|Company name||YAMASAKI GIKEN CO.,LTD.|
|In business since||March 1948|
|Company established on||October 22, 1965|
|Representative||Executive chairman: Michio Yamasaki
President: Takahiro Morio
|Executive Officer||Executive Director and Manager of the Marine Products Division: Tomiaki Ikeda
Director and Plant Manager: Kenichi Fukutome
Director and Manager of the Development Division: Hitoshi Yokoyama
|Number of employees||117|
|Sales||3,000,000,000 yen (as of September 2012)|
|Group companies||Tosa Nature School, School of Organic Farming
m.e. works inc.
|Main business partners||Yamazen Co.,Ltd. / Fanuc Corporation / Fanacmagtronics Corporation / OM Metal Industry Co.,Ltd. / Watanabe Seikosho.|
|Main banks||Shikoku Bank / Iyo Bank / Shoko Chukin Bank|
|Company addresses||Head Office and Factory
No.2 Techno-Park, TosaYamada cho, Kami city, Kochi Prefecture, 782-0010, Japan
TEL: +81-887-57-6222 (Main) / +81-887-57-6225 (Customer Service)
|March 1948||Established Yamasaki Institute of Internal Combustion Laboratory at Kamobe, in Kochi City.
Developed the motorized bicycle ‘Bluebird’.
|December 1957||Developed outboard engine for motorized bicycles.
Began exports to Central and South America and Australia.
|February 1960||Developed non-stop BB-type transmission.|
|April 1961||Began development of metal cutting tools such as lathes, planers and horizontal boring machines.|
|April 1962||Developed DM-type non-stop transmission.|
|March 1963||Relocated the Company’s main office and the factory to 1147 Koda, Kochi City.
Opened the Osaka Business Office in Nishi-ku, Osaka City.
Developed YZ-7 Combined Milling Machine.
|October 1965||Became a limited liability company under the new name Yamasaki Giken.|
|May 1967||Developed the YZ-8 Combined Milling Machine.|
|May 1969||Built our second factory at 2098, Koda, Kochi City.
Became a member of the Japan Machine Tool Builders’ Association.
|August 1969||Opened the Tokyo Business Office in Setagaya-ku.|
|May 1971||Developed the YZB-85 Horizontal Boring and Milling Machine.|
|June 1971||Keiji Yamasaki, the chairman of the ‘Society to Save Urado Bay’, addressed concerns about pollution after the ‘fresh concrete incident.’|
|April 1972||Opened a fish farm in Uranoichi, Susaki City.|
|May 1973||Added an assembly plant to the second factory.|
|October 1973||Added an assembly plant to the second factory.|
|August 1980:||Added an assembly plant to the main factory.|
|September 1980||Extended the second factory.|
|1981||Developed the YZ-8N Vertical Boring and Milling Machine.
Started development of the NC machines line.
|1982||Increased capital to 30,000,000 yen.
Developed the YZ-8 Vertical Boring and Milling Machine.
Renamed the Nagoya Office to the Nagoya Business Office.
|1983||Released fish into Tosa Bay by the Uranouchi Fish Farm at no public cost.
Developed the YZ-75 Vertical Boring and Milling Machine.
|1984||Developed the YZ-8C Vertical Boring and Milling Machine.|
|April 1985||Opened the Hiroshima Office.|
|September 1985||Added another assembly plant to the second factory.|
|March 1987||Opened the Maebashi Office.|
|February 1988||Developed the YZ-8NC Vertical NC Milling Machine.|
|September 1988||Relocated the main office function to the second factory.|
|December 1988||Added a machine plant to the second factory.|
|March 1989||Constructed the third factory.|
|April 1989||Constructed the staff canteen ‘Keyaki-no-uchi’.|
|June 1989||Added an office to the second factory.|
|January 1992||Renamed the Maebashi Office and Hiroshima Office as the Maebashi Business Office and Hiroshima Business Office.
Opened the Fukuoka Business Office.
|August 1992||Developed the YZ-450NC Vertical Milling Machine.|
|June 1993||Developed the YZ-8CR Next-generation General Purpose Milling Machine.|
|January 1994||Developed the YZ-8WR Next-generation General Purpose Milling Machine.|
|October 1996||Developed the YZ-500 SGATC Next-generation NC Milling Machine.|
|April 1997||The Company founder Keiji Yamasaki died.|
|March 1998||Constructed a paint plant.|
|March 1998||Relocated the Tokyo Business Office to the newly-built site in Toda City, Saitama Prefecture.|
|April 1998||Developed the YZ-500WR Next-generation General Purpose Milling Machine.|
|2001||Increased capital to 60,000,000 yen.|
|January 2002||Relocated the Nagoya Business Office to Kamiotai, Nishi-ku, Nagoya City.|
|April 2002||Relocated the Osaka Business Office to Higashi-Osaka City.|
|September 2005||Linked our Company with the Forest Volunteer Organization and opened its forests to the public.|
|February 2006||Received the 20th Kochi Local Industry Award for its recycled CD floor covering ‘Opalite’.|
|March 2006||Constructed a new factory in the Techno Park in Kami City. (Completed the first stage of the Tosa Yamada factory.)|
|July 2006||Established the affiliated company ‘ND Materials’.|
|September 2007||Completed the second stage of the TosaYamada factory (the machine plant).|
|April 2008||Opened the Tohoku Business Office in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture.
Established the affiliated company ‘Kochi FEL’.
|September 2008||Completed the ‘Keyaki-no-uchi’ at the TosaYamada factory.|
|November 2008||Received the ‘Good Company Award’ (hosted by the Medium and Small Business Research Institute).|
|December 2008||Completed the third stage of the TosaYamada factory (the paint plant)|
|November 2010||Established the Kochi Nature Council.
The Company assumed operation of the
‘Tosa Nature School’, School of Organic Farming (from the 5th term)
|July 2012||Had group companies of m.e. works inc.|
|September 2012||Completed the forth stage of the TosaYamada factory (the assembly plant and Material warehouse).|
1Since the invention of our first metal cutting machine in 1961, we have continued to introduce the latest technology into our products. At the same time, while pursuing ways to expand functionality, we have pursued a new concept, that of ‘user-friendly interface technology.’
Japan’s population in the old days was a caring one that demonstrated compassion and put the needs of others before their own. The feeling of ‘Grandma’s wisdom’ that we had then is what we would like to maintain. Isn’t it true that when we are doing something for someone else that we are relaxed and feel no fear?
We would like to continue working for our customers and doing whatever it takes to keep our customers satisfied. Our motto for our metal cutting machines is ‘easy for everyone’, and so we pursued ways to refine the machines after considering various scenarios of their uses in factories.
In the marine products industry, being kind to others also means being kind to nature. In keeping with this philosophy, we have engaged ourselves in efforts to sustain marine species and to create new habitats around Kochi Prefecture. We welcome the people of Kochi into the forests owned by our company in order to provide a place to develop a healthy relationship with nature. We are hoping that this will be a great opportunity for our children to develop a healthy relationship with nature.
Our earth has only allowed well-balanced and beautiful things to survive over the past 5,000 million years, and that is why we have to support and sustain beautiful things. Industries in Japan have made tremendous efforts to increase their productivity, and this has led to our affluent lives with Japan becoming one of the richest countries in the world. However, I cannot stop feeling that the other side of this progress is that we are losing our beautiful oceans, mountains and rivers and that people are losing the caring attitude towards one another. Isn’t it strange that we have become more civilized but we losing our minds and our nature?
We, at Yamasaki Giken, have always thought about ‘people and nature’ and reflect those thoughts in our actions. We believe that, without this kind of thought, Yamasaki Giken as a business corporation will not have a basis of partners and customers because current society will not be sustainable for 50, 100 or 200 years into the future.
Executive chairman Michio Yamasaki