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Latest update: 04/01/2020 23:40:07

XPAND K.K.

We offer comprehensive solutions for transportation-related information and industrial design matters.

Our company specializes in providing information and industrial design services pertaining to railroads, automobiles, and other forms of transportation. These services include: (1) designing information signs and other displays as well as conducting industrial design for trains and automobiles; (2) English, Chinese, and Korean translations, primarily of guidance information on transportation and facilities; (3) support for the use of design-related intellectual property; and (4) providing “XPAND Codes,” a technological solution for multilingual sign displays. We also handle everything from planning to PR for our products’ physical external appearance, information displays, network services, translation, and intellectual property. We have participated in the design of information signs and displays for over 150 train stations throughout Japan. We also worked on signs and displays in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics that will be used on all Tokyo Metro lines.

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[Company strength]
We handle everything from planning to PR for our products’ physical external appearance, information displays, network services, translation, and intellectual property.

[Business description]
Our company specializes in providing information and industrial design services pertaining to railroads, automobiles, and other forms of transportation. These services include: (1) designing information signs and other displays for train passengers and drivers (station directions, meters, software development, etc.); (2) industrial design (housing for industrial equipment, etc.); (3) developing and managing “XPAND Codes,” a technological solution for multilingual sign displays; (4) English, Chinese, and Korean translations, primarily of guidance information on transportation and facilities; and (5) support for the use of design-related intellectual property.

[Industry]
Design and information services

[Strength of products/technologies]
We are transitioning from being primarily a contractor to a company that develops and sells its own products. We will continue our design contractor work while also strengthening our information distribution and manufacturing functions as well. First, we will continue developing our “XPAND Code” service. We will also work with companies in the manufacturing industry to develop more of our own original products.

[Representative's message]
We are transitioning from being a contractor to a company that develops and sells its own products. We develop products and services centered on transportation and design. We also seek to work with companies in different markets and with different technologies to improve our sales and profits.

[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
We will work with our partner companies and grow sales for our “XPAND Codes” products. Overseas, we are targeting sales in Shanghai and Qingdao, China, as we conduct PR for our transportation-related design services.



[Awards and media coverage]
Our electric automobile battery charger has been covered on TV Tokyo’s “Trend Tamago”, NHK World, the Nikkei, and other media.
Our “XPAND Codes” service has been covered on Mynavi News, Sankei Digital, and other online media.
Our wooden digital signage casing has received an award in the “Wooden Products Competition,” etc.


[Intellectual property]
7 design registrations, 2 trademark registrations, 1 patent filing
(Includes rights lapses and effective withdrawals)


[Exhibition History/Information]
Japan Industrial Designers’ Association 60th Anniversary Project, “Kore kara no kurashi-ten” (“Lifestyles of the Future”) (Tokyo, 2011)
10th Anniversary Exhibition, “Transportation Design 2012-2022 – A retrospective look from the year 2052” (Tokyo, 2013)
Factory Network Business Conference @ Shanghai (Shanghai, China, 2014)
Sign & Display Show (Tokyo, 2015)


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