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Equipment maker Takatori’s inventions meet needs of the future

Japanese company evolves from industrial machinery to electronics-related equipment

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 April, 2016, 4:31pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 April, 2016, 9:54am

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Since assembling its first pantyhose-toe seaming machine in 1960, Takatori has laboured to meet the most pressing industrial machinery needs of ensuing decades. Applying proprietary technology, Takatori has contributed to the development of lifestyles with its various manufacturing equipment for textiles, including carbon-fibre fabric, multiwire saw (MWS) for slicing hard, brittle material, semiconductor, and liquid crystal display (LCD).

Takatori has always entered unexplored territories to adapt to global trends. Starting as a machine repair shop in the 1950s, the company’s brand of sewing machine became internationally recognised for years, propelling its bold jump into semiconductor-related equipment in 1983. As computers and other modern electronics devices grew in demand, Takatori expanded into producing MWS and LCD panel-related equipment, and is now eager to penetrate the smartphone-producing league.

“Our corporate motto is creation and innovation,” says Yoshiro Kitamura, president. “Our people are enterprising and quick to act. We study the industries, and we work with clients to create and innovate. We constantly invent to satisfy the needs of the future.”

The company’s entrepreneurial vigour persists as it breaks into more cutting-edge industries with its grinding and medical equipment. Its new grinding machine – used to polish wafers of hard, brittle material, and to make material surfaces flat and clean – will be launched this year.

Since Takatori’s customers are also manufacturers, the enterprising equipment maker produces solutions that help clients overcome budgetary and logistical challenges.

“Clients trust us because we produce highly efficient products,” Kitamura says. “By working closely with customers, we ensure satisfaction and mutual trust.”

Takatori is advancing its research and development collaborations with Tokushima University and Nara Medical University to establish its business in the medical equipment industry while conducting market research in Southeast Asia. It continues to cultivate its innovative spirit to serve future generations.