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

President                       Masahito Watanabe
Managing Director     Hironobu Aoyagi
Director                          Hiroyuki Takano
Director                          Mitsuhiro Wada
Auditor                           Osamu 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

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.

Oct. 2018

“GLOBAL-IST” received the “G-Mark” award, established by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.

As of March, 2019

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