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Latest update: 22/06/2018 02:09:55

Katayama Chain Co., Ltd.

We supply power transmission components for a range of applications from industrial machines to parking structures.

Our main products are sprockets, chains, gears and racks, and timing pulleys. We supply components that are used in all kinds of industries, ranging from automotive businesses and industrial equipment to parking structures for condominiums. We do not have a manufacturing division such as a factory. We operate a fabless business model in which we only perform high-value-added roles, such as planning and development. This is why we have the capacity to manufacture a wide range of products, and can respond to a diverse range of customer needs. We currently have overseas business offices in China and Singapore, and we have medium- and long-term plans to open up new markets with a focus on the ASEAN region.

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[Company strength]
We control inventory based on our own know-how to hold sufficient inventory to avoid being out of stock. We have obtained ISO 9001 certification for quality management. We launched our DOLS Service to build up a system that pursues customer satisfaction in terms of logistics. This service allows orders made by 7:00 p.m. to be shipped on the day.


[Business description]
We manufacture and sell power transmission components. Our main products include sprockets, chains, gears and racks, and timing pulleys. We supply components that are used in all kinds of industries, ranging from automotive businesses and industrial equipment to parking structures for condominiums.


[Industry]
Manufacturing

[Strength of products/technologies]
We do not have a manufacturing division such as a factory. We operate a fabless business model in which we only perform high-value-added roles, such as planning and development. This is why we have the capacity to manufacture a wide range of products, and can respond to a diverse range of customer needs.


[Representative's message]
We have a medium-term plan to open up new markets with a focus on Asia (the ASEAN region). We currently have a subsidiary in Changzhou, China. We also plan to set up a distribution base in Vietnam as a first step to open up sales channels to Japanese enterprises that have penetrated the ASEAN market.


[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
We have an international division as a dedicated import and export division. We have also worked out an Asia strategy with a focus on sales expansion in other parts of Asia, and have appointed a project leader. This leader is responsible for collecting information and planning strategies. We have established a joint venture with a local enterprise as a new distribution base, which we plan to use for warehouse functions.


[Market share/Ranking]
We are number one in the industry for shipments of sprocket wheels (numerical data to officially confirm this is not available).


[Awards and media coverage]
[Awards]
Osaka Excellent Monozukuri Enterprise Award (2012); SME IT Management Capability Grand Prize (2014).



[Intellectual property]
We have obtained nineteen intellectual property assets, including a chain structure (Japanese Unexamined Patent Application No. 2007-153559) and a carrier chain conveying surface cover (Japanese Unexamined Patent Application No. 2003-034419).


[Main Clients / Business History (domestic)]
Toyota Motor Corporation, Kubota Corporation, Yanmar Co., Ltd., Daifuku Co., Ltd., Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation, NHK Spring Company, and other enterprises.

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