“Although some customers may not know our company name, they still come to us for our unique technologies.”
Yasuyuki Takahashi, President and CEO, Takahashi Metal Industries
Price competition is toughening globally, but Japanese companies continue to hold a large share of niche markets thanks to their multi-product and multi-functional production. Takahashi Metal is one such company, and its unique press technology can achieve mirror surface treatment only in the press process without plating.
“Conventional screw products only use press technology, but our mirror surface treatment is a one-pass process. Takahashi Metal is the only company in the world with this capability,” says Yasuyuki Takahashi, President and CEO of Takahashi Metal Industries “The unique product name is Reflector. And even though some customers may not know our company name, they still come to us for our technologies.”
The company, whose business segments include parts treatment and environmental products, also manufactures a range of other unique products for various industries, including its electrolyzed ionized water. “Instead of classifying alkaline water as waste, we discovered that it could remove oil and prevent rust. It is a good and marketable product, only developed by our company,” says Mr. Takahashi. “Plus, it helps address growing environmental concerns. Alkaline water is produced by SMEs like us, and large international companies have started to contact us for our products. Companies that use our environmental products have also begun to learn more about our parts processing business, increasing our sales. »
In Japan, up to 3.5% of annual GDP is spent on research and development, and as an innovation-driven company, Takahashi Metal Industries invests heavily in this area to bring new solutions to its customers. .
“It’s quite rare for contractors like us to do R&D, but we do,” says Takahashi. “Our main R&D division is Advanced Core Technology, and that’s where we try to create ingenious technologies.”
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Its R&D activities are grant-based, with the company partnering with many stakeholders including universities, research centers and manufacturers, and driven by its commitment to monozukuri. “Another unique feature is our developments in conjunction with our customers. The more one-stop service we provide is one of our efforts to increase our competitive capabilities and our three distinct divisions. We have integrated our know-how in our proposal and development of articles and parts. While major manufacturers invite different partners to work at each step, we maximize our efforts for the benefit of our customers through a one-stop service business.
In its various business areas, Takahashi Metal has already expanded into China and Thailand, giving the company access to international markets for its products. “We work with large-scale international customers working in auto parts and agricultural equipment, and we will continue to forge ahead with these businesses with our unique technologies,” said Mr. Takahashi. “Our goal in recent years has been to broaden the scope of our activities. The next step in our expansion, however, is to establish strategic partnerships. Therefore, we are actively seeking partners to achieve our goals, improve our services and launch new services. During the pandemic, we launched a new and quite ambitious business model for SMEs. Now is the time to look for strong partners and work on something strategic.
The strength of Takahashi Metals Group is that it has a system that can provide similar manufacturing, sales and services not only in Japan, but also in China and Thailand. An entire division of its business is dedicated to environmental products and affiliates such as global automotive parts suppliers, and is now branching out further into products such as batteries, electric vehicle parts and solar panels.
“In addition, I have launched an economic consortium in this field that different companies can join,” says Takahashi. “Thanks to this, we can accommodate a wide range of companies, products and monozukuri, which contribute to the environment. The growth of our company aims to provide a global contribution. One of my goals is to ensure that our employees take pride in our efforts to make a genuine contribution to the environment, a concept that I want to pass on to future generations.