What The YKK On Your Zippers Mean-Things You Haven't Learned Yet

TIL About YKK or Today I learned why zippers have a YKK on them.

What The YKK On Your Zippers Mean-Things You Haven't Learned Yet


Have you ever noticed those 3 letters on your zippers?

If not, go find something, anything with a zipper on it and look at the zipper,you will see a YKK on it 99.9 times out of a 100.

Most people if you asked them about seeing the letters YKK on a zipper, their minds would recall that they have seen it on zippers.

It's one of those things that your mind stores, but never really investigates, due to sensory and informational overload, but that's another totally consuming subject for another time.

The YKK Group (YKK Waikeikei Gurūpu?) is a Japanese group of manufacturing companies. As the world's largest zipper/zip manufacturer, YKK Group is most famous for making zippers; however, it also manufactures other fastening products, architectural products and industrial machinery.

The YKK stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (say that five times fast). In 1934 Tadao Yoshida founded Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (translated Yoshida Industries Limited). This company is now the worlds foremost zipper manufacturer, making about 90% of all zippers in over 206 facilities in 52 countries. In fact, they not only make the zippers, they also make the machines that make the zippers; no word on if they make the machines that make the parts that make up the machines that make the zippers.

Their largest factory in Georgia makes over 7 million zippers per day

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