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Tokyo-based JCW is a trailblazer in all-weather vehicle washing machine technology

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 April, 2016, 3:48pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 April, 2016, 3:48pm

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After more than a decade of transporting passengers across Taiwan, the Taiwan High Speed Rail keeps its white train body shells with orange-coloured lines gleaming and spotless, thanks to JCW's all-weather vehicle washing machines.

The 70-year-old leader in vehicle cleaning equipment serves some of the world's top rail lines and transport sectors including the Japan Railways Group, the Hong Kong MTR, and the national railway operators of Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.

Based in Tokyo, JCW has pioneered vehicle washing technology, having sold the first car wash machine in Japan in 1962. Developing equipment in a location that experiences extreme weather conditions has also been a boon to the Japanese washing machine maker. Climates and transit sites are carefully considered in JCW's research and development pursuits, resulting in products that can withstand severe temperatures and are able to efficiently run for decades.

"Japan's harsh climates promote the durability of our products," says Seiki Masuda, CEO. "We build and maintain equipment that can operate for 15 to 20 years, and some are even good for up to 30 years. Clients trust us because they get real value for their money."

JCW expects to work on more infrastructure projects as it backs the transport industry's move to provide cleaner, safer and more eco-friendly services - whether on the streets or on rails. With China and other parts of Asia accounting for almost half of all infrastructure spending globally, the company is upbeat about growth. It is looking for business partners who can help the company offer more innovative products and services, and welcomes distributors from Southeast Asia to support its existing partnerships in China and India.

"Our policy is to make things that people need," Masuda says. "We are also focused on improving people's health and caring for the environment. Customers choose us for our technology and reliability."