WHAT KIND OF ORGANIZATION IS THE YKK GROUP?
The YKK Group’s global management system gives our monozukuri its lively pulse.
The YKK Group global management matrix consists of:
The two core operations – the Fastening Business and the Architectural Products (AP) Business –
supported by the Machinery & Engineering Group, which provides the two core operations with an integrated system of production;
and a six-region global management structure which conducts regional business.
THE FASTENING PRODUCTS GROUP
The Fastening Products Group, naturally, deals with products used to “fasten” things together, and it was with fastening products that YKK entered the world of business. Our share of the global zipper market is consistently near the top, and we also offer products such as snaps and buttons, textiles, and plastics. Nor do we deal only with fastening products for apparel, but also with those for shoes and handbags, automobiles, and industrial materials. Indeed, the fastening market covers a wide variety of products.
ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS GROUP
YKK AP is engaged in the architectural product business. The core business is “openings,” namely, windows and doors. But it has expanded to include home interiors and exteriors, curtain walls that are the facings for buildings, and so on. Our world-leading products are backed by product development that combines environmental consciousness with designs and materials that provide the most enjoyable and comfortable results, and our unique integrated manufacturing system.
MACHINERY AND ENGINEERING GROUP
The Machinery and Engineering Group is the heart of YKK Group monozukuri. Materials development, equipment development and design, parts machining and assembly . . . everything necessary to manufacture YKK Group products in one place. In developing component technologies, we are strengthening in-house capabilities on the one hand and forming alliances with outside technology sources such as other companies and universities on the other, always moving ahead.