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Latest update： 28/01/2019 19:01:02
Kouyo Co., Ltd.
Our products provide water purification by making use of fermented soybean bacteria. We achieve environmental renewal with the power of microorganisms.
We were founded as a concrete block manufacture. We now manufacture and sell EcoBio-Block bacillus subtilis-based water purifying agents with long-lasting effects. We also offer Ryugu-no-Tsukai water purifying agents and resolution materials for tideland sludge with immediate effects, which make use of an iron fulvate material containing silica. Our products apply our technology for manufacturing concrete blocks. Highly concentrated iron fulvate material containing silica is made from wood and bamboo. It is effective in improving water quality in ocean tideland, decreasing sludge, and encouraging the propagation of living resources such as short-necked clams. Our goal is to make proposals about extending the life of live fish and shellfish at markets and restaurants where the effects of our products have been confirmed. We also plan to pursue applications of our products as agricultural fertilizers for brand-name rice and vegetables.
[Company strength] We possess a patent for a manufacturing method for embedding spores of bacillus subtilis in concrete, which is a fundamental technology for purification. We possess the technology to manufacture materials with a high density of fulvic acid, iron, and highly soluble silica from wood and bamboo. We also possess manufacturing technology for purifying agents with a density sufficient for use in ocean areas. We have specialized engineers for silica research, and conduct joint research with universities. We are not a large company, so we have the advantage of being flexible in supporting improvements. [Business description] We manufacture and sell Ryugu-no-Tsukai water purifying agents and resolution materials for tideland sludge with immediate effects, which make use of an iron fulvate material containing silica. We also manufacture and sell EcoBio-Block bacillus subtilis-based water purifying agents with long-lasting effects. We were a concrete block manufacturer when we were founded. We developed EcoBio-Block in 2000. This is a concrete block for purifying water that makes use of our technology for manufacturing concrete blocks. We developed our Ryugu-no-Tsukai product in 2014 by applying our accumulated water purifying agent manufacturing technology. Currently we mainly carry out sales through agencies. [Industry] Water purifying agent manufacturing; other manufacturing [Strength of products/technologies] We are the only company that possesses the technology to manufacture iron fulvate material containing silica with 9,500 mg/L fulvic acid, 3,500 mg iron, and 7,500 mg soluble silica. This is our company’s biggest advantage. We have also accumulated regularly collected data including monthly measurement of sludge decreases in ocean tideland and increases in living resources such as short-neck clams. It is also our advantage that we can make use of this data to be persuasive about our new technology. We have found that the organic matter in marine tideland sludge is converted into diatom microcosms, which serve as food for fish and shellfish. We the advantage of having already applied this finding to practical products. We believe that we can make a great contribution to securing future food supplies. [Representative's message] We are conducting domestic Japanese and overseas sales through agencies with a focus on trading companies. Our company focuses on R&D and manufacturing. We are continuing to develop human resources mainly in the R&D field. All of us are working together to develop new products. [Company structure for market development/overseas expansion] We are advancing public relations activities for our products by participating in exhibitions in Japan and abroad, and so on. We can provide support in Japanese and English. We also conduct sales through trading companies, except for specialized projects. [Market share/Ranking] Our EcoBio-Block products contain bacteria used to make fermented soybeans (bacillus subtilis), and they have a share of over 70% of the domestic Japanese market for tanks for admiring water. The market for our Ryugu-no-Tsukai water purifying agents, which make use of an iron fulvate material containing silica, is minimal at present. [Awards and media coverage] [Awards] The 8th Chikugin Grand Prize for Bio-Venture Support (FY2015). [Media] “The Dawn of Gaia,” “NHK WORLD” and “NHK Good Morning Japan,” Asahi Documentary Declaration, Nikkei Shimbun, and Nishinippon Shimbun. [Authorization/Certification] Fish poison testing (Japan Food Research Laboratories and Malaysia SIRIM). Density of iron fulvate material containing silica (Japan Functional Food Analysis and Research Center). [Joint research and development] Current project: Fukuoka University, Department of Social Design Engineering (Professor Ryoichi Watanabe). Completed projects: Kyushu University, Engineering Department (Professor Toshimitsu Komatsu); Kyushu University, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering and Sciences (Professor Nobuhiro Matsunaga); Nagasaki University, Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (Professor Masahiro Takagi). [Main Clients / Business History (domestic)] Honda Motors (through a trading company), major domestic DIY shops (through a trading company), and Fukuoka Prefecture Fish Market, Central Chikugo Fish Market (direct delivery). [Main Clients / Business History (overseas)] US pet shop PETCO (through a US trading company); Government of India (through an Indian trading company).
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- Kyushu Head Office, SMRJ