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Latest update： 06/12/2016 14:48:53
Showa Co., Ltd.
We provide carports and snow fences with outstanding design.
We mainly manufacture carports as our leading product and we also manufacture snow fences and underground snow-melting machines. Our cantilever carports are excellent in design and have superior strength due to the use of steel as the raw material. They are highly valued for their certification as a “Northern Brand” by the Sapporo Chamber of Commerce and Industry. We have recently introduced products that improve brightness by combining a polycarbonate folded plate with a roof to make the roof transparent. The products are used not only as carports but also for balconies of stand-alone houses, as measures against snow and rainfall, and for commercial purposes in drive-through facilities. We manufacture products that transcend the existing framework and expand our business to meet today’s needs.
[Company strength] We originally started as a wholesaler of construction material and gradually shifted to manufacturing, with particular expertise in product development. We mainly manufacture consumer products where our primary strength is the ability to manufacture products that transcend the existing framework and meet today’s needs. [Business description] Our leading product is cantilever carports, which we manufacture from a raw material that is steel plated with molten zinc. We also manufacture underground snow-melting machines, which was our leading product before the carports. We use the same material as that for the carports to manufacture snow fences, called snow shelters, which stop snow falling from a roof. The manufacture of carports accounts for over 70% of our business, while other products account for 30%. [Industry] Metal product manufacturing [Strength of products/technologies] Many of our industry peers also manufacture carports; however, our carports feature steel material and a cantilever design, with a strut only on one side while retaining superior strength. Our carports are highly valued and competitive due to their certification as a Northern Brand by the Sapporo Chamber of Commerce and Industry. We have also recently introduced products for improved brightness by combining a polycarbonate folded plate with a roof to make the roof transparent. [Representative's message] We continue to focus on product sales, response to consumer needs, and future business expansion. Plans are underway to further automate our production lines. We are also actively working with our industry peers and making connections to strengthen sales. [Company structure for market development/overseas expansion] We are not yet ready for full overseas expansion, but we have plans to set up operations in northern Europe where we expect our products to be marketable in the near future. [Market share/Ranking] We have an estimated 10% share of the trade within Hokkaido where there are dozens of others in the same trade. [Awards and media coverage] [Awards] Accreditation under the Northern Brand by the Sapporo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2015) [Media] The Hokkaido Shimbun Press [Authorization/Certification] Contractor’s license (scaffolders, steel structure); ISO 9001 certification [Joint research and development] The new design and structure of the carports currently manufactured reflect the collaborative work with Hokkaido Machinery Manufacturers Association. [Main Clients / Business History (domestic)] We deliver our products to customers through construction material wholesalers on a distribution route in Hokkaido and therefore have no proven track record of direct deliveries to major companies.
This company is recommended by the following support organizations.
- Hokkaido Head Office