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.
- Company Name
- YOSHIDA METAL INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
- 2078-3, Nishiota, Yoshida, Tsubame-city, Niigata Prefecture 959-0221 Japan
TEL. +81-256-92-4191 FAX. +81-256-92-4037
- December 27, 1954
- 40 million yen
- Description of business
- Manufacture and sales of kitchen knives and related products.
President Masahito Watanabe Representative Executive Director Katsumi Naito Managing Director Hironobu Aoyagi Director Mitsuhiro Wada Auditor Osamu Hasegawa
- Number of employees
- 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.
Niigata Credit Union
|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