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Latest update: 27/04/2017 14:24:22

Nihon Denshi Kougyou Co., Ltd.

An ever-growing manufacturer who invented the first electric lock in Japan

We develop and manufacture the control panels for electric locks, personal authentication equipment, entry and exit management systems, care support systems, and locking mechanisms to keep windows partly open for the safety of nurses and personnel in care facilities ("Care Lock"). Our company invented Japan's first electric lock 54 years ago and supplied as an OEM, electric locks to leading manufacturers. Since leading manufacturers started manufacturing electric locking products by themselves, we shifted to the manufacture, sale, and installation of control panels for electric locks. We also improved control panel technology and are now engaged in the manufacture and sales of advanced entry and exit management systems for buildings, care support systems, and locking mechanisms to keep windows partly open for the safety of nurses and personnel in care facilities ("Care Lock"). Our company is a specialized manufacturer and has many engineers with extensive and deep expertise on electric locks.

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[Company strength]
Our company is well-known in a cross-industrial area; we are still affectionately called as "Furi'i rokku ya" by longstanding hardware store managers because of the "Free Lock", the first made-in-Japan electric lock that was the base of our company’s inception more than 50 years ago. In addition, window sash manufacturers call us "Ke'a rokku ya san" in a very friendly way. It is a nickname derived from "Care Lock" that we developed 15 years ago to prevent aged people and children from stepping outside or falling down from windows in nursing homes and hospitals. We offer a security system which combines a controller using our original electric lock and microcomputers with personal authentication equipment. As an OEM, we also provide electronic circuit products for various types of lock made by other manufacturers.

[Business description]
Our company invented Japan's first electric lock 54 years ago. We acquired a patent for the lock and expanded its market mainly for the purpose of securing evacuation routes in case of fire. We also became an OEM for leading manufacturers including Miwa Lock, Nohmi Bosai, and Panasonic Electric Works. Since leading manufacturers such as Miwa Lock started manufacturing electric locking products along with the expansion of electric locks use in office buildings and hotels, we shifted to the manufacture, sale and installation of control panels for electric locks. Furthermore, we refined control panel technology and are now engaged in the development, manufacture, and sale of building entry and exit management systems, caring support systems, and locking mechanisms to keep windows partly open for the safety of nurses and personnel in care facilities ("Care Lock").



[Industry]
Manufacturing of electric equipment

[Strength of products/technologies]
Our company has many engineers with extensive knowledge of electric locks from many years of development and production experience. They put their program development capability into a small low-priced controller which uses a microcomputer so that they can provide products best responding to customers' specifications. We are a “fabless” manufacturer outsourcing the entire fabrication or "fab" of devices to our partner makers. We can offer high quality, low price, and highly competitive products by consigning the fabrication to such contractors who possess optimal technology and facilities.

[Representative's message]
The construction of security systems using electric locks as the main component requires the participation of many professionals in various fields such as security equipment manufacturing, fire alarm manufacturing, lock security business, telecommunications, architectural design, constructors, fixture manufacturing, intercom manufacturing, telephone systems for business use, security services and SI. We can accept orders in a comprehensive manner covering the whole process from the development, manufacturing, on-site adjustment and after-sales maintenance of products with which we can provide finely-tuned and secure responses to professional requirements based on the knowledge and experience obtained through the transactions with customers in these fields. We will evolve to be an absolutely necessary partner helping customers' profit increase.

[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
1. Our top management actively try to collect business information and acquire new customers through activities as a member of Seiwajuku, a private school for business managers, and Osaka Rinri Houjinkai (corporate ethics board of Osaka). Our company continuously recruits new employees in order to strengthen its sales power.
2. We have established a Tokki Business Development Department and deployed two veteran engineers there to enhance the development services. As a result, we as an OEM, can make full use of our proprietary technologies for our customers' products and expand the supply business of electro circuit modules.
3. We are now in the process of basic investigation and verification of the laws and standards of importing countries regarding OEM services to overseas customers.


[Market share/Ranking]
Since we mainly offer cross-industrial products, we have no idea about our market share and ranking in the industry. However, we believe that "Care Lock" has a 50% market share when taking into consideration similar competing products on the market.



[Awards and media coverage]
[Awards]
2008 Osaka Monozukuri Award (Governor of Osaka prefecture), Good Design Award 2011 ("Care Lock"), Monozukuri Craftsmanship New Selection in Kansai, METI-Kansai 2013 ("Care Lock") and many others

[Media]
Broadcast by NHK "Good Morning Kansai: Nobuo Takehara 'Genkina Chusho-kigyo'" 
Reported by many newspapers including Mainichi Shimbun, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun, Koureisha Jutaku Shimbun, and Security Sangyo Shimbun.


[Authorization/Certification]
1. Constructor's license certified by the governor of Osaka prefecture; Telecommunication construction contractor; Fire fighting facilities construction contractor
2. ISO 9001 certification registration No. FS509415
3. Construction Ministry's "Product Evaluated for Disaster Prevention Capacity" BCJ Bosai 52


[Joint research and development]
We researched and developed an automobile ABS sensor jointly with Osaka University and Osaka Sangyo University. As part of this joint R&D project, we were given a seat in the Open Laboratory of the Technology Research Institute of Osaka Prefecture and advice from the institute researchers.

[Main Clients / Business History (domestic)]
1. We delivered our "Toire Aki Navi", an availability indication system for public toilets, to four "service areas" or highway rest areas (Nishiki SA, Akashi SA, Ohtsu SA, and Kusatsu SA) of West Nippon Expressway Co., Ltd.2. We delivered our automatic shutters, electric locks, and elevator interlocking control panels (8 locations) at the Osaka Plant of Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd.3. We delivered "Care Locks" and caring support systems to four Osaka municipal nursing homes (Tobu-kan, Seibu-kan, Hokubu-kan, and Nanbu-kan) and many other large nursing homes, hospitals, and office buildings.

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