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Latest update: 30/11/2016 17:39:25

Kyowa K.K.

Our fire hydrants and air valves excel in functionality, operability, and performance.

Our company manufactures valve plugs for waterworks, and our main products are underground fire hydrant and air valves (both for waterworks). In addition to these main products, we have also developed a fire hydrant with an exhaust valve, which is a low-maintenance hydrant that reduces displacement to the minimum. We also developed a multi-functional cam lever lock type air valve product that can be easily disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled. 

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[Company strength]
We believe that a whole new market can be created even in a stagnant market. This can be done through excellent market research and product planning from different perspectives, and by providing solutions that specifically address customer needs. Most of our products were produced by listening to our customers’ voices. This is why their functionality, operability, and performance match the position or market of the customer. Our main products are a fire hydrant with an exhaust valve and a cam lever lock type air valve. They have produced new markets with previously non-existent products, and they are now regarded as pioneering products.

[Business description]
Our company manufactures and sells valve plugs for waterworks. We are especially focused on underground fire hydrants and air valves for waterworks. The lineup we supply to our customers is composed of products having added value and operability not seen in previous products on the market. 

[Industry]
Waterworks valve plug manufacturing and sales

[Strength of products/technologies]
We engage in customer-oriented product development rather than making products on the manufacturer’s initiative. We develop the functionality, performance, and operability that the customer needs in mock-ups, and the final product matches the needs of the market and has better sales power. We were able to make our fire hydrant with an exhaust valve by producing one such product with minimum requirements so as to cut costs, although it had additional functions. Moreover, we also created our multi-function product the cam lever lock type air valve by overturning the conventional idea of one function in one product. We are able to add more functions at the customer’s request.

[Representative's message]
Our company is committed to making great efforts every day to craft products and craft people. We follow the concept of “giving form to our customers’ voices.” We are working hard to speed up to being number one under the current company theme “Attack.” We very much welcome inquiries from customers who might share our way of thinking. 

[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
The president and the department responsible for new customers are the points of contact for large companies. We provide technical consultation on-site if it is necessary to solve a problem, and the responsible staff in the technical or production departments will visit the site. The president is the focal point for new customers, and each responsible staff member collects and manages information and provides other support. 

[Market share/Ranking]
100% in the domestic waterworks exhaust valve market, 50% in the domestic fire hydrant (with exhaust valve) market, and 95% in the domestic cam lever lock type air valve market.

[Awards and media coverage]
[Awards]
Listed as one of the 300 of Japan’s Vibrant Monozukuri (Manufacturing) SMEs by METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), 2009; Kansai Top 100 Monozukuri Craftsmanship Enterprises, METI-Kansai, 2009; Monozukuri Craftsmanship New Selection in Kansai, METI-Kansai, 2012. 

[Media]
Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun, Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun (“Challengers”), Piping Engineering News, Suido Shimbun.


[Authorization/Certification]
Accredited by the Japan Water Works Association as an inspected factory; ISO 90001 certification.

[Main Clients / Business History (domestic)]
Maezawa Industries, Inc. (consigned production since 2012), Taisei Kiko Co., Ltd. (consigned processing since 1998), Mitsubishi Nichiyu Forklift (consigned processing since 2005). 

[Exhibition History/Information]
Annual events: waterworks exhibitions; Korea (2012): Japan-Korea component and material procurement exhibition; waterworks exhibition (planned).

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Kanto Head Office, SMRJ
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