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The YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. Anaheim, California facility runs completely on solar power
06 Dec 2018
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YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. has a fastener assembly plant and office in Anaheim, California, and they are proud of the fact that their facility is running completely on solar energy.  In 2014, YKK began researching the possibility of solar energy use at one of its locations, and determined that its Anaheim facility would be the best […]

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The YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. National Manufacturing Center in Macon, Georgia implements sustainable manufacturing processes
29 Nov 2018
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Today we continue our series of articles which explain what each of our facilities are doing to be a more environmentally friendly company. The YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. National Manufacturing Center in Macon, Georgia, which produces zippers and other fastening products, is another YKK company that is dedicated to being a sustainable manufacturing company.  They have […]

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National S.T.E.M/ S.T.E.A.M Day Series
19 Nov 2018
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According to the National Center for Women in Technology, the number of U.S. computing-related job openings expected by 2026 will be 3.5 million. However, only 17% of these jobs can be filled by U.S. computing bachelor’s degree recipients by 2026. As the demand for talent in the tech industry continues to grow, it is important […]

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YKK USA’s Field Technology Center takes YKK’s environmental pledge to heart
12 Nov 2018
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Long before it became cool for companies to promote their sustainable manufacturing practices, in 1994 YKK’s former chairman and CEO, Tadahiro Yoshida, established the YKK Group Environmental Pledge.  It states that, “The YKK Group proclaims that it will address and promote ‘harmony with the environment’ as the highest priority of its business activities.” In addition […]

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YKK (U.S.A.) Inc.’s Business Process Excellence pillar helps improve the company’s business process and employee engagement
25 Oct 2018
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Today we continue our series on how YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. has benefited from its Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) program and how it has reached a $ 2 million savings plateau as a result of this program. Kozue Childress is director of supply chain management for YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. in Macon, Georgia, and she is also […]

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YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. reaches $2 million in savings through its Total Productive Maintenance program
24 Oct 2018
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In August of 2018, YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. in Macon, Georgia reached a $2 million savings plateau through its Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) program.  According to Melissa Morin, the continuous improvement leader for both YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. in Macon, Georgia and YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, this savings was achieved with the help of 48 […]

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22 Oct 2018
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Myth: Manufacturing only does traditional advertising
18 Oct 2018
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Today we continue our series on the misconceptions about manufacturing.  Another myth about manufacturing is that it only involves using traditional advertising.  The I Am An Architect®  video series created by YKK AP America Inc. is a great example of how marketing is changing even for manufacturing. This clever and entertaining video series features architects […]

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Macon-Bibb County Welcomes Kurobe City Hospital Delegation for 15th Year
17 Oct 2018
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Unique Medical Exchange Fosters Partnership, Idea Exchange Between Sister Cities On October 15, 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. Each summer, […]

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QuickFree® receives Prime Minister’s Award, top prize in 12th Kids Design Award
11 Oct 2018
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In an award ceremony on September 25, 2018, YKK Corporation received the Prime Minister’s Award, the top prize in 12th Kids Design Award organized by the Kids Design Kids Design Association in Japan, for the QuickFree® zipper. QuickFree® was also recognized in the “design that contributes to the safety and security of children” category of […]

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National Manufacturing Day series- Safety in the workplace
08 Oct 2018
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We continue our series celebrating National Manufacturing Day addressing some of the most common misconceptions about the manufacturing industry. This time we are debunking the myth that manufacturing jobs are unsafe. We interviewed Allen Bogenschutz, vice president – risk management at YKK Corporation of America to discuss the safety culture here at YKK. Question: What are the […]

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High Demand for Manufacturing Jobs in Georgia
04 Oct 2018
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Since Manufacturing Day is on October 5th, we are doing a series on the misconceptions concerning manufacturing, and one of those misconceptions is that the demand for manufacturing jobs is low.  We recently interviewed Staci Uselton, senior manager of human resources at the YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. national manufacturing center in Macon, Georgia about this subject, […]

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YKK’s Global Marketing employees discuss their roles and what working for YKK means to them
26 Sep 2018
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Established in 1997 by Chairman Mel Sarumaru, YKK’s Global Marketing Group (GMG) has been working with companies headquartered in the U.S. to build their product lines in Asia for more than twenty years.  We recently interviewed several GMG employees here in the U.S. to learn what their experiences have been like working for this group. […]

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One Conversation at a Time- National Hispanic Heritage Month series
25 Sep 2018
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In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15), we want to recognize and celebrate the contributions of our Hispanic colleagues throughout the North and Central America region. Here at YKK, we embrace diversity and believe that we make better decisions when we consider multiple points of view and act as a […]

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YKK Canada Inc. celebrates 50th Anniversary
21 Sep 2018
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YKK Canada’s 50th anniversary celebration took place last month in Montreal, Canada. The event was attended by long-time friends of the company, community leaders and YKK’s  leadership team. The celebratory dinner was preceded by the Product Development Center opening and a YKK Canada factory tour. The event not only helped celebrate the company achievements throughout […]

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David Kelly with YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. Snap & Button Products follows in his father’s footsteps
06 Sep 2018
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David Kelly, YKK USA Snap & Button Products Industrial Fastening Group manager for sales and marketing, manages the company’s fastening business in the North and Central America region.  This business includes the safety, government, jobbers, medical, recreational, leather and retail industries.  He began working for YKK USA Snap & Button Products in 2004 as a […]

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The Carter Center welcomes Yoshida Scholarship Foundation recipient, Masatoshi Ono
28 Aug 2018
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This month, the Carter Center will welcome the new Yoshida Scholarship Foundation recipient, Masatoshi Ono.  Masatoshi is a graduate student at the University of Bradford in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England pursuing a Master’s degree in International Development Management. Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter, The Carter Center […]

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One conversation at a time- Video Series
24 Aug 2018
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A few weeks ago we launched “One Conversation at a time,” an on going social media series where we share the stories of our employees, the roles they play in the North and Central America Group, as well as their thoughts on YKK’s Core Values and Fundamental Behaviors and more. These are some of the […]

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The Outdoors Series
08 Aug 2018
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Summer is the perfect time to enjoy and celebrate the great outdoors. Here, at YKK we make products for all your favorite outdoor activities, from hiking, camping to diving and white water rafting. Throughout the month of July we shared videos and information about some of the YKK products especially made to improve your outdoor […]

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World Environment Day Series
08 Aug 2018
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To celebrate World Environment Day, we hosted a social media series throughout the month of June to highlight how we are working toward a sustainable society in cooperation with customers, employees and local communities. The YKK Group Environmental Pledge was signed in September 1994, and our commitment to promoting harmony with the environment remains our […]

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Make sure your luggage contains a quality zipper
30 Jul 2018
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With summer already here, we know that many of you will be taking trips these next few months.  Here are some things to consider when you are shopping for a new piece of luggage for your next trip. Whether you are looking for a high end piece of luggage that you will use often for […]

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Making quality personal- Tim Harvey’s story
18 Jul 2018
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What we do is much more than simply making windows or doors, or zippers, or straps, or buttons. We make things so well that we can be entrusted to make the things that keep people safe, and that even save their lives. Our Protek® line of windows, for example, shield people from hurricanes and blasts, […]

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Before you go on your next camping trip, check your sleeping bag zipper
13 Jul 2018
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Summer is a great time of the year to go camping, but before you go on your next excursion, make sure your sleeping bag is still in good condition and that the zipper is still working properly.  A zipper that has separated causing a gaping hole in a sleeping bag will make for a miserable […]

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YKK sponsors USA Baseball Collegiate National Team vs Japan’s Collegiate All-Star Team game in Macon, GA
11 Jul 2018
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On July 8, YKK sponsored the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team vs Japan’s Collegiate All-Star Team game at Macon’s Luther Williams Field. Home of the Macon-Bacon baseball team. The day started with pre-game Clinic hosted by both teams where children of YKK Employees had the chance to learn the fundamentals of baseball, show off their […]

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YKK North and Central America Group- 2018 Core Values Awards winners
10 Jul 2018
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We challenged the 2018 Core Values Awards winners to share what YKK’s Core Values mean to them in six words. The responses have been truly inspirational and showcase how these individuals embrace YKK’s Core Values and Fundamental Behaviors on a daily basis. Leonardo Lozano is the Health and Safety Supervisor at YKK Mexicana S.A. DE […]

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Is your group struggling with communication? Try team building
05 Jul 2018
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A year ago, YKK’s North and Central America group introduced 25 Fundamental Behaviors to create a unique corporate culture for its employees to live by.  Our Fundamental Behavior #13 is called Be a Team Player, and it states that we should be willing to help a co-worker when that’s what’s required for success.  The following […]

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YKK North and Central America Group celebrates the environment
29 Jun 2018
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Throughout the month of June, YKK North and Central America Group staff members planted trees to honor World Environment Day. At YKK, protecting the environment is part of our DNA and it is one of our 25 Fundamental Behaviors. Check out this short video highlighting some of the tree planting activities that took place within the […]

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YKK employees make a positive impact on the environment
21 Jun 2018
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As we continue to celebrate World Environment Day throughout the month, we wanted to take the time to share this great story from our colleagues at YKK (U.S.A) Inc., New York City office. This past weekend, Kelly Ghahramani , Lauren Simon and Catheryn Chen, decided to spend their free time doing something they are passionate about: protecting […]

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Military, Wet Suit and Fast Food Uniforms Go Eco-Friendly
06 Jun 2018
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At YKK we are constantly looking for ways to make our fastening products more eco-friendly.  We were excited to learn how several industries are making an attempt to make their uniforms eco-friendly, including the military and law enforcement industries, as well as fast food restaurant chains, and even the wetsuit industry. In his article, “Army […]

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What are the advantages of having zippered sofa covers?
30 May 2018
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Often when a sofa starts to look worn or a home owner wants something new, they will spend a fortune on a new sofa.  As a zipper manufacturer, we believe that there are several advantages to purchasing zippered sofa covers and cushion slipcovers. SlipcoverShop.com explains that cushions will likely experience a great deal of wear […]

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Promoting healthy work environments and active lifestyles.
14 May 2018
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In honor of Women’s Health Week, we’d like to showcase the efforts of our companies in the YKK North & Central America region which promote active lifestyles and healthy work environments. We all know the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are countless, but making these choices can be difficult, especially with our busy work schedules, […]

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A brief history of YKK’s Corporate Culture
08 May 2018
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When the founder of YKK, Tadao Yoshida, was a boy, he read a biography of Andrew Carnegie and was deeply influenced by Carnegie’s philosophy that those with great wealth must be socially responsible and use their assets to help others. As he worked to build YKK, Tadao Yoshida made the concept that the value of […]

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Jeans manufacturers and Berkeley scientists discover new ways to make earth-friendly blue jeans
04 May 2018
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At YKK we are always looking for new ways to become a more environmentally ethical company by improving our manufacturing processes, creating more eco-friendly products and by participating in corporate social responsibility activities that help the environment. Likewise, we support the jeans industry in its recent efforts to develop more sustainable methods for making blue […]

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Supporting young talent from all over the world
30 Apr 2018
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At YKK, we celebrate creativity and embrace innovative thinkers.  That is why it is important to us to support young designers who are revolutionizing the industry and pushing boundaries with their original creations. These are a few of the ways YKK is supporting designers globally: Fashion that gives back Angela Luna, a graduate of Parsons […]

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Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series
30 Apr 2018
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There are three major parts of a zipper: (1) the elements, which mesh with each other, (2) the slider, which is the part you operate with your hand and (3) the tape, which is made of cloth. Here at YKK, we make sure that each component is produced to meet the highest standards of quality. […]

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Two Tape Craft employees each adopt a mile of highway in memory of their children and help keep their local community clean
20 Apr 2018
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Not only does YKK show concern for the environment, but many of our employees at our subsidiaries are finding ways to preserve the environment themselves.  Two of our employees at our company, Tape Craft Corporation, each adopted a mile of highway in memory of their children.  These two employees with the help of their families […]

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Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series #4
19 Apr 2018
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Every year, YKK produces enough zippers to wrap around the world 50 times. That’s 1.2 million miles of zippers! The National Manufacturing Center of YKK in Macon, Georgia produces around 65,000 miles of those zippers annually. Shane Herndon has been working at YKK for 27 years. He is the Slide Fastener Assembly Manager, and he […]

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Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series #3
16 Apr 2018
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Have you ever wondered how YKK tests the quality of our zippers? We asked Greg Alexander, Quality Engineer, to explain how his department ensures the quality of our zippers and other products. ” We utilize the best available technology such as digital microscope with high quality imaging abilities, capable of 2-D and 3-D imaging enhancements. […]

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Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series #2
12 Apr 2018
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YKK produces 582 standard colors. About 10 million colors have been registered worldwide. Robin Barnhill, Dye Lab Manager, shared her insight into her department’s role in the overall production of zippers. How long have you been working at YKK? 11 years Briefly describe a typical work day: Customers are our top priority so reviewing new shade […]

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Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series #1
11 Apr 2018
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As part of our National Zipper Day series, we are interviewing experts from our very own National Manufacturing Center in Macon, GA to shed some light on what it takes to create a zipper. Here at YKK, innovation is part of everything we do; from our high quality products to the way our teams develop […]

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YKK El Salvador is chosen as one of the top 10 national dental clinics in El Salvador
30 Mar 2018
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Due to the good administrative management of its company clinic, YKK El Salvador was chosen as one of the top 10 national dental clinics in El Salvador by the Itinerant Dental Clinic Program of the Salvadoran Social Security Institute. On August 11, 2017, the director general of the Salvadoran Institute of Social Security (ISSS), Dr. […]

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Hundreds gather in Macon to celebrate Cherry Blossom season
22 Mar 2018
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A child smiles and stares in awe as the colorful floats parade in front of her. She waves hello and cheers loudly when she sees her mom waving back at her from YKK’s float. The excitement is palpable as hundreds of people from around the country and the world gather for the 36th annual parade […]

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YKK USA’s San Francisco Global Marketing Group participate in The North Face Endurance Challenge Series
16 Mar 2018
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At YKK we believe in supporting our customers by participating in events that they offer to the public.  On November 18 and 19, 2017, Rachel Schildkraut and Sunny Choy from YKK’s San Francisco Global Marketing office and Tucker Asano from YKK’s New York Global Marketing office ran in The North Face Endurance Challenge in San […]

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YKK AP sponsors FIRST Robotics Team, “The ThunderBotz,” for third consecutive year
09 Mar 2018
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On February 22, 2018 Dublin-Lauren’s FIRST Robotics Team, “The ThunderBotz,” hosted an open house to unveil their latest project to the public. For the past six weeks, students and volunteers have been working tirelessly to prepare for the upcoming FIRST Robotics competition taking place in mid-March. Students’ excitement was evident throughout the night as they […]

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International Women’s Day Series 2018
07 Mar 2018
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Throughout the month of March we shared a series of blogs, videos and posts highlighting the work and contributions of our female colleagues from our companies within North and Central America. Find their powerful and inspiring messages below. March 6, 2018 We begin our International Women’s Day series with a motivational message from Kuniyo Chitiea, Manufacturing […]

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YKK tests its fasteners to ensure quality
02 Mar 2018
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Zipper Testing Methods Did you know that YKK has various methods of testing its zippers?  Here are several different ways that YKK tests a zipper’s strength. *Tensile Testing Machine Conditions – Tensile Speed: 300 mm/min, Clamp Width: 25 mm YKK also uses the following different methods for testing its plastic hardware. The following methods are used […]

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Yoshida Scholarship Foundation – Carter Center Internship application now open
01 Mar 2018
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YKK Corporation’s educational foundation, The Yoshida Scholarship Foundation, is currently seeking Japanese nationals to participate in a 9-12 month paid internship at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Candidates with background in African Studies, Humanities, Law, Political Science or a related field are encouraged to apply. Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter […]

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YKK: Employing sustainable practices in everything we do
23 Feb 2018
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What is the first image or thought that comes to your mind when you think of sustainability? Is it an image of a green forest? Or a recap of last night’s TV special on the environment? Typically, when we think of sustainability we tend to focus on all the current problems affecting the environment. However, sustainability has become such […]

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Ingredient Brands Add Value to End Products
16 Feb 2018
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In a recent article in Forbes, “What ‘Ingredient Brands’ Are And Why They’re Important,” Richard Kestenbaum writes about how the use of ingredient brands can help a brand communicate the quality and craftsmanship of its product. Citing the suitcase brand Voicer, Kestenbaum writes, “Voicer developed an ingenious method for making a suitcase that avoids folding […]

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For decades, workwear has evolved to meet the changing needs of modern day workers
09 Feb 2018
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As a brand leader for workwear solutions, YKK makes it a priority to collaborate with our customers to ensure we are meeting all of their needs and expectations. Our top of the line technology helps create innovative products that are instrumental to the success of this ever-growing industry. As the industry of workwear evolves to […]

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Technology and Apparel Leaders Develop Unique, Smart Clothing and Wearables for the Future
02 Feb 2018
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YKK always tries to stay one step ahead of our competition by developing unique new fasteners to meet the changing needs of our customers. As a zipper manufacturer that provides fastening products for the apparel industry, we found these examples of apparel and technology leaders who have created cutting edge, technology-driven types of clothing to […]

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Smart diapers could be a game changer in hygiene industry
29 Jan 2018
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As a manufacturer of a micro disposable hook fastener for baby and adult incontinence diapers, YKK is concerned with providing a hook fastener that is gentle to the skin. A common problem that parents and caretakers in nursing homes have is knowing when a diaper needs to be changed. If left unchanged, a diaper can […]

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Apparel industry leaders take steps to be more sustainable and socially ethical
19 Jan 2018
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At YKK our environmental pledge encourages us to “preserve the abundantly endowed global environment and to transfer it to the next generation in sound condition.” Likewise, many apparel manufacturers are concerned with lessening their environmental impact so clothing does not end up in landfills where they can cause harm to the environment. Eileen Fisher is […]

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Automotive Engineers innovate seating to meet consumer needs
11 Jan 2018
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The seats in an automobile play an important role in the overall customer satisfaction. That is why automotive engineers must keep up with customer demands by adding new features and materials to improve the look, feel and functionality of seating. As a manufacturer of fastening products, YKK is actively developing fastening solutions to meet the […]

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How to properly maintain the zipper on your drysuit
04 Jan 2018
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If you are a cold-water diver, you know that a drysuit is essential to keeping you warm and dry under water. However, a drysuit is a significant investment that can cost $1,000 and up. If you do not properly maintain your drysuit, you will have to periodically service it, and that can be pricey. For […]

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Media Coverage about YKK
22 Dec 2017
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Japanese students spend the week in Macon-Bibb – 41NBC News | WMGT-DT 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 […]

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A Christmas story for the family
15 Dec 2017
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A few days before Christmas, a very cold winter was approaching. While the last leaves were falling from the trees, in a small sewing workshop, four tailors were soon to finish the last dresses ordered in advance by their best customers, to be worn during Christmas Eve. The four tailors with a cup of hot […]

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YKK’s Fundamental Behaviors set standards for the company in providing quality products and in being a good corporate citizen
13 Dec 2017
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  Like many companies today, YKK has a philosophy, management principle and a set of Core Values which our employees look to in performing their jobs and in providing the best quality products and services. Our philosophy, called the CYCLE OF GOODNESS™, was developed by our founder, Tadao Yoshida, and it states that “no one […]

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YKK provides relief to the victims of Hurricane Maria and the Central Mexico Earthquake
30 Nov 2017
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Like many companies today, YKK is concerned with helping people who have been affected by recent natural disasters such as Hurricane Maria which plowed through Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, and the earthquake which struck central Mexico on September 19, 2017. At YKK AP America Inc., our architectural products company, Angel  Báez and Veronica Acosta […]

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YKK releases a fantastical, heart-warming Christmas video about automatic zippers
20 Nov 2017
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YKK Corporation has just released a short video entitled, “AUTO CAMPING” as part of its efforts to promote its corporate brand and its zippers.  Directed by Naoya Yamaguchi, this video, which was released on November 6, 2017, tells the story of a family, who as Christmas approaches, visits a slightly futuristic campsite and has a […]

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YKK conducts conservation activities to preserve Kurobe, Japan’s natural groundwater
13 Nov 2017
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YKK Corporation has just released a new video entitled “The Relationship Between the Groundwater of Kurobe and YKK,” which is about conservation activities conducted by YKK to preserve Kurobe, Japan’s natural groundwater.  Kurobe City, Toyama Prefecture is the technological hub and main manufacturing and development center for YKK, and it is also blessed with an […]

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How to choose the correct zipper for your handbag
07 Nov 2017
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    When you say “handbag” there can be many different interpretations, including backpack, baguette, handbag, cross body bag, tote bag, clutch bag and bucket bag, and in some instances, handbags are referred to as a purse or shoulder bag. The history of bags and purses goes back to the earliest stages of civilization when […]

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YKK Honduras renovates Dr. Leonardo Martinez V. public school
20 Oct 2017
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In February of 2017, YKK Honduras began remodeling the Dr. Leonardo Martinez V public school.  The company made the decision to do this after receiving a letter in October of 2016 from the principal of the school asking for help in remodeling the school.  This project involved remodeling five toilets and placing ceramic tile on […]

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What are the advantages to having a zippered mattress cover?
05 Oct 2017
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For decades, consumers have been purchasing spring mattresses. However, recently consumers have been switching to foam mattresses because they can be ordered online in what is known as a bed-in-a-box, and they mold to the contours of your body offering individualized pressure relief.  The foam mattresses also come with a soft removable cover known as […]

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YKK’s Product Preview for the IFAI Expo 2017
22 Sep 2017
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YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. and Tape Craft Corporation will be exhibiting at booth # 2129 at the  IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) Expo in New Orleans from Sep. 27 – Sep. 29.  YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. and Tape Craft Corporation are a part of the Show Stopper program featuring innovative YKK® and Tape Craft® brand products. YKK’s […]

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YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. in Marietta, Georgia collects eye glasses for National Vision Month
21 Sep 2017
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Since 1949, the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation’s vision has been “building a better tomorrow by bringing individuals into a world of sight and sound.” One Georgia Lions Lighthouse goal is to close the gap on 2 million Georgians who are uninsured. The foundation provides access to low-cost vision and hearing services. In May of 2016, […]

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Join YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. and Tape Craft Corporation at the IFAI Expo!
13 Sep 2017
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Join YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. and Tape Craft Corporation at the IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) Expo in New Orleans on September 27-29, 2017. The IFAI Expo is a dynamic textile tradeshow, featuring three show floor areas; specialty fabrics, advanced textiles and shade & weather protection.  The show will host traditional market suppliers from fabric, equipment and hardware to services needed to […]

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YKK releases new animated short “Fastening Days 3”
07 Sep 2017
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YKK has released the third video in the “Fastening Days” trilogy, which thus far have had a total of 13 million views from around the world. In FASTENING DAYS 3, Yoji, Kei and Kelly, rescue the endangered city using zippers and once again feel a connection with the surrounding world. The animation is directed by […]

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YKK North & Central America Group plant trees in honor of World Environment Day
05 Sep 2017
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In 1972, World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly to raise global awareness concerning protecting nature and the planet Earth.  Every year on June 5th, YKK Group offices around the world plant trees to recognize this special day.

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Austrian footwear designer, Carolin Holzuber, exhibits in YKK Europe’s London Showroom
16 Aug 2017
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We are sharing the following article from the YKK London Showroom from Anna Stefaniak with YKK Europe.   Carolin Holzuber , (UN) COVER exhibition     aniastefaniak Our new exhibition started this week.  The Austrian footwear designer, Carolin Holzuber presents her latest, (UN) COVER, collection at the YKK London Showroom. The exhibition will be on display […]

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YKK Introduces “The Craftsmanship of YKK,” a webpage designed to educate children about YKK’s zipper making technology
02 Aug 2017
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Have you ever wondered how a zipper works?  Well, YKK has created a new web page called “The Craftsmanship of YKK,” which seeks to educate people, especially kids, about YKK’s zipper making technology. This nifty cartoon-like web page features interesting facts about how zippers open and close, as well as information on YKK’s die casting […]

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How to purchase a great pair of jeans for men
14 Jul 2017
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Organic Cotton is kinder to you and to the environment
30 Jun 2017
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Zipper Dress Designer wins YKK® photo contest
12 Jun 2017
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This year to celebrate National Zipper Day on April 29th, YKK had a photo contest, and we asked people to submit any unique photos of YKK® zippers on our Instagram page.  The winner of the contest was Autumn Lin Kietponglert, a fashion designer and dress maker from Pennsylvania.  Autumn submitted these photos featuring some of her designs […]

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Colombia is now the fashion capital of Latin America
29 May 2017
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YKK Develops ECO-DYE®, a waterless dyeing technology for zippers
08 May 2017
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As a leading company in the manufacture of fastening products, YKK is concerned with protecting the world’s water resources and eliminating substance that are harmful to the environment.  To address these concerns, YKK has developed a waterless dyeing process for dyeing zippers at its factory in Kurobe, Japan where it is currently testing this new […]

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YKK Congratulates Winners of the MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards
17 Apr 2017
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YKK congratulates the following winners of the Marine Fabricator Association’s Fabrication Excellence Awards.  The Fabrication Excellence Awards contest is designed to recognize excellence in Marine Fabrication, and two different awards are given out including an Award of Excellence and Outstanding Achievement.  YKK was really excited to have our products used in these innovative marine designs. […]

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Young Designer uses YKK® zippers in a unique way to design a leather clutch purse
04 Apr 2017
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by Beth Whelchel, YKK Corporation of America Bianca Chong is a fashion design student who won the YKK Fastening Award at the International Talent Support 2015 contest in Trieste, Italy. She won this award for her clever use of YKK’s VISLON® flat zipper with a mirror-like finish in designing a leather clutch purse. Here is […]

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The Industrial Fabrics Association Offers a Student Competition
20 Mar 2017
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For any students who are interested in a textile industry career, the IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) is having Student Design Competitions.  Students have until Monday, May 15, 2017 to submit projects for this competition.  Each project must use textiles as a major component, and any project completed within the last year is eligible. The […]

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Denim is coming back as athleisure wear plateaus
14 Mar 2017
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Durable Luggage Contains Quality Zippers
06 Mar 2017
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How to Maintain an Excellent Safety Culture
21 Feb 2017
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By Jerod Gandy, Safety Manager, Tape Craft Corporation, Oxford, Alabama Maintaining a Culture of Safety Awareness Has its Rewards At Tape Craft Corporation, the safety of our employees is very important to us.  Tape Craft’s management and employees work tirelessly to maintain a culture of safety awareness and looking out for each other!  Having an excellent safety […]

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FAQ: Removing Stains from Denim Garments
07 Feb 2017
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 How to Remove Stains from Denim Garments Removing stains from denim garments caused by metal dust particles from a zipper is easy.  Since the stains appear on the surface of the fabric, you can simply wash the garment with an organic solvent. The Causes of Stains on Denim Garments These stains are caused by manufacturers stone […]

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YKK, Mad Water Debut ‘Made in USA’ Waterproof Zippers
24 Jan 2017
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Great Hunting Gear Requires Near Perfect Camo
10 Jan 2017
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by Tim Russell, Tape Craft Corporation, Oxford, Alabama At one time hunting wild game was a necessity for survival. Its roots run deep in both tradition and ancestry.  In fact hunting, fishing and even gardening are considered fun activities for a great number of people. These activities that people do for fun now have their […]

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Design for a difference
20 Dec 2016
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Welcome – John Smith, President, YKK (U.S.A.) Inc.
09 Aug 2016
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It is my great pleasure to introduce to you the new YKK North & Central America Group fastening website, www.ykknorthamerica.com, which has been designed to replace our current fastening websites within the North and Central America region.  With this new website, we hope to demonstrate our Cycle of Goodness philosophy which states, “No one prospers […]

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YKK releases new animated short “Fastening Days 2”
02 Aug 2016
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YKK has released the second episode in our video series “Fastening Days.” This is the sequel to our first animated film, which was released in Oct 2014. Please check it out!

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The YKK 80 Building Becomes the First Office Building in Japan to Obtain Top LEED-BD+C (Core and Shell) Certification (Platinum)
29 May 2016
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YKK Fudosan (Real Estate) Co., Ltd. (Head office: 1, Kanda Izumi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) obtained top LEED-BD+C (Core and Shell) certification (Platinum) for its YKK80 Building. It was the first such certification for a new office building in Japan. In LEED* certification, the site, water efficiency, materials, indoor environment and energy are among the areas that […]

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