“YKK seeks corporate value of Higher Significance” This principle drives our operational and management activities. It follows the philosophy laid down in “The Cycle of Goodness,” the title of the major work by YKK founder Mr Yoshida. He wrote, “No one prospers unless he/she brings prosperity to others”.


YKK Group Management Principle

Products & Services

YKK EMEA Group is associated with quality, flexibility, creativity and high performance. Our HiTech, Classic or Design ranges offer Total Fastening Solutions right across our network. Our manufacturing facilities have accredited certification to the International Standard ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems). We comply with the latest laws and industrial regulations from around the globe. Contact your local YKK office for the latest information and details of product exceptions. With local knowledge and expertise at their fingertips your local YKK office can providet advice on the latest fastening processes, developments and applications. Local offices can also provide information about our global account network, which extends to over 70 countries world wide. This special service offers customers a dedicated key account manager to support their global trim sourcing operations. YKK delivers value added products and services to enhance and differentiate your brand.

Research & Development

Built on years of experience and fastening know how, YKK is the total fastening solutions partner. Whenever Classic, Design or HiTech products are required, our local R&D centres work with customers’ right across Europe to provide speedy development. Our centres are backed up by a large global R&D network which provides access to the very latest technology. YKK innovates together with customers to produce high quality fastening products.

Environmental Policy

YKK Group is an environmentally sensitive company fostering environmental protection worldwide through an integrated Environmental Management System targeted to reduce environmental impact. Our manufacturing facilities conform to the International Standard ISO 14001. Our main product lines conform to the textile environmental standard Oeko-Tex 100 Class I (Babies). To learn more, contact your nearest YKK office or view our information pdf.


What does YKK stand for?

YKK, a zipper manufacturing company, was founded in Japan, 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.

How can I distinguish genuine YKK products from counterfeit ones?

YKK evaluate and publish genuine YKK product certificates. If you have any doubt about YKK zippers used in garments etc, please contact your local offices directly. Unfortunately we cannot disclose the procedure due to the risk of having this info being disclosed to counterfeit producers.

Other than zippers, what product does YKK produce today?

Aside from zippers, YKK also makes other fastening products-like snaps & buttons, textiles and plastics, hook & loop self-closing tape fastening systems, webbings, and metal and plastic notions and buckles. YKK also produces aluminium building products-like window and entrance systems for low, medium, and high rise applications.

What is the difference between Fastener and Zipper?

The term “Fastener” or “Slide Fastener” is generally used in the UK. “Fastener” can mean anything which has a fixing function. The term “Zipper” or “Zip Fastener” first appeared in USA but is now commonly used all over the world. The word “Zip” is the imitative sound (often regarded as a quick sound) a fastener makes when it is being opened or closed.

How large is YKK?

YKK operates in North/Central America, South America, EMEA (covering Europe, the Middle East, and Africa), East Asia, ASAO (covering ASEAN, South Asia, and Oceania), and Japan. YKK Corporation employs over 40,000 people, operating in more than 70 countries worldwide.

YKK has a famous philosophy: what exactly is it?

Mr. Yoshida called his philosophy the Cycle of Goodness. It means that "No one prospers unless he renders benefit to others." According to his philosophy, Mr. Yoshida believed he must manufacture only useful, high quality zippers that would benefit, or enhance, the end-use goods in which they were installed. Since his product was a component in his customer's products, and the critical moving part, he believed it would have to perform perfectly over a long period of time so that those end-use goods would last longer and perform better than others on the market. When they did, all involved would benefit. Because of this guiding principle, YKK became involved in vertical manufacturing. This means that YKK not only produces the zippers, but also the machines that make the zippers, and even many of the raw materials that go into the zippers, like the polyester and brass that make up the tape, teeth and sliders.

Some UK companies publish their UK Tax strategy. Does YKK have one?

Yes. Based on the Finance Act 2016, HM Revenue & Customs announced that large businesses in the UK are required to publish their UK tax strategy.

YKK UK entities qualify under the Act and we have prepared our UK tax strategy in accordance with the requirement of the Finance Act 2016. We support and comply with the regulations and guidelines given by tax authorities.

To find our UK Tax strategy policy, please click the link here.

How can I get a job with YKK?

To inquiry about employment opportunities within YKK, please contact the YKK Company in which you would like to work.

I have another question!

If you can not find the answer to your question in this section, please contact your local YKK office.