History of YKK Europe
San-es Shokai founded by Tadao Yoshida in Higashi Nihonbashi, Tokyo; Click here to view a pictorial history of YKK (Japanese only).
San-es Shokai renamed Yoshida Kogyosho
Yoshida Kogyosho reorganized as a limited company.
Komatsugawa Plant burned down in the Great Tokyo Air Raids; Yoshida Kogyosho temporarily
Uozu Tekkousho K.K. purchased by Yoshida Kogyosho. Renamed Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
YKK® registered as a trademark of Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
Headquarters relocated to Nihonbashi Bakurocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Kurobe Plant commences operations in Kurobe City, Toyama Prefecture.
Yoshida Trading Co. (current YKK AP Inc.) established.
Yoshida Kogyo K.K. headquarters relocated to Asakusa Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo.
YKK Industries (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. established as the first overseas affiliate of YKK’s architectural products business..
Yoshida Kogyo K.K. renamed YKK Corporation.
YKK Group Environmental Charter (Group Environmental Charter) established.
YKK Newmax Co., Ltd. (YKK Snap Fasteners Japan Co., Ltd.) established as the main company of YKK’s snaps and buttons business.
First machinery and engineering business company (Suzhou YKK Machinery & Die Works Co., Ltd.) established in Suzhou, China.
YKK Fastening Products Sales Inc. established as a sales company for YKK’s fastening business.
YKK Business Support Inc. established as the shared services center for the YKK Group.
YKK’s Architectural Products Manufacturing Group integrated into YKK AP Inc.
YKK Tours launched by the YKK Group as an industrial tourism plant tour.
YKK Center Park, a facility that is open to the general public, opened.
The YKK80 Building completed in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, as the new headquarters of YKK Corporation and YKK AP Inc.
YKK UK celebrates its 50th Anniversary
Mr Toru Yamamoto, YKK Europe Managing Director
New Zipper and YKK UK merge
YKK Russia factory opens
YKK Corporation and YKK Fastening Products Sales Inc. merged.
YKK Ethiopia established
YKK Italy celebrates its 50th birthday