Here are eight companies that will take on the Taiwan market.
Fujita Metal Manufacturing Co., Inc. / 藤田金屬株式會社
Fujita Metal Manufacturing Co., Inc. manufactures and sells kitchenware, principally frying pans and cookpots. At the time of foundation, it made aluminum teapots and tableware for school meals, but began manufacturing frying pans 40 years ago. To meet the needs of the times, it manufactures and ships as many as 120,000 various products a year, from iron frying pans to coated frying pans, coming in shallow and deep types.
Hototogisu Co., Inc. / Hototogisu株式會社
These days, there may not be many people who have slept under a mosquito net. A characteristic of mosquito nets, known as insect repellents, is that their texture is the roughest among textiles. For that reason, it has unique characteristics as a cloth material, such as high air permeability and easy drying. Hototogisu Co., Inc. is a company that manufactures mosquito net cloth using such mosquito net fabric. Mosquito net cloth is 100% cotton, so if you use it, it will become soft enough to fit the hands of people well. The company has broadened the product lineup to include mats and blankets, with a focus on the signature product Sodateru Fukin.
Daiichi Sogei Co., Inc. / 有限會社大一創藝
The product fukusa (silk cloths used for gift-wrapping or for wiping equipment during the tea ceremony) is a manifestation of courtesy and consideration for others on the part of Japanese people on ceremonial occasions. Daiichi Sogei Co., Inc. is a company specializing in the manufacture of products such as bags used for congratulations and condolences, gift envelopes, with a focus on fukusa cloths. Although it was a company that almost exclusively made things to order, it started manufacturing original in-house products in 2015. It is searching for new forms of fukusa: it is developing “style fukusa cloths” that fit the present age, where ceremonial occasions have become diverse, by endowing them with a functionality to be finely folded and using fashionable textiles.
Lapis Co., Inc. / LAPIS株式會社
Lapis is a company that manufactures oral care products and makes about 30,000 toothbrushes and tongue brushes a day. Other than products for which they receive orders from major manufacturers, they also carry many original products, and their signature product is the “one-tuft brush,” which is used at dental clinics and so on.The brush is cut into a distinctive cone shape and is useful for cleaning between teeth and so on.
Kinjo Rubber Co., Inc. / 錦城護膜株式會社
Packing inside the lid of a thermos or rice cooker and warmer, a tip attached to an endoscope to protect the internal organs, goggle straps or caps that inconspicuously support Olympic swimming medalists… Kinjo Rubber Co., Inc. is a manufacturer of rubber, a material that inconspicuously supports all manner of products. It is a completely B2B company, and what it manufactures is only part of the products. Although it is almost unknown to many people, everyone must have touched a product manufactured by Kinjo Rubber Co., Inc. at some point.
Akasaka Engraving Lab / 赤坂模具雕刻所
The "Akasaka Half Moon Engraving Method" was established by first generation engraver Hyounosuke Akasaka. Akasaka Engraving Lab is a metal processing and mold manufacturing company that combines the latest processing machines with highly developed carving techniques that have been passed down for generations. The products are of such a high quality that they can stand up to even the strictest scrutiny. The spirit of honest craftsmanship is alive even today, preserved through the use of state-of-the-art computer technology. The work is characterized by clearly defined edges in even the most intricate engravings, and is suitable for customizing small metallic items such as home appliance parts, logo plates, stamps and frying pans. The technology has become even more advanced in recent years, and it is now possible to transfer photographs to metal plates.
O-TWO Co., Inc. / 株式會社O-TWO
This is a manufacturer of chairs and tables specializing in B2B. After being founded as an ironworks, the company has expanded its business to manufacture furniture for business use, with a focus on making trumpet-like chairs widely used in pachinko parlors and mah-jongg houses. Because it manufactures for business clients, it is not well known to general consumers. However, “those chairs” that you can see in stores and cafés spreading all over the country have actually been made by O-TWO. In addition to the products in the catalog, it also accepts orders and handles individual designs. Since the launch of the new brand Quon in 2011, it has been expanding its field of activities to the world.
Runeseikou Co., Inc. / 有限會社Runeseikou
This is Runeseikou Co., Inc., that takes pride in being a domestic producer. It manufactures and sells sturdy and easy-to-use chairs for business uses. Its processing technology, which specializes in metals, produces a sturdy durability not found in overseas products. Its strong point is products that make good use of artisanship, such as folding chairs and office chairs, and it launches products full of ideas that give shape to the user’s thoughts, “I wish I had something like this.”