is exactly what Georgia’s YKK USA does.
To maximize success, medical device manufacturers must think about sustainability holistically. This includes prioritizing it at the beginning of the design phase and considering the entire life cycle of the device while balancing the need for safety, functionality, and durability — all imperatives for medical devices.
YKK – a leading Japanese company of fasteners – has announced that US-based software service provider WaveOn – that connects brands and consumers via products – is joining its network of software partners supporting YKK’s Touchlink fasteners enabled with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
There was a special recognition of YKK as the first Japanese company in Georgia and for being part of the Macon-Bibb community for 50 years. YKK Corporation purchased 54 acres in Ocmulgee Park to build its National Manufacturing Center in 1972, and it has grown to 300 acres. Currently, there are more than 600 Japanese-owned companies in the Peach State.
YKK has unveiled a new line of recycled zippers made with Econyl as trims are often labelled as being one of the biggest challenges in terms of garment recycling.
To stay competitive in a crowded and ever-evolving industry, medical device manufacturers must consistently deliver value in two ways. The first is through innovative products that improve safety and efficacy for the patient. The second is by maximizing cost-effectiveness throughout the product life cycle from development and launch through scale-up and mass production. Suppliers play a central role in a manufacturer achieving these goals, but many companies don’t use these strategic partnerships to their full advantage, or they bring experts into the process too late to influence the effectiveness and efficiency of product development.
Rarely does a company sustain its global industry leadership for more than a few decades, and most that do so are very well-known global brands. YKK, an 88-year-old Japanese manufacturer of zippers, is not a household name, yet it has quietly, and impressively, stayed atop of the global fastener industry for decades. It has remained relevant and preserved its leadership globally and in the U.S. market. What enabled YKK to do so well for so long? The authors examine how YKK has beaten the odds, and provide a possible roadmap for other companies looking to sustain a viable, profitable business in international markets. They also offer several areas of potential vulnerability which pose serious challenges to a company’s pursuit of longevity.
We caught up with past and present leaders of the two oldest Japanese companies in Georgia to learn about the rich history of Japanese investment in Cobb.
Recognizing that trims are one of the biggest challenges for garment recycling, YKK announces a new collection of NATULON® recycled zippers made with ECONYL® regenerated nylon. ECONYL nylon, manufactured by Aquafil S.p.A. and supplied in collaboration with ITOCHU Corp., is made entirely from nylon waste collected all around the world, such as industrial plastic, fabric scraps, old carpets and fishing nets from the aquaculture sector. The material can be continuously recycled without loss of quality.
Keith Glaser of YKK explains how suppliers are ideal resources to help medical device manufacturers innovate, drive competitiveness, and enhance profitability. But innovation can go even further when manufacturers align themselves with suppliers that bring a new level of insight that can only result from the formation of trusting, intimate relationships with their customers.
YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. was honored with a 2021 GEAR Award by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) in an award ceremony on January 14 at its Macon, Georgia plant. GDEcD named YKK the “Supplier of the Year, employing 200+ people” for its contributions to the advancement of the state’s automotive and mobility industries.
The new outdoor performance brand ARTILECT has adopted YKK’s Touchlink™ Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled zipper for its Fall/Winter 2022 line, deploying the technology on seventeen different styles for men and women.
The COP26 meeting in Glasgow, UK that took place in October and November 2021 was the latest in the United Nations’ series of conferences that aims to tackle climate change and its impacts. For the fashion industry, the run-up to the event galvanised companies such as Arezzo & Co, Cartier, New Look, Prada, Soorty Enterprises, Under Armour and YKK Corporation into making specific commitments or announcements of broader sustainability initiatives, and provided an opportunity for collective discussion and advocacy.
YKK USA receives 2021 GEAR Awards Supplier of the Year, employing 200+ people from The Georgia Department of Economic Development
These awards are designed to recognize forward movement in Georgia’s automotive and mobility industries through innovation and emerging technologies.
YKK Corporation has released “This is YKK 2021,” an integrated report which highlights the company’s progress on medium-term management strategies, value creation aimed at long-term sustainable growth, and sustainability initiatives. The information is presented as a narrative woven around the YKK Philosophy of the “Cycle of Goodness” and management principles that have been passed down within the company since the days of its founder, Tadao Yoshida.
YKK, in collaboration with the Product Cloud platform EON and sportswear brand Houdini, has also developed the Touch Link zipper puller. This puller is NFC-enabled and allows the user to acquire information on use and care of the garment. Moreover, a brand holder who uses this product will be able to maintain a closer relationship with the customer and better oversight of the life cycle of the product, which can support new business models such as resale, rental, subscription and recycling.
Companies have been working toward a leaner and more efficient, responsible and digital model for years, but the unprecedented events of 2020 helped accelerate positive change. “The biggest change that the pandemic has bought for us is an increased interest in sustainability from our brand partners,” said Brian La Plante, YKK (USA) Inc. sustainability lead. “They are speeding up their adoption of our sustainable trim items and requesting new, more advanced developments which lower environmental impacts even further.”
Medical wearables technology has advanced significantly in recent years. Fasteners play a critical role in product performance. In this article for Medical Design & Outsourcing, Keith Glaser, Director – Industrial Fastening Group at YKK USA, explores three key pitfalls to avoid when choosing fasteners that can result in underperforming wearables, wasted time and money and missed opportunities for innovation.
YKK Corporation has received the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award, the grand prize in the 12th EST Transportation Environment Awards.
How Prioritizing Total Cost of Ownership Can Provide a Competitive Edge in Medical Device Manufacturing
Continued innovation is at the heart of the medical device industry, with new technology supporting critical outcomes such as earlier and more accurate diagnoses, more effective treatments, and helping people live longer and healthier lives. By regularly evaluating existing products and placing a stronger emphasis on total cost of ownership (TCO) during the new product development process, medical device manufacturers can maintain the critical balance of innovation and cost management, while staying ahead of the competition and bringing greater value to the healthcare system.”
Rivet 50 is an annual index of the most influential leaders in advancing the business of denim. Now in its fourth year, Rivet 50 serves as a barometer for the denim industry, a representation of how far the sector’s ongoing evolution has come in terms of in innovation, sustainability and creativity. More than 16,000 votes cast online determined the 2021 honorees culled from five categories: executives, designers, mills, supply chain and agents of change.
YKK goes high-tech, producing a zipper pull with a digital component, Touchlink, allowing consumers to interact with brands and brands to engage their consumers, creating a digital footprint of every purchase.
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculates all costs associated with a particular product or service through its entire lifecycle. It considers price, risk, opportunity cost as well as hidden costs, including product recalls. In this article for Orthopedic Design & Technology, Keith Glaser, Director of Medical & Hygiene at YKK USA, explains how choosing the right supply partner can help medical device manufacturers optimize TCO.
The Swedish brand Houdini Sportswear plans to close the circularity gap using pioneering EON & YKK technology to connect products in a circular apparel system.
YKK Signs Licensing Agreement With Green Theme Technologies For Water-Free and Non-Toxic EMPEL Technology
YKK, a global leader in zippers and fastening products, announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Green Theme Technologies (GTT) to use their water-free and non-toxic EMPEL™ water protection technology on zippers.
A recent Life Cycle Assessment conducted by the sustainability consulting firm Peterson Projects B.V. confirmed that YKK’s new AcroPlating® technology completely eliminates harmful chemicals, toxic waste, and thermal energy usage, and reduces GHG emissions, water usage, electricity consumption, chemical usage, and sludge generation from the brass plating process.
Leading zipper and fastening products manufacturer YKK has kicked off a four-year business planning period with a major reorganization aimed at speeding up communication and time to market, with an emphasis on digitalization, sustainability and diversity.
YKK Corp. of America, based in Marietta, has seen its territory expand this week to include a new continent. The subsidiary of the Japanese zipper and architectural products company has always run the company’s 11 Western Hemisphere operating companies from Canada to Colombia, but the group’s area expanded this week to Brazil, Argentina and Chile as part of a broader corporate restructuring.
Zipper and fastening products manufacturer YKK has launched a digital showroom to better engage with customers, virtually, regardless of time or location.
Global trims company YKK is one of 310 companies calling for more aggressive sustainability targets to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
YKK’s founder Tadao Yoshida came to the U.S. to stay in the 1970s. The flight of the domestic apparel industry in the 1990s made that a real challenge.
Fastener manufacturer YKK Corporation’s emissions reduction targets have been approved by the independent Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as consistent with levels required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – limiting global warming to well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.
YKK Corporation (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) has launched an experimental trial to visualize CO2 absorption using “e-kakashi,” an AI-powered “brain” for agriculture provided by SoftBank Corporation that includes a CO2 absorption estimation system. The trial is taking place at YKK Center Park’s “Furusato-no-Mori” (Hometown Forest) on the grounds of the Kurobe Manufacturing Center (Kurobe City, Toyama Prefecture, Japan).
“Georgia is a fabulous place for manufacturers,” says Jim Reed, president of YKK Corp. of America, which makes zippers, fasteners and architectural products at several locations throughout the state. “First of all, the people that we have available to us – our workforce – are great. On top of that you’ve got strong logistical capabilities [including] the highways, the port and the airport. Local governments, with whom we’re very close, and state government are very friendly and pro-business. Those are a unique combination of benefits.”
YKK debuted a new line of zippers treated with ViralOff, a technology created by Swedish company Polygiene that eliminates 99 percent of viruses on textiles in a span of two hours.
YKK has developed a new product, Natulon, a collection of zippers made from ocean-sourced plastic waste collected within a 50km radius of the Sri Lanka coastline. Using chemical recycling, both the zipper and slider mechanism are made from recycled materials with no metal components, making further recycling possible.
Announced today (28 October), ahead of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo, the new unit aims to help manufacturers struggling with issues such as time-consuming manual processes, high scrap rate, and wasted material, inconsistent quality, high inventory, multiple suppliers, and rising production costs.
The world’s largest zipper manufacturer has an action plan for a more sustainable future. YKK unveiled Monday the YKK Sustainability Vision 2050, a five-prong strategy that addresses climate change, material resources, water resources, chemical management and human rights as well as 10 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
To mitigate loss of business from the pandemic and assist with creating necessary supplies, many Georgia manufacturers have pivoted some or all of their business in response to Covid-19. In some cases, the switch has opened a line of business that could continue after the pandemic. In March, Gov.
We’ve seen one retail bankruptcy after another during this pandemic: Brooks Brothers, Neiman Marcus, J. Crew, the parent companies of Men’s Wearhouse and Ann Taylor. But it’s not just those big companies that are struggling in retail. The pandemic has downstream effects all throughout the supply chain.
Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 United Way of Central Georgia unveiled the 2019-2020 100 Most Generous Workplaces in Central Georgia. This Top 100 listing includes philanthropic contributions from organizations and their employees to the United Way workforce campaign.
United Nations Global Compact | Over 150 global corporations urge world leaders for net-zero recovery from COVID-19
In largest ever UN-backed CEO-led climate advocacy effort, major multinationals reaffirm their own science-based commitments to achieving zero carbon economy and call on governments to match their ambition.
Optitex, a leading provider of software solution for fashion and apparel industry, has collaborated with YKK Group, a leading manufacturer of zippers. The partnership will give Optitex customers recent version O/19.5 access to YKK products.
YKK USA has expanded its product offerings to reinforce domestic supply chain that will help manufacturers throughout US make products essential to fight COVID-19 pandemic. YKK, best known for zippers, also offers variety of metal wire, hook & loop, injection moulded plastic parts, webbing, snaps, and buttons that can be used in COVID-19 relief applications.
A new collaboration between leading trim manufacturer YKK and sourcing platform Oceanworks endeavours to take on the marine plastic waste challenge, one zipper at a time. The plastic fork, humble q-tip or the juice box straw.
TAKAMATSU, Japan — Customer feedback five years ago led Japan’s YKK to rethink a product it has spent decades refining: the humble zipper. The result was a fastener that requires only one hand to use, answering a call from people with special needs or those who are just in a hurry, like athletes.
YKK, accessories supplier to sewing products industry, is collaborating with Oceanworks, the leading marketplace for materials made from recycled ocean plastic. In support of Oceanworks’ mission to help brands develop products from recycled ocean plastic, YKK will have Natulon Ocean Sourced zippers available on the Oceanworks marketplace.
Lifestyle and apparel company Kontoor Brands has begun producing protective gear to help those in hospitals and on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic. The company, whose portfolio includes brands Wrangler and Lee, has started producing around 50,000 Level 1 patient gowns and 10,000 disposable isolation gowns for clinicians at North Carolina-based hospitals. The protective gear is being produced at the company’s owned and operated manufacturing facilities, with patient gown fabric donated by Copen United Limited and Cotswold Industries, Inc., zippers from YKK (U.S.A.) Inc., and disposable protective fabric for the isolation gowns from Greensboro-based Precision Fabrics Group, Inc.
The YKK plant in Lawrenceburg has answered the call to help battle the coronavirus pandemic. The plant, which produces an array of buttons, snaps, hooks and other items, announced last week it is working to develop critically needed items for medical providers. “We reached out to the medical community,” said Lawrenceburg plant manager Aza Shumate.
The world’s largest zipper manufacturer is the latest company to throw its support behind the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. YKK USA announced last week it is partnering with customers and government contractors to manufacture in-demand supplies for medical workers at all four of its main U.S.
MACON, Ga. – One central Georgia company is stepping up to help hospitals and the federal government during the COVID-19 pandemic. We learned how YKK is trying to help keep first responders and patients safe. “Especially on the fastening side, we have been in the medical and PPE industry for a long time,” Jim Reed, President of YKK America, said.
Under Armour, Jockey International, and Tailored Brands are among the latest fashion firms to mobilise their production facilities and supply chains to help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks and hospital gowns, amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
One example is YKK subsidiary Tape Craft Corporation in Oxford, Alabama. Tape Craft was approached by Ford Motor company with a request to provide thousands of elastic straps for the face shields Ford is now manufacturing in Michigan for the medical industry. Tape Craft provided 85,000 pieces of elastic straps to Ford this week.
Editor’s note: This commentary is written by YKK Corp. of America President Jim Reed and published as part of the company’s annual sponsorship of Global Atlanta’s Japan coverage. The Business Roundtable, America’s most influential group of corporate leaders, made headlines last August when it redefined the purpose of corporations, saying they should exist not only …
YKK Corporation, a global leader in the manufacturing of zippers and other fastening products, recently announced that it has become a signatory to the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. The initiative calls on the fashion industry to acknowledge the contribution of the sector to climate change and its responsibility to strive towards climate neutrality for a safer planet.
YKK Corporation’s new zipper design fills a void in adaptive apparel design. The company recently announced that it has developed a new zipper that closes using magnetic force. Magnet Zippers are open-end zippers designed to be closed easily using magnetic force between the left and right sides.
YKK zippers use coastline plastic waste
TOKYO – January 7, 2020 – QuickFree®, a zipper developed by YKK, has been recognized in the “Personal” category of the 2019 GOOD DESIGN® Awards. Founded in Chicago in 1950 and presented each year by The Chicago Athenaeum, the Good Design Award is considered the oldest and most prestigious global awards program for design excellence and design innovation.
Being sustainable in fashion means streamlining every last detail of the design process – even the humble zipper. That’s why 3-D apparel solution firm Browzwear and ubiquitous Japanese zipper company YKK Corp. said today that the brands have partnered to take aim at smoothing out the wrinkles in the fashion design process.
The cities are different. The hospitals are different. The food is different. But when nurses from The Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon and Japan’s Kurobe City Hospital work together as part of an exchange, the fundamentals of how they care for patients are the same. “Nursing is pretty universal.
MACON, Ga. –The Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon is hosting officials from Japan’s Kurobe Municipal Hospital. The two hospitals have enjoyed a sister hospital exchange program for 16 years. In those 16 years the two hospitals have exchanged in total almost 200 doctors, nurses and all kinds of hospital personnel.
The Relaxip blouse has functions to help patients face the challenges they encounter in their daily life routine. For example, a patient can wear the Relaxip without having to raise their arms. They can put it on at home or in an exam room of a doctor’s office just by opening a side zipper, putting their head through, and then zipping it up.
TOKYO – Japanese fastener manufacturer YKK has received the 2019 Good Design Best 100 award from the Japan Design Promotion Association for a zip made
YKK Collaborates With Ubuntu Life On New Line of Bags: 100-Percent Of Profits To Support Mothers And Children In Kenya
MARIETTA, Ga. – October 10, 2019 – YKK has teamed up with Ubuntu Life on its Fall 2019 line of bags handmade by their “Maker Mums” in the Maai Mahiu region of Kenya. One hundred percent of Ubuntu Life profits support social impact programs in Kenya that are empowering the communities they work in through job creation.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp, visited Macon Tuesday. The visit was part of the governor’s “Georgia Made Tour.” He and his wife stopped by YKK for his tour. The tour highlights manufacturing and production businesses in Georgia.
The world’s largest zipper supplier is bringing sustainable manufacturing to the U.S. For the first time, YKK will begin to produce its recycled material Natulon zipper at its Macon, G.A. manufacturing facility. By adding Natulon to its U.S. manufacturing, YKK states that it is further reducing the environmental impact from sourcing product overseas and reducing lead time.
Fastener manufacturer YKK is to begin production of its eco-friendly Natulon zipper in the US in a bid to cut the environmental impact from sourcing overseas and reduce lead time.
Along with product quality, sustainability has been one of the top concerns of YKK, long before it became a buzzword in the fashion industry. With decades of history that showcase a number of sustainable products and actions throughout the years,
The ‘Environmental Vision 2050’ will bring together a number of views, including the ideas and opinions of the employees, and will see the establishment of environmental principles/goals at each YKK company throughout next year. These will be rolled out at individual company level by establishing environmental principles and numerical targets locally.
YKK announces the launch of click-TRAK®, a zipper that makes opening and closing operations easier by replacing the insert pin with a snap button that you press together when closing the zipper. The zipper, which has been under development since 2015, was created with the aim of enabling the elderly, people with disabilities, and others who have difficulty using zippers to better enjoy fashion.
YKK Corporation is in the business of growing zippers. The global trims supplier introduced GreenRise, the industry’s first plant-derived zipper, this week at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver. GreenRise is made with a plant-based material that replaces polyester made from conventional fossil fuels.
At the Summer version of Outdoor Retailer , sustainability was the theme throughout the Colorado Convention Center, where one of the largest gatherings for the outdoor industry was held for the second year. For years, Outdoor Retailer took place in Salt Lake City.
YKK is tackling the plastic waste issue with its materially recycled Natulon zipper, which has saved millions of plastic bottles from landfills in the past five years. This is just one of the many environmentally friendly products the company will showcase at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, to be held between June 18 and 20 in Denver, Colorado.
MARIETTA, GA- June 17, 2019 – YKK is tackling the plastic waste issue with its materially recycled NATULON® zipper, which has saved millions of plastic bottles from landfills in the past five years. This is just one of the many environmentally friendly products the company will showcase at the 2019 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, to be held June 18 – 20, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.
The right zipper or button isn’t the sort of detail you’d notice on a runway or in a street style snap; it is immediately obvious, however, when you touch and feel – and actually wear – a garment.
The sustainability of a jean is tied to every stylistic choice that a designer makes-down to the last rivet.
The YKK Group, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, has implemented a bold and broad-based strategy for energy efficiency, reduced carbon output and sustainability. YKK’s green approach has substantially decreased the environmental impact of its 111 facilities operating in 73 countries and regions.
Combine two rows of fine teeth that lock together, a slider and a tab, and all of a sudden you have a quick way of securely closing a bag, jacket or pair of pants-a zipper. These handy, everyday devices were invented in the United States more than a century ago but are now global.
YKK announced Monday that its facility in Bangladesh was certified by the Alliance of Bangladesh Worker Safety in late 2018. This makes the global fastening products company the only zipper manufacturer in the country to be certified by the Alliance, which conducted factory safety assessments to ensure facilities met its fire safety and structural integrity standards before it began tapering operations at the end of 2018.
Gov. Kemp Joins in Celebration of the 45th Anniversary of Japan’s Consulate General – Global Atlanta
The 45th anniversary of the opening of the Japan’s Consulate General in Atlanta was celebrated at a formal luncheon Feb. 18 hosted by Consul General Takashi Shinozuka at his residence. Georgia Gov.
Read about YKK comes out with Prifa customisable zipper and more news related to apparel industry at Fibre2Fashion
IT IS A little bit of magic. A gesture up and a seam comes together. A gesture down and a garment comes apart. The zip was one of the later fruits of the Industrial Revolution, and one that was slow to ripen: the internal combustion engine, the turbine and the light bulb spread across the world much faster.
Book: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World and Why Things are Better Than You Think Author: Hans Rosling Review by: Jim Reed, president of YKK Corp. of America On October 17, 2004, Mari Larsen, a 38-year-old resident of northern Sweden and single mother of three, is brutally murdered by her ex-lover.
MACON, Georgia (WMGT/41NBC) – This week 16 middle school students and three chaperones from Kurobe, Japan are visiting Macon-Bibb County. During their stay, they will learn more about American culture and practice their English language skills. Thursday, Students spent the day visiting Heard Elementary, Rutland Middle, and Rutland High Schools.
Alex Gregory, former chairman and CEO of YKK Corp. of America and the former chairman and chairman emeritus of the Japan America Society of Georgia, is to be honored as a recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by the Japanese government.
Thursday, November 8th, 2018 From November 4-10, sixteen middle school students and three chaperones from Kurobe, Japan are visiting Macon-Bibb to learn more about American culture and practice their English language skills. Students will attend a welcome ceremony at Macon-Bibb Government Center (700 Poplar Street) on Wednesday, November 7 beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Alex Gregory to receive Order of the Rising Sun from Japanese government | Georgia College News and Events
“Alex Gregory is truly deserving of this distinction, and Georgia College is deeply grateful for his continued service to the university,” said Dr. Steve Dorman, president of Georgia College. “We are honored that Mr. Gregory can mentor our students by being our first Leader in Residence, and I know that his experience and leadership style will continue to inspire our students.”
On October 15th, Navicent Health and Mercer University School of Medicine welcomed six physicians, two nurse, and one medical tech from Kurobe City Hospital for the fifteenth year of a unique medical exchange between Macon-Bibb County and its sister city of Kurobe, Japan.
At first glance, Japan and the U.S. might seem like unlikely allies: The cultures couldn’t be more different, and the origins of their modern partnership lie in a gruesome global war.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Jim Reed. So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. I grew up in Goshen, Kentucky, a small town a few miles up the Ohio River from Louisville.
View as slideshow Culture If you think the tiny pocket on your jeans is useless, think again. Your clothes have a secret history of their own. LightField Studios/Shutterstock The first generation of blue jeans actually only had four pockets: one in the back, one in the front, and two of those small ones on the front.
YKK founder Tadao Yoshida called his company philosophy “The Cycle of Goodness.”
We were “Just Curious” about the street sign that contains a number of international cities next to Macob-Bibb’s Government Center. We discovered that those cities are all sister cities to the city of Macon. Sister cities are relationships between cities to establish “peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation-one individual, one community at a time,” according to sistercities.org.
Advanced tips and techniques for choosing and working with zippers in your projects. Providing an excellent end product is paramount to marine fabricators, and zippers play a vital role in the long-term functionality of everything from covers to cushions. But zippers can be tricky.
I cover retail, fashion, consumer behavior and consumer products. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. There is one problem I’ve never been able to resolve when I travel with a suit or sportcoast: how to pack it in a suitcase that will go in an airplane’s overhead bin and still be wearable when I arrive.
From jeans to suitcases to sofa covers to boots, chances are we’ve all used more than one “slide fastener” (AKA “zipper”) today. Hard as it is to imagine life without them, zippers have only been around for about a hundred years.
From Georgia’s Lake Country to International Boardrooms: A Conversation with Alex Gregory
Book: The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder Author: Peter Zeihan Review by: Alex Gregory, Chairman and CEO, YKK Corporation of America Peter Zeihan’s The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder will appeal, especially, to those of us who were not as Read more
The invention of the zipper-or at least the first attempts to find something more effective than hook-and-eye closures-dates back to the mid-19th century. The modern zipper turned up sometime around 1913. Zipper maker YKK is looking to introduce the next step in zipper development.
http://www.bizcommunicationguy.com takes you to my Web site, where you will learn about my services for corporations and business leaders. In this interview Alex Gregory of YKK discusses his corporation’s dynamic communication strategies.
Southern lifestyle, easy access to talent and low overhead for both startups and Fortune 500 headquarters. Can a state boasting these charms not but have a global profile? At one of its many “Where Georgia Leads” networking events, the Technology Association of Georgia’s International Business Society introduced a map aimed at showcasing the state’s international …
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There are some basic ingredients to make thunderstorms and tornadoes. We’ll find out what they are – and how to observe these powerful and amazing storms safely. Plus: A brand new Moment of Um will tackle the question, “How do zippers work?”
Atlanta Business Chronicle in July named our list of Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs of 2017. They were honored on Aug. 24 at a sold-out awards event at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. Here’s a Q&A with one of the honorees, Alex Gregory, chairman and CEO of YKK Corporation of America: Q: You’ve been named one of Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs of 2017.
It’s still unclear whether he made a pitch to Toyota, whose executives have said they will soon announce a $1.6 billion joint factory in the U.S. with fellow Japanese auto maker Mazda. All we know from Georgia Gov.
In a conversation with Fibre2Fashion, a spokesperson for the company reveals how it has grown since its inception back in 1934. Read to know more.
Colombia reached a major milestone in its journey toward peace with this week’s first major disarmament by its principal rebel group. But the 7,000-plus weapons laid down by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by their Spanish acronym FARC, are personal weapons and a fraction of what remains stashed around the country.
If you look closely at the zipper on your pants right now, odds are that it has 3 letters engraved on the tab: “YKK.” Those aren’t the initials of the inventor of the zipper – his name was Whitcomb L. Judson, and he patented the first zipper in the late 19th century.
Lunch with executives from Hyundai. Dinner with their counterparts from Kia. It’s all part of a week-long economic development mission to South Korea and Japan Gov. Nathan Deal is taking, starting this weekend.
YKK Corp. of America, the Marietta-based unit of the Japanese zipper giant, has named a new president with extensive experience in Central and South America. The metro Atlanta company has responsibility over YKK Group operations stretching from Canada to Colombia. Jim Reed, who was hired in 2009 and eventually climbed to chief legal counsel of …
Welcome to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Meet the C-Suite” where each week we will feature one of the city’s most high profile c-level executives and leaders. This week meet Jim Reed, president of YKK Corp. of America. Company: YKK Corp. of America Title: President Headquarters: Marietta, Ga. Background: I grew up in Goshen, Ky.
Thursday, May 11th, 2017 YKK Corporation of America is pleased to announce the promotion of Jim Reed to President, effective May 8, 2017. Jim Reed joined YKK Corporation of America in January 2009 as Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel and was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel in 2013.
SGB spoke with YKK’s Mike Maekawa about the crucial little component that your gear can’t live without. Imagine your favorite tent, jacket or pack – it’s functional, it looks rad and it never lets you down. Now imagine taking the zippers off any of those products.
YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. has partnered with David Clark Company to provide the zippers for The Boeing Company’s new Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner Spacesuit. The spacesuit has been designed for wear in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, which is being developed in collaboration with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and is designed to accommodate seven passengers, or a mix of crew and cargo, for missions to low-Earth orbit.
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Zippers are no longer the overlooked things that close up a jackets or fly-they are getting just as smart as the apparel they serve. Innovation in zippers for the coming Spring/Summer 2018 season was rampant at Intertextile Shanghai last week, and performance was the prime focus.
Tokyo-based YKK Fudosan Co, Ltd, part of YKK Group’s global network, has obtained LEED-BD+C (Core and Shell) Platinum certification for its YKK80 Building. It was the first such certification for a new office building in Japan. The goal of the project team was to reduce energy consumption by 60% when compared to typical office buildings.
Friday, March 10th, 2017 Rebuilding Macon marks an exciting new partnership with YKK AP America Inc., naming them a Neighborhood Building Sponsor. YKK AP will donate energy-efficient replacement windows to meet the annual needs of the organization, aiding in its mission to preserve Macon neighborhoods by providing free rehab services to those in need.
A residential window manufacturer in Macon has steadily been increasing its production and adding jobs since it opened here 10 years ago. And it is looking to continue that trend. Since 2007, YKK AP America, a subsidiary of Japan-based YKK Corporation of America, has been manufacturing vinyl windows for new residential construction and replacement purposes at its Macon plant, which employs about 200 people.
YKK AP America has teamed up with Rebuilding Macon Inc. to provide 50 specialized, energy-efficient windows per year to the organization. Rebuilding Macon is a nonprofit organization that works to preserve homeownership and neighborhoods by providing free rehabilitation services to people in need.
MACON, Ga. — A new partnership with a local company will help Rebuilding Macon make more improvements on houses in need. The organization named YKK AP America a Neighborhood Building Sponsor after it donated a year’s worth of energy-efficient windows.Exec
YKK (USA) Inc. is making zippers for The Boeing Co.’s spacesuit that will be used by crew members of the aerospace manufacturer’s Starliner spacecraft. YKK has a presence in Georgia including a facility in Marietta and a zipper manufacturing plant in Macon.
YKK USA, which has a large zipper manufacturing plant in Macon, is partnering with David Clark Co. to provide zippers for The Boeing Co.’s new spacesuit for the Starliner aircraft which NASA will use to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Mayor Robert Reichert got a special visit from a group of students Wednesday afternoon. And not just any group, as these kids hailed from the other side of the world: Japan. 16 students from Kurobe, Japan are visiting from their homeland in order to participate in school activities with their American counterparts at Rutland High School.
Thursday, October 20th, 2016 Navicent Health welcomed a delegation from Kurobe Municipal Hospital in Kurobe, Japan to The Medical Center, Navicent Health on Wednesday, October 19. The delegation from Macon’s sister city includes physicians, registered nurses and representatives of KMH’s pharmacy, education and residency training programs. Navicent Health and KMH have enjoyed a sister hospital exchange program for more than a decade.
Navicent Health welcomed a delegation from Kurobe, Japan, a sister city of Macon-Bibb County on Wednesday. The Medical Center, Navicent Health and Kurobe Municipal Hospital have participated in a sister hospital exchange program for more than a decade.
they continue experimenting and developing their work, said the founder of the Arts of Fashion Foundation at a recent lecture at the Battery. […] to quote Rei Kawakubo, ‘Without creation there can be no progress and man cannot evolve.’
CNN talks to the president of YKK, Masayuki Sarumaru, about why this zipper company is looking more and more to Africa.
Among the latest developments from Japanese fastener business YKK is a super lightweight aluminium slider for its Lumina zipper. The range is comprised of aluminium alloy elements, which means it is already lightweight – but YKK has made it even more so thanks to the new slider, reducing its weight by 50% the company says.
There are many things I get to do in the course of business that warm my heart, but there are only a few that melt it. Well, I had mine totally turned to hot water a few weeks ago. Usually it’s the people who make you melt.
YKK AP America Inc. commemorated its 25 th anniversary with a full day of activities and festivities at its plant in Dublin, Ga. The day began with a welcome reception and plant tour for the nearly 70 guests, employees and local officials.
YKK Corp. of America, the Marietta-based subsidiary of the Japanese zipper and architectural products giant for the Western Hemisphere, has named two new presidents for the U.S. arms of those two units. On April 1 Oliver Stepe will be the first non-Japanese president of YKK AP America Inc., the Dublin, Ga.-based manufacturer of windows, doors and building facades, among other products.
Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 YKK Corporation of America is pleased to announce the promotion of Oliver Stepe to president of YKK AP America Inc., effective April 1, 2016. Part of the global YKK Group and a subsidiary of YKK Corporation of America, YKK AP America Inc.
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Anaheim, Calif.- YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. celebrated the installation of a 521 Kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic system at its facility in Anaheim, Calif. at the beginning of March. Installation firm SunGreen Systems and solar module manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric US Inc. attended the event. After conducting a research on renewable energy, YKK (U.S.A.)
Solar panel maker Mitsubishi Electric US Inc., installation firm SunGreen Systems and zipper manufacturer YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. have announced the completion of a 521 kW solar PV system at YKK’s Anaheim, Calif., facility. Teaming up with SunGreen Systems, YKK installed 1,968 of Mitsubishi’s Diamond Pro solar modules on the roof of its plant, and the …
SunGreen Systems Completes 521 kW Solar System for YKK U.S.A.: PV Installation Delivers 97.6% Power for Anaheim, California Zipper Manufacturer
YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. will hold a commissioning ceremony on March 3, 2016 to celebrate the installation of a 521 kW solar photovoltaic system at its Anahe
To be named “world capital” of something is both a badge of honor, yet also something of a badge of shame, writer George Pendle tells NPR’s Robert Siegel. It means your city revolves entirely around a single product, like gravel or toothpicks.
Zippers and faces just don’t mix. Leading manufacturer YKK has created a solution with its ‘Fix A Shape’ zipper. If you’ve worn many ski jackets, you know that the part of the zipper that passes above your neck and up over your mouth usually kind of sucks.
[Press Releases] The Foreign Minister’s Commendations in Honor of the 70th Anniversary of the End of the War
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will award the Foreign Minister’s Commendations in Honor of the 70th Anniversary of the End of the War to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in the promotion of friendship between Japan and the United States.
Three Georgians have been honored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan with special commendations on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war with the United States. Japan’s consul general in Atlanta, Kazuo Sunaga, presented certificates of the commendations at a celebration of the birthday of the Emperor of …
On November 28th, YKK sponsored their first toy drive at the Walmart parking lot to help kids in need, and this morning, they officially donated all the toys they received to Open Hands Pantry.
Atlanta, Dec 4, 2015 – The Consulate General of Japan celebrates the Emperor of Japan’s birthday at the residence of Consulate General of Japan in Buckhead. Over 200 distinguished guests including Congressman Tom Price, Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens, business leaders, community leaders and mayors of several major cities in metropolitan Atlanta attended the ceremony.
Earlier this month, the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection honored six recipients for their 2015 Environmental Excellence Awards, and YKK in Lawrenceburg was one of them, winning the environmental pacesetter award. Originally known as Universal Fasteners and located just off of Industrial Road, we sat down with Greg Pass, HR & Safety Director, and Todd Baldwin, Environmental Engineer, at YKK to see what they did to win the award.
Frankfort, Ky. – The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) honored the six recipients of its 2015 Environmental Excellence Awards during the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment. Through this awards program, the department recognized the efforts and activities of individuals, businesses or organizations that are committed to protecting and improving Kentucky’s environment.
smithsonian.com Take a look at a zipper on any given pair of pants and chances are it’s inscribed with the letters “YKK,” an acronym stamped on some 7 billion zippers a year. Every one of them is manufactured by a single Japanese company behind what might be one of the most ubiquitous brands in history.
It has done so through the auspices of YKK, the world’s largest manufacturer of zippers, which produces roughly half the world’s supply-some 7 billion a year. Yet to understand how Kurobe became the zipper capital of the world, one must travel back to the very birth of the zipper, to a time when the zipper wasn’t even the zipper at all.
The brand of zipper that is likely keeping your britches up at this very moment. Headquartered in Tokyo, 81-year-old YKK (short for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha, which translates as Yoshida Company Limited) was founded by Tadao Yoshida, who started making custom zippers to take advantage of breaks and alignment flaws in other products of the time.
YKK North America Chairman, President, & CEO Alex Gregory discusses one of the most important things he does – mentoring college students and helping prepare them for the future.
The zipper is one of those inventions-along with the bicycle-that seems as though it should have occurred much earlier in history. How complicated could it be to assemble two wheels, two pedals, and a chain? Or to align two jagged strips of metal teeth and shuffle them together?
So that’s what it stands for! Don’t miss an episode of mental_floss on YouTube-subscribe here! Images and footage provided by Shutterstock. Here’s a transcript courtesy of Nerdfighteria Wiki: 1. If you’ve ever been caught staring at your zipper and wondering what YKK stands for, it’s Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha, which roughly translates to Yoshida Company Limited.
As part of the environmental activities at YKK Kurobe Factory, YKK, the leading designer of fastening solutions, is working on the development of ECO-DYE technology, which is said to allow the company to reduce the amount of water used in the zipper dyein
YKK North America Chairman, President, & CEO Alex Gregory talks about his journey from Macon to becoming head of the company, and gives a brief history of the company, and the continued innovation that has lead to new markets. He also talks about recent and future growth of the Macon operation.
Margaret Mimbs was 26 years old when she began working at the YKK zipper plant in Macon. It was less than a month after the company and the community celebrated the grand opening of the $15 million manufacturer Oct. 18, 1974. It was Mimbs’ first full-time job.
Africa Atlanta 2014 Africa Atlanta 2014 was always meant to be more than an art exhibit. While it has been anchored for the last five months by Kongo across the Waters, a traveling art exhibit that explores the legacy of the Kongo culture, it has also been highlighted by complementary events held before, during and after the exhibit designed to showcase Atlanta as the hub around which to re-energize relations between Africa, Europe and the Americas.
Jessica Cork with YKK Corp. of America, Yoshi Domoto with JapanFest, and Sachi Nakato with Nakato Japanese Restaurant
Jessica Cork with YKK Corp. of America, Yoshi Domoto with JapanFest, and Sachi Nakato with Nakato Japanese Restaurant Mike Jessica Cork/YKK Corp. of America Located in Marietta, Georgia, YKK Corporation of America is the western hemisphere parent of YKK Corporation’s North and Central America Group.
YKK AP America Inc., a manufacturer of architectural products, is planning to expand its Macon window plant to serve the recovering housing market in the U.S. YKK AP is part of YKK Corp. of America, the North American subsidiary of the Japanese zipper and fastener giant that built its first plant in Middle Georgia in …
YKK AP America Inc. will expand its residential window plant in Macon, Ga., thanks to growing demand related to the recovering U.S. housing market. YKK AP will relocate its production lines into a larger building on its Macon campus and add two new production lines dedicated to vinyl window and multi-layered glass production.
Next time you zip up, or zip down, check out your zipper. There’s a good chance it’ll say YKK. But, what is YKK? I head to South Gate, California, to find out. At Koos Manufacturing in South Gate, they make AG jeans, with YKK zippers. Yul Ku, the owner of the company, shows me around.
The zipper maker is working with the textile industry group to improve its corporate social responsibility.
Zippers are on pretty anything – sofas, gym bags, sweatshirts and more. But, have you ever noticed that “YKK” is on the pull-tab of almost every zipper? Check out this article to find out where this mysterious “YKK” comes from.