The Story Behind YKK

Posted by M ws On Friday, November 18, 2011 1 comments
The YKK stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (say that five times fast). In 1934 Tadao Yoshida founded Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (translated Yoshida Industries Limited). This company is now the worlds foremost zipper manufacturer, making about 90% of all zippers in over 206 facilities in 52 countries. In fact, they not only make the zippers, they also make the machines that make the zippers; no word on if they make the machines that make the parts that make up the machines that make the zippers.

Their largest factory in Georgia makes over 7 million zippers per day.

In any event, Mr. Yoshida’s company zipped to number one by practicing the “Cycle of Goodness”, as he called it. Namely, “No one prospers unless he renders benefit to others.” Using this principle, he endeavoured to create the best zippers out there that would hold up over long periods of time in the end product. This in turn would benefit both the manufacturers who used his zippers and the end customer and because of these things benefit his company with higher repeat and referral sales, thus completing the “Cycle of Goodness” *zen moment*

So next time you’re zipping up, take a moment to remember Mr. Yoshida.

-Author Unknown-

*Sent to me by a blog reader via email.

1 comments to The Story Behind YKK

  1. says:

    walla "So next time you’re zipping up, take a moment to remember Mr. Yoshida."

    Does that mean the next time you're zipping down, you should take another moment to remember Mrs. Yoshida?

    As for YKK's cycle of 'goodness', it zounds mighty like self-syioking spin. Any company worth its salt makes good products. So making good products cannot be portrayed as 'goodness', a word used in a different context by consumers in society. Since he can't not know this logic, it is therefore corporate spin in the absence of other bright ideas.

    Those zippers aren't that sturdy, as someone walking along petaling street one fine afternoon would have attested from the blushing glances of most of the ladies there. Now, that's a real cycle of goodness. New tourist attraction earning more travel bucks for a national coffer being emptied day by day by a bunch of crooks lying through what's left of their rotting teeth.

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