YKK not only makes 90% of the world’s zippers, they produce the whole process – from smelting their own brass and building the PRODUCTION machines to making the boxes they ship in
The YKK stands for Yoshida Kogyo K
abushikikaisha (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 also make the production machines; 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.
Fastening products are the first and still the most important product of YKK. Within YKK, the company distinguishes between the Slide Fastener Division, the Textile and Plastic Products Division, and the Snap Fastener and Button Division.
- Standard Metal
- YZiP®: Metal zipper, extra durable for jeans
- EverBright®: Metal zipper, polished for visual appeal and corrosion resistant
- Excella®: Metal zipper, polished and plated for visual appeal, also in different colors. [Available in silver, gold and antique finish.]
- Standard Coil
- Conceal®: Plastic coil zipper with concealed elements (no visible teeth)
- Vislon®: Standard – rugged plastic zipper
- Hook and loop products, more commonly known under the Velcro brand name of a competitor.
- Plastic parts, including various types of clips and buckles
- Snaps and buttons, including snap fasteners and jeans buttons