Every year, we welcome students from high schools and universities in the region who are interested in working in the metal and manufacturing industries to intern at our company.
This year, four interns from the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Programme, a teaching program supported by governments globally to strengthen relations with Japan, came to experience working at our company.
From October 12th to 16th, we had the pleasure of welcoming TJ Yanagitsuru, an American JET Programme Participant placed in Kochi Prefecture as a Coordinator of International Relations (CIR), to experience our company.
To learn about his week-long internship experience, please watch his interview video (in English and Japanese) below:
Recently, Yamato Gokin was mentioned in the newly published "Unwavering Economics" (ブレない経済), and in THEMIS's November publication. "Unwavering Economics," written by Sawakami Holding`s CEO, Atsuto Sawakami, referenced Yamato Gokin before the chapter "Small-town Factory Bound for Greatness."
Yamato Gokin was introduced in an article in the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies' (GRIPS) November publication titled, "Elevating Technology and Culture to the World Through Development Strength and Unity" by professor Hisayoshi Hashimoto.
Miyoshi Gokin Kogyo was featured in the Japan Metal Daily for its participation in a 3-week administrative personnel training program targeted at small and medium-sized companies in Japan. The training program allows participants to feel the products and their value first-hand.
During the training program, companies can learn how to utilize their expertise to revitalize their local economies, and suggest .
Recently, Yamato Gokin and Miyoshi Gokin Kogyo were featured in four articles by the Japan Metal Daily. The articles detail our group's new press machine, our "Niko-Niko Grip" touchless tool, our copper alloy material used for molds, and a commendation from the The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers for our collaborative development research with IHI Coperation.
The Japan Metal Daily articles can be viewed below:
In cooperation with Kaisei Kogyo Co., Ltd. and Hakudo Corporation, we have developed and began selling our "Niko-Niko Grip" hook on August 31st as a measure against the Coronavirus. Our touchless tool is made of our high quality aluminum-bronze alloy that is certified by the JCDA (Japan Copper Development Association) as ultra-antibacterial. It enables the reduction of direct contact with public surfaces such as on buses, trains and elevators.
Yamato Gokin was featured in two recent articles from the Sangyo Shimbun's Japan Metal Bulletin.
The first article highlights the installation of a large press machine at the Miyoshi Gokin factory on August 3. The 1500 ton press machine is the first for the company, and it is expected to greatly increase productivity after operation begins in September. With the new press machine, it is now possible to easily machine large materials that were once difficult to machine.
The second article focuses on the development of an ultra-antibacterial touchless tool, called a "Niko-Niko Grip," in cooperation with Kaisei Kogyo. The product, made with aluminum alloy for the material's strength and antibacterial properties, was developed to meet the need for touchless products due to the New Coronavirus. The hooked tool can be used to attach straps, open lever-door handles, to touch touch-panel elevator buttons and vending machines, and to hook bags onto desks and other furniture.
President Hagino commented, "It is extremely good that we were able to go from not knowing how to develop the product to selling it within 2 months. We want to contribute countermeasures against the New Coronavirus that offer safety and peace of mind."
Yamato Gokin’s onsite childcare policy was recently the focus of an article from the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun. Due to the spread of COVID-19, schools throughout Japan have been temporarily closed leaving many children with nowhere to go during the day. Recognizing that working parents need a place for their children to play safely, company president Genjiro Hagino has encouraged employees to bring them to the company, stating, “It is a perfect chance for children to see their parents hard at work.”
As the threat of COVID-19 grows, we at Yamato are taking every effort to mitigate the risk to both our customers and our own employees. While Saitama Prefecture is currently under a declared state of emergency, our factory remains open, and we want to reassure our customers that the smooth and speedy delivery of your products remains our top priority in these uncertain times. To read more about the safety measures we are implementing, click here.
Our Material Safety Data Sheets for Chromium Copper, Aluminum Bronze, Beryllium Copper, NC Alloys and Special High-Strength Brass are now available in English. They can be accessed from the Material Safety Data Sheets page.
In April of this year, fifty new hires from the Japanese national government came to visit Yamato and Miyoshi Gokin. After touring the company facilities, they had a Q&A and discussion session with company staff. Yamato president Genjiro Hagino welcomed the government employees and expressed his hope that "seeing the reality of manufacturing firsthand will be benificial to [them] as future policy-makers."
Details of the visit were published in this week's issue of the Japan Metal Daily, and can be viewed below.
Yamato Gokin was featured in three recent articles from the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun. The articles focus on Yamato's push to employ more foreign talent. Company president Genjiro Hagino has welcomed two native English speakers to the company this past year, and is currently looking to hire a third. He stated his approach as follows: "I don't want to put foreign employees in a box; rather, my goal is to match them to work that fits their strenghts, so that they can eventually become workplace leaders and managers."
NAME：The 52th International Paris Air Show 2017 VENUE： Le Bourget Exhibition Centre
(Parc des Expositions Paris-le Bourget)
Aeroport Paris-le Bourget, 93350 Le Bourget DATES： 6/19 (Mon) ~ 6/25 (Sun), 2017 TRADE DAYS： 6/19 (Mon) ~ 6/22 (Thurs) PUBLIC DAYS： 6/23 (Fri) ~ 6/25 (Sun) BOOTH #： Hall 6 - A34 (in the Tokyo booth) https://www.siae.fr/
Yamato Gokin was featured in two articles from the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun this month.
The first article covers a factory tour we gave to thirteen members from Tokyo Denki University, who visited our company on April 13th as part of an industry-university cooperation event hosted by the university.
The second article reports on the winners of the 2017 Saitama Challenge Business Award, administered by the Saitama Sangyojin Club. This year's special prize was awarded to Yamato Gokin's chairman, Shigeo Hagino.
Both articles can be viewed in a single PDF below.
Two articles about Yamato Gokin were recently published in the Japan Metal Bulletin.
The first article summarizes Yamato's business forecast for the year. The company anticipates a 10% growth in overseas business by 2018, primarily in the aerospace sector. Yamato aims to continue increasing aerospace business by 20-30% per year, in addition to growing their existing business in the automotive, semiconductor, undersea fiberoptic cable, and other industries.
The second article provides a brief overview of Yamato Gokin and company president Genjiro Hagino's vision for the company's future. This includes expanding Yamato's business from primarily small orders to both small and medium orders; growing overseas business; and hiring more foreign employees. Yamato currently employs sales personnel from China, the USA, and Brazil.
Yamato president Genjiro Hagino has just finalized a new Business Continuity Plan.
The plan, which is "the sort of plan that will allow Yamato to restore business operations within a week after experiencing a 7.0 earthquake," was created with the goal of minimizing customer impact in the event of a natural disaster or other unforseen business interruption. Below is a short article on the BCP by the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.
After a succesful audit at the end of 2016, we are pleased to announce that we are now supplying our aluminum bronze bushings to one of the largest European landing gear manufacturers. The bushings will be used in both MRO and in new aircraft.
About the transaction, company president Genjiro Hagino remarked, "This deal holds great significance to Yamato and Miyoshi, as it marks our first time supplying materials for new aircraft. We are very excited for this opportunity to expand our aerospace business."
Read more about the deal and our history as an aerospace supplier here:
As reported by Japan Metal Daily, Yamato Gokin aims to top 5 billion yen in sales for the 2017 fiscal year, a 5% increase over 2016 business. Market priorities for the year include aerospace and new energy, among other sectors.
In an official statement, company president Genjiro Hagino stated: "In addition to our longstanding policy of providing small quantities of a high variety of products, this year we aim to grow our business and expand our focus to medium-size orders as well. At the same time, we are committed to maintaining the atmosphere of a SME."
On November 30th, Governer Kiyoshi Ueda of Saitama, along with prefectural assembly members Eiichi Tsuchiya, Kazue Maehara, and Mayor Isao Hayashi of Miyoshi, visited our company. An article about the visit was published in the Saitama Shimbun.
Thank you to everyone who visited us at our booth.
With support from the city of Tokyo, we will be exhibiting our products at the Manufacturing Indonesia 2016 Expo, part of the Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo) in Kemayoran, from November 11 through December 3.