Aerosol From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 562 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2044 times:
everytime I take a look at a zipper (broken etc.), there's YKK written on it. So what is the story of it? Is it a standard, a monopolistic global player in zipper manufacturing? If someone knows the answer, one of the questions I had all my life would be answered!
N312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2026 times:
YKK was founded in Japan as a zipper manufacturing company in 1934 by Tadao (pronounced in English as Tah-dah-o) Yoshida. In the early years, Mr. Yoshida's company carried his name; it was called Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha--or "YKK" for short. (That long Japanese name translates roughly into English as "Yoshida Company Limited.") Over the years, the letters "YKK" were stamped onto the zippers' pull tabs, and thus YKK became known as the Company's trademark.
If you have any more interest in zippers, you can visit www.ykkamerica.com