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1938
February
San-es Shokai renamed Yoshida Kogyosho.
1945
May
Komatsugawa Plant burned down and dissolved for a time.
1945
August
Yoshida Kogyosho purchased Uozu Tekkousho K.K. and renamed Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
1946
January
YKK® registered as a trademark of Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
1951
March
Headquarters relocated to Nihonbashi Bakurocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
1934
January
San-es Shokai founded by Tadao Yoshida in Higashi Nihonbashi, Tokyo
1942
February
Yoshida Kogyosho reorganized as a limited company.
1955
May
Kurobe Plant commences operations in Kurobe City, Toyama Prefecture.
1958
August
Headquarters relocated to Asakusa Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo.
1961
January
Yoshida Kogyo K.K. begins production and marketing of aluminum building products.
1963
June
Headquarters relocated to current location (Kanda Izumi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo).
1994
August
Yoshida Kogyo K.K. renamed YKK Corporation.
1994
September
YKK Group Environmental Charter (Group Environmental Charter) established.
2002
December
First machinery and engineering business company (Suzhou YKK Machinery & Die Works Co., Ltd.) established in Suzhou, China.
1957
July
Yoshida Trading Co. (current YKK AP Inc.) established.
1959
November
Operations related to aluminum building materials begun.
1976
April
YKK Industries (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. established as the first overseas affiliate of YKK's architectural products business..
1994
August
Yoshida Kogyo K.K. renamed YKK Corporation.
1994
September
YKK Group Environmental Charter (Group Environmental Charter) established.
2000
July
YKK Newmax Co., Ltd. (YKK Snap Fasteners Japan Co., Ltd.) established as the main company of YKK's snaps and buttons business.
2002
December
First machinery and engineering business company (Suzhou YKK Machinery & Die Works Co., Ltd.) established in Suzhou, China.
2003
February
YKK Fastening Products Sales Inc. established as a sales company for YKK's fastening business.
2003
April
YKK Business Support Inc. established as the shared services center for the YKK Group.
2003
October
YKK's Architectural Products Manufacturing Group integrated into YKK AP Inc.
2006
July
YKK Tours launched by the YKK Group as an industrial tourism plant tour.
2015
July
The YKK80 Building completed in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, as the new headquarters of YKK Corporation and YKK AP Inc.
1994
August
Yoshida Kogyo K.K. renamed YKK Corporation.
1994
September
YKK Group Environmental Charter (Group Environmental Charter) established.
2002
December
First machinery and engineering business company (Suzhou YKK Machinery & Die Works Co., Ltd.) established in Suzhou, China.
1957
July
Yoshida Trading Co. (current YKK AP Inc.) established.
1976
April
YKK Industries (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. established as the first overseas affiliate of YKK's architectural products business..
1994
August
Yoshida Kogyo K.K. renamed YKK Corporation.
1994
September
YKK Group Environmental Charter (Group Environmental Charter) established.
2002
December
First machinery and engineering business company (Suzhou YKK Machinery & Die Works Co., Ltd.) established in Suzhou, China.
2003
February
YKK Fastening Products Sales Inc. established as a sales company for YKK's fastening business.
2003
April
YKK Business Support Inc. established as the shared services center for the YKK Group.
2015
July
The YKK80 Building completed in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, as the new headquarters of YKK Corporation and YKK AP Inc.
2003
February
YKK Fastening Products Sales Inc. established as a sales company for YKK's fastening business.
2003
April
YKK Business Support Inc. established as the shared services center for the YKK Group.
2003
October
YKK's Architectural Products Manufacturing Group integrated into YKK AP Inc.
2015
July
The YKK80 Building completed in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, as the new headquarters of YKK Corporation and YKK AP Inc.
1976
June
YKK Swaziland PTY LTD was established
1976
September
President Tadao Yoshida and King Sobhuza III officially open the factory in Mbabane
1979
October
Production of 3YG commences
1986
May
New factory completed
1996
April
YKK Swaziland joins the EMEA Group
1988
January
Union Zipper and YKK Swaziland amalgamate
2000
September
YKK Swaziland achieve its ISO 9000 certification
2001
July
YKK Swaziland celebrates its 25'th anniversary
2001
December
YKK Swaziland changes its name to YKK Southern Africa (PYT) LTD