Q1. What does “YKK” stand for?
A1. YKK was founded in Japan as a zipper manufacturing company in 1934 by Tadao (pronounced in English as Tah-dah-o) Yoshida. In the early years, Mr. Yoshida’s company carried his name; it was called Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha–or “YKK” for short. (That long Japanese name translates roughly into English as “Yoshida Company Limited.”) Over the years, the letters “YKK” were stamped onto the zippers’ pull tabs, and thus YKK became known as the Company’s trademark.
Q2. Other than zippers, what product does YKK produce today?
A2. Aside from zippers, YKK also makes other fastening products–like hook & loop self-closing tape fastening systems, webbings, snaps, buttons, metal and plastic notions and buckles. YKK AP produces aluminum building products — like window and entrance systems for low, medium and high rise applications, as well as vinyl windows and doors for homes.
Q3. YKK has a famous philosophy: what exactly is it?
A3. Mr. Yoshida called his philosophy the CYCLE OF GOODNESS™. It means that “No one prospers without rendering benefit to others.” According to his philosophy, Mr. Yoshida believed he must manufacture only useful, high quality zippers that would benefit, or enhance, the end-use goods in which they were installed. Since his product was a component in his customers’ products, and the critical moving part, he believed it would have to perform perfectly over a long period of time so that those end-use goods would last longer and perform better than others on the market. When they did, all involved would benefit. Because of this guiding principle, YKK became involved in vertical manufacturing. This means that YKK not only produces the zippers, but also the machines that make the zippers–and even many of the raw materials that go into the zippers–like the polyester and brass that make up the tape, teeth and sliders. For further details, click here.
Q4. How large is YKK?
A4. Today, YKK Corporation has 114 affiliated companies in more than 71 countries around the world. For a list of countries where we operate, click here.
Q5. Where can I find YKK products?
A5. Please refer to our contact page for your nearest YKK office.
Q6. Does YKK have an environmental policy?
A6. Yes, in 1994 YKK established a YKK Group Environmental Charter for our organization worldwide. The basic principle of this Charter is to seek harmonization between abundant and healthy lives for all humankind and the environment. Under this Charter, YKK will endeavor to preserve and improve the environment in all aspects of our business activities. The YKK Group established the YKK Group Environmental Charter in September 1994, and has consistently taken on environmental issues as a company-wide challenge. The principle of the Environmental Charter is to promote prosperous, healthy lives and harmonious co-existence with our environment, and to preserve and improve the environment throughout our corporate operations. Through our corporate activities, we seek to develop an environmentally friendly management style and contribute to the establishment of a recycle-type economic society by promoting environmental policies at all stages, from design and production to disposal, collection, and recycling.
Additionally, YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. pledges to:
Eliminate Waste — YKK will work to find better ways to manufacture our products with less toxic materials and feed-stocks thus reducing or eliminating the generation of waste.
Prevent Pollution — YKK will develop and maintain pollution prevention plans that focus on minimizing waste at the source and comply with all relevant environmental legislation, regulations, and other requirements to which YKK subscribes.
Continually Improve — YKK will work diligently continually to improve the Environmental Management System (EMS) to lessen our environmental impact.
Provide Resources — YKK will provide the necessary resources and information to develop, implement, and maintain an effective EMS.
Provide Information — YKK will make the policy available to all employees and the public to provide a better understanding of YKK’s environmental commitment to the three Rs: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse.
Q7. Does YKK North and Central America have a mission statement? What is it?
A7. As employees in the companies which comprise the YKK NCA Group, we take great pride in our mission which is to innovate, produce, sell and service quality closures and architectural building products so that we might render benefit to society in the following ways:
Customers — by providing superior products that best meet their needs in the changing global marketplace — the components and technology which add value to their products, thereby contributing to their profitability and growth. Our trading partners also include suppliers, bankers, and other professionals. We value our relationships with them, and we will always treat them fairly.
Employees — by providing a safe and secure workplace, a respectable livelihood, and challenging opportunities to develop potential to the fullest. By welcoming and respecting different cultures and personalities within our company we become stronger. We are all “YKK Citizens.”
Communities — by providing jobs, paying taxes, and utilizing local businesses. Through our individual and corporate participation, we will actively support the communities in which we work and live. As good corporate citizens, we will promote technological development and comprehensive measures to preserve and enhance the environment.
To achieve these goals, we must ensure that our company remains financially sound. Accomplishing this will require teamwork, flexibility, continuous improvement of our individual efforts, and strong, skillful leadership throughout YKK NCA. The results will benefit all society as we work, grow, and prosper together.
Q8. How can I purchase stock in the YKK Company, and what’s your trading symbol on the NY Stock Exchange?
A8. YKK is a privately held company. Our stock is not for sale, and we therefore have no trading symbol. We appreciate your interest in YKK.
Q9. Where is YKK Headquarters?
A9. The worldwide parent company, still privately held, is YKK Corporation with headquarters in Japan. Administrative headquarters are in Tokyo, and manufacturing headquarters are located where the company was originally founded, in Kurobe, on the far side of the big island of Japan. The North and Central America Group headquarters is YKK Corporation of America, located in Marietta, Georgia.