ABOUT US

Yoshida Metal Industry was established in 1954 as a western tableware manufacturer, which is local industry of Tsubame-Sanjo, Niigata prefecture. Making a goal to be a company that always searches for new technology and possibility since the day of establishment, we began to do research on stainless steel knife. In 1960, we introduced the Bunmei knife series with a stainless steel blade. We made use of stainless steel processing technique and fulfilled a product that keeps the same sharpness as carbon steel knife, but hard to rust and easy to treat. By this achievement, we prove the potential of stainless steel to be used for Japanese traditional style knife, which carbon steel was its major material at that period of time. In 1983, based by the idea to apply the manufacture know-how of tableware knife, we created the all stainless steel, one-piece structure kitchen knife: the GLOBAL series. This new unprecedented concept gave impact strong enough to make a new genre, which is “all stainless steel” in the kitchen knife business. Since then till today, GLOBAL series is highly appraised by professional chefs and customers all over the world for more than 30 years by its never fading charm.

We will keep on producing products with ingenuity, being motivated by our extensible idea and passion to send out products with high quality. This sense of purpose is also applied to employment of outstanding human resource, and developing their motivation and talent. Creating one's own way; we value such spirit and flexibility, therefore our goal is to give employees a diligent training. We believe that a trustworthy product is produced by the enthusiasm for product development of each employee. High quality authentic products are the result of creation done by flexible mind with deep knowledge, experience, and technology development for long period of time.Market is wide that it is spread out to many countries. We have a belief that it is contribution to society to offer an excellent product to as many people as we can.

CORPORATE INFORMATION

Company Name
YOSHIDA METAL INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
Address
2078-3, Nishiota, Yoshida, Tsubame-city, Niigata Prefecture 959-0221 Japan
TEL. +81-256-92-4191 FAX. +81-256-92-4037
Established
December 27, 1954
Capital
40 million yen
Description of business
Manufacture and sales of kitchen knives and related products.
Management
PresidentMasahito Watanabe
Representative Executive DirectorKatsumi Naito
Managing DirectorHironobu Aoyagi
DirectorMitsuhiro Wada
AuditorOsamu Hasegawa
Number of employees
100
Fiscal term
Begins on January 1 and ends on December 31 of the following year.
Correspondent banks
The Daishi Bank, Ltd.
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
Kyoei Shinyokumiai
Niigata Credit Union

CORPORATE HISTORY

Dec. 1954 Established Yoshida Metal Industry Co., Ltd. with a capital of 2 million yen.
Set up headquarters and the factory for stainless steel products at 5432 Yoshida, Yoshida-machi, Nishikanbara-gun, Niigata Prefecture.
Oct. 1956 Relocated the factory to 203 Yoshida of the town.
Jun. 1959 Yuzo Watanabe assumed the presidency.
Relocated headquarters to the same property as the factory.
Oct. 1960 Set up another factory for specific stainless steel kitchen knives at 206 Yoshida of the town.
Introduced “Bunmei Gincho” , a brand of authentic Japanese kitchen knives series.
Mar. 1961 Factory certified as “quality goods factory” by Niigata Prefecture.
Apr. 1961 “Bunmei Gincho” designated as the one and only among its recommended goods on kitchen knives by the Japan Food Sanitation Association.
Dec. 1965 Increased capital up to 4 million yen.
Mar. 1966 Relocated headquarters and the factory to 50-4 Matsuoka-Shinden of the town.
Consolidated manufacturing function of high-quality stainless steel cutlery and kitchen knives.
Set up the only forge processing facility of continual manufacturing in Japan.
Dec. 1966 Opened Tokyo office.
1983 Introduced “GLOBAL” , all stainless steel knives of one-piece structure, which has integrated handle and blade.
Nov. 1986 Relocated headquarters and the factory to 1447-3 Shimonakano of the town.
Mar. 1987 Increased capital up to 20 million yen.
Oct. 1990 “GLOBAL” received the “G-Mark” award, established by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Jan. 1991 “GLOBAL” appeared in the International Design Yearbook.
Sep. 1992 “GLOBAL” received the “Cooking Utensil Award 1992” presented by the Kookguild, a cooks’ association of the Netherlands.
Jul. 1995 “GLOBAL” selected as “Best Knife” by the “WHICH?” magazine in the UK.
Oct. 1998 Increased capital up to 40 million yen.
Jul. 1999 Opened directly-managed store, “YOSHIKIN SHOP ROPPONGI” in Tokyo.
Jan. 2001 “GLOBAL” appeared in “The New York Times.”
Mar. 2002 “GLOBAL” appeared on a high-definition special TV program broadcast by NHK.
Mar. 2002 Participated in the WACS World Congress in Kyoto as one of the supporting sponsors representing the cutlery industry.
Oct. 2002 “GLOBAL” received the “Long Life Design” award, established by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Mar. 2004 Participated in the WACS World Congress in Dublin as one of the supporting sponsors representing the cutlery industry.
Jan. 2005 Participated in the “Bocuse d’Or” the 10th World Cuisine Contest in Lyon, France as one of the supporting sponsors representing the cutlery industry.
Mar. 2005 Hideyo Watanabe assumed the presidency.
Mar. 2006 Participated in the WACS World Congress in New Zealand as one of the supporting sponsors representing the cutlery industry.
Oct. 2006 “GLOBAL” selected as one of the “Japanesque Modern Collection” , a nationwide campaign encouraged by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Jan. 2007 Participated in the “Bocuse d’Or” the 11th World Cuisine Contest in Lyon, France as one of the supporting sponsors representing the cutlery industry.
Nov. 2007 Appeared in “100 Japanese Small and Middle-sized Companies with Global Focus” in “Newsweek Japan” .
Jan. 2008 Selected as one of “300 of Japan’s Dynamic Monozukuri (Manufacturing)” by the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency.
Aug. 2008 Opened Osaka office.
Oct. 2008 Kiyoshi Ujita assumed the presidency.
Dec. 2008 Relocated headquarters and the factory to 2078-3 Nishiota, Yoshida, Tsubame-city, Niigata Prefecture, Japan.
Jan. 2009 Participated in the “Bocuse d’Or” the 12th World Cuisine Contest in Lyon, France as one of the supporting sponsors representing the cutlery industry.
Mar. 2010 Appeared as suceed case in “Challenging Regional Companies and Universities”, which is within the jurisdiction of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Jun. 2010 Appeared in “Condition of Best Selected Company” from “DECIDE” magazine, published by Tanabe Management Consulting Co.,Ltd..
Aug. 2010 Chuji Kamekura assumed the presidency.
Jul. 2011 “GLOBAL” selected as “Best Knife” by the “WHICH?” magazine in the UK.
Oct. 2012 The Swedish team which used the “GLOBAL” knives has won at Culinary Olympics at Erfurt, Germany.
Jan. 2016 Masahito Watanabe assumed the presidency.

As of January, 2016