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  • Military, Wet Suit and Fast Food Uniforms Go Eco-Friendly

    Military, Wet Suit and Fast Food Uniforms Go Eco-Friendly

    At YKK we are constantly looking for ways to make our fastening products more eco-friendly.  We were excited to learn how several industries are making an attempt to make their uniforms...

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  • A brief history of YKK’s Corporate Culture

    A brief history of YKK’s Corporate Culture

    When the founder of YKK, Tadao Yoshida, was a boy, he read a biography of Andrew Carnegie and was deeply influenced by Carnegie’s philosophy that those with great wealth must be socially...

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  • Supporting young talent from all over the world

    Supporting young talent from all over the world

    At YKK, we celebrate creativity and embrace innovative thinkers.  That is why it is important to us to support young designers who are revolutionizing the industry and pushing boundaries with...

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  • YKK El Salvador is chosen as one of the top 10 national dental clinics in El Salvador

    YKK El Salvador is chosen as one of the top 10 national dental clinics in El Salvador

    Due to the good administrative management of its company clinic, YKK El Salvador was chosen as one of the top 10 national dental clinics in El Salvador by the Itinerant Dental Clinic Program of...

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  • Hundreds gather in Macon to celebrate Cherry Blossom season

    Hundreds gather in Macon to celebrate Cherry Blossom season

    A child smiles and stares in awe as the colorful floats parade in front of her. She waves hello and cheers loudly when she sees her mom waving back at her from YKK’s float. The excitement is...

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  • YKK: Employing sustainable practices in everything we do

    YKK: Employing sustainable practices in everything we do

    What is the first image or thought that comes to your mind when you think of sustainability? Is it an image of a green forest? Or a recap of last night’s TV special on the environment? Typically,...

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  • Technology and Apparel Leaders Develop Unique, Smart Clothing and Wearables for the Future

    Technology and Apparel Leaders Develop Unique, Smart Clothing and Wearables for the Future

    YKK always tries to stay one step ahead of our competition by developing unique new fasteners to meet the changing needs of our customers. As a zipper manufacturer that provides fastening products...

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  • What are the advantages of having zippered sofa covers?

    What are the advantages of having zippered sofa covers?

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  • Promoting healthy work environments and active lifestyles

    Promoting healthy work environments and active lifestyles

    In honor of Women’s Health Week, we’d like to showcase the efforts of our companies in the YKK North & Central America region which promote active lifestyles and healthy work environments. We all...

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  • Jeans manufacturers and Berkeley scientists discover new ways to make earth-friendly blue jeans

    Jeans manufacturers and Berkeley scientists discover new ways to make earth-friendly blue jeans

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  • Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series

    Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series

    There are three major parts of a zipper: (1) the elements, which mesh with each other, (2) the slider, which is the part you operate with your hand and (3) the tape, which is made of cloth. Here...

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  • Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series #4

    Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series #4

    Every year, YKK produces enough zippers to wrap around the world 50 times. That’s 1.2 million miles of zippers! The National Manufacturing Center of YKK in Macon, Georgia produces around 65,000...

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  • Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series #3

    Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series #3

    Have you ever wondered how YKK tests the quality of our zippers? We asked Greg Alexander, Quality Engineer, to explain how his department ensures the quality of our zippers and other products. ”...

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  • Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series #2

    Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series #2

    YKK produces 582 standard colors. About 10 million colors have been registered worldwide. Robin Barnhill, Dye Lab Manager, shared her insight into her department’s role in the overall production...

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  • Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series #1

    Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series #1

    As part of our National Zipper Day series, we are interviewing experts from our very own National Manufacturing Center in Macon, GA to shed some light on what it takes to create a zipper. Here at...

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  • YKK USA’s San Francisco Global Marketing Group participate in The North Face Endurance Challenge Series

    YKK USA’s San Francisco Global Marketing Group participate in The North Face Endurance Challenge Series

    At YKK we believe in supporting our customers by participating in events that they offer to the public.  On November 18 and 19, 2017, Rachel Schildkraut and Sunny Choy from YKK’s San Francisco...

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  • YKK AP sponsors FIRST Robotics Team, “The ThunderBotz,” for third consecutive year

    YKK AP sponsors FIRST Robotics Team, “The ThunderBotz,” for third consecutive year

    On February 22, 2018 Dublin-Lauren’s FIRST Robotics Team, “The ThunderBotz,” hosted an open house to unveil their latest project to the public. For the past six weeks, students and volunteers have...

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  • International Women’s Day Series 2018

    International Women’s Day Series 2018

    Throughout the month of March we shared a series of blogs, videos and posts highlighting the work and contributions of our female colleagues from our companies within North and Central America....

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  • Yoshida Scholarship Foundation – Carter Center Internship application now open

    Yoshida Scholarship Foundation – Carter Center Internship application now open

    YKK Corporation’s educational foundation, The Yoshida Scholarship Foundation, is currently seeking Japanese nationals to participate in a 9-12 month paid internship at The Carter Center in...

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  • Ingredient Brands Add Value to End Products

    Ingredient Brands Add Value to End Products

    In a recent article in Forbes, “What ‘Ingredient Brands’ Are And Why They’re Important,” Richard Kestenbaum writes about how the use of ingredient brands can help a brand communicate the quality...

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  • For decades, workwear has evolved to meet the changing needs of modern day workers

    For decades, workwear has evolved to meet the changing needs of modern day workers

    The development and improvement of workwear is closely related to technological advances that have taken place throughout the course of history.

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  • Smart diapers could be a game changer in hygiene industry

    Smart diapers could be a game changer in hygiene industry

    As a manufacturer of a micro disposable hook fastener for baby and adult incontinence diapers, YKK is concerned with providing a hook fastener that is gentle to the skin. A common problem that...

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  • Apparel industry leaders take steps to be more sustainable and socially ethical

    Apparel industry leaders take steps to be more sustainable and socially ethical

    At YKK our environmental pledge encourages us to “preserve the abundantly endowed global environment and to transfer it to the next generation in sound condition.” Likewise, many apparel...

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  • Automotive Engineers innovate seating to meet consumer needs

    Automotive Engineers innovate seating to meet consumer needs

    The seats in an automobile play an important role in the overall customer satisfaction. That is why automotive engineers must keep up with customer demands by adding new features and materials to...

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  • How to properly maintain the zipper on your drysuit

    How to properly maintain the zipper on your drysuit

    If you are a cold-water diver, you know that a drysuit is essential to keeping you warm and dry under water. However, a drysuit is a significant investment that can cost $1,000 and up. If you do...

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  • A Christmas story for the family

    A Christmas story for the family

    A few days before Christmas, a very cold winter was approaching. While the last leaves were falling from the trees, in a small sewing workshop, four tailors were soon to finish the last dresses...

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  • YKK’s Fundamental Behaviors set standards for the company in providing quality products and in being a good corporate citizen

    YKK’s Fundamental Behaviors set standards for the company in providing quality products and in being a good corporate citizen

      Like many companies today, YKK has a philosophy, management principle and a set of Core Values which our employees look to in performing their jobs and in providing the best quality products and...

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