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Latest update: 30/07/2019 09:12:11

Hikari Kikai Seisakusho Co., Ltd.

We are a machine tool manufacturer with the top share in the domestic Japanese market for electrolytic roll grinders.

Our company is a machine tool manufacturer established in 1946. We manufacture tool grinders and cutting tools, and we are actively doing business mainly with major cutting manufacturers in Japan and abroad. We have the top share of the domestic Japanese market for electrolytic roll grinders, which process parts by electrolytic grinding and mechanical grinding. We are engaged in the retrofitting business to service existing machine tools by replacing their CPUs and key parts for great performance improvement. We offer ultra-fine laser processing services dedicated to difficult-to-grind material processing. We also manufacture heliostats (sun tracking and  concentrating equipment) for solar power generation.

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[Company strength]
Our company focuses on R&D and the cultivation of human resources for Monozukuri craftsmanship that creates effective products that make sense to people. We established a consortium with universities, national institutes of technology, public research institutes, and companies for R&D by proactive industry-university-governmental collaboration. Our company is taking up the challenge of advanced technological development projects through this consortium. These include METI’s Strategic Core Technology Advancement Program and NEDO’s New Energy Venture Business Technology Innovation Program. We opened our Monozukuri Dojo for Monozukuri craftsmanship training and Keiei Juku for teaching business. This is how our company is cultivating human resources so employees can master manufacturing techniques and skills and also management skills and free thinking. We promote diversity with the goal of creating a lively workplace.

[Business description]
Our company is a machine tool manufacturer established in 1946. We manufacture CNC machine tools, with a focus on grinders, and cutting tools such as carbide inserts and drill holders. We are also engaged in the retrofitting business to service existing machine tools by replacing their CPUs and key parts for great performance improvement. Our products include heliostats (sun tracking and concentrating equipment) used at solar power generation plants.

[Industry]
Machine tool and cutting tool manufacturing

[Strength of products/technologies]
Our optical grinders have been in use at many manufacturing sites demanding high accuracy for over 70 years. We have produced many industry-first machine tools by incorporating many products that make sense to people. We achieve high accuracy at the micron or even submicron order. This is done to meet customer expectations with our comprehensive Monozukuri craftsmanship power from design and processing to assembly. We support high-level unattended and labor-saving operation by utilizing NC machines and robots and also image processing.

[Representative's message]
Our basic philosophy is "Be professional!" We manufacture machine tools and cutting tools by treasuring technology and sensitivity. Our company is promoting diversity management where individual employees brush up their personality and ability to be more professional. We provide our grinders throughout Japan and export them to the global market. We exhibited our products at the Japan International Machine Tool Fair (JIMTOF) in 2012 and the Indian Metal-Cutting Machine Tool Exhibition (IMTEX) in 2013. People from overseas, mainly from Asia, are also playing active roles in our company, and we hope to further extend our market.

[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
Our sales staff answer telephone and e-mail inquiries from new companies within 24 hours and also provide technical consulting. We will set up a project team for an important subject. Local trading firms support customers in Korea, China, and other neighboring Asian countries as well as the United States.

[Market share/Ranking]
Electrolytic roll grinders: 100% in Japan.
Brush honing machines: 40% in Japan.
Double-head grinders for carbide TA: 30% in Japan.


[Awards and media coverage]
[Awards]
300 of Japan's Vibrant Monozukuri (Manufacturing) SMEs (2007); Encouragement Award for Company of Energetic Male and Female Workers (2009); Award of Excellence by the Director of Mie Prefectural Labour Bureau for a Company Promoting Equal Employment and Support for Female Workers (2011); Empowerment Grand Award (2014); METI Diversity Management Selection 100 (2014); and APEC Leading Companies for Women (2014).

[Media]
Nihon Keizai Shimbun, "Advance to Science City" (February 2014); Nihon Keizai Shimbun, "Solar Power Generation by Micro Skill" (August 2012); Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, "Retrofitting business" (October 2013); Chubu Keizai Shimbun "Keiei Juku private business school" (August 2013); and many others.


[Authorization/Certification]
Mie Environmental Management System (M-EMS).

[Joint research and development]
Mie University, National Institute of Technology, Suzuka College: Development of heliostats (since 2012).
Mie University, Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal, and Toyota Industries: Development of honing machine for blade finishing (2010 to 2012).


[Factory (domestic)]
Mie

[Main Clients / Business History (domestic)]
Sumitomo Electric Industries Group (machines and tools), Tungaloy (machines and tools), Kyocera (machines and tools), Hitachi Tool Engineering (machines and tools), JFE Group (machines), Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Group (machines), Daido Steel (machines), and Godo Steel (machines).

[Main Clients / Business History (overseas)]
POSCO (machines), KORLOY (machines), DINE (machines), and CUKUROVA (machines).

This company is recommended by the following support organizations.

公益財団法人三重県産業支援センター
Chubu Head Office, SMRJ
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