Message from the President
The Ibara area is blessed with abundant water and a mild climate, so growing raw cotton and indigo has prospered since the days of old. Therefore, textile manufacturing developed and indigo-dyeing thick textile fabric spread throughout the country as specialty products. Starting around 1965, yarn-dyed denim production became active and accounted for 70% of jeans production in Japan. However, due to the weak yen and the influx of low-priced overseas products, the manufacturing area in Ibara shrunk. Traditional techniques are still concentrated in Ibara. Our denim is valued highly by domestic and overseas brands.
Our company was established in 1917 as a weaving establishment of bitchu kokura textile. I entered our company in 1974 right after graduating from the college. I realized that the area of textile production was declining when I entered the company. I was astonished to see Toscana in Italy. Low cost production areas gather strength, and most weaving companies with labor division systems were driven out of business. Only 5 companies were left. All of the 5 companies had integrated production equipment. I thought that the same situation would occur in Japan in the near future, so I started investment in plant and equipment.
Our company entered full-scale denim production around 1985, which was very late. My friend working at an apparel brand told me about denim, and I was inspired by his story. At that time, denim was in mass production by high-speed weaving machines. I discovered that we would be able to produce original high value added products by using our old-style weaving machines. We may have been able to open a new path because we started denim production later than other companies.
We continue to strive for establishing further integrated production system and improving technology so as to meet our customers’ needs. We also enhance product development and market development in Japan and other companies. We aim to deliver our high value added denim made in Japan to the world.
President and Representative Member of the Board