SOUTHERN AFRICA

1934

The Sale of Fastening Products Begin

San-S Shokai founded by Tadao Yoshida in Nihonbashi, Tokyo; the production and sale of fastening products begins.

1938

Company Renaming

San-S Shokai renamed Yoshida Kogyosho.

1942

Company Reorganised

Yoshida Kogyosho reorganized as a limited company.

1945

The Great Tokyo Air Raids

Komatsugawa Plant burned down in the Great Tokyo Air Raids; Yoshida Kogyosho temporarily dissolved.

1945

Company Purchased

Uozu Tekkousho K.K. purchased by Yoshida Kogyosho. Renamed Yoshida Kogyo K.K.

1946

YKK Trademark Registered

YKK® registered as a trademark of Yoshida Kogyo K.K.

1951

HQ Relocation

Headquarters relocated to Nihonbashi Bakurocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.

1955

Kurobe Plant Begins Operations

Kurobe Plant commences operations in Kurobe, Toyama Prefecture.

1957

Yoshida Shoji Established

Yoshida Shoji Co., Ltd. (current YKK AP Inc.) established.

1958

HQ Relocation

Yoshida Kogyo K.K. headquarters relocated to Asakusa Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo.

1959

India

Exported fastener manufacturing plant to India.

1959

Aluminium Materials

Operations related to aluminum building materials begun.

1959

New Zealand

Established the first local subsidiary in New Zealand.

1963

HQ Relocated

Headquarters relocated to current location (Kanda Izumi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo).

1976

Singapore

YKK Industries (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. established as the first overseas affiliate of YKK's architectural products business.

1976

Swaziland (Eswatini)

YKK Swaziland (PTY) LTD was established.

1976

Eswatini Factory

YKK President Tadao Yoshida and Eswatini King Sobhuza III officially opened the factory in Mbabane, Eswatini.

1979

Eswatini 3 YG

Factory in Eswatini commenced with the production of 3 YG

1994

Company Renaming

Yoshida Kogyo K.K. renamed YKK Corporation.

1994

Environmental Charter Established

YKK Group Environmental Charter (Group Environmental Charter) established.

1996

Eswatini Joins EME Group

YKK Swaziland joined the EMEA Group.

1998

Amalgamation

Union Zipper amalgamated with YKK Swaziland.

2000

Eswatini Certification

YKK Swaziland achieved its ISO 9000 certification.

2000

Snap & Button Established

YKK Newmax Co., Ltd. (current YKK Snap Fasteners Japan Co., Ltd.) established as the principal company of YKK's snaps and buttons business.

2001

Eswatini 25 Year Celebration

YKK Swaziland celebrated its 25th anniversary.

2002

YKK Swaziland Name Change

YKK Swaziland changed its business name to YKK Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd.

2002

1st Machinery & Engineering Company Established

First machinery and engineering business company (Suzhou YKK Machinery & Die Works Co., Ltd.) established in Suzhou, China.

2003

Sales Company Established

YKK Fastening Products Sales Inc. established as a sales company for YKK's fastening business.

2003

Shared Services Centre Established

YKK Business Support Inc. established as the shared services center for the YKK Group.

October 2003

Architectural Products Business Begins

YKK's Architectural Products Manufacturing Group integrated into YKK AP Inc.; the architectural products business of the YKK Group begins as a fully integrated organization.

2006

Industrial Tourism Launched

YKK Tours launched by the YKK Group as an industrial tourism plant tour.

2008

Open to General Public

YKK Center Park, a facility that is open to the general public, opened.

2015

New HQ

The YKK80 Building completed in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, as the new headquarters of YKK Corporation and YKK AP Inc.

2018

Merger

YKK Corporation and YKK Fastening Products Sales Inc. merged.

2018

Sustainability Action Begins

YKK Employee devises a solution to the plastic waste problem. Together with a global team of colleagues and partners PET bottles are converted to yarn and crafted into Natulon® Ocean Sourced™ zippers, which begins momentum for change.