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Latest update: 30/05/2017 17:59:29

Kato Iron Co., Ltd.

We develop industrial machinery that saves resources and labor. 

We are a finished product manufacturer that designs, manufactures, and distributes labor-saving machinery, automatic control panels, and other units mainly for water treatment and food-related equipment. The main characteristics of our company include our integrated production system in which we even manufacture high-mix low-volume parts including instrumentation and controls in-house. We also develop products based on a design philosophy that values excellent mechanical strength and ease of maintenance. Our main product is the KATEX bar screen. It is used to remove floating matter for purification in pretreatment sedimentation basins at ordinary industrial wastewater treatment plants. It features a non-clogging, easy-to-maintain mechanism. That is why this product is used in a wide range of facilities such as public sewage treatment, including the moat water purification equipment for the Imperial Palace Garden. 


Other presentation

[Company strength]
Our company designs and manufactures various machine products under the theme of labor and energy conservation. We have made many automated labor-saving machines through our original ideas and creativity, and our products are highly valued for their quality, performance, and durability. The KATEX automatic bar screen is our most successful product. It has been installed in many water purification facilities, and significantly contributes to the environment. We have an electric device division to meet satisfy needs for distribution boards and control panels. We also have experienced staff and various kinds of machinery and equipment to realize a wide range of manufacturing processes. All these merits allow us to supply good products while constantly developing new technologies for the customers, which we believe is our strength. 

[Business description]
Our company designs and manufactures labor-saving machines, industrial machinery, water treatment equipment, food-related devices, distribution boards, and automatic control panels. We make these products and related high-mix low-volume parts entirely in-house and supply them as finished products. Our company has been in business for 70 years. We have benefitted from having experienced staff members who have satisfied various needs and developed ideas over many years. We have also introduced a wide range of machines on an as-needed basis, and most of the electric control units for these machines were manufactured in-house. This integrated production system for various machines and equipment as well as instrumentation and controls allows us to quickly and flexibly manufacture all kinds of systems. 

Machinery and equipment manufacturing

[Strength of products/technologies]
Our main product is the KATEX bar screen. It is used to remove floating matter for purification in pretreatment sedimentation basins at ordinary industrial wastewater treatment plants. It has a simple structure in which a rake moves between the slits, so the machine is less likely to clog or malfunction. This makes it easy for the user to maintain. Floating solid matter is absorbed in its natural state without being crushed. This quiet, energy-saving product is made of stainless steel, so it has excellent durability. It has earned high evaluations in Japan and overseas in terms of its functionality, track record, performance, and safety. The KATEX bar screen is based on the same design philosophy as our other products such as our labor-saving machines, industrial machinery, and food-related machines. We value mechanical strength and ease of maintenance. 

[Representative's message]
Our company possesses extensive know-how from many years of manufacturing operations. This is why we believe that we can make various kinds of prototypes by applying our know-how if user needs are clearly defined. We assume that our own sales and marketing capabilities are weak, so we hope to reinforce them with the help of J-GoodTech and other support programs. We plan to dedicate ourselves to Monozukuri craftsmanship to enrich society while protecting the environment and revitalizing industry. We aim to become a leading mid-scale enterprise in the community. Our philosophy is to be a company that can give shape to ideas.

[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
Our company participates in exhibitions held in Tokyo every year (such as the Sewage Works Exhibition) to promote the KATEX Automatic Bar Screen, which is our main product. We also display other newly developed products. We believe that showing the actual unit is the best promotion method. We are a minor company from a non-metropolitan region, so we also think that it is important to enhance recognition of our KATEX brand as a sound corporate entity. We place advertisements in the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun three to four times a month to promote our products. We also place a one-page advertisement in the monthly magazine “Yosui to Haisui” every month. We also make use of the Toho business matching support program and the like to acquire users.

[Market share/Ranking]
We estimate that our automatic bar screen has a 20% share of the domestic Japanese market, and a 0.5% share of the overseas market.

[Awards and media coverage]
Fukushima Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Technology Innovation Award; Invention Society Award.

Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun; “Yosui to Haisui” monthly magazine.

ISO 14001; ISO 9001; general contractor license granted by the governor of Fukushima Prefecture (Pan-24, No. 22158).

[Joint research and development]
We have been granted nine patent applications. These were for our auto screen, hydroextractor, wedge wire screen, small bag breaker, submersible pump discharge slot attachment, liquid separator, special biological treatment equipment for garbage, and package with flaps. Our filtration equipment with a filter media washing unit has also been patented. 

[Main Clients / Business History (domestic)]
KATEX automatic bar screen: Hitachi; Kobe Steel; Nissan Motor; Isuzu Motors; Hino Motors; Hitachi Metals; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries; Oji Paper; Daio Paper; Nippon Paper Industries; Morinaga Milk Industry; Sapporo Breweries; Kirin Brewery; Suntory; Tohoku Electric Power; Tokyo Electric Power; Kansai Electric Power; and so on.Wedge wire screen: Meiji Milk Products; Gekkeikan; and so on.Rotary press: Nichirei; and so on.Small bag breaker: Kikkoman; and so on.

[Main Clients / Business History (overseas)]
We have sold many products through trading companies, Tsurumi Mfg., and other OEM customers to end users in the Middle East, North America, Canada, China, Southeast Asia, and other regions. 

This company is recommended by the following support organizations.

Tohoku Head Office, SMRJ