So every time you look closely at a zipper (if you do. do you?) there’s a big o;’ YKK staring right back at ya. And the question pops why why kay kay? You’re about to find our why!
YKK is abbreviation for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha, which is Japanese for Yoshida Industries Limited. The Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha was founded by Mr. Tadao Yoshida in the year 1934, and part of their business was manufacturing zippers. To this day, YKK manufactures around 90% of the world’s zippers. Their production runs in 52 countries, in 206 facilities around the world. A Georgian facility, their largest, makes over 7 million zippers in one day. Even their zipper manufacturing machines are self manufactured.
The story gets better. Mr. Tadao Yoshida believed in, and practiced the “Cycle of Goodness: No one prospers unless he renders benefit to others”.
And so, Mr. Yoshida strove to make the best zippers you could get your hands on. His product was durable, and still remains so. And the cycle really worked for him. With a durable product, he ensured a slot in the user’s heart for the product they bought, and in the company business books for himself. Who wouldn’t turn around to do more business with someone who makes your product worth its while? Mr. Yoshida certainly benefited thousands and that little YKK is testimony to the Cycle of Goodness. Next time you set out to do something great, take a look at that zipper for some inspiration!