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Asian expansion yields brighter prospects for Nihon Yamamura Glass

Japanese container manufacturer specialises in glass bottles, plastic closures and new glass products

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 April, 2016, 5:02pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 April, 2016, 9:53am

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In an age that highly values ecological sustainability, glass is a prized material. Infinitely recyclable without losing its quality, it is the foundation of the container industry projected to reach US$61 billion by 2020. With Asia-Pacific comprising a third of the global glass container market, the future looks bright for Nihon Yamamura Glass, a major container manufacturer in Japan with more than a century of expertise in glass bottles, plastic closures and new glass products.

“Our keys to success are tradition and innovation,” says Koji Yamamura, president, CEO and chief operating officer. “Tradition means having our long history and technical advantages in glass bottle manufacturing, and innovation means continuously employing new industry technologies. Furthermore, we’re focused on becoming more global as we continue to grow.”

Nihon Yamamura Glass maintains four divisions: glass bottles, plastics, new glass and engineering. With a portfolio of more than 1,000 products, including eco-friendly lightweight bottles, reusable bottles, and 100 per cent recycled glass bottles, the company’s glass bottles division employs the most sophisticated quality assurance, information systems and production control technologies.

The company’s cutting-edge efforts are also evident in its new glass division, which develops materials such as powdered glass for electronic devices, and its photonics division, which manufactures optical fibre lenses. It likewise has a venture in research involving indoor vegetable growing, which it plans to market in the future.

In the packaging business, Nihon Yamamura Glass is prepared to expand its international operations. It is setting its sights on mergers and acquisitions among Southeast Asia’s packaging companies. A leader in glass container manufacturing with a Japanese market share of approximately 40 per cent, it also aims to increase glass container sales of its Chinese facility from US$53 million to US$88 million over the next three years.

“We have good relationships with customers because they trust our high level of Japanese quality,” Yamamura says. “We are experienced in providing technical assistance to manufacturers worldwide, and we welcome interested companies that want to work with us.”


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